Tenerife has been one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations for decades. But with countless volcanic sandy beaches with excellent waiter service and gorgeous resorts with everything you could ever need, it can be easy to sit back, relax and spend your holiday doing nothing at all. But take it too easy and your trip will be over before you know it; and you’ll have done nothing worth telling your friends and family about. It might not have the adrenaline-pumping attraction of Queenstown, the historical wonder of Rome or the majestic wildlife of Costa Rica, but Tenerife has a lot more to offer than most travel sites suggest. To make your holiday one to remember, add these things to do in Tenerife onto your travel bucket list.
Amazing things to do in Tenerife
Visit the best water park in the world
Voted the world’s best water park 5 years in a row by TripAdvisor, Siam Park is an absolute must for anyone visiting Tenerife. The entrance fee is a bit pricey. But it’s worth it for the chance to shoot down an almost vertical water slide that rushes through a shark tank. Amongst the challenging slides there’s a great selection of more relaxed family-friendly water slides; and fun-filled children’s splash zones to keep everyone happy.
Drink a barraquito
Tenerife in the Canary Islands is the only place in the world where you can order a barraquito without the barista looking at you like you’ve lost your marbles. This delicious and beautiful coffee is made up of multiple layers: a dollop of condensed milk, splash of Liqueur 43, shot of coffee; spoonful of frothy milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Some places also add a small piece of lemon peel into the froth. So don’t be alarmed if you find something zesty in your mouth while sipping.
Ride a cable car up a volcano
The 3rd tallest volcano in the world and the highest peak in Spain, Mount Teide stands 3,718m above sea level and offers some of the best views in the Canaries. The cable car seems to be closed more often than not due to high winds. But when it’s open, it whisks you to the volcano’s crater from where you can see the iconic mar de nubes (sea of clouds) far below and feel like a giant. Be sure to add this amazing ride to your things to do in Tenerife.
See mummified royalty
Museums aren’t for everyone, but when they hold the mummified remains of some of the most important people to inhabit Tenerife thousands of years ago, I think everyone will make an exception. The Museum of Nature and Man only costs €5 to enter (it’s free if you go on a Friday or Saturday afternoon!) and also contains loads of fascinating exhibits on everything from volcanoes, freak weather and taxidermy to ancient weapons, fossils and historical artifacts.