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Attractions Tenerife

Tourist attractions of Tenerife

Los Realajos La Laguna La Oratava
Theme Parks Water Activities Day Trips Shops-Buying
Sight-seeing Land Activities Night life Mount Teide
Above are some of the items on this page

THEME PARKS - ecological, water, interest and leisure

Octopus Aquapark (near Playa de las Americas)
The Octopus water theme park, situated near Playa Las Americas, is open all year round, 10am to 6pm daily. One of Tenerife's great attractions, it features superb selection of sun bathing areas, slides, tubes, pools, diving boards , dolphins shows and a relaxing 'lazy river'. Attractions include safe, supervised climbing and playing structures for children, and high safety standards. Facilities include restaurants and changing rooms.

Loro Park (Puerto de la Cruz, North Tenerife)
Parrot Dolphin This fabulous Puerto de la Cruz attraction is a Thailand styled tropical paradise. It has the worlds largest parrot collection and unforgettable Dolphin Sea Lion & Parrot shows, as well as the world's longest underwater ' walkway' tunnel (through a shark and fish filled aquarium). Tiger Island, Gorilla Jungle and the Bat Cave are j just a few of the many attractions here. Open daily. 08.30 - 17.00. Free 'road train' ride to and from Playa Martinez (centre of Puerto de la Cruz) are every 20 ins.

Ecological Park (Las Aguilas Nr. Los Cristianos)
Ea 75,000 sq. metres of tropical gardens. Many natural attractions, exotic wildlife, crocodiles, penguins, elephants and a variety of 'birds of prey' - which are used for exciting 'demonstrations set in open arenas. Open all year with free buses from Playa Las Americas.

Bananera - Jardines del Atlantico
(at Busanada, Nr Los Cristianos)
Included amongst the abundance of tropical plants and trees, you will also see a model of Tenerife explaining the water system of the island. Open daily they have a free bus from Los Cristianos/Playa Las Americas

Bananera El Guanche
BananaVisit their spectacular array of 400 species of cacti, thousands of tropical plants and trees. Bars, souvenirs, video show every 20 mins.

Camel Park (Near Los Cristianos)
Camel Enjoy a ride on the typical Canarian animal. Afterwards enjoy an Arab tea or meal. Open daily from 10.00 - 19.00 on the road from Los Cristianos - Chayofa. Free bus from Los Cristianos/Playa Las Americas

Cactus and Animal Park (Near Los Cristianos)
Cactus A botanical garden specialising in cacti and plant life from the arid regions. The animal park, houses a variety of species from marmosets to terrapins. Next door is Amazonia, 7000 sq m of tropical rain forest. Exotic birds fly freely and there is s a beautiful collection of hummingbirds, a host of other game birds, parrots and reptiles. Open daily from 10.00 - 18.00. Free bus from Los Cristianos/Playa Las Americas

SIGHTSEEING - natural beauty, historical interest, museums

Botanical Gardens (Puerto . . Cruz)
Flower Will impress even those who 'are not interested in flowers'. The gardens feature an incredible collection of tropical and sub-tropical trees and plants. Open daily 09.00 - 18.00. Situated in La Paz.

Risco Bello Aquatic Gardens (Puerto Cruz)
Situated right in the heart of the Parque Taoro. A popular and beautiful tropical oasis with lakes, grotto, waterfall, pottery garden, Japanese bridge, exotic flora and fauna. Open daily 10.00 - 18.30 (winter) and 10.00 - 20.30 (Summer)

Castle Museum Park (Los Realejos)
Discover the Canary Islands History and all about its flora, fauna, agriculture, volcanoes, foods, ceramics and handicrafts. Everything you ever wanted to know about folklore. There are also Camel rides, and a playground for children. Open daily 09.00 - 18.00. Free bus every 30 mins. from Cafe Columbus.

Casa Iriarte (Los Realejos)
A beautifully preserved 18th Century building with the distinctive Canarian balconies so ever-present in this town. Poet and author Tomas de Iriarte y Nieves-Ravelo was born in this house in 1750. The lower part of the house has shops selling souvenirs and upstairs there is a naval museum, with a collection of old posters and photographs.

