Tenerife Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

(Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain)

Image of boats in a Tenerife marinaTenerife offers endless tourist attractions and recreational activities, with popular water sports including scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing and windsurfing.

One of Tenerife's most popular and unusual tourist attractions, underwater submarine trips offer stunning views of the marine landscape around the shoreline of Tenerife.

Many major tourist attractions in Tenerife cater for families and children, including a number of excellent theme parks, such as Loro Parque, Aqualand Costa Adeje and Tenerife's Aguilas del Teide Ecological Park.

Picture of a catamaran in a Tenerife marina

Boat Trips and Cruises

Tel: +34 922 700 556
With coastal boat trips and excursions, boat hire and cruises, Tenerife has much to offer. A good selection of boats, yachts and even catamarans can often be hired at the island's main marinas, with or without crews. The southwestern side of Tenerife is an extremely suitable region for sailing, offering spectacular views of the coastline. Inexpensive boat and ferry cruises to the nearby island of La Gomera are often available, with daily trips by either ferry or hydrofoil, travelling from Los Cristianos harbour. Whale and dolphin watching cruises are also available and depart from the end of the Playa de Los Cristianos, close to the harbour, and in Puerto Colon in the Adeje area.
Open hours: daily - dawn to dusk
Admission: charge, discounts for children

Scenery off Tenerife coast

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is one of the most popular recreational activities for both local and visitors in the Tenerife area and many people travel to the island to enjoy its spectacular underwater volcanic landscape. Offering colourful coral reefs, old wrecks, endless marine life and extremely warm waters year-round, a number of scuba diving schools are available around the island of Tenerife, providing guided tours, lessons and equipment hire.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free, charge for equipment hire and lessons


Offering such a diverse selection of exceptional wildlife just underneath the ocean's surface, snorkelling has long been a major attraction in the clear waters around Tenerife. Many large and colourful fish and other stunning marine attractions can be easily observed in the warm and clear waters, which offer superb visibility. Popular spots for snorkelling include the rocky Puerto de Santiago cove, the Playa San Juan area of the western side of Tenerife, and the Buena Vista, the island's most northerly town.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Photograph Tenerife black sand beach

Surfing and Windsurfing

The island of Tenerife contains a number of coastal areas offering the perfect conditions for surfing and windsurfing, which are amongst the main water-based attractions here. El Médano beach is a particularly popular spot for windsurfing, hosting many major championships, where the ocean breeze and the relatively calm waters are ideal for all levels of windsurfer. Reasonably priced equipment and instructors are never far from hand in Tenerife.
Open hours: daily - dawn to dusk
Admission: free, charge for equipment hire

Image of Tenerife's Loro Parque sealions

Loro Parque

Address: Avenida Loroparque, Punta Brava, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, 38400, Canary Islands, Spain
Tel: +34 922 373 841
Without doubt one of the premier tourist attractions in the whole of Tenerife, Loro Parque is much more than just a zoo. When it first opened, Tenerife's Loro Parque was simply a parrot park, but has grown and evolved considerably over the years, both in popularity and size. Containing one of the most extensive collections of parrots on the planet, other animal attractions at Loro Parque include sharks, sea lions, dolphins, monkeys, gorillas, tigers, alligators, huge aquariums and an outstanding penguin enclosure. Many shows and feeding displays take place throughout the day, with other attractions including a Porcelain Museum, a Thai Village area, a collection of orchids and a number of huge captive-bred killer whales in the Orca Ocean area.
Open hours: daily - 08:30 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children

Photo of dolphin at Tenerife's Aqualand Costa Adeje Dolphinarium

Aqualand Costa Adeje

Address: Avenida de Austria, 15 - 38660, Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Tel: +34 922 715 266
Aqualand Costa Adeje is a major water park venue and also comprises an excellent Dolphinarium. Situated in the tropical Costa Adeje area of Tenerife, this attraction offers an array of water slides, swimming pools, sunbathing areas, restaurants, bars and gift shops. Aqualand's dolphinarium is a major draw card and one of the biggest in Europe, with many bottlenose dolphins and regular shows. Aqualand Costa Adeje is close to Tenerife's Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas area.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children

El Drago Butterfly House (Mariposario del Drago)

Address: Avenida de Canarias, 38430, Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Tel: +34 922 815 167
Home to around 100 different species of butterflies, Tenerife's El Drago Butterfly House is the perfect family attraction for children of all ages. Many large and brightly coloured butterflies can be observed here, flying in a natural environment. An educational breeding station displays the various stages of life, with eggs, caterpillars, pupas and hatching butterflies.
Open hours: daily - 09:30 to 18:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children

View of the miniature city of Pueblo Chico in Tenerife

Miniature City of Pueblo Chico

Address: Camino Cruz de los Martillos, 62, 38300, Valle de La Orotava, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Tel: +34 922 334 060
Pueblo Chico is a beautifully crafted miniature city, with many detailed scale buildings and tremendous attention to detail. Located in an outdoor setting, the city features moving models, special effects and realistic sounds, recreating the city of Pueblo Chico in perfect detail. Other attractions include a gift shop selling souvenirs of Tenerife, together with a coffee shop, indoor exhibition hall and landscaped gardens.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 19:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children, children under four free

Aguilas del Teide Ecological Park (Parque Las Aguilas)

Address: Carretera, Los Cristianos, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Tel: +34 922 753 131
Known for its spectacular birds of prey displays, which include swooping eagles and hawks, Parque Las Aguilas also features botanical gardens, a large cacti collection and a Amazonian tropical rain forest area. The park contains a variety of animal and bird attractions, with penguins, hummingbirds, pelicans, reptiles, crocodiles, hippos and marmosets, amongst others.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: free

Submarine Trips

Address: Los Galletas Harbour, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Tel: +34 922 730 013
One of the most unusual water water-based attractions in the Tenerife area, submarine trips are aimed at tourists and provide an exciting way to appreciate the underwater marine life and landscape. Departing at hourly intervals most days from the harbour in the charming village of Los Galletas, submarine trips last up to 45 minutes. Other attractions in Los Galletas include seafood restaurants, small gift shops, waterfront walks and a beach area, close to the harbour.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge, discounts for children


The nightlife in Tenerife is legendary and many people holiday on the island for the night time entertainment alone. Locals in Tenerife know how to party and with a range of nightclubs, discos, cocktail bars, restaurants, casinos and other attractions on offer, you can be sure to find plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied until the early hours of the morning. Many nightclubs only start to fill up at around midnight, with the main nightclubs including both Avenida de Colón and Avenida de Venezuela. Many restaurants in Tenerife remain open until late, often offering al fresco patio areas and dance floors.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free, charge for some nightclubs