From the coast up to its mountaintops, Tenerife is a universe of marked contrasts where you can find the perfect place to fill your holidays with unforgettable moments: secret bays with exotic black volcanic sand, long golden beaches, deep ravines, giant cliffs, exotic woodlands, volcanic landscapes of impossible shapes as well as valleys covered in banana plantations, and much, much more.
On this island, the largest of the Canaries, you will come across incredible landscapes that make you aware of an astonishing natural world, with all the amenities of a tourist destination to provide you with everything you ever dreamt of including climbing, paragliding, caving, horse-riding, walking or cycling, big-game fishing, skin diving, surfing, windsurfing and many more.
You can go on excursions and unique activities such as night-time tours through stately cities, or observe the stars with expert guides in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Declared a national park in 1954, the Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide includes an enormous volcanic crater 48km in circumference, out of which rises Mount Teide at a staggering 3718 metres, making it the highest mountain in the whole of Spain.
The park itself lies at around 2000 metres above sea level and in winter snow falls, gale winds blow and the roads are sometimes closed off. During the summer months this arid landscape which gives the impression of having walked into a cowboy movie, can reach temperatures above 40C.
Access to the now extinct volcano is either by foot or by cable car that will carry you almost to the very summit. From the peak, on a clear day, you are in heaven and have breathtaking views of Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. This is the Canary Islands most visited tourist attraction and must not be missed.
Regardless of your age you will be fascinated by Loro Parque. Originally a Parrot Park, it has now grown into Tenerife's second biggest attraction after mount Teide.
The Loro Parque is home to the world’s most important Parrot collection with over 300 species, an amazing Sea-Lion show, Dolphin Show, Parrot Show, Aquarium with Shark tunnel, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Tigers, Jaguars, Flamingos, Alligators, Tortoises, Orchid House, Gambian Market, a 'NaturaVision' Cinema and the world’s largest Penguinarium with a reproduction Antarctic climate within which 12 tons of snow falls a day.
In spite of its fearsome name, Barranco del Infierno or 'Hells Gorge', this lush green ravine is an oasis in the harsh and arid south Tenerife landscape. It is the only location you will find natural running water. It has become a walker's paradise and is popular as a morning track as the entire stretch (there and back) takes only two and a half hours and can be enjoyed before the midday sun reaches its peak. Also many parts of the walk are within the deep ravine that sometimes grows quite dark and cool.
The Cliffs of the Giants (Acantilados de los Gigantes) are remarkably sheer rock walls that plunge into the ocean a quarter of the way down the west coast of Tenerife. Massive cliffs drop almost sheer into the sea from a height of 500m and 800m in some places.
Archaeologists and authorities scoffed when a local newspaper published an article claiming to have discovered mysterious step-pyramids on the island of Tenerife. Just more agricultural stone terraces they said, such as are common throughout the Canaries. But Dr Thor Heyerdahl thought differently, and on visiting the valley of Güímar to see for himself, he was no longer in any doubt.
They were painstakingly built step-pyramids, constructed according to similar principles as those of Mexico, Peru, and ancient Mesopotamia. The Ethnographic Park 'Pirámides de Güímar' offers you the possibility to visit these rare and interesting structures, and will provide you with theories regarding the possible diffusion of ancient civilisations. Besides the 6 step pyramids, the ethnographic park also offers you the museum Casa Chacona, a life-size replica of the reed ship RA II, Auditorium/Cinema, cafeteria and an ecological souvenir shop.
Tenerife, the island of eternal spring, full of magnificent golf courses and modern marinas, is also the ideal place to be pampered in health and beauty centres where you can abandon yourself to the pleasure of the most relaxing and health-promoting treatments.
The island can also be discovered through its cuisine and culture, with a magical combination of tradition and modernity. Walk through historical districts such as that of La Laguna, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, close in proximity to such spectacular modern buildings as the Tenerife Auditorio, work of the architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, which is home to a superb programme of music and dance of all styles and origins.
Cosmopolitan cities and top quality tourist complexes complete the range of options that are unbeatable for variety and quality, whose aim is to enable you to take the break you deserve.
Live Tenerife: An island with everything to enjoy.