Your time in Tenerife will almost certainly involve hitting the beach or pool, but the island has so much more to offer than soaking up the sun. If you’re looking for holiday attractions in Tenerife that let you get up close and personal with exotic birds or animals, you have come to the right place. Here are three holiday attractions in Tenerife for animal lovers that you really won’t want to miss.
Located in the north of the island in Puerto de la Cruz, Loro Parque is one of Tenerife’s most popular visitor attractions. Children and grown-ups alike will find a day out at Loro Parque highly entertaining, with more than 300 species of birds and animals to explore.
A highlight of any visit to Loro Parque will be watching the dolphins and sea lions perform their crowd-pleasing acrobatics. For other sea-related antics, the aquarium is worth a visit; here you can watch a whole host of marine animals swimming and get really close to them in a series of glass tunnels.
The park is also home to chimpanzees, gorillas, tigers, penguins, meerkats, tortoises, sloths and a host of other species. A reconstructed jungle area houses scores of exotic birds.
Jungle Park, or Las Aguilas Park, is situated close to Los Cristianos, and a free shuttle bus operates to the park from both Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. The park is home to more than 500 species of birds and animals set in a 75,000 square metre jungle enclave, complete with lagoons, tunnels, waterfalls and suspension bridges.
The exotic birds are a highlight of any visit to the Jungle Park, and the eagle and other birds of prey shows are also a major draw. There are plenty of animals you would expect to find in a jungle setting, including crocodiles, elephants and big cats. If you are feeling adventurous, the jungle raid is a great deal of fun. You can negotiate a 300-metre circuit of ropes, tunnels and bridges, ensuring that this park remains one of the most thrilling holiday attractions in Tenerife.
If you are a fan of primates, a visit to the Monkey Park should feature on your itinerary. Located in Arona, just a five-minute drive for those on Playa de la Americas holidays or staying in Los Cristianos, Monkey Park promotes itself as the ‘biggest little zoo in the world’. The park is actually an international breeding centre for primates, especially those that are considered endangered. So in addition to laughing at the antics of some of the monkeys, you can get to discover the great work the centre does to help protect
Unlike many other animal attractions, at Monkey Park you can experience primates in their natural habitats. In fact, you can even walk through the monkey cages and get close enough to feed them.