Although I have only been here for 6 weeks, I feel like I have a good understanding of Tenerife. When you have an intensive twelve day training course on which to do all the excursions and discover the island, it’s difficult not to know a lot in a short space of time. So I have compiled a list of the top things to do while visiting the island just from my own short experience.
Second best zoo in the world as voted by TripAdvisor, the only one to top it is San Diego Zoo. Pretty much any animal you can expect to find here. The animal embassy is your typical zoo with the likes of tigers and gorillas but then it also bears similarities to SeaWorld with its dolphin, whale and sea lion shows. An aquarium with a shark tunnel, a penguin encounter, treetop bird interaction, parrot shows… You need more than a day to see everything. You also get to see the behind the scenes here. Surgeries take place on site, you can tour the sleeping quartets of bears and check out parrots kindergarten.
The most visit national park in the whole of Spain and the most iconic landmark of Tenerife, you can’t miss trip up to Teide. Various ways you can explore the volcano and national park but I would highly recommend Teide By Night. Head up to the national park to toast the sunset with a glass of cava followed by a slot of stargazing further up the mountain. Breathtaking views.
Kaluna Beach Club
For a glam and relaxing day, Kaluna is the place to be. Located in Costa Adeje with an infinity pool overlooking the beach, it is the perfect place to chill. For 30€ per couple you hire the sunbed for the day with a 30€ drinks tab with anything you spend over that just getting added on top. An epic list of delicious cocktails, beautiful food and a relaxing view, it’s one to check out.
Whilst on Tenerife, I’d recommend hopping on the ferry and spending a day in La Gomera. Visiting banana plantations, watching a demonstration of the whistling language and exploring San Sebastian, La Gomera shows the Canaries in their truest, most authentic and traditional form.
One of the most unique and interesting things to do on the island is explore the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in a submarine. View shipwrecks, see a variety of sealife and watch the feeding of stingrays. An opportunity you won’t find in many other places as Submarine Safaris Tenerife is one of just fifteen commercial submarines in the world.
Not too far from the bustle of tourist destination of Costa Adeje, La Caleta is a more relaxed holiday resort. Although it is still home to tourists, it lacks every that tourism brings with it. Here you fill find nothing but relaxing beaches, beautiful restaurants and cute little streets. No endless amount of souvenir shops, no McDonald’s, no one stumbling around drunk in the middle of the day, just peace. If you walk up into the cliff and down the other side you will find a beautiful little cove. This is even where some Canarians have set up home. Tents, huts made out of scrap and someone even lives in the side of cliff.
Now I am no water park expert, I don’t have a ton of them under my belt. I didn’t visited my first one until 2012 when I was on holiday in Salou and visited both Aquaventura and Aqualand. Since then I have hit Wet N Wild plus both Disney waterparks in Orlando and Aqualand in Mallorca. Siam Park would only be my seventh so it’s not like I have a widely knowledge of water parks. Until Siam, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon was my love and I thought nowhere could compare. Wrong! There is a reason Siam Park in the number one water park in the world on TripAdvisor. Incredible adrenalin filled slides and rides, a relaxing lazy river which turns into rapids and takes you through an aquarium, a manmade beach with an epic wave pool plus it’s a visual dream. Modelled on aspects of Thailand, permission was needed by Thai royalty to design a lot of the park. It was worth it, the park is a beauty.
For the best food on the south of the island, look no further than Chillout in Los Cristianos. The food is to die for and presented so incredibly. In my two visits I had the pork medallions and the chicken tandoori both which I’d recommend and for dessert, well the Daim cake is a must.
Head out into the middle of the Atlantic ocean for a relaxing afternoon sunbathing on a catamaran with food included, all inclusive drinks and a spot of whale and dolphin watching in their natural environment. Need I say more?
Something I have never been interested in, something I associated with snobs, my apologies but when it was part of my island tour of Tenerife, I took full participation and loved it. The only place to drink Canarian wine is on the Camary islands as they currently do not export it due to lack of grapes. My wine tasting experience took place in a cute little bodega basement at Museo de Malvasia. You can have a look around the museum, learn a lot about the history of Canarian wine and sample some delicious wine, even award winners. It was a lot more fun than I thought it would have been. We sampled Casanova’s Balcony which we discovered after is a fertility wine and also got to try a delicious Canarian cherry liquer called Licor de Sangre del Drago.
Have you been to Tenerife? Would you recommend anything else on the island?