15 recommendations for each type of Tenerife holiday. Whether nature lovers, culture lovers, holidays with the family, active holidays or night owls. Tenerife is infinitely versatile for any type of holiday. We show you the most beautiful experiences of the island at a glance.
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Tenerife experiences for nature lovers
The special location of the island in the Atlantic Ocean, not far from the coast of Africa, and the influence of the north-east trade winds result in a particularly breathtaking natural diversity on Tenerife. For holidaymakers who like to discover the flora and fauna of a country on their own during hiking and cycling tours through nature, there are countless opportunities on holiday in Tenerife! The top 3 sunbonoo recommendations for nature lovers:
1st Teide National Park
History, weather and vegetation - the 3,718-metre-high volcano Pico del Teide always plays a decisive role. For good reason, the El Teide National Park is therefore one of the largest and most popular attractions in Tenerife. The best thing is to rent a car and drive along the TF-24 road from north to south (and back) through the national park, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. During the drive you will see the flora and fauna that could not be more opposite in the two cardinal points, as presented on the serving plate. Crown your excursion and take the cable car to the highest viewpoint of the Pico del Teide. From here you can enjoy unforgettable views of the unique volcanic landscape that characterises Tenerife!
2nd Botanical gardens
The climate of Tenerife is favourable to six very different vegetation zones, which you can explore on your own in nature, but also admire in one of the many botanical gardens on the island. This is where nature lovers will be able to see the great variety of Tenerife's flora and fauna. A much sought-after botanical garden is the Jardín Botánico in the southeast of Puerto de la Cruz. Tropical and subtropical plants have been collected here since the 18th century, originally by order of King Carlos III. The most extensive collection of orchids can be found in the over 200-year-old Jardín Sitio Litre in Puerto de la Cruz. For most of the gardens the entrance fee is around 5€, in parks you usually come without entrance fee. A little more expensive is a visit to the botanical garden in Güímar. For an entrance fee of 16€, botany lovers will find not only the pyramids of Guímar, which are actually terraced buildings, but also an exciting collection of the world's most poisonous plants.
3rd Tenerife Beaches
The breathtaking natural diversity of the island meets on the beaches of Tenerife: pitch-black volcanic beaches or golden-yellow sand beaches surrounded by cacti and palm trees stand in front of impressive rock and cliff backdrops. Many of Tenerife's 40 beaches offer breathtaking views of the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean - and in good weather, of the neighbouring islands of La Gomera or Gran Canaria. The best way to explore the beaches of Tenerife is on coastal walks, where you can admire the beautiful rugged volcanic coastline.
Since Tenerife was formed more than 12 million years ago from volcanic activity of the Pico del Teide, the largest of the seven Canary Islands has a history going back centuries. Many of the sights in Tenerife are related to volcanism and are found in the rich and very contrasting nature. But even if you are interested in the culture of the Canary Islands or want to trace the history of the indigenous people of Tenerife, this wish will not remain unfulfilled. The top 3 sunbonoo recommendations for culture lovers:
1st Carnival Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Feste uFestivities and holidays are very important in Tenerife, but hardly any other event is as important in the calendar as Carnival in Tenerife, which also heralds the fifth season on the "Island of Eternal Spring". From the mountain villages to the big cities, a state of emergency is declared for five days before Lent - a state normally only known from the carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Especially in the island capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife as well as in Puerto de la Cruz the carnival is most noticeable. For tourists, the carnival in Tenerife is a unique experience to relive the traditional Canarian folklore, customs like burying the sardine on Ash Wednesday or the coronation of the carnival queen. The highlight is the spectacular procession on Carnival Tuesday, which you should not miss!
2nd Cultural Capital La Laguna
True culture lovers must visit the second largest city on the island, La Laguna, during their holiday in Tenerife. The most obvious reason is its historic centre, a centre of art and culture that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The "Capital of Culture" of Tenerife offers all imaginable possibilities to learn more about the history of the former capital. If you book one of the multilingual free guided tours of the city centre at the tourist information office, you will get an even more detailed insight into Canarian culture. Many tours not only manoeuvre past the city's historic buildings, but also take you behind the doors of the buildings.
3rd Museums and Exhibitions
In addition to the fiestas and public holidays in Tenerife, where you can experience the culture of the Canary Islands at first hand, many museums and exhibitions invite you to learn about the customs and traditions of the island's inhabitants. The Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia in Santa Cruz gives a fascinating insight into the history of Tenerife. Among the exhibits, which also show extinct species, the mummies of the Guanches are a real highlight! Guided tours in German take place on Wednesdays at 10 am. On Fridays and Saturdays from 16 o'clock the museum has free entrance. One of the first contemporary museums in Spain can be found in Puerto de la Cruz. The Museum of Contemporary Art Eduardo Westerdahl (MACEW) collects the most important works of art by Spanish and Canary Island artists of the 20th century. Take advantage of a day of your holiday in Tenerife - perhaps in the rain - to discover museums and current exhibitions near your accommodation. Well worth it!
