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3 Days in Tenerife

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Tenerife is a diverse island with some absolutely stunning landscapes that are as contrasting as the island's cultural personalities. This three day itinerary covers the best of all worlds.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

12 Places

6 City Tips

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12 Places

Day 1

Masca Valley

Valleys

Parque Del Drago

Gardens, Parks

Abeque Turismo Activo

Kayaking & Canoeing

Day 2

Teide Cable Car

Teide National Park

Geologic Formations, Mountains, National Parks, Volcanoes

Paisaje Lunar

Geologic Formations

Piramide de Arona

Theatres

Day 3

Parque Garcia Sanabria

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mercado Municipal Nuestra Senora de Africa

Points of Interest & Landmarks

TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Tenerife Auditorium (Auditorio de Tenerife)

Architectural Buildings, Performances, Concerts, Operas, Theatres

Jack M's City Tips

  • Coach excursions are a good, budget friendly way to see the island's highlights. But they can also be whistle-stop tours that don't allow enough time to really explore.
  • Renting a car is the best option for visiting rural and off-the-beaten-track locations. There are plenty of good value options in all resort areas.
  • Use the local bus service to visit bigger towns and cities. It's cheap and a Bono card entitles travellers to discounted fares.
  • In winter there can be a marked difference in temperature between the coast and the mountains. Take a jacket or jumper if travelling inland, especially for trips to Teide.
  • When eating out, “menú del día” offers can keep expenses low and are excellent value for money.
  • English isn't widely spoken outside of the resorts, so having an English/Spanish dictionary to hand may come in useful.
    Day 1
  • Masca Valley
    Valleys
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    Jack M Says:

    The tiny hamlet of Masca, tucked away in the folds of the deep ravines in the Teno Massif, is a Tenerife jewel: The setting is literally jaw-droppingly stunning. The hamlet, one of the most beautiful on Tenerife, is connected by rough cobbled paths rather than pavements, and offers a fascinating insight into how remote rural life in Tenerife was before tourism. There are also plenty of cafés and restaurants in which you can try local specialities like cactus lemonade.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Masca can become packed with visitors during the day, visit early morning or late in the day and the walkways can be as tranquil as the location.
    • The narrow winding road in is a hairy drive for first timers; the trick is to take it slow and easy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 459 things to do in Tenerife
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing place 13/10/2018
    • Stop off on tour 12/10/2018
    • Masca Valley
  • Parque Del Drago
    Gardens, Parks
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    Jack M Says:

    The age of the Millennium Drago Tree in Icod de los Vinos is still unclear – it might be anything from a few hundred years to thousands of years old. Whatever its age, this 16-metre high, strange-looking, mythical multi-headed tree is worth a visit. Though you can get right up to the tree by paying to get into the Parque del Drago, the best view is from the plaza beside the church.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Icod de los Vinos has some great little independent fashion shops, so combine a visit to the Drago Tree with an exploration of the town.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #144 of 459 things to do in Tenerife
    • Tallest tree in Tenerife 10/09/2018
    • Surprisingly impressive 08/08/2018
    • Parque Del Drago
    Address:
    Paseo de Nicolas Estevez Borges 7
    38430, Tenerife
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 922 81 22 26
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Abeque Turismo Activo
    Kayaking & Canoeing
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    Jack M Says:

    Los Gigantes in the west of Tenerife has arguably the best view of any resort on the island. Not only is the scenery dominated by the 500 metre high acantilados (cliffs) which gave the resort its name, but you also have the neighbouring island of La Gomera to admire on the horizon. There are fantastic views of both at the small café and mirador (viewing point) on the road leading out of Los Gigantes.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Best time to visit is as the sun is setting when the rays turn the Los Gigantes cliffs golden.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Acantilado de los Gigantes
    • Awful Experience 28/02/2018
    • Gladiator U - very good for whale and dolphin watching 26/06/2017
    • Abeque Turismo Activo
    Phone:
    +34 608 87 79 31
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Day 2
  • Teide Cable Car
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    Jack M Says:

    Unless you want to climb Mount Teide from the crater floor in Teide National Park, the easiest way to enjoy views from near the summit of Spain's highest mountain is to take the cable car. It's not cheap but you're rewarded with unique views from the top of the world. The volcanic landscape in the national park below is worth it alone, but on clear days you may also get views of all the other Canary Islands.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can often get a discount by booking the cable car online for a late afternoon slot.
    • Take time to acclimatise at the upper cable car station before exploring. At around 3,500 metres above sea level, some people can experience altitude sickness.
    • Explore the paths to get sensational views over Pico Viejo in the south and La Fortaleza in the north.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #141 of 459 things to do in Tenerife
    • Breath taking experience 11/10/2018
    • If only they would have kept us up to date... 07/10/2018
    • Teide Cable Car
    Address:
    Carretera TF-21, Km 40,2 Parque Nacional del Teide
    Tenerife, Islas Canarias
    38002, Tenerife
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 922 01 04 40
    Other:
  • Teide National Park
    Geologic Formations, Mountains, National Parks, Volcanoes
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    Jack M Says:

