Tenerife’s Best Outdoor Attractions

With its rugged volcanic landscape, spectacular natural wonders and year round sunshine, Tenerife is a great choice for an active holiday. If you’re planning to visit this sun-kissed island, here are five activities you won’t want to miss.

Climb a snowcapped volcano


Why not visit one of Tenerife’s most most dramatic and imposing natural sights, Mount Teide? This active volcano is visible from many places on the island, sitting at a staggering 3,718 meters high. A cable car takes visitors to an upper level where you can begin the ascent with a choice of hiking trails which range in difficulty. For an unforgettable experience, stay the night at the national park refuge and climb the summit before sunrise. You’ll be rewarded with awe-inspiring views and it’s the perfect opportunity for a holiday photo.

Canyoning the Barranco del Rio

With such as diverse and rugged landscape, Tenerife is the perfect destination for a thrilling canyoning adventure. The Barranco del Rio is one of the longest and most challenging routes on the island. Starting at an altitude of 2,000 meters, the route consists of different sections with dense jungle growth and waterfalls. This adventurous pursuit is the ultimate adrenaline rush combining abseiling, hiking and plunging into icy cold pools.

Hike the Anaga Mountains


Traversing the northern slopes of the Anaga mountain range is one of the best hikes in Tenerife. The route has remained largely untouched by mass tourism, offering lucky visitors a peaceful walk where you can fully immerse yourself in the natural surroundings. The route from Cruz del Carmen to Punta del Hidalgo is one of the safer options, suited for hikers of all ages. The dense rainforest which pre dates the ice age is even more spectacular as the low clouds and mist roll in. Be sure to stop at the charming hamlet on route and enjoy a traditional feast at the local restaurant before continuing down the mountain.

Kite surf the beaches of El Medano


Tenerife has become a world renowned destination for this exciting watersports activity with excellent conditions throughout the year. Head to the beaches at the town of El Medano where the northeast trade winds gust at an average speed of 12 – 25 knots. Here you’ll find plenty of schools providing equipment rental and tuition for the novice or intermediate.

Explore the longest lava tubes in the world

Known as the ‘Cave of the Wind’ this impressive natural phenomenon has several passages, stretching over 17km in length. Visitors can marvel at the other-worldly terrain and dramatic rock formations. Always use an expert tour guide which can provide knowledge and keep you safe as you head deep into the darkness. Be sure to wear sturdy walking boots as the terrain can be slippy underfoot.

With so much to explore, your next holiday to Tenerife doesn’t have to consist of endless days at the beach. Try one of these activities and you can enjoy a once in a lifetime experience.

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