Where is Tenerife?
Tenerife is the biggest of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa and about a 5 hour flight from Manchester.
What to do in Tenerife: 5 days itinerary
Day 1: Visit Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz is a city that overlooks the ocean, surrounded by banana trees, irrigated land, and vineyards, watched over by the great volcano: Mount Teide. Even though Puerto de la Cruz is one of the most popular cities in Tenerife among tourists, it remains Canarian in character, with plenty of Spanish bars and restaurants around the area.
Main sights of Puerto de la Cruz are the old harbor which local women used as a fish market, the promenade and the Lago Martiánez complex of swimming pools designed by the Canary Islands architect César Manrique.
My favorite activity was spotting street art around the city – I felt like in a giant open-air urban museum.
Day 2: Anaga Rural Park, Santa Cruz, La Laguna and Playa Las Teresitas
Anaga is a Biosphere Reserve protected by UNESCO located just a few minutes drive from Santa Cruz. It is home to over 800 endangered species of flora and fauna (for comparison whole Germany has only about 5). There are multiple hiking trails to follow for all levels. Some of them will lead you to its charming black sand beaches.
Important, you need proper hiking shoes for Anaga Rural Park.
Chinamada & Taganana
Truly interesting places to visit in Anaga national park are Chinamada (little village with cave houses) and Taganana, also called the village at the end of the world. That’s where you will be able to fill the real rural life of Canary Islands.
Once there, I recommend to take a stroll on its black sand beach and make room in your itinerary for lunch at Casa Africa.
Playa Las Teresitas
Next on my 5-day itinerary in Tenerife with Jet2holidays was visiting the most stunning beach of the island: Playa Las Teresitas. The Teresitas golden beach sand was directly imported from Sahara. All in all, 272800 tons of African desert sand was placed in Playa Las Teresitas. The ocean there is calm thanks to wave breakers which makes it a great beach destination for people scared of waves (umm who can relate?) 😉
Day 3: Casa del Vino & Teide National Park
The volcanic archipelago of the Canary Islands has been one of the most extreme winemaking regions in Spain. I love to try wines from different regions to feel how the natural environment affects its unique flavor. During my 5 day trip to Tenerife, I visited Casa del Vino where I learned about the tradition of winemaking and winery Monje where I was able to pair a variety of wines with traditional Canarian cuisine. My favorite wines from Tenerife are white and fruity from the north part of the island. Also, make sure to try its unique banana wine (made of banana instead of grapes!).
Teide National Park
Teide National Park was definitely the most exciting part of our trip. Not every day, you get to the top of a dormant volcano which by the way is also the highest peak of Spain (12198 ft above sea level). There are more than 300 volcanoes on Tenerife alone, so you can imagine my excitement to see the biggest and most powerful one from up close. Teide National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 and it is the most visited national park in Europe (welcoming 3 million visitors a year!). It is also home to the second most important astronomical observatory after Hawaii.
We stayed until late at night at Teide National Park to watch the sunset and the night sky. Unfortunately for us, the sky was a bit cloudy and it was a full moon so we were not able to see as much as we wanted to see but still were able to learn a lot about astronomy.
Day 4: Icod de los Vinos & La Masca
Icod de los Vinos is home to an ancient Drago tree, the natural symbol of the island of Tenerife. A visit to this tree is a must, as it is one of the top postcard views. In the surrounding area, there are also the World’s largest volcanic tubes.
Day 5: Charco de Isla Cangrejo & Los Gigantes
If there is one thing I love about volcanic islands, it’s the natural pools. The natural pools are enclosed spaces into which, due to their natural formation, the sea water seeps without any human intervention apart from adding steps, walkways and diving points. As you already know, I am not really a fan of waves but I still love to enjoy the ocean. That is why on the last day of my 5-day trip I decided to search for natural pools.
My first stop was Charco de La Laja. Unfortunately, the sea was very rough on that day and I was not brave enough to swim.
The situation has changed, once I arrived at the south part of the island. Charco de Isla Cangrejo looked very inviting to swim.
The last stop on my 5-day itinerary was Giants Beach. Los Gigantes is one of the most attractive natural wonders on Tenerife. The town is protected by impressive rock cliffs (called Giants) up to 800 meters high and which drop down to the sea almost vertically. A very impressive sight.
A great place For Lovers !
You can check out more about Tenerife accommodations and food at Marta’s web site