The famous Spanish island of Tenerife is a treasure trove of incredible scenery.
Shaped by volcanic activity, the island’s collection of varied terrain, spectacular sweeping valleys and vast, protected open spaces offer up some of Europe’s and indeed the world’s best walking country.
The largest of the Canaries, here are 5 beautiful places around Tenerife you need to visit.
Found to the north of the island, Anaga Rural Park is a vast wilderness heavily influenced by volcanic activity.
Best characterised by volcanic cliffs and huge patches of forested areas, the area is teaming with wildlife.
A curious selection of different seabirds can be found throughout this beautiful space, often deciding to nest along some of the cliffs.
2. Mount Teide
Travelling to Mount Teide, the slopes of Spain’s highest peak await.
Offering up fantastic views of the surrounding countryside where you can gaze out for miles.
This beautiful part of the island is largest national park across the collective Canary Islands and is an essential addition to any travellers to-do list whilst holidaying on the island.
Exploring the park, you will come across vast fields of petrified lava that once spilled out of the massive volcano.
Resulting in mineral rich soil, visitors will notice flourishes of colour dotted around, only adding to the beauty of this popular national park.
Different plants to look out for include the bright purple Teide Wallflower and the tall and excellently named Spicy Bugloss.
3. Playa de las Americas
Free time spent relaxing on the beach really is leisure time well spent indeed!
Tenerife is not without its own exciting and envy-inducing collection of beaches, with some of the best sandy stretches in Europe found on the famous island.
Popular throughout the day, the beach is well worth visiting although travellers looking for quieter places to unwind might be better served heading to the beaches of Costa Adeje or Puerto de la Cruz.
4. Puerto de la Cruz
In the north of the island, the city of Puerto de la Cruz is best known for its amazing black sandy beaches.
Slightly in-land, offering a perfect alternative to the beaches, a huge zoo can be found in the west of the city.
Green-fingered garden enthusiasts take note – there is a wonderful Botanical Garden where you will find a range of exotic plants and Fig Tree that is over 100 years old!
The westernmost region on Tenerife, Teno lies on a tip protruding out from the island.
A popular local landmark, Teno Lighthouse is one of the island’s most famous landmarks.
Teno is a beautiful place to explore on foot.
Extremely mountainous, different trails can take you several hundred metres above sea level.
Standing at a number of vantage points, you gaze down on the stunning landscapes below, keeping an eye out for the coastal town of Garachico that, in the 18th century, saw its harbour fill up with lava after a volcanic eruption shook the island.