If you only have 7 days holiday and a trip to Tenerife booked, you either have one of two things in mind: Either, you plan on finding the best spot on the beach and spending a full week relaxing, tanning, swimming and reading. If so, great! Tenerife is certainly the right place to be. Your other option, of course, is to start exploring Tenerife! However Tenerife is also a pretty big island with an awful lot going on, so if you’re planning to spend your week absorbing as much of the island as possible, it’s going to be tough to fit everything in. That’s why we’ve come up with a 7-day plan to help you make the most of you time on the Island of Eternal Spring, exploring Tenerife from top to bottom.
Before you get started with exploring Tenerife, day one has got to be about unwinding. Even the most adventurous of holiday makers need a day to let the stress and strife of daily life wash away.
Tenerife has a wide range of beautiful and peaceful beaches, not least Playa Tejita, one of the largest beaches on the island. Situated below the stunning Montaña Roja (Red Mountain), this beach is famed for its pristine sands and crystal waters. If you like being ‘one with nature’, in other words, naked, there is a small enclave found underneath the mountain is popular with naturists. The rest of the beach, however, is non-nude, so if that’s not your thing, you won’t be confronted with it.
On day 2, it’s time to start exploring Tenerife, and some of the island’s wonderful attractions. A good place to start is the world-renowned Teide National Park. Centered on Mount Teide, the tallest mountain in all of Spain, it has been an officially protected National Park since 1954 and named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. With 3 million visitors every year, Tiede is the most popular National Park in Europe. One of its most intriguing features is the terrain’s similarity between environmental and geological conditions with the planet Mars. This has turned the area into a volcanic reference point for scientific studies related to the red planet. Tiede is, for now, as close as you’ll get to holidaying on the red planet.
Today, it’s time to do something for the kids, although there’s a good chance you’ll have a great time too. Head to the out of the island for a day at Siam Water Park and enjoy what claims to be the most spectacular water attraction in Europe. The park currently holds several world records, including the largest man-made wave in the world, and in 2015 it was voted the World’s Best Waterpark by TripAdvisor customers. Rides include the world’s longest lazy river and a brand new water slide with four funnels and a rollicking speed of 18 meters per second!
After a hectic day at the water park, why not try something a little more mellow? Owned by the same company as Siam Park, Loro Parque (Parrot Park) is the island’s best-loved zoo, housing an extensive and diverse reserve of animal and plant species. Animals include chimpanzees, gorillas, marmosets, sea lions, otters, jaguars, tigers, iguanas, giant Galápagos tortoises, flamingos, pelicans, red-bellied piranhas, seahorses, and various sharks.
Tenerife is considered by many to be one of the top 3 whale and dolphin watching destinations in the world, and easily the best in Europe. Beautiful species can be spotted throughout the year, including bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales and sperm whales to name but a few. Watching tours are common and affordable and found all over the island, but we would recommend hunting down a tour organised by a charitable organisation. This way, not only will you get to see these majestic creatures up close and personal, but you’ll also be able to learn about the impressive and endless work that goes into keeping whales and dolphins safe and happy in the waters they live in.
After 4 days of activities, it’s probably time for another beach day. But this time, mix it in with a spot or snorkeling or scuba diving. Tenerife’s crystal blue oceans are perfect for first-timers and experts alike, so whether you’re working towards a certification, just having fun or ticking off another bucket list diving destination, this is the place to be. You’ll find tortoises, seahorses, exotic and rare fish, rays, eels and so much more. And because diving is so popular on Tenerife, you can be sure that your lessons/courses will be safe, fun, educational and forever memorable.
It’s the last day of your holiday and this afternoon you’ve got to head back to the airport. Don’t feel down though, because there’s still time to make one more great memory in Tenerife.
Why not spend a couple of hours at The Museum of Science and the Cosmos, one of Tenerife’s proudest achievements? This is not your traditional museum; it belongs to an exciting breed of science museums who no longer want to simply act as a permanent record for scientific and technical achievements of an era or place. Instead, they aim to communicate science to the people in order to enhance the playful aspects of the perception and analysis of ‘reality’, the world around us. Just two hours in this museum and you will be heading home with a new passion and appreciation for just how incredible the world around us is.
And that is the magic of Tenerife. From natural science through to man-made fun and beyond, the island is a microcosm of everything great that this world offers and you will leave Tenerife with a new sense of wonder and vivacity.
You’ll never do it all in 7 days, but that’s why you go back again year after year. For an island of only 785 square miles, Tenerife keeps on growing and never stops giving.