• Tenerife - Must-see sights

    The guide was updated: 2014-11-19

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Must-see sights

Teide National Park

All who have been to the Island, and those who haven’t, will know of Tenerife through the Teide National Park. Standing amid a vast alien landscape, the Island’s most famous symbol rises 3,718 metres above sea level. Mount Teide is the third highest volcano in the world and the least Earth-like place on Earth.
The Ancient Dragon Tree

The Ancient Dragon Tree

What would someone 800 years old look like? On Tenerife, the Ancient Dragon Tree of Icod de los Vinos is estimated to be that old; a unique chance to see and touch such an incredibly old living being. A tree (actually, it’s a bush) of colossal size and which is more than a great-great grandfather: 20 metres around and 16 metres tall.
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Anaga Rural Park

An area in the north-west of the Island where time seems to have stopped at the Tertiary Period. Hiking among the park’s lush Laurel Forests is like stepping back millions of years in time and it’s easy to imagine that witches and fairies once lived here.
Teno Rural Park

Teno Rural Park

The lucky 1,300 inhabitants of Teno Rural Park, a place of stunning natural beauty, live in the small towns of El Palmar, Teno Alto, Los Carrizales, Las Portelas and Masca. They make a living from livestock and farming, and the peace and tranquility which permeates the area has greatly shaped their philosophical outlook on life. It’s a great place for all kinds of outdoor activities, including hiking.
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Los Gigantes Cliff

The name Los Gigantes (The Giants) was given for obvious reasons. This cliff in Santiago del Teide forms part of the Teno Rural Park and at certain points towers 600 metres above sea level, with virtually sheer walls which provoke a sense of vertigo even when seen from below.
Whale and dolphin watching

Whale and dolphin watching

You don’t need to travel halfway round the world to see whales and dolphins. They live some three miles off the coast of Tenerife all year round. Tour boats set out from various ports in the south of the Island every day, offering a chance to see the bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales which have established permanent colonies in our waters.
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Basilica of Candelaria

Its white and beige tones provide stark contrast to the bronze statues of Los Menceyes (ancient pre-Spanish kings) standing alongside the basilica and the black volcanic sands of the beach at its feet. The religious value of this building is greatly enhanced by the treasure of incalculable spiritual value housed within: the exquisite statue of the Virgin of Candelaria, Patroness of the Canary Islands, highly revered by the islanders.
Adán Martín Tenerife Auditorium

Adán Martín Tenerife Auditorium

Santiago Calatrava designed this work of art. The world famous architect drew what seemed an impossible building. With part of its structure hanging in mid-air as if by magic, the exterior radiance of the Tenerife Auditorium simply reflects the beauty which it emanates. It’s a must-see visit for all visitors to the Island, and attending one of the regular concerts, operas or musicals is the ultimate experience.
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Historic areas

The idyllic resort that is Tenerife owes much to its history, art and culture. The historic areas of La Laguna - a World Heritage Site -, Garachico or La Orotava, awarded prizes acknowledging their excellent state of conservation, are just three examples of the treasures to be discovered in many of our towns and which entice you to stroll through their streets and admire their beauty. So much more than sun and beaches.
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