Tenerife experiences for active holidaymakers and explorers
Tenerife holidaymakers looking for adventure and adrenalin kicks will quickly find what they are looking for on the Canary Island. For an active holiday with water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing and sailing, or challenging walks and bike rides, the island is just the place for you! On Tenerife you don't have to spend your precious time in your hotel room bored. The top 3 sunbonoo recommendations for active holidaymakers and discoverers:
1st Surf and diving courses
Tenerife is a paradise for surfers, who find the best spots for surfing along the northern and southern coasts. Favoured by the Pico del Teide, which keeps the north-east trade winds in check, Tenerife offers the perfect conditions for surfing - all year round! Advanced surfers meet at Playa del Soccoro and Playa La Americas or in the towns of El Médano, Puerto de la Cruz and Bajamar. Windsurfers, kitesurfers and sailors also take advantage of the perfect weather conditions! Those who have never stepped on a surfboard before will find surf camps on many of Tenerife's beaches - in Punta del Hidalgo there are even two surf schools, one of which even has a english-speaking surf instructor to learn how to surf.
Coasteering is a popular activity in Tenerife: it doesn't have to be coastal hiking, but kayaking, snorkelling in the Atlantic Ocean, climbing on cliffs or cliff jumping are also on offer. In places like Costa Adeje, Arona or the island capital Santa Cruz you can feel your thirst for adventure and take home a special Tenerife memory!
Hiking - what does not sound like an active holiday at first, experiences other dimensions on Tenerife. As a volcanic island, which is marked by the trade winds, the island has a terrain that invites you to make dignified tours through the laurel and pine forests as well as more difficult routes through the rugged volcanic landscape. If you are a skilled hiker and experienced climber, you will find some challenging routes on the island that will make your Tenerife holiday unforgettable! Two of the most exciting hiking routes lead through the hellish canyon "Barranco del Inferno" and the canyon of Masca.
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Tenerife with children - no problem! The island is perfect for a holiday with children and offers a wide range of possibilities from sports activities, excursions to animal and water parks and beach days to child-friendly sightseeing. There is something for everyone, because to enjoy your Tenerife holiday together as a family, not only the children have to be kept in check! The top 3 sunbonoo recommendations for families:
1st Loro Parque
Loro Parque is located in the west of Puerto de la Cruz and is not only the largest zoo in the Canary Islands, but also an "El 'must' de Canarias" - the motto of the park - for a family holiday in Tenerife. Opened in 1972 by the German Wolfgang Kiessling, the park is still considered the largest and most important parrot park, which is dedicated to the breeding and conservation of parrots and parakeets. Popular (and controversial) are also the big dolphin and sea lion shows, which attract many visitors. A visit to Loro Parque is perfect for a trip with children, as there are about 4500 animals in 570 species to be discovered in 135,000 square metres of space - including tigers, chimpanzees, gorillas and many other zoological attractions!
If your kids love water slides, wave pools and amusement parks, then a visit to Siam Park in Costa Adeje should definitely be on your to-do list of your Tenerife holiday with children! Europe's largest water park is made for families and offers spectacular water slides such as the 28 metre high "Tower of Power" water slide on an area of over 18 hectares. While the little ones can also splash around in the children's pool, older children - and of course the adults - can try their hand at the world's largest wave facility. The facility, on which professional surfers compete in the evening, simulates up to 40 different types of waves. "The Water Kingdom" in Costa Adeje near Playa Las Americas is an exciting destination - for family vacationers with children, water rats and adrenaline junkies!
Sightseeing and family holidays - it's possible! On the Canary Island there are numerous possibilities to discover the most important sights of Tenerife, also with children. Especially the many, often child-friendly museums invite you to make your Tenerife with children exciting for the whole family. With slightly older children, a visit to the Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos in San Cristóbal de la Laguna is recommended. In this museum, which should better be called a knowledge and amusement park with planetarium, children who are enthusiastic about technology and explorers can experiment with the many exhibits. In a playful way they learn about astronomy, the laws of nature and the functions of their own bodies. After the educational trip you can reward your children with an ice cream in the centre of La Laguna or a trip to one of the many beaches of Tenerife!
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If you are looking for the exciting nightlife in Tenerife, bars, clubs and salsa parties, you do not need to travel far. On the island there are some places on the island that are predestined for exuberant bar and club nights, often just a stone's throw away from your holiday destination. These include La Laguna, Puerto de la Cruz and Playa de las Américas. For each of these popular holiday resorts in Tenerife we have three recommendations that you should not miss!
