3 days in Tenerife
Its warm climate all year round makes Tenerife, Spain, the perfect place to enjoy beaches, sun and sea, and all the activities and sports linked to them. But there is much more to this island, since under El Teide you will find a jigsaw puzzle of landscapes, seemingly competing to outdo each other for beauty: striking cliffs, green forests and deep valleys with picturesque villages full of flowers, which shows how the inhabitants have adapted to the land. Tenerife has excellent food and drink, a varied range of leisure activities and a talent for getting things right when it comes to tourism; these attractions, added to the wonders of the natural setting, offer everything that the visitor might want in a vacation. All those beautiful photos of the island are telling the truth: it really is that marvelous.
Here is our proposal for seeing the island in just 3 days:
When you get to Tenerife we recommend spending a day of rest and relaxation, enjoying its beaches. If you are staying at one of the RIU hotels on the Costa Adeje you will enjoy the Playa de los Cristianos beach with its light sand and clear waters. This is one of the island’s most lively areas and, as well as sunbathing and swimming, you can play some beach volleyball or football. If you are staying at the Hotel Riu Garoe, you can visit the Lago Martiánez salt water pool complex and nearby beach. After lunch, if you enjoy parks with an animal theme, what about the Jungle Park, located in a fantastic setting in the south of the island, or Loro Parque, in the north? If that is not the kind of thing you are looking for, we recommend a visit to the Adeje Massif and Barranco del Infierno Nature Reserve to see its spectacular waterfall and rock formations like the Roque del Conde, or take a trip through some of the lovely villages inland. A peaceful afternoon deserves an animated evening. If you are in the south, try the San Telmo area, near the Playa de las Américas, where you will find plenty of bars. If you are in the north, there are pubs, cafés and tapas bars aplenty in the Plaza del Charco area of Puerto de la Cruz.
Nobody should leave Tenerife without seeing the El Teide National Park. If you want to climb Spain’s highest peak, you must book by phone or using the official website, but if you just want to view the curious volcanic ecosystem of the area, you can take the cable car up to an altitude that offers some incredible views. Now you have seen some of the natural wonders of Tenerife, we suggest experiencing a little local culture. For this you can go to the Tenerife History and Anthropology Museum, in La Laguna. Located in an old mansion, its displays give visitors an in-depth look at Canarian life and history. If museums aren’t your thing but you want to find out more about the island, try the Casa del Vino La Baranda, a 17th-century farm that has information about local wines and also offers tastings. For the evening, we propose seeing a little of the island’s main town, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with a stroll in the old quarter and in the Avenida de Anaga area by the harbor; these are the sites of Santa Cruz’s famous carnival, the world’s most popular after Rio de Janeiro’s.
If you like sports then you will love the island’s busier beaches, where you have the chance to try surfing, paragliding, scuba diving and more. Take the morning to discover your favorite water sport. If so much excitement is not for you then there are boat trips, including ones dedicated to dolphin and whale spotting and others that offer spectacular views of the island from the sea. An original option is the Bananera Jardines del Atlántico Park, where you can learn about the cultivation of one of the symbols of the Canary Islands: the banana. In the afternoon, wander in the old centers of traditional towns like La Laguna and Garachico, where you can see characteristic Tenerifan architecture and perhaps buy a few souvenirs of your stay here. If you prefer, this is a good time to seek out one of the island’s camel farms, where you can take a ride on one of these friendly animals. To end the day, relax and savor some island cuisine at the restaurant of your RIU hotel in Tenerife, and then enjoy all that your evening entertainment program has to offer.