The Canary Islands darling, Tenerife, is famous for its great weather and even better beaches. But that’s not all the island has to offer. The island boasts of a stunning natural landscape and fully utilises it to great effect. If sunbathing on a beach all day isn’t your thing, read on and find out more about what fun activities Tenerife has to offer.
One way to explore Tenerife’s gorgeous scenery is a safari tour. These excursions out into the wild are perfect for any amateur photographers in the group. Visit different regions, shoot the stunning natural landscape and learn more about the island.
Personal Safari tours are also available and offer much more freedom, smaller groups and therefore a better experience with no need to fight for a good photo opportunity! For a truly unique experience, drive around the island on a quad bike or sit back and relax in a chauffeur driven jeep. These vehicles allow you to go through forests and climb mountains via rocky terrain and trails to gain a spectacular panoramic view.
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy swimming in the Atlantic Ocean you know. Little known to visitors to the island, Tenerife is one of the best places in Europe to watch whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. There are around 25 species to watch in their playground including bottle nose dolphins and pilot whales. Not only that, many species of birds & turtles will also be around to say hello!
Excursion boats range from catamarans like Lady Shelley which offers views of the sea bottom to a sailing boat which mirrors the one seen in Peter Pan!
Teide National Park
You’ll be hard pressed to find a national park more impressive than Teide National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park revolves around the islands volcano, Mount Teide.
The volcano is considered to be the third tallest volcanic structure and offers unrivalled panoramic views across the island. It’s a great way to stretch your legs and get some fresh air whilst admiring the wonderful rock formations, complemented by a blue sky backdrop. It’s also a wonderful place to eat alfresco in nature’s surroundings.
We’ve all heard of scuba diving, but have you come across bob diving? If you think or found scuba diving too strenuous, bob diving gives you all the pleasure of exploring the sea without feeling exhausted half way through.
Bob diving involves using an underwater scooter which powers through the water and does all the hard work while you sit and admire all that’s around you. The scooter is like something straight out of a James Bond film! Other benefits include a window which allows you to peer out with a clear view and no breathing apparatus to contend with – reducing your intake of salty water!
Medieval Night at Castillo San Miguel
Those glued to the beach won’t notice Tenerife is surrounded by gorgeous architecture. Just walk along the historic streets of the old town and be charmed by the cathedrals or visit the dazzling modern structures such as The Auditorio de Tenerife. While Castillo San Miguel doesn’t date back to the medieval times (it was purposely built as an attraction), there’s no denying it’s still an impressive building.
Step back into a forgotten time and get lost in a night of realistic medieval competitions. You’ll be caught up in the moment as you enter the castle full of armour, swords and scrolls and be greeted by the Count and Countess.
The authentic experience is carried throughout into the Tournament Hall as you dine on a Medieval banquet and cheer for your knight in shining armour.
*We’ve added one more activity to this list which brings the number up to six beach alternative activities.
One of the best ways to see the rugged landscape and incredible views of the island is by doing it the old fashioned way, by horse power.
Not only that but you can get a great tan; is a great workout for the core muscles of the body that strengthen your posture, and is a very relaxing and calming experience.
For horse riding in Tenerife, we recommend Ulla who runs a horse riding school in the south of the island.
The weather in Tenerife is usually excellent with most days being bright and sunny for your excursions.
Dan Perdomo writes for Elite Travel Blog and writes about Tenerife luxury holidays in his spare time.