Natural History Museum (Santa Cruz)
A new museum representing Tenerife's history, from Spanish conquest - present day. Housed in a magnificent XVIth century building. Open Tues.- Sun. 10.00 - 17.00

'Rasto' Craft Market(Santa Cruz Flea Market). Sunday mornings 10.00 - 14.00. About everything

Garachico Craft Markets- Local Canarian craft market, most Sundays.

Masca Road leads from Santiago del Teide, 6 km zigzag drive. Village until recently not accessible by road. Wonderful views and an insight into how Canarian's lived for many years. Popular with hikers who wish to make the 2 hour walk through the gully to the sea at the base of majestic cliffs of Los Gigantes.

Barranco Barranco del Infierno. Walkers ravine in Municipal of Adeje. The gorge boasts one of the few permanent streams in the south of island. You do not have to be a keen hiker to transverse this gully. Walk takes approx. 70 mins, each way. Bar/Restaurant at entrance to Barranco. Wear tough shoes.

Vilaflor - Old Canarian village. Situated at 4,921 feet is the highest village in Spain. Beautiful scenery. During winter months take a jacket with you it may be cool.

Taganana Still one of the remotest villages in Tenerife. Famous for it's Rose wine and fresh fish meals. It is a botanist's and walkers paradise.

Teide Volcano and the National Park
Mount Teide Mount Teide is the highest peak in Spain standing at 12,200 feet. Formed around a million years ago. Lunar landscape, volcanic ashes and rock formations. Incredible views and landscapes. Cable car to upper peak. Cable car cannot be used by people with heart condition's and other related medical conditions.

Spectaculars - Night Club - Disco - Casino

Night Clubs - Discos - Night Life Veronicas, in Playa de las Americas, is the hottest night life location in Tenerife. The whole complex is dedicated to night life. At various other venues in the South, you will find everything from Spanish Dance Shows, Magic shows and Medieval nights to dedicated Jazz programs. Veronicas comes to life from around 22.00 hrs every night. All music tastes catered for as well as an excellent variety of young rock bands and live music. from 01.00 hrs till late.

Castillo San Miguel Medieval Night and Show Exactly as you saw it in the movies!. Now live. Medieval tournaments, Parades-games-fights and competitions on horseback between knights of that epoch. Enjoy an authentic medieval show accompanied by a succulent dinner, wine and dance with the orchestra show band. Also The Drifters Espectacular. Spend an unforgettable evening with all the family.

Flamenco Ballet The Pyramids International Ballet. Theatre Dance Show. A must when visiting Tenerife. This show is approx. 2 hours of Dance. If you have ever wanted to or seen the Riverdance company, this group of dancers have developed a show which is as good if not better with a Spanish flavour. Dinner can also be arranged at one of the restaurants in this renowned 5 star hotel and conference centre.

ACTIVITIES non aqua - tennis, golf, karting, bowling, skate

Golf and Tennis Facilities in Tenerife are superb. In addition to having separate Golf and Tennis pages, other interesting things to do are featured on the Activities page .

SkateBoarder Inline Skating, Skateboarding A popular sport with young residents of Tenerife. Ramps in Playa Las Americas (near Stadium) and El Medano. Street skating and boarding all around.

Karting Karting (7 km from Los Cristianos) Karting Club Tenerife, 5 different models of Karts for an exciting ride. 3 different circuits: Children's - Choppers - Competition & Formula. Bar Cafeteria - Billiards - Scalextric - Viewing Terrace. Situated just off Motorway on road Guaza - Las Chafiras.

Bowls (Costa del Silencio) Open every day from 9 am until dark. Carpet surface, outdoor, 6 ring, 1 hr sessions. 10 pin in Las Americas

Hang Gliding Available in Playa Las Americas. Hang gliding club run by experienced instructors.

