Tenerife is unarguably one of the most popular summertime destinations for families, being home to countless resort hotels and beautiful beaches that stretch out further than the eye can see. But there is also more to this Spanish island than meets the eye. If you’re after something a little further off the beaten path, try some of the following unique activities for a different flavor of the island. If you’re flying to Reina Sofia, be sure to book your airline transfer ahead of time so you have more time to explore the island proper.
While Tenerife is primarily visited for its stunning coastlines and unparalleled beaches, many tourists miss the wonders that can be found further inland – specifically, the volcanic peaks of Teide National Park, one of the more breathtaking swathes of protected wilderness in the Canarias.
Teide National Park is a gem of a place to visit and, remarkably, one of the best places on the planet for stargazing. The Teide Observatory is home to a number of telescopes and arrays and has been attributed to the discovery of many exoplanets – as well as the first brown dwarf star. The night sky as viewed by the naked eye is difficult to match and well worth the hike by itself.
If your intent is to spend as much time by the sea as possible, never fear: there are plenty of unique ways to spend your beachside retreat, including travelling that little bit further out to sea on a sailing trip or cruise. There are many boats and cruises that sail from Costa Adeje, arguably one of the more popular destinations – one of which is a cruise for the specific purpose of catching sight of whales. Why not spend an afternoon on a whale tour, marveling at megafauna?
The Dragon Tree, or El Drago, is a specific specimen of dragon tree situated in Icod de los Vinos, to the north of the island. Dragon trees can be found across Central America and South Asia, but this particular example is special owing to its purported age. According to some accounts, El Drago is 3,000 years old, and potentially one of the oldest trees on the planet as a result. It is something to behold up close, and an excellent opportunity for a road trip to see a little more of Tenerife the island.
San Cristobel de la Laguna is a region found on Tenerife’s northeastern horn, to the north of which can be found the unassuming seaside town Bajamar. Bajamar is unique for being home to three natural pools – serene places where the sea waves can be observed crashing against the very same rock formations that protect you from the elements. Amenities have been added around the pools including showers, seating, and an algae filter to preserve sanitation. Despite these modifications, the pools remain a natural formation and a wonderful way to relax.