While cruising the Mediterranean or sipping on a pina colada in the Caribbean may be the spring break you are dreaming of, don’t rule out Tenerife, Spain. Two months ago, I had never heard of the Canary Islands, never mind figuring out things to do in Tenerife. Fellow travel bloggers Eileen and Corey quickly convinced me this tropical destination offers relaxation and adventure all in one place! Rest assured there is something for everyone, I personally hope to plan many more Tenerife Island holidays in the future.
Sunbathe Poolside in Your Own Holiday Rental
Here at Pure Wander we travel in packs, and this getaway was no exception. A group of seven of us went in on a HomeAway rental in the heart of Costa Adeje. This village, located in the southern part of the island, is a quick fifteen-minute drive from the airport. Our rental included breathtaking views of the Atlantic, state of the art kitchen, and a private pool.
This vacation wasn’t all play for me, but moving from pool to hammock is one of the shortest commutes I’ve ever experienced. The area also has an array of restaurants and cafes to work or drink sangria out of!
Things to do in Costa Adeje: Siam Water Park
Named the number one water park in the world, Siam Water Park has something to offer children and those who are young at heart. Choose to ride one of the tallest water slides, float underneath a shark tank, or coast along the Mai Tai lazy river. I personally spent a few hours sipping on a mojito at the wave pool.
To get the best rates (not to mention free food/drink vouchers), book online through Attraction Tix. It made the check-in seamless too once we arrived at the water park and we didn’t have to wait in any lines – ideal for our giant group of vacationers!
Take the Plunge in the Natural Pools of Garachico
One of the most memorable moments of the trip was my ‘graceful’ plunge into the natural pools on the west coast of the island. Once I gathered my dignity, floating in the clear turquoise water was serene.
Be sure to bring plenty of sunblock and towels, once you arrive you’ll want to jump right in! The natural pools are a short walk from the car park, if you can resist walking past one of the many artisan ice cream shops along the way.
We worked up quite an appetite, so we dried off and began to explore Garachico in search of tapas and sangria. We dined alfresco on a lovely square adjacent to the Iglesia de Santa Ana church. Once we stuffed our faces with manchego and iberico ham, we headed back to the car for a very windy drive back to Costa Adeje. If you are planning a holiday in Tenerife, consider renting a car to get the most out of the diverse landscape.
Things to do in Tenerife with the Adventure Junkies in your Pack
If your crew is looking for to rack up steps on the Fitbit, take a ride over to Mt.Tiede National Park. For a small fee, you can and take the cable car up to the world’s third highest volcano peak.
If you would like to hike the last few meters to the top, you’ll need to acquire a permit. Once at the peak, beware of Guayota, the king of evil, who is rumored to have lived inside Tiede according to Canary Island aboriginals.
Be sure to check the website before booking tickets. The cable car does close for inclement weather, or in our case for maintenance. If the cable car is closed, there is still plenty of terrain to hike and stunning landscapes to take in. We chose to take slow on the drive back down, stopping for the obligatory vacation selfies.
My Tenerife Island holidays bucket list
Six days turned out to be not nearly enough to check off all the items on my bucket list on what to do in Tenerife. Guess that means I’ll just have many more Tenerife Island holidays to come! With more time, we would have checked out the following:
- Jam to the beats of the Heineken Jazz Festival at the iconic Auditorio de Tenerife Opera House.
- Taste fresh tropical fruits at the Market of Nuestra Senora de Africa in the heart of Santa Cruz
- Stroll through the historic streets of La Laguna, a UNESCO World heritage site. If you are looking for the island’s’ best history, be sure not to miss the energy of this town.
Now that you know things to do in Tenerife, Spain what are you waiting for?!
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