We Brits love a picnic; the only problem is that we don’t get an awful lot of sunny days so opportunities are limited. In Tenerife, one the other hand, otherwise known as The Island of Eternal Spring, sunny days come pretty much every day. No matter what time of year you’re visiting in, you’ve got a pretty good chance of getting some perfect picnic conditions, so here’s our list of the top 5 picnic areas in Tenerife.
Teide National Park
Teide National Park is one of the most remarkable places in the world. Depending on which area of the part you’re in, the landscape ranges from rich, dense forest to Mars-like red rock. As such, it offers a whole range of idyllic picnic spots. You just have to choose whether you want to eat beneath the cool canopy of the forest trees, or on top of sprawling mountain, with views of the island spread before you.
Anaga Rural Park
This is the ideal location for a long, easy walk; thick laurel forests offer shade from the heat, keeping you cool as you explore this beautiful area. Take a hike, and take a picnic. If you decide to follow one of the designated trails, you’ll find numerous, perfectly located picnic spots, with benches and facilities and always with spectacular landscape all around you, from forested valleys to craggy, complex mountain ranges.
Easily towards the top of the list of Tenerife’s most beautiful volcanic beaches, you’ll find El Bollullo towards the north of the island. This area offers the rare opportunity to walk through the banana plantations on your way to the seafront. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted and peace and quiet; tranquility unlike anywhere else on the island. There aren’t facilities, shops or bars here, so make sure your picnic is well stocked. A truly secluded retreat.
Picnic spots don’t get much more perfect than this. Situated in the splendid pine forests on the outskirts of Teide National Park, there are plenty of wooden tables and benches to make your picnic comfortable. The space is vast and sprawling, ideal for a family day out, with loads of room for the kids to run and play in safety. If you’ve had a long morning wondering the National Park, this is a great spot for a lazy afternoon.
El Palmar is a very picturesque hamlet and one of Tenerife’s best-hidden gems. There are picnic tables dotted around the site, many of which are on very pretty terraces, overflowing with gorgeous fruit trees. If you’re lucky enough to have a clear day, you can see the peak of Mount Teide. You’ll never want to tell anyone about El Palmar, just so you can keep it all to yourself.