Top 10 Alternative Things to do on Tenerife

Mon, August 17th, 2015 - By Jack Montgomery

Ask the question ‘what are the top things to do on Tenerife?’ and the answers you get are going to include, visit Mount Teide, go to Masca, see the rock pools at Garachico, have thrills in Siam Park, gaze upon the cliffs at Los Gigantes… and so on.

These are all good answers and Tenerife ‘musts’. But everyone knows about them. People who write travel articles from their desk in London could, and regularly do, put together lists which include this lot.

Their fame and popularity also means you will encounter big crowds and possibly even queues when you visit these tourist magnets.

If you’re someone who likes to avoid the crowds whilst still seeing some uniquely Tenerife attractions, here’s our alternative list of the top 10 things to do on Tenerife.


Climbing Guajara, Mount Teide, Tenerife


Climb a Volcanic Rock
Forget the cable car, or trying to book a pass to the summit of Spain’s highest mountain. Climb Mount Guajara instead. It’s not as high as el Teide, but the views are arguably better. Not only do you get the crater, you get a stunning view of Mount Teide itself.

Visit a Hidden Valley
Avoid the crowds at Masca and continue on to one of the less well known valleys in the Teno Massif. Palmar is a beautiful valley where most tourists never tread, and it’s got an earthy pie in the middle of it.


Rock pools, Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife


Swim in Rock Pools
There’s no need to squeeze in with everyone else on the rock pools at Garachico. Buenavista del Norte further along the coast has some wonderful rock pools and not a coach excursion in sight.

See the Los Gigantes Cliffs
The ‘Giants’ are quite incredible, but give them a miss from the resort of Los Gigantes side and enjoy them from the wild solitude of Punto de Teno.

Take in Iconic Modern Architecture
Everyone and their dog has photos of Tenerife’s gleaming Auditorium in Santa Cruz, a contemporary work of art for sure. Not so many have pics of the unusual lighthouse at Punta de Hidalgo, a truly stand out example of modern architecture.


Lighthouse, Punta de Hidalgo, Tenerife


Visit the Drago Tree
No, not the attention grabbing one in Icod de los Vinos. Head to Los Realejos where there is a choice of mature dragos to find, including Los Gemelos – the twins.

Water Thrills
Of course Siam Park is a blast, but Lago Martianez in Puerto de la Cruz offers all sorts of water based fun, including being blasted by killer fountains in surroundings designed by César Manrique, a far more Canarian scene than the mock Thai one on the other side of the island.


Fountain, Lago Martianez, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife


Stroll Through Botanical Gardens
The famous ones are in Puerto de la Cruz, the not so famous ones lie behind the town hall in La Orotava. They’re smaller, but free to explore and refreshingly charming.

Drink Something Exotic
At the end of all that sightseeing you need something refreshing to drink. Don’t order sangria. Get into the local vibe with something cool, sweet and minty green. Mojitos are one of the tastes of Tenerife.


Mayan Pyramid, Hotel Villa Cortes, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife


Visit the Pyramids
Okay, maybe it’s not that well known, but Güímar boasts some step pyramids similar to those of the Americas. Even less well known is the one near San Marcos below Icod de los Vinos. If that proves too hard to find you could always settle for the Mayan pyramid in the grounds of the Hotel Villa Cortes.

Posted : Monday, August 17th, 2015 at 10:30 am
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