    For anyone who doesn't have a head for heights, exploring Teide National Park without taking the cable car reveals enough 'out of this world' scenes without risking vertigo. The Roques de Garcia is a deservedly popular spot with coach tours. However, for a less-crowded experience, head to the Minas de San José – with its Star Trek type scenery of blue-grey undulating hills and views over the crater, where key scenes in Clash of the Titans were filmed.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Prices in the National Park can be much higher than you'll pay elsewhere. It's cheaper to arrive already stocked up with water and sandwiches.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 459 things to do in Tenerife
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • BE CAREFUL FOR CAR ROBBERIES!! 12/10/2018
    • A Must See 10/10/2018
    • Teide National Park
  • Paisaje Lunar
    Geologic Formations
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    Jack M Says:

    The only way to get to this 'lunar landscape' of surreal, moon-like rock formations near Vilaflor is to walk through the pine forest. It's a couple hours each way, but it's a well signposted and beautiful walk, plus you finish in pretty Vilaflor where there are some cosy little local restaurants to rest your feet in.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Although there is an old eroded path leading to the rock pinnacles, the official path leads to viewing points above the Paisajes Lunar.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #188 of 459 things to do in Tenerife
    • Beautiful walk stunning scenery 09/08/2018
    • Worthwhile after our long walk 17/02/2018
    • Paisaje Lunar
    Address:
    Vilaflor
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife
    Tenerife
    Spain
  • Piramide de Arona
    Theatres
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    Jack M Says:

    The name and the story changes each year, but the format of the most spectacular show on Tenerife remains more or less the same – a flamboyant and supremely professional extravaganza that blends flamenco, opera and modern dance in a Las Vegas type setting. Even people who think they don't like musicals, operas or dance will be blown away by Carmen Mota's magic.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Dialogue is in Spanish, but this is a visual affair so not knowing the language doesn't affect the enjoyment of the show in the slightest.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 44 things to do in Playa de las Americas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A hidden Gem 04/10/2018
    • First half 01/10/2018
    • Piramide de Arona
    Address:
    Avenida de Las Americas s /n
    Hotel Mare Nostrum Resort - Las Americas - Sta Cruz de Tenerife.
    38660 Playa de las Americas, Tenerife
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 922 75 75 49
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tue
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Wed
    11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Thu - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Parque Garcia Sanabria
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jack M Says:

    The 'lungs' of Tenerife's capital Santa Cruz, Parque García Sanabria is also the most interesting park on the island. Much more than just a park, it is also an open air art gallery full of shady corners and curios, the centrepiece of which is a voluptuous sculpture and fountain, 'Fecundidad'. The best way to enjoy the park is to treat it like a magical mystery tour and follow the spiralling path out from its centre...

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don't miss the lily ponds near the northeast corner of the park. They're home to lots of little frogs, and you'll hear them long before you spot them.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 459 things to do in Tenerife
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really nice park 02/10/2018
    • Great place for all ages 01/09/2018
    • Parque Garcia Sanabria
    Address:
    Calle Mendez Nunez S/N
    Corner with Numancia, Dr. Jose Naveiras and Rambla de Santa Cruz streets
    38004, Tenerife
    Spain
    Other:
  • Mercado Municipal Nuestra Senora de Africa
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jack M Says:

    The style of the building might have a colonial African feel, but there isn't really anything African about this fabulous market, save for the name. Also known as La Recova, it's a foodie's paradise, featuring the best local fruit and veg, fish, mountains of salt cod, herbs, spices, fresh flowers and even a German bakery. Open from 6 am to 2 pm daily, it's a real hive of activity inside and out, with small kiosks around the outside packed with locals sipping wine.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Visit on a Sunday and you get the bonus of a rastro (flea market) in the streets beside La Recova.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 108 things to do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see 03/10/2018
    • Don't visit after 12 o'clock on a weekday 10/09/2018
    • Mercado Municipal Nuestra Senora de Africa
    Address:
    Avenida San Sebastian 51
    38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 922 21 47 43
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jack M Says:

    One for modern art lovers, the TEA building itself is intriguing; like a slate-coloured bunker. Since it opened it has become the hub of the art scene in the city with regularly changing exhibitions, library, and a cinema which shows critically acclaimed films in their original languages.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If the modernity doesn't suit, nearby is the Noria district, where old cottages have been converted into trendy restaurants with good value menu del dia lunch options.
    • There is an entrance fee.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 108 things to do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive modern museum 23/06/2018
    • Interesting building, exhibitions that are always worth seeing 02/03/2018
    • TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes
    Address:
    Avenida San Sebastian No 8
    38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 922 84 90 90
    Other:
  • Tenerife Auditorium (Auditorio de Tenerife)
    Architectural Buildings, Performances, Concerts, Operas, Theatres
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    Jack M Says:

    The most iconic building in all of Tenerife was the creation of famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It is an eye-catcher that stands out whether you're arriving from the sea or lounging on the golden sands at Playa de las Teresitas, further along the coast. You can photograph it from any angle and it looks incredible. At night, the Tenerife Auditorium is a venue for concerts, musicals, opera and ballet. By day, you can enjoy lunch in a special setting at Mag Café, which is tucked into the auditorium's sleek curves.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Take a look at the sea wall surrounding the auditorium; hundreds of famous faces from the world of music are painted onto this concrete sea defence.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 Concerts & Shows in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive! 22/09/2018
    • Amazing view 20/09/2018
    • Tenerife Auditorium (Auditorio de Tenerife)
    Address:
    Avenida La Constitucion 12
    38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 922 23 84 00
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
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