To explore the island fully, you definitely need some time. There’s so much to see and experience on such a tiny island that you can spend weeks and still not have fully experienced it. The island is so vast but if you only have the one day, you’re better off doing your own DIY road trip than signing up to an organised tour and this little guide will help get the most out of the island in one day.
I’m assuming you’re staying in the South of the island as that’s the centre of hotels and tourism but if you’re staying further up the West coast or in the North, feel free to adjust accordingly. We’re going to take an anticlockwise route of this island.
STOP 1: CANDELARIA
The most historic and religious part of the island, a brief stop in Candelaria will give you a view inside the basilica, some Guanche history and some delicious ice cream.
STOP 2: SANTA CRUZ
What is a tour of the island without a stop in the capital? Take in the views of the Atlantic ocean, the old castle and the auditorium which is the most famous landmark of the Canary islands. Peak over the walls and find an incredibly unique art gallery.
STOP 3: LAS TERESITAS
Not too far from the capital, you’ll find the only golden sand beach of the island with sand imported from the Sahara desert. Palm tree lined beaches with a mountain range backdrop, crystal blue Atlantic waters and a little fishing port.
STOP 4: ANAGA
In contrast to the majority of the island which you’ll find is really dry, you will find the Anaga mountain range is incredibly green. Breath taking views and a little change of pace to the rest of Tenerife.
STOP 5: LA LAGUNA
La Laguna is the most traditional of the three cities in the North. The original capital before Santa Cruz and the first city that was built when the Spanish invaded Tenerife, La Laguna still has its old town vibe, very traditional and Canarian.
STOP 5: ICOD DE LOS VINOS
Home to the largest Dragon tree and a lot of bodegas, a beautiful little village to take a walk round or have a spot of wine tasting.
STOP 6: GARACHICO
The village which was destroyed by the last volcanic eruption and home to natural lava pools.
STOP 7: MASCA
Masca was once known as a pirate hideaway because as ships that pass look up into the cliffs, Masca is completely invisible so it was said pirates used to hide there along with their treasure. A cute little village with breathtaking views and a great hike if you have more time.
STOP 8: TEIDE
By the last stop, it will be afternoon or evening which is great because it means you’ll have avoided all the crowds as the organised trips visit the national park typically during the morning. This gives you less crowded photo opportunities and a more pleasant experience. You can stick around a watch an incredible sunset over one of the neighbouring islands and even stay till nightfall and do a spot of stargazing.
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