Tenerife Tourist Information and Tourism

(Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain)

Aerial view of TenerifeThe largest of seven Canary Islands and home to the tallest mountain in the whole of Spain, Tenerife is the ultimate holiday destination, offering plenty of sun, sea and sand. Tenerife is famous for both its stunning coastline and beaches, and its nightlife, with many of Tenerife's most popular night clubs based around the numerous resorts, including the capital city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, located on the island's northeastern coastline.

From sunbathing to surfing, fine dining to shopping, and whale watching to general sightseeing, tourist attractions are plentiful around Tenerife. Combined with the island's warm and mild year-round weather, it is no surprise that Tenerife attracts thousands of visitors each year, particularly during the summer and winter months.

Tourism is booming throughout Tenerife, with the main resorts of Santa Cruz, Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava, Candelaria and El Médano all offering a range of tourism kiosks and manned tourist information centres. Here you will find information about where to stay, what to see, how to get there and the island's various towns, villages and resorts. In general, the main tourist resorts can be found on the southern side of Tenerife, alongside the island's spectacular coastline and beaches, such as Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and also the Playa de las Américas area. Many appealing towns are located on the northeastern coast of Tenerife, including La Laguna, which is known for its vibrant atmosphere.

Further aerial image of Tenerife hotelsHotels are widespread throughout the island, being particularly concentrated in the bustling city of Santa Cruz and the numerous coastal resorts, such as Los Cristianos, where Tenerife holidays are especially popular. Many of the most desirable hotels are concentrated on both the island's western and southern coastlines, often alongside the beaches. Accommodation in Tenerife ranges in price and is quick to become fully booked in the high season, between the winter months of December and February. Large hotel complexes offer good value for money and excellent facilities, including outdoor swimming pools, while self-catering apartments are extremely popular around Puerto de la Cruz. More information about Tenerife Hotels.

Tenerife's main tourist attractions include snorkelling and scuba diving around Tenerife's rocky Puerto de Santiago cove and the Playa San Juan area, surfing and windsurfing along El Médano, boat trips and cruises around the Tenerife coastline, and unusual underwater submarine trips departing from Tenerife's Los Galletas harbour. Other popular tourist attractions on the island include Tenerife's legendary nightlife - with an endless selection of nightclubs, discos and cocktail bars on offer, together with plenty of restaurants and casinos; Loro Parque - a superb zoo and gardens with plenty of animals, including captive-bred killer whales, now one of the top tourist attractions on Tenerife ; Aqualand Costa Adeje - a busy water park, with a number of fast water slides, swimming pools and Europe's largest Dolphinarium; and Tenerife's El Drago Butterfly House - a landscaped tropical enclosure with approximately 100 different butterfly species and information about their life cycle.

Photo of promenade along a Tenerife beachOther top tourist attractions and important landmarks in Tenerife include the Güimar Black Pyramids - mysterious stone remains of an ancient civilisation that once lived on Tenerife; Barranco del Infierno - an awesome gorge situated in the Adeje region of Tenerife, featuring burial caves and walking trails; Los Roques de Garcia - striking natural red rock formations on an impressive scale; and the Acantilados de los Gigantes - the Cliffs of the Giants, one of Tenerife's most dramatic rock faces, best viewed by boat. More information about Tenerife Tourist Attractions and Tenerife Landmarks.

For those looking for parks, gardens and peaceful spots in Tenerife, there is plenty to choose from. Parque Las Aguilas offers landscaped gardens, a collection of cacti and exciting birds of prey demonstrations. Further parks in Tenerife include the Tenerife Botanical Gardens, La Granja Park, Sitio Litre Gardens, the Parque del Drago, Garcia Sanabria Park and the Teide National Park, attracting over four million visitors annually and containing Tenerife's tallest mountain, Mount Teide.

Some of Tenerife's main museums and art galleries include the Regional Military Museum - part of the historic Castillo de Almeida fortress, with military collections and information about Lord Admiral Nelson; Natural and Human History Museum - one of Tenerife's main museums, full of cultural information and archaeological treasures from around the island; the Tenerife Anthropology Museum - celebrating the diverse past of the Canary Islands, with a number of seasonal events and workshops; La Recova Arts Centre - hosting many large art exhibitions and promoting local Canarian artists; and Tenerife's Municipal Museum of Fine Arts - containing an extensive collection of art works, dating from the 1600s onwards. More information about Tenerife Museums and Tenerife Art Galleries.

Tourist attractions located nearby Tenerife include the neighbouring Canary Islands, all of which can be easily reached by regular ferries and fast jetfoils. Gran Canaria is located to the east of Tenerife and home to a number of beach resorts, charming villages, and the bustling city of Las Palmas, where restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment venues abound. Fuerteventura stands further east and offers a good selection of beaches, water sports, golf courses and a relaxed pace of life, with regular ferries between Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the island's Morro Jable harbour. Also worth a mention, the island of Lanzarote is situated to the northeast of Tenerife, above Fuerteventura, and contains a number famous beaches, landmarks designed by famous Canarian artist César Manrique, and tourist attractions created by volcanic activity many thousands of years ago. More information about Tenerife Attractions Nearby.

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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain