The Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Tenerife

The Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Tenerife

The Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Tenerife Spain

Guest Post by Nicola Hall from

Tenerife is on our bucket list so when Nicola Hall from reached out to us about an article that she has written on the most beautiful places to visit in Tenerife we jumped at the chance to showcase this Spanish Island and to learn more on what are the best things to do in Tenerife.

There is nothing better than to get the inside scoop from someone who knows the destination well. As a tourist, we normally visit the popular tourist spots but Nicola explains there is more to Tenerife than the beaches and the nightlife. Read Nicola’s article below and we bet you will be soon booking a holiday to Tenerife.

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(Updated 2020)

The Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Tenerife

Pico de Tiede - The Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Tenerife

Pico de Tiede

Dominated by the often snow-covered Pico del Teide the highest mountain in Spain at 3,718 metres the Canary Island of Tenerife is the largest and most populous island in the archipelago.

Tenerife is also the most popular of Spain’s Atlantic Islands, with more than six million visitors arriving through the doors of Tenerife airport arrivals per year. Tourists mostly come for the beach and nightlife found in the southern resorts.

If you can manage to pull yourself away from the beach and put your hiking boots on, Tenerife has an extraordinary geographical diversity that includes tropical forests and volcanic mountains.

Add museums, gourmet dining, designer shopping, and all the sporting activities you could ever think of into the mix and you will understand why Tenerife is such a popular holiday destination.  See the official tourism website for area facts and statistics.

If this has you thinking that the Canary Islands might be right for your next holiday, we have put together a list of the most beautiful places to visit in Tenerife.

Salt water beach Tenerife

Salt Water Pool near the Beach

The Canary Islands certainly have some of the best beaches in Spain and it’s a myth that they are all made up of black volcanic sand.  Yes!  Tenerife does have some volcanic beaches, but there are plenty of others covered in golden yellow sand imported from the Sahara Desert.

Families can’t go wrong with any of the beaches in Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje as they are all geared towards tourists and have the infrastructure to back it up.

If, however, you want to experience a natural Tenerife black volcanic beach in all its purity Playa Benijo in the north of the island is a photographer’s dream.  Located inside the Anaga Rural Park, Playa Benijo is the place to escape the crowds, relax and soak in the natural beauty.

Playa de las Teresitas - Most Beautiful Places to visit in Tenerife

Playa de las Teresitas

If you prefer a traditional yellow sand beach you will absolutely love the picture-postcard Playa de Las Teresitas.  Located near the village of San Andres a 10-minute drive from the capital Santa Cruz, Playa de Las Teteresitas is a 1.5km of golden imported Saharan sand lined with palm trees and backed by lush green mountains.

The beach is protected from waves by breakwaters at both ends and a man-made artificial reef just teeming with fish.  If you have had enough of the beach, hike one of the nearby trails into the mountains above the beach for guide book quality photographs.

The two above beaches are just a sample of contrasting styles and together with all the top beaches in Tenerife are easily reached by public bus.

Transport options from the South airport include the regular bus Route 711, which runs from Tenerife Sur airport to the capital Santa Cruz and all of the major beaches on the island.  It also offers a Night service.  See the Tenerife bus option here.

If you prefer not to wait for a bus, the option for a Tenerife South airport taxi is on Terminal Floor of Arrivals.

San Cristobal de la Laguna - Most beautiful places to visit in Tenerife

San Cristobal de la Laguna

Founded in the late 15th century, San Cristobal de la Laguna was the first town built in the Canary Islands and is the second largest town in Tenerife.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its many beautiful buildings, San Cristobal de la Laguna was built using a grid system that the Spanish incorporated during their colonial rule of the America’s.

When visiting San Cristobal de la Laguna go to the Information Centre in La Carrera Street and pick up a free map that describes the best places to see and what route to take. 

Mount Teide National Park

Mount Teide National Park - The most beautiful places to visit in Tenerife

Mount Teide National Park

Standing at a height of 3,718 m (12,198 ft) above sea level, Mount Teide is the highest mountain in Spain and the third largest volcano in the world.

