If you want a cheap holiday without compromising your enjoyment, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of free things to do in Tenerife that don’t involve parting with your hard-earned cash.
Frolic in the Rock Pools
A volcanic eruption many moons ago created dramatic rock formations in the coastal village of Garachico. The rock pools that formed now attract visitors from far and wide who enjoy exploring and snorkelling in the unusual pools to catch a glimpse of a host of weird and wonderful fish.
Visit the Dragon Tree
Perhaps it’s not known by many, but one of Tenerife’s most notable residents is a tree that is believed to 1,000 years old, or even more. This gnarled and multi-headed tree is known as El Drago, or the ‘Dragon Tree’, and can be found in Icod de los Vinos. Legend has it the tree was formed from the blood of dragons. The best view of the tree, which also happens to be free, is from the town square.
Fall in Love with Masca
If you are up for a challenging hike amongst gorges, mountains and breathtaking scenery, head to the Teno Mountains in the north-west of the island. The star attraction of the hike will be the views from the enchanting hamlet of Masca, which gives the impression of being frozen in time.
Hunt for Wildlife
Tenerife is home to an abundant array of wildlife, including many species of birds, insects and animals, so grab your binoculars, get beady-eyed and start hunting. The Tenerife lizard is one to look out for, with its bright markings, whilst the Atlantic Canary is a well-known resident on the island. Head to the shores and you may also even spot an endangered loggerhead turtle nesting.
Experience a Festival
Tenerife knows how to put on a good party, and if you happen to be visiting the island at the right time, you can be a part of the celebrations – for free. Many towns and villages host their own local festivals throughout the year, but the carnival in Santa Cruz is one of the island’s biggest events on the calendar, drawing crowds of around 100,000 every year. If you want to experience the carnival during a cheap holiday in Tenerife, make sure to book well in advance to secure the best prices.
Be a Culture Vulture
If you want a change from the beach but don’t fancy giving your wallet a workout, an enjoyable and alternative way to explore the history and culture of the island is by visiting some of the many museums that Tenerife has to offer. Some of the museums do not charge for entry, whilst publicly owned museums and galleries are free to visit on a Sunday.
If you want to stay in shape on holiday whilst avoiding a gym visit, make use of the free exercise equipment that can be found along the promenades of resorts on the island. They’re free and fun to use, so you no longer have to feel guilty for over-indulging on the treats during your stay.