Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is the most visited by holidaymakers for a number of reasons, not least its fabulous weather, gorgeous scenery and stunning sights. There’s so much to see on this beautiful Mediterranean island, but try and at least fit in some of these top three sights when you next visit.
- Pico del Teide:
The highest mountain peak in Spain, the impressive Pico de Teide, or Mount Teide, is based in the Parque Naciona de las Canadas del Teide (or Teide National Park) in Tenerife. As the area is protected, a limited number of visitors per day are allowed, so to visit you will need an access permit which you can get from the online booking office at reservasparquesnacionales.es. If you’re planning on visiting the summit, you’ll need water, warm clothes and climbing shoes as it gets much colder up there, but don’t forget to also protect yourself from the sun with hats and sunscreen, even if you visit in winter. You’ll be rewarded for your hard work with amazing and awe-inspiring panoramic views across the National Park, the island of Tenerife and, on a clear day, the rest of the Canary Islands.
- Los Cristianos Harbour:
The harbour in Los Cristianos provides the ideal location for a relaxing stroll and a spot of people-watching during your stay in Tenerife. Fishing tours operate from the harbour regularly, allowing you to cruise along the gorgeous coastline of the island and spot marine life from tuna and marlin to sharks to dolphins! If you’re after somewhere to stay near Los Cristianos and the harbour, the Sol Princesa Dacil is a popular hotel for families and couples alike due to its good reputation and ideal location close to the beach, harbour, mountains and other attractions.
- Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Candelaria:
For a spot of culture and history during your stay in Tenerife, visit Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Candelaria, widely regarded as the most beautiful church on the island. Based in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife area, the church is a beautiful old building filled with colourful paintings and murals inside and historical statues of ancient kings in the church grounds outside. The large square surrounding the church and the cafes in the near vicinity are the perfect spots to sit and watch the world go by while you take in the beautiful scenery of Tenerife.