Declared a national park in 1954 it is the largest protected area in the Canary Islands covering 46,612.9 hectares (115,183 acres). To reach the summit you can take an exciting cable car ride from the base station at 2,356 m (7,729 ft) to a viewing point a 40-minute hike below the summit.

To visit the summit you need to apply for a special license unless you decide to stay overnight at the Altavista Refuge and have completed your walk to the summit by 9 a.m.

Watching the sunrise from the summit of Mount Teide is spectacular and something you will remember forever.

Plaza de la Libertad, Garachico

Plaza de la Libertad Garachico Most Beautiful Places to visit in Tenerife

Plaza de la Libertad Garachico

Every town and village in Spain has a town square, but not all as pretty as the Plaza de la Libertad in Garachico.

Bordered by churches, public buildings and a Spanish colonial looking hotel, the centrepiece of the square is a wooden bandstand copied from a model brought to Tenerife from Mexico by one of the town’s residents.

There is also a bronze statue of Simón Bolívar gifted to the town by the descendants of Garachico citizens who settled in Venezuela after being given land by the Spanish crown. Also while in Garachico don’t miss the chance to go swimming in the nearby natural pools.


Masca The Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Tenerife

Masca Tenerife

Regarded as being the most scenic village in the Canary Islands, the remote hamlet of Masca has the look of Machu Picchu with steep ravines and rocky pinnacles reaching for the sky.

Most visitors to Masca arrive on excursions; have a walk around, take a few photographs and then they are off to the next attraction.  To truly appreciate Masca arrive early in the morning and hike the trail down through the palms to the ocean and catch a boat back to Los Gigantes.  The hike is suitable for all ages and takes around 3 hours.

Every Tenerife resort has its own beach, each one offering a different feel for a diversity of clientele.  With so many nice beaches to choose from, the island is practically unprecedented throughout Spain due to its variety and scope if it were not for some of the resorts in Andalusia and the many Malaga beaches in the province.

Overall it’s true to say that Tenerife offers an intriguing landscape, attractive bays and stunning beaches.  The climate alone is worth experiencing during the winter months, providing a consistent temperature that most of us only dream of.



Nicola Hall can often be found near a calm sea in a gentle breeze, underneath her hat with her pen to paper. She loves writing helpful and inspiring posts based on her own adventures. You can read more of Nicola’s adventures on her blog

Essential Visitor Information When You Visit Tenerife Spain

Map of Tenerife

Map of Tenerife - Most beautiful places to visit in Tenerife

Tenerife Map

Where is Tenerife

Tenerife Canary Islands is located off the West Coast of Africa.  Tenerife Island is the largest of the islands. The closest point is Morocco which is 100 km away.  There are 7 main islands Tenerife, FuerteventuraGran CanariaLanzaroteLa PalmaLa Gomera and El Hierro.

Getting In

Tenerife has two airports – North Airport and South Airport.

For more information on the Tenerife South Airport click here.

To check out the latest airfare deals from major European centres click here.

There are ferries that connect the islands – large ferry boats and fast ferry boats.

You can take a day trip to El Hierro  (the smallest island of the group) – for more information click here

Getting Around

Transfers available from both airports:

Hop on Hop Off City Bus and Train Tour for Santa Cruz de Tenerife are one of the top things to do in Tenerife.

The Tenerife Tram operates from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to San Cristobal de la Laguna.

If you wish to rent a car check out our preferred car rental booking site.

Where to stay in Tenerife – Tenerife Hotels

Santa Barbara Golf & Ocean Club by Diamond Resorts at Ave del Atlantico 38620 Golf del Sur San Miguel de Abona offers guests a pool, pool bar, gym, aerobics, kids club, kids pool, spa with sauna and whirlpool and free Wifi. The hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

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The 4 star Iberostar Bouganville Playa at Eugenio Dominguez 23 San Eugenio Beach Adeje offers a pool, beach, fitness classes, bar, lounge and kids club.

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Barcelo Santiago at La Hondura 8 Puerto de Santiago – the all-inclusive resort offers a gym, pool, beach in a family-friendly resort.

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Hollywood Mirage at Sierra Nevada Urb Oasis del Sur Los Cristianos offers a pool, pool bar, kids club and kids pool.

