Tenerife – Spain Information
Tenerife – Spain
Is the capital of the Canary Islands and offers a variety of things to do. When visiting Tenerife, cruise passengers can hit up the gorgeous sandy beaches or dine on delicious seafood. Visitors can even find snow and lava on this tropical paradise thanks to high elevation points and still active volcanoes. Tenerife is often alive with festivals, too, so check those out if you’re in port on a day there’s a traditional festival going on.
Top Sights & Attractions Tenerife
Marvel at Historic Architecture in Puerto de la Cruz
A visit to Puerto de la Cruz during your Tenerife cruise port of call will feel like you’ve been whisked away to a different era. Puerto de la Cruz is located on the northern coast of Tenerife within the Orotava Valley, a beautiful part of the island that is accented by wild green foliage, lava boulders, and black sand beaches. Puerto de la Cruz is a colorful city that is rich in historic architecture thanks to its many 18th century houses featuring wooden balconies that are leftover from the island’s colonial era. If you’re looking for some fun in the sun while in Puerto de la Cruz head to one of the seawater swimming pools at Lago Martiánez. If hanging out with animals is your idea of fun, go to Loro Parque, a zoo that has many different species, including lions, parrots, penguins, and even an aquarium.
Mount Teide and the Canary Island’s Largest National Park
Of all the islands of the Atlantic, Tenerife is home to the highest point thanks to Mount Teide, which rises over 12,000 feet above sea level. Mount Teide is also the third-tallest volcanic structure in the world and is still active. The best way to see Mount Teide is to visit Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that spans across 47,000 acres. It is the most visited natural site in all of Spain thanks to its stunning views of the volcano, a scenic cable car ride, beautiful hiking trails, and the Teide Observatory, an astronomy center you can tour.
Old Town Wonder in San Cristóbal de La Laguna
Next to Santa Cruz is San Cristóbal de La Laguna, the former capital of Tenerife that has an alluring Old Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. La Laguna’s Old Town has an abundance of buildings and churches dating back the 16th to 18th centuries, and its Lower Town is an early example of a city planned according to a grid.
Tenerife Even Has Pyramids to See
The Pyramids of Güímar are six pyramid-shaped structures located in the town of Güímar on the eastern side of Tenerife. The pyramids are rectangular and get their shape from terraced levels made out of lava stone. The pyramids are impressive since they were built without mortar, and archaeologists believe they are similar to pyramids found in Egypt, Mexico, and Peru.
Top Things to Do in Tenerife
An Epic Drive to Masca
Looking for an adventurous drive? Navigate the twists and turns of the road leading to the village of Masca, a remarkably picturesque village located within a gorge and surrounded by nature. It was only connected via road to the rest of the island in 1991 and thus still feels like a world away with its stone houses and remote hiking trail along a ravine.
Water Fun at Siam Park
If you’re looking for some adventurous water fun, head to Siam Park, a spectacular water park in Tenerife that has massive water slides, pools, and lazy rivers. It is a visually spectacular setting, too, since the design features Thai-inspired architecture.
Explore the Capital City of Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is the capital city of Tenerife and provides some of the city action and nightlife that gives Tenerife a bit of a party reputation along with its famous beaches. It’s not just restaurants and clubs in Santa Cruz, though. Santa Cruz is home to a number of museums and gardens, as well as a historic quarter called Puerto de la Cruz. It is also a fairly walkable city with a charming boardwalk and lots of shopping opportunities.
Find a Blissful Beach to Relax On
Beaches are located all around Tenerife and are a great way to spend time on the island during a cruise to Tenerife, Canary Islands. The location of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic provides the archipelago with lots of sunshine and Tenerife is no exception; the island enjoys some of the warmest average daily temperatures of all the Canary Islands and averages only six rainy days per month. So when visiting a beach, make sure to pack some sunscreen! Also be cognizant of the colored flags on the beaches: a red bag means no swimming, a yellow bag means swim at your own risk, and a green bag means it’s a good spot for swimming though you should still always exercise caution.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the port capital of Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s seven Canary Islands. The city showcases incredible sights such as the Plaza de Espana, the church of St. Francis of Assisi, and the soaring white wave auditorium, the Auditorio de Tenerife. This quintessential Canary Island’s town is a colourful Mediterranean Cruises destination where you can soak up the sun, dine in style, or take a dip in glittering waters.
Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
Puerto de la Cruz and Orotava
El Teide Discovery
A Visit to Loro Parque
The buzzing island of Tenerife is an excellent stop for its sunny climate, beautiful landscapes, and good-looking beaches. On this Cruise excursion, you’ll enjoy a short coach ride to Orotava, a small Medieval town nestling in a scenic valley. Passing by its charming old centre, admire the 17th-century building Casa de los Balcones with its pinewood craftsmanship and Canarian patio, before entering the paradise of the botanical gardens with its wide array of tropical plants. Next, travel to Puerto de la Cruz and enjoy time wandering around the town’s picturesque streets. Have a drink in a seafront café or shop the boutiques.
Discover the incredible El Teide National Park, a lauded UNESCO World Heritage Site. This guided Cruise excursion will see you admiring the lush scenery of La Esperanza before journeying to the mountain range of Las Cañadas. Wander through the beautiful surroundings before stopping at volcanic Mount Teide’s otherworldly crater. Next, visit the Rock of Mirador for some amazing photographs next to this unusual geological formation.
Bird lovers will delight in a trip to Tenerife’s Loro Parque (Parrot Park). This wildlife conservation centre, located near Puerto de la Cruz in the northern part of the island, is a fabulous natural environment for thousands of colourful parrots. The park is also home to endangered animals, mammals, reptiles, birds and fish. This Cruise excursion is an exciting family day out, providing unforgettable experiences.