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Tenerife attractions, excursions and activities are great for keeping the whole family entertained during your holiday and there is plenty to choose from including water sports, sightseeing tours, wildlife parks, boat trips, water parks and jeep safaris.
Water Sports and Boat Trips in Tenerife
Along the coast from Los Cristianos to Playa del Duque various water sports are available including Surfing, Windsurfing, Banana boat rides, parascending, jet ski, and pedalos. The marina at Puerto Colon is where you will find other water sports including bob diving, scuba diving and boat trips for fishing and dolphin and whale watching.
Dolphin and whale watching is a fun excursion in Tenerife. There are many different styles of boats offering this activity including catamarans. Cruises last either 3, 4 or 5 hours and include refreshments. You may even get the opportunity to take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Water Parks in Tenerife
There are two water parks to choose from, Siam Park and Aqualand:
Siam Park is like no other water park you have ever seen. The new Tenerife attraction opened in 2008 and has been a great success. Built around a Thai theme the rides have been cleverly constructed to fit into the landscape. Visitors can spend a whole day in the park enjoying the rides, lazing on Siam Beach, shopping on the floating market or enjoying lunch at one of the parks restaurants. You can even hire your own Cabana or Villa for the day.
Aqualand in San Eugenio has lots of exciting water rides for all ages. Although its not as big as Siam Park is does have a lot to offer especially for younger children. The park also has a dolphinarium with daily shows.
Free buses are available to both water parks.
Wildlife Parks in Tenerife
No holiday would be complete without a visit to a wildlife park. Only a few minutes’ drive away from Los Cristianos are three wildlife parks. Jungle Park, Monkey Park and Camel Park
Jungle Park is set high up in the hillside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and houses a variety of animals including big cats, reptiles, primates and many different species of exotic birds and birds of prey. You can experience a real jungle expedition here and join in the excitement at the birds of prey show.
Monkey Park is situated only a short drive away from Los Cristianos. The park is home to monkeys, apes, crocodiles, iguanas, big cats and exotic birds. Young children love this zoo because they are able to feed some of the animals. Animal feed is available to buy at the entrance to the park. This park is primarily funded by the sale of animal feed.
Camel Park is situated just 10 minutes drive away from Los Cristianos on the road to Arona. The camels are housed on an authentic Canarian farm which they share with donkeys, ducks, hens, goats and dogs. The entrance fee includes a 20 minute camel ride. ‘El Cerro de la Luna’ is a garden restaurant within the park that serves Canarian cuisine, tapas and homemade desserts in an idyllic setting.
Free buses are available for the Jungle Park and Camel Park
Go Karting and Quad Biking in Tenerife
If its speed you need then why not test your driving skills at either go karting or quad biking. The most popular track for this Tenerife activity is the Tenerife Karting Club situated between Las Chafiras and Guaza. The club has two circuits one of which is for children. The other circuit is said to be the No.1 in Europe at 1,200 metres of track and a minimum of 8 metres in width. There are 5 karts to choose from, a two seater option and smaller karts for children. There is also a café and viewing terrace.
The other karting track ‘Karting Las Americas’ is situated in Fanabe. Although it’s smaller it is ideally situated for people who are staying in the Costa Adeje resorts.
The Quad Park is only 10 minutes drive away from Los Cristianos on the road to Arona. The park is an enclosed area consisting of 50 acres of rough terrain. The quad bikes are fully automatic, no driving licence is required, goggles and helmet are supplied. There are different areas of difficulty depending on your experience. The lowest age limit for drivers is 14 years however the lowest age limit for passengers is 6 years. Your drive around the beautiful Tenerife landscape will be accompanied by experienced and qualified drivers.
Quad safaris are also available if you want to quad bike outside of enclosed areas. As there may be some driving on public roads you will need a driving licence. There are three trips to choose from ranging from 45 minutes to 3 hours. You will be accompanied by experienced qualified drivers. Helmets and goggles are supplied.
Other Attractions in Tenerife
If you want to know what’s under the sea but don’t fancy getting wet, then this Tenerife attraction might be just what you are looking for. The Yellow Submarine Safari! This attraction came to the island in 2006 and has been a great success. Guests are invited aboard the yellow submarine which is moored at the San Miguel marina close to the Amarilla Golf resort. Once aboard you may take your seats next to one of its many viewing ports as you sail out of the harbour into the open sea. The submarine dives to a maximum depth of 60 metres. The large viewing windows and on board monitors allow you to see a variety of marine life in the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
La Caldera del Rey is a horse riding stables in San Eugenio, Playa de las Americas. From here you can take a guided horse ride through the banana plantations towards the mountains. Riding lessons are also available. The centre also has a small selection of other animals in their working farm, a picnic area and barbecue. Whether you enjoy riding or not, you couldn’t fail to be impressed with the location of this riding school given its proximity to the hustle and bustle of the major resorts.