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For the top 10 Best hotels in Tenerife as rated by travellers in TripAdvisor click here.

Airbnb Tenerife

Airbnb in Tenerife has a range of properties to suit all types of travellers and budgets.


Top Ten Best Restaurants in Tenerife

Where to eat in Tenerife? Travellers have rated the top ten best restaurants in TripAdvisor.  Click here to find out who and where they are.

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Tenerife Weather

When is the best time to visit Tenerife?

Summers are hot and dry in particular the two hottest months are July and August with temperatures on average around 28 degrees C.

Winters are mild with daytime temperatures reaching from 14 degrees to 20 degrees C.

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Road Tripping Around Spain


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  • Emily says:

    I love Spain and enjoy learning about it (aka future trip planning) which is exactly what this article does. I’ve been to southern Spain, but want to expand on my experiences there. In particular, Masca Tenerife seems right up my alley. Hiking any part of Spain would be a treasure.

  • Pooja says:

    I hadn’t heard about Tenerife before. It sounds like such a great place. The Canary Islands look amazing. Would love to visit the Mount Teide National Park.

    • Hi Pooja
      Thanks for your comments. The Canary Islands do look amazing don’t they? The Mount Teide National Park is a must to do.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Tenerife has so much to see and experience, I am sure a visit to the place will never have a dull moment. The sheer raw beauty of its nature seems amazing. The best part for us seems to be the pristine beauty of Mount Teide National Park. It looks so breathtaking. The other place that had our attention riveted wasMasca, would love to hike and take in its beauty.

    • Hi Sandy
      Thanks for your comments. Tenerife is a perfect destination for nature lovers and hiking. Hope you can visit one day.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • I haven’t been in Tenerife yet. I have always wanted to see the beaches in Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje. I have a very strong affinity to islands and beaches. I hope I can de-stress and relaax there. Maybe do some snorkeling too? Plaza de la Libertad looks amazing too!

    • Hi Emman
      Thanks for your comments. If you love snorkelling you will have an amazing time at the beaches. Tenerife has so many activities for lovers of nature, beaches and history.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Shaily says:

    Tenerife looks extremely beautiful with clean, picturesque beaches and so many to choose from, and a weather worth experiencing. I would love to hike Mount Teide and watch a sunrise from its summit. Masca also looks stunning – nature at its best! Thanks for introducing me to this lovely bucket list destination.

    • Hi Shaily
      Thanks for your comments. Mount Teide at sunset would be a picture perfect moment don’t you think and sunset as well!
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Paul Healy says:

    Sounds like there’s a lot more to do in Tenerife than just laze by the beach. I’d love to explore Masca a bit and take the hike down to the beach, sounds like a great thing to do. It does look like Machu Picchu in that pic too.

  • I love Spain and have always been dreaming of going there. And lately, I have read tonnes on Tenerife. It is just wonderful to see how much natural beauty this place holds. My family would love the beaches and I would love San Cristobal, the UNESCO site. Tenerife makes for a perfect family destination.

    • Hi Soumya
      Thanks for your comments. Tenerife is a perfect family destination, especially with its weather. We are big fan of UNESCO sites as well.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Lisa says:

    It’s so nice to read about other places to see in Tenerife aside from just the beaches there. Saying that, my first stop would be to Playa de las Teresitas as Teresita is my mama’s name! I have to admit, I’d never heard of Masca before reading this, and it’s somewhere now on my radar!

    • Hi Lisa
      Thanks for your comments. Of course you have to visit Teresita it sounds like a must as it is your Mama’s name. I love this.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • I have been to Spain mainland but not to Tenerife islands. Tenerife looks really interesting to me, I am sure I would love both the golden sand beaches and the volcanic black sand beaches. Masca looks pretty to me and I would love to see it by myself how it resembles Machhu Pichhu. Thanks for giving the details of the bus options (hyperlinked) in Tenerife. It helps travelers like me who like to opt for public transport over private ones.

    • Hi Shreya
      Thanks for your comments. Tenerife is definitely a great destination to travel too. Hope you can travel there one day and enjoy all that it has to offer.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

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