Tenerife is not just a beach-bum’s paradise

October 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Many people are put off travelling to Tenerife purely because they regard it as a beach-bum’s paradise. If surfing and lounging around on the beach really isn’t your thing, don’t fear; there are plenty of things to do in Tenerife that do not involve beach-related activities.

Sure, Tenerife’s main attraction is obviously its year-round high temperatures and ideal beach weather. But if you were to say that this is all the island has to offer, you’d be making a dreadful mistake. Below is a list of activities and things to do in Tenerife that don’t involve the beach!

Visit Loro Parque

Originally a sanctuary for hundreds of species of parrots, Loro Parque has now expanded to include other kinds of animals as well. It hosts the largest collection of parrot species in the entire world; it’s truly a remarkable place to visit, especially if you’re with children.

Since it was established in 1972, it’s gone on to break several more records, including having Europe’s largest dolphin show, the largest penguin show in the world and the longest shark tunnel in the world!

Loro Parque, Tenerife, Spain

Loro Parque, Tenerife, Spain

Visit Siam Park Water Kingdom

If you want to get in the water, but not at the beach, Siam Park Water Kingdom will be ideal. The kids will love all the water slides and the massive range of water-based activities.

The entire park looks like an ancient Thai kingdom with the greatest attraction being the gargantuan, majestic dragon that looms over the crowds. It’s a ride in itself, where up to three people can go in at a time, experiencing zero gravity!

Climb Mount Teide

Mount Teide is a Decade volcano, still active, but rarely so. Before it decides to have another outburst, why not climb it or at least consider going for a stroll to the top? Every single view in Tenerife is completely overshadowed by the colossal volcano.

The views on the way up are absolutely stunning. The flora and fauna are gorgeous and there’s a variety of endemic wildlife to be spotted, including the Southern Tenerife Lizard.

Go to the Carnival of Santa Cruz

Last, but definitely not least, the Carnival of Santa Cruz is an absolute must-see. It’s even worth arranging your visit to Tenerife around the carnival. Internationally promoted as a great festival of interest to visitors from around the world, it celebrates the carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

The party starts with thousands in fancy dress on a Friday evening and continues until the following (Ash) Wednesday. After the Burial of the Sardine ritual, the festival is signified as being over.  Don’t fear; the party starts up all over again during the next weekend!

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