Badminton - a few words from John Arthur
While visiting Tenerife about two years ago I found a 'club' where badminton is played. I had already tried more than one place before but was very disappointed. This club, 'Tenerife South' located in Las Galletas, plays on a 'world standard' (Badminton Association of England) court. 'Determined' Mick spent months trying to set up a club in south Tenerife but came up against brick walls in respect of halls. He eventually found one in El Fraile. There were drawbacks in that play was only possible on two nights for a hour and a half (because of indoor football). After a meeting with the Sports Minister he was given the use of the hall in Las Galletas. So - Badminton is now available at Las Galletas.
Members of the club, 'Tenerife South', meet on Mondays and Thursdays between 1900 and 2200 hours. Play is on BAofE standard courts. Racquets are available.
For more information - Contact Mick on (00 34) 922 72 11 79

ACTIVITIES aquatic - scuba diving, surfing, water ski, jetski, sailing

SnorkellingSnorkel and Scuba A full range of Scuba courses from beginner level to instructor level is available from several clubs. If you always wanted to try it, go to the Scuba page. There a several very good snorkelling coves around the coast, with interesting marine life, see beaches for a few suggestions.

Jet Skier Ski - Para - Sailing As well as JetSki, WaterSki and Parascending, may other activities are available on various beaches all around the island. The beaches page gives suggestions on water sports locations in addition to information on sunbathing beaches.

Surfer Surfing El Medano, has hosted the world windsurfing championship. A windsurfer's paradise with almost constant wind. Rigs can be hired at El Medano and Las Americas, which also has a windsurfing centre and daily lessons. Longboard and bodyboard surfers can hire surfing boards in Las Americas. Body Boarders should check the beach pages, where I have listed several good surfing sites.

TRIPS - island tours, jeep safaris, whale safari - submarine

Gorilla Mount Teide Island Tours Go to the Coach Tours page for details of all-day tours of the island, which stop at many interesting places, and other tours, where part of the day is spent touring selected parts of the island and the remainder for shopping, sightseeing spectacular attractions such as Loro Parque.

Jeep Safari are available both in Tenerife and La Gomera. 6 seat open top jeeps are used. You will visit Mount Teide and forest's of Tenerife, so take a warm clothing.

Sea Trips Jolly Roger - Meridian - Ons de Mars - Catamaran - Ketch's many sea trips are available to see Whales and Dolphins, also for sightseeing off coast. Cruises are 2 hrs - 5 hrs and 6 hrs. See tours for mores details.

Whale Safaris Trips to visit Pilot Whales of Tenerife. Other species are seen during migration periods. Crews experienced on where to locate Whales and Dolphins. Cruises range between 2 and 6 hours.

Submarine Trip Yellow Submarine. Daily Trip takes approx. 45-50 minutes for underwater trip off island. Several trips per day.

SHOPPING - what to buy, unique stores, gifts, markets

Day Markets Torviscas, Los Cristianos, Alcala, Garachico

African Market (Santa Cruz) The famous Mercado Nuestra Senora de Africa is a dazzling bazaar of over 300 stalls selling fresh local produce. A short walk from bus station, look out for pink clock tower, get there as early as possible for the best of the fruits and veg. On Sundays surrounding the African Market you will find EL RASTRO FLEA MARKET look out for some high quality leather, hardware and crafts at bargain prices.

Tenerife Pearl (Armenime, south Tenerife)
At Armenime in the south, Tenerife's Palace of Pearls, where thousands of square feet are devoted to pearls and pearl jewellery. Open 7 days a week. 09.00 till late. Free entrance,

House of Wines Casa del Viño, El Sauzal, Exit 21 Autopista del Norte. Housed in traditional country house in north of Tenerife. Lovingly restored this is a museum and visitors centre. Sample excellent quality wines of Tenerife. Authentic cuisine and impeccably run restaurant. Museum hours Tues - Sat. 11.00 - 20.00 Sundays 11.00 - 18.00 - Restaurant hours Tues - Sat. 13.00 - 23.30 Bar hours 11.00 - 23.30