The top 3 sunbonoo-recommendations for night owls:
1st Playa de las Américas
Famous is the party mile in Playa de las Américas - the "Las Veronicas"! You can turn night into day in the countless bars and nightclubs, where everything from pop and rock to salsa, jazz and current party hits are played. As one of the most popular destinations for partying, the place is designed for tourists - locals are few and far between among those who celebrate. If you are looking for the best nightlife on Tenerife you will sooner or later end up in a section where there are two bars or discos in each house. So you don't have to search long for the right party in Playa de Las Americas!
Many tourists come to the place on the north coast of Tenerife because of the nightlife in the many bars, lounges and discos. Especially the party mile in Playa de las Américas - the "Las Veronicas" - is known for its bars and nightclubs, where you can dance to pop and rock, salsa or party hits. In Playa de Las Américas there is even a section in which there are two bars or discos in each house. You literally stumble from one party to the next!
Akustiko Cocktail – the best Mojito in Los Cristianos
Calle Jesus Dominguez Grillo, 12, 38650 Arona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Monday – Sunday 6:30 – 11:30 pm
SAX Rock Bar – daily Rock-Musik and Live-Bands
Calle México, 3, 38650 Arona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Monday – Sunday 09:00 pm – 02:00 am
Tramps – „King of Clubs“
Centro Comercial Starco, Av. Arquitecto Gómez Cuesta, s / n, 38660 Playa de las Américas
Monday – Sunday 11:00 pm – 06:00 am
2nd La Laguna
La Laguna is not only the cultural capital of Tenerife, but also a university city. Thanks to its 25,000 inhabitants, the nightlife of Tenerife pulsates here! When it's not semester break and local students are leaving the city, people celebrate in the "El Quadrilatero" block, where bars and discotheques line up side by side. In the student city, there are a lot of promoters who want to lure you with free shorts, the chupitos, in bars and discos. La Laguna is the Tenerife for young people, which of course doesn't mean that older students aren't allowed to mingle with the local party crowd!
The university town of San Cristobal de La Laguna is home to 25,000 students who have the nightlife of Tenerife at their fingertips! In the block of houses called "El Quadrilatero", bars and discotheques line up close together. La Laguna only gets a little quieter when students leave the city during the semester break. Otherwise you can be sure to always find an opportunity to mingle with the (rather younger) party people in the cultural, university and student city. If you can't decide on a bar, lounge or disco, the many promoters who parade through the streets, especially in La Laguna, will help you. With "chupitos", free small schnapps, and discounted admission, you will be enticed into the many bars and clubs.
La Orchila – the cosiest Pub of La Laguna with DJ
Calle Dr. Antonio González, 13, 38205 San Cristóbal de La Laguna
Monday – Sunday 10:00 pm – 03:30 am
El Búho – „musica en vico“ with Live-Bands
Calle Catedral, 3, 38205 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Monday – Saturday, 07:00 pm – 04:00 am (Sunday closed)
Atomic! – Tapas-Bar with the Slogan “Make La Laguna Rock Again”
Calle Heraclio Sanchez, 27, 38204 San Cristóbal de La Laguna
Tuesday – Saturday, 06:00 pm – 02:00 am (Monday and Sunday closed)
3rd Puerto de la Cruz
Those who spend their holidays in the north will also find the nightlife of Tenerife in Puerto de la Cruz around the Avenida Generalísimo and the Plaza del Charco. The clearly arranged city centre is as if made for walking through the pedestrian zone, to the many cosy bars or lounches. The salsa bar Azucar is very popular, with its fantastic roof terrace offering a good view over the city at night. Puerto de la Cruz also has a number of gay and lesbian bars, where the LGQBT+ community celebrates! Party highlight of the year is definitely the Carnival in Tenerife, which is definitely a must for party tourists in Tenerife.
In the north, Puerto de la Cruz sets the tone when it comes to the best nightlife in Tenerife. Along the Avenida Generalísimo and at the Plaza del Charco you will find most bars and lounches. Party-hoppers in particular benefit from the clear layout of the city centre, as the more cosy bars and lounge bars are located in the pedestrian zone. An absolute highlight of the year for party-hoppers on Tenerife is the carnival on Tenerife! If you are on holiday in Tenerife in February and March, don't miss this spectacular event, which is the second largest carnival after the carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
The Molly Malone – best Irish-Pub with Live-Musik in Tenerife
C/Las Lonjas 4, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz
Monday – Saturday, 08:00 pm – 01:00 am
Las Tejas Verdes – perfect bodega with canarian music
Calle Puerto Viejo, 28, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz
Monday – Sunday, 08:00 pm – 01:00 am
Azucar – Salsa-Bar with roof top
Calle de Obispo Perez Caceres, 2, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz
Monday – Sunday, 08:00 pm – 06:00 am
But maybe you don't have to take another trip: Most of the larger hotels organise their own shows, which may also be attended by people from outside the hotel. Many restaurants and bars often offer live music late at night, so don't go home right after dinner. On Tenerife you will always find a place to spend the evening away from your hotel room!