When most people think of Tenerife, they picture black sandy beaches, the Mount Teide volcano and, more recently, the award-winning Siam Park water park. But that’s not all the island has to offer. Striving to expand on its cheap beer and fried breakfast scene that got the island where it is today, Tenerife is bursting with attractions which cater for all types of travellers.
If you haven’t visited Tenerife in a while or haven’t been at all, here are four non touristy places in Tenerife that you’ve probably never heard of but are definitely worth visiting:
Non Touristy Places in Tenerife
Forestal Park, La Esperanza
A must-visit for adrenaline junkies, the Forestal Park in La Esperanza is the place to test yourself to the limits. This park is made up of multiple obstacle courses consisting of teetering stepping stone-like bridges, giant rope nets which resemble spider webs and soaring precarious zip lines – all of which are set high in the treetops, 20m above the ground. There are obstacle courses for adults and children here, so everyone can get involved.
Rock Pools, Garachico
Whilst it’s most famous for Pueblo Chico – a park made up of miniature models of Tenerife resorts and towns complete with tiny people and animals – Garachico is also some to some of the island’s most beautiful natural rock pools. These deep rock pools are large enough to swim in and thanks to the protective volcanic rocks which act as protective walls, they’re guarded from the high waves of the sea, even in the roughest conditions.
Mercado de Nuestra Señora de Africa, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tucked into the heart of Santa Cruz, Tenerife’s capital, is Mercado de Nuestra Señora de Africa – an eclectic food market which sells almost everything food-related you can think of. From the freshest cuts of locally-farmed meat, indigenous fruit and hand-picked vegetables to freshly ground spices, home-baked cakes and wine produced in nearby family vineyards – this market is a foodie’s dream.
Walking Routes, Anaga
The most famous walking route in Tenerife is without a doubt the one that scales the iconic Mount Teide. But for those of us who aren’t quite up for the challenge of hiking up a volcano, there are several more relaxed walking routes in Anaga. Positioned in a remarkably beautiful laurisilva forest, these walking routes are designed to engage the senses and feature several plaques throughout, detailing how your ears, eyes, nose and sense of touch are being engaged.
With the busy summer season coming to a close for the Canary Islands, it will be easy to find cheap hotels in Tenerife for the next few months. If you prefer cruising to ordinary holidays, you’re in luck! Tenerife and the other Canary Islands regularly crop up on cruise itineraries, so keep an eye out Canary Island cruises, too.