Me and Jordan have flew off to Tenerife on holiday quite a few times, it was our first holiday abroad together so it holds quite fond memories for us. The first time we went we stayed in the popular area of Playa De Las Americas, which at the ages of 20 (me) and 18 (Jordan) was perfect for us at the time with it’s lively nightlife, great restaurants and beaches within easy reach. That time we did all the typical touristy things whereas when we went back to Tenerife last year (then 24 and 22) we made it our mission to explore Tenerife further, get out of the usual touristy areas (hence why we stayed the lovely Playa La Arena hotel in Puerto Santiago in the north of the island and hired a car) and explore what else Tenerife had to offer. So with both sides of the table covered, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share with you what I think is worth doing whilst on the sunny island of Tenerife.
1. Trek through the beautiful Masca Valley – Single handedly my favourite thing we have ever done in Tenerife, Masca Valley in the north of the island is home to the tiny remote Masca Village. Take a taxi ride along the bendiest roads I’ve ever seen, walk through Masca Village itself and take the trail through the beautiful Masca Valley all the way to the sea, then hop on a boat back to the Los Gigantes Harbour. It’s well worth the few hours it takes to do whilst getting slightly dirty and sweaty to see the gorgeous Jurassic Park-like views but it’s not one for young children or those with mobility issues. Read my blog post on ‘Trekking Through Masca Valley, Tenerife‘ for more pictures and information.
2. Go on a jeep safari to see the best sights in Tenerife – Take a day travelling around the island in a jeep. You visit the highest town in Tenerife and stop off for an early morning coffee before driving through a huge crater to Mt Teide. Then stop at Corona Forest, drive along the roads that part of one of the Fast and the Furious films was filmed on to suddenly find yourself high up in the clouds ready to have a 3 course lunch (which is included in the price). With full tummies you head to the camel park where you put on your protective clothing and experience a camel ride before beeping goodbye to all of the other jeeps in the cohort and heading back to your hotel, arms waving high up in the air enjoying your last moments in an open roofed jeep. A fantastic experience with fun and knowledgable drivers who teach you the ins and outs of the surrounding areas you visit, plus it’s reasonably priced for what’s included. See my ‘The Jeep Safari, Tenerife‘ post for more on my experience or the Tamaran website to book.
3. Have a fun filled day at Siam Park – Winner of the 2015 Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award and one for both children and adults, Siam Park is an amazing water park in Tenerife. From the wave palace and mekong rapids to Siam Beach and the Tower of Power water slide, Siam Park has it all and caters for everyone whether you just want to relax, have kids in tow to entertain or if you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie like me. It’s the perfect day out and worth experiencing at least once whilst in Tenerife. Take a look at the Siam Park website for more information here.
4. Go whale and dolphin watching in Costa Adeje – I love a good boat ride and I’m willing to bet you do too! We’ve both done the smaller Royal Delphin trip to see dolphins whilst in Tenerife and the larger Freebird One experience, each of which set sail from Costa Adeje. I have to say I loved them both but for different reasons. Whilst it’s amazing seeing pilot whales on the Freebird One, there’s just something that little more special about spotting dolphins in the wild on the Royal Delphin. That said, the overall experience on the Freebird One was great, being able to stop for a swim and jump off the back of the boat or having sandwiches and drinks brought around for everyone to enjoy. It does get rather busy though and I’m not sure how much I’d recommend it for children. Whereas the Royal Delphin is a smaller boat and it’s much more focused on seeing the dolphins themselves, it gets less crowded whilst you don’t have the whole swimming in the ocean/sandwich opportunity. So in a nutshell, if you have children or are particularly interested in seeing dolphins I’d recommend the Royal Delphin boat trip, however if you just want a boat ride with a few added extras and view seeing wildlife as a bonus then perhaps the Freebird One is for you. You can see my post on the Freebird One here. For more information on both boat trips, take a look at the Royal Delphin and Freebird One websites.
5. Like zoo’s and something for the kids? Visit Jungle Park – Finally, if you want to see some entertaining bird and sea lion shows, big cats and other wild animals and a zoo is right up your (or your children’s) street then Jungle Park would be a good one for you. There’s plenty to keep children entertained and it’s not bad for us grown ups too! Oh and don’t forget to have your photo taken with a parrot when you arrive! To view the Jungle Park website, click here.
Have you been to Tenerife? If so, what was your favourite thing to do there?