Tenerife is this beautiful volcanic island with exotic plants, beautiful lash tropical scenery, banana plantations and black beaches. Tenerife has something for everyone and mostly for those who enjoy a bit of variety. One of the best ways to explore this lovely island is by car. So if you are a fun of road trips, then this is the island for you. And believe me you’ll love it!
Flying to Tenerife could not be easier with many airlines offering reasonable fares all year round. Another way to come to the island is by ferry, but will take a little more time. Any time we visited Tenerife it was by airplane, as it is the fastest option from Madrid.
The island is not that small and if you want to enjoy it is worth renting a car. The roads are pretty good and this way you will have the freedom of going wherever you feel like going and stop any time you want to.
TEIDE NATIONAL PARK
No trip to Tenerife is complete without visiting Teide National Park. Verdant valleys, dramatic cliffs and amazing rock formations, all crowned by the majestic Mount Teide. The third largest volcano in the world. Teide rises 3,718 metres above sea level making it the highest point in the whole of Spain.
It feels nice walking through a moon like landscapes made up of pinnacles and ancient lava fields that have turned to rock. If you’re not in the mood for a big hike, don’t worry because there are many spots where you can just walk, or bike.
This place was amazing, surrounded by forest, it’s peaceful and encourages you to unwind and relax. The park has a unique flora and many wonderful views. Here you will admire countless species of flowers too. It is a universe in miniature!
If you want to enjoy the island from above, is it possible a trip on the top of the El Teide by cable car or by foot, if you feel like making the effort! We preferred the cable car because we din’t had time! Once up there, the first thing you’ll notice is… the cold! There was even snow! So bring a warm jacket. The views from up there are breathtaking. Here you’ll enjoy a rocky and desert landscape, something you don’t get to see everyday.
There are also many places still undiscovered by mass tourism. It absolutely shouldn’t be missed! The north part of Tenerife has a totally different natural landscape and atmosphere than the south. With its lush green vegetation, the north of Tenerife is perfect for a walk or picnic into the woods, or just to breath some fresh air. Because of its cooler climate the north is less crowded.
You can also find many animals that can only be spotted here, such as owls, kestrels or laurel pigeons. The place is a dream for any photographer due to the background of the blue ocean creating a fascinating landscape.
In Tenerife are beaches for every taste, party beaches, calmer beaches and beaches for water sports lovers. Some even have black volcanic sand.
EL MEDANO BEACH
With its fine black sand this beach is one of Tenerife’s most scenic beaches. This is a windy beach excellent for water sports lovers. Due to its windy conditions and small waves, it is perfect for kite surfers and windsurfers. There is also a part with has much gentler waves making it also great for a nice relaxing day with friends or boyfriend.
If you are looking to take some fabulous shots, this beach is wonderful due to its beautiful, dark blue water and emblematic rock and the sunsets are some of the best you can have around the island.
Los Guios beach is next to the village of Los Gigantes. The best of Los Guios beach is the spectacular view on the canyons of Los Gigantes. Besides the beautiful scenery this beach is place for a lovely relaxing day at the beach and for a good swim as the waters are generally calm and the sand is black.
This fabulous black beach in Tenerife has without any doubt some of the most spectacular views on the southern coast. Close to the beach are many restaurants and shop, so you can have a tasty lunch and then go back right away.
This beach has grey sand, not the typical volcanic beach in Tenerife, which is guaranteeing good water conditions and services like sun loungers, toilets and showers. Close to the beach you’ll find many shops, restaurants and ice cream sellers. I recommend you to get there early to avoid the crowds!
You should visit Icod de los Vinos, famous for being the home of a very old tree. But this is not just any tree, it’s a millenary Dragon tree that has become the symbol of the town and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tenerife.
This Dragon tree age is about 1000 to 5000 years that makes it the oldest alive Dragon tree in the world. Dragon trees have a reasonable amount of variety in the Canary Islands and you can see them while you go around the island.
It is a little bit difficult to make predictions for Tenerife, because there is a myriad of micro climates on the island and the weather can change completely while only making a few kilometres! Usually the weather is pretty warm all year round. First time I visited Tenerife was in December and I wore summer clothes.