Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed on Tenerife! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Tenerife’s most important sights.
1. PARQUE NACIONAL DEL TEIDE
Towering over the volcanic landscape of the national park is the Pico del Teide, the highest mountain in Spain (3,718m/12,200ft). The cable car takes you up to 3,550m (11,650ft) and, if you wish, you can then climb up to the summit.
2. LA LAGUNA
As you stroll through the historic centre of this World Heritage Site, the cathedral, churches and cloisters are a clear reminder of Tenerife’s colonial past.
3. ICOD DE LOS VINOS
An enormous dragon tree is this small wine town’s main attraction. Just to the north, in the parish church, you can admire an imposing silver cross.
The gorge that opens up by this picturesque mountain village in the Teno Mountains promises fit outdoor enthusiasts a spectacular experience.
5. PUERTO DE LA CRUZ
This popular holiday destination ranks highly for its attractive old town centre, and also for the Lago Martiánez swimming complex, designed by César Manrique, in which water activities and art flow harmoniously together.
6. LA OROTAVA
Even the famous German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt could not resist the charm of the historic district’s streets and alleys.
7. SAN ANDRÉS
People from Santa Cruz love the fish restaurants here. What is more, Tenerife’s most beautiful palm-fringed beach can be found on the Playa de las Teresitas.
8. MONTAÑAS DE ANAGA
Tenerife’s hiking paradise offers a captivating mix of unspoilt laurel forests, panoramic views and remote mountain villages.
9. VALLE GRAN REY
A wonderful valley on La Gomera with beautifully laid terraces, palm groves and a touch of flower power.
10. PLAZA DE ESPAÑA & PLAZA DE LA CANDELARIA
These interlocking squares were given a makeover by London’s Tate Modern architects Herzog & de Meuron; their saltwater lake is particularly impressive.
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