Sights & Points of Interest on Tenerife
Here you will find an overview of points of interest in Tenerife.
One thing is clear, on Tenerife there are more sights than you can see in a single holiday. Reason enough to get an overview of what you want to experience. Of course I can’t list all of them here, but there should be some interesting destinations for everyone.
The Teide – View to the Atlantic Ocean from 3718m
3718m, making Pico del Teide Spain’s highest mountain! Almost 19000 ha around the volcano belong to the national park. Every year about 3 million tourists visit the Teide. This fact itself shows that it is one of the most popular excursion destinations in Tenerife.
In fact it is a must, because the view on a clear day is simply impressive. Apart from the view on Tenerife itself, La Gomera, La Palma and Gran Canaria are visible in good conditions.
Whether hiking, mountain biking or simply going uphill by car, an excursion to the Teide is worthwhile and leaves lasting memories.
Cueva del Viento
The Cueva del Viento (Cave of the Wind) is located just outside Icod de los Vinos, in the north of Tenerife. The fact that this is one of the best places of interest becomes clear when you look at the reservations. Usually you have to book well in advance to get a guided tour through the lava cave.
With 17km the Cueva del Viento is the longest cave in Europe. A guided tour lasts about 2 hours, whereby one also spends some time outside the cave system and receives information about flora and fauna. It is not allowed to explore the whole cave. Only 250m there and 500m back are open for visitors.
The Pyramids of Güímar
The Pyramids of Güímar resemble the buildings in Mexico and Peru. However, their exact purpose is unclear. What is known is that they were built in the 19th century and are governed by astronomical laws. For example, the main complex is oriented towards the sunset of the winter solstice. So they are not just heaps of stones to create arable land. However, the benefits have not yet been precisely clarified. Those interested in history should definitely take a look at the Pyramids of Güímar.
Apart from the pyramids themselves, there is an exhibition of similar buildings from all over the world, a botanical garden and an expedition hall.
Opening hours: daily from 9:30 – 18:00 o’clock
The Canary Dragon Tree in Icod de los Vinos
Nobody knows the exact age of the tree. Initially, it was estimated at 3000 years. However, since it is not a tree in the true sense, but an asparagus plant, it does not form any age rings. On the basis of branching and flowering period its age was corrected to 400 years. Still very old, if you ask me!
The island’s oldest dragon tree can be found in Icod de los Vinos, where it is well signposted.
Los Gigantes are the second highest cliffs in Europe. The lava rocks drops down 450m until they hit the Atlantic Ocean. From Acantilados de Los Gigantes you have the best view on the cliffs.
In the same town you will also find Playa de la Arena, one of the most beautiful beaches in Tenerife.
Mariposario del Drago – The Butterfly Park
Since 1997, more than 600 different species of butterflies can be seen in the butterfly park, in Icod de los Vinos. On more than 1000m² there are three independent areas to explore. There is a garden in which one can observe the animals themselves, a laboratory in which the offspring of the caterpillars and the birth of new butterflies take place and an exhibition hall in which one receives additional information.
Palmetum – The Botanical Garden in Santa Cruz
A garden planted on a dump. Hard to imagine but true. In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, right on the coast, a paradisiacal garden has been planted on an old garbage dump and the result is breathtaking. Over 400 species can be admired. There are also over 70 different species of palm trees, that makes it the largest open-air palm exhibition in Europe. Who would like to explore the garden extensively should bring at least 2 hours of time.
For me the botanical garden is a highlight among the sights of Tenerife and by far the most beautiful place in Santa Cruz.
Barranco del Infierno
The Barranco del Infierno is located at the upper end of the town of Adeje. The walk through the gorge takes about 3.5 hours and is only possible by reservation, as only 300 visitors are allowed daily. At the end of the 3km long hike there is a 200m high waterfall.
Many species of invertebrates can also be found here.
The Barranco del Infierno is open from 8:00 to 18:00, the last entrance is at 14:30.
More information can be found on the official website*.
Mirador de la Garañona
The Mirador de la Garañona offers a great view over the north coast of Tenerife. A small garden with ice cream parlour invites you to stroll and linger. Playa del Camello (picture right) can only be reached by boat. But then one has it under guarantee also almost for itself.
The approx. 300m high cliff is a protected area for numerous animal and plant species. Some of them are highly endangered, mainly by human influences.
Castillo de San Andres
The Castillo in San Andres is certainly not an outstanding sight, but a remnant of Tenerife’s history. It was built in 1706 to protect the island from pirate attacks. Unfortunately, you can’t enter it. Nevertheless, it is worth stopping for a moment to look at it.
In San Andres there are also some restaurants and the beach of Santa Cruz.