Sightseeing excursions in Tenerife
The most popular Tenerife excursion is to see Mount Teide, the dormant volcano at the centre of the island and the highest peak in Spain at around 3718m (12,198ft). Excursions are available as a full day or half day outing. You will travel through Spain’s highest village Vilaflor and through some spectacular landscapes with some photo opportunities along the way. When you arrive at Mount Teide’s visitor centre you will have the opportunity to take the cable car to the top of the volcano, enjoy refreshments in the café and shop for souvenirs.
Much controversy surrounds the Piramides de Guimar which makes this excursion all the more of a Tenerife attraction. Unlike most pyramids around the world these are not thought to date back to ancient times. In fact they can only date them back to the 19th century. However an explorer claimed that there was a connection to ancient origins. The site is of historical interest and well worth a visit. Also at the site is a museum, exhibition centre, auditorium, information centre, café and souvenir shop.
Jeep Safaris are a great way to explore the island. These Tenerife excursions offer half day and full day safaris. You will tour in an open topped jeep. The half day safari to Mount Teide is very similar to the coach tour. The full day safari includes Mount Teide and the hidden village of Masca. You will travel to Mount Teide through small villages and through the national park ‘Las Cañadas del Teide’. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the area and how it has evolved. Lunch is taken at a little Canarian restaurant in Santiago del Teide (lunch is not included in the price of the Safari) before continuing on to Masca.
Tenerife is one of seven Canary Islands that are all accessible from each other. From Tenerife you can join the Jeep Safari to the neighbouring island of La Gomera for more sightseeing. You will be taken by ferry to begin your safari through the villages and mountains of La Gomera. You will learn how the locals still use the ancient art of whistling to communicate with each other.
Lanzarote is another island hop that you can make from Tenerife. Fly from Reina Sofia airport and you could be in Lanzarote in 45 minutes. During this excursion you will visit the Montanas del Fuego (Mountains of Fire), drive through some of the most beautiful villages you have ever seen and stopping for breakfast and lunch, take a camel ride, visit the historical capital of Teguise and visit the Los Jameos Del Agua, a natural wonder comprising caverns and partially collapsed lava tubes.
What’s in North Tenerife?
The second most popular attraction in Tenerife is Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz. This wildlife park is the biggest and best in Tenerife, most notably for its collection of parrots and exotic birds but also for its contribution to the environment and breeding programmes that it is heavily involved in. The park opened in 1972 with only 150 parrots, today it is home to approximately 3000 plus other exotic birds, pelicans and flamingos. In addition to the birds they also share their home with tigers, jaguars, chimpanzees, gorillas, marmosets, meerkats, giant tortoises, alligators, and Koi Karp to name but a few. As far as sea life goes, there is an aquarium with shark tunnel and daily shows from the Dolphins, Orca whales and sea lions. The penguins have their own enclosure which replicates Antarctica.
It’s not all about the wildlife though; Loro Parque also has an Orchid Garden, Cactus Garden, Dragon Tree garden (which is indigenous to the Canary Islands), a Jungle (which is the original part of the park) and thousands of palm trees.
There are plenty of places inside the park to get refreshments as well as a picnic area and children’s play area. There is so much to see and do at this Tenerife attraction for all the family.
Mariposario del Drago is a butterfly farm situated in Icod de los Vinos. The park opened in 1997 and houses over 800 different species of butterflies in a glass building containing a tropical garden where the butterflies fly freely. They also have an extensive breeding programme where visitors can find out more about how these beautiful creatures are created. The programme is funded solely from the entrance fee which is only around 7.50 Euros for Adults and 4.00 Euros for Children.
The Botanical Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz not only offers 20,000 square metres of tropical flora it also has an interesting history regarding its creation which dates back to the 1700s. Today the gardens are just as important as Kew Gardens in London and plans to extend it are underway to double its size and add modern facilities.
Loro Parque reviews - read more about the Park.
Siam Park Reviews - Visitor comments about the water park