Tenerife is one of the best-visited islands in the Spanish Canary Islands, and for a good reason: it is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. A one-week itinerary for Tenerife will allow you to see and do everything the island has to offer. But what you might not know is that Tenerife is much more than a party destination, with a diverse landscape that includes beaches, mountains, and forested lands to explore.
Adding some delicious and reasonably priced Spanish tapas to the mix will ensure that your trip will appeal to people of all ages.
It is recommended that you rent a car to complete this itinerary; car rentals on Tenerife are very affordable, with weekly packages starting as low as 50 EUR. However, because Tenerife has a well-developed public transportation system, a significant portion of the journey can be completed by bus.
Northeast Tenerife’s city and beaches are a must-see.
We’ll begin exploring the northeastern region of Tenerife today, except for the Anaga region, which will be examined tomorrow! We’ll see it all: from the island’s urban core to one of its most scenic beaches, and finally back to our home base in the northern part of the island.
Santa Cruz is a city like California
The island of Tenerife has a population of more than one million people. When you’re driving around the island, it’s difficult to imagine that there are so many people living there, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife may be the only place where this seems even remotely possible.
This city is home to nearly half of the people who live on the island of Tenerife. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a massive surprise that the town itself is significantly less appealing than the destinations on our itinerary.
My honest opinion is that if you are short on time or wish to spend more time in other locations, you should consider skipping Santa Cruz. The downside is that it’s challenging to go completely wrong if you’re interested in being thorough and getting a glimpse into urban life on the island.
Within an hour of leaving Santa Cruz, you’ll find yourself at Las Teresitas Beach, which is perhaps the most well-known beach on the entire island. You can kick off your shoes, order a mojito, and relax in the sunshine.
It will cost you 2-3 EUR to rent a beach chair, but if you have brought a beach towel without paying anything. After you’ve had enough of this, you can drive up to this scenic overlook for a panoramic view of the beach.
Finally, spend the evening in San Cristobal de la Laguna. This university town could easily be mistaken for Cuba with its traditionally styled balconies and brightly colored houses. For example, this traditional bodega features wine barrel tables, a bicycle outside, and an original wooden patio above. This is one location where I could have easily spent even more time during my extended trip to Tenerife.
In Anaga, you can experience Tenerife’s rainforest.
When people think of Tenerife, they don’t usually think of rainforests, which is unfortunate. If you think of Tenerife, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a mojito on the beach.
Tenerife’s rainforest-covered a much larger island area before Spanish explorers “discovered” it. For thousands of years, the Guanches had inhabited it, the island’s indigenous people. Unfortunately, excessive logging and tree felling have resulted in the situation we find ourselves in today, where only a small but significant portion of the forest has survived.
Walking trails and mountain villages accessible only by narrow roads with steep drop-offs provide opportunities to take in this beautiful slice of nature, which can be explored on foot or by vehicle. Prepare for the hike by bringing your camera and hiking boots.
Anaga Natural Park is a protected area
Begin your visit to Anaga by stopping at the Centro de Visitantes, located within the Parque Rural Anaga. the people at this location can provide you with a map and assist you in finding the correct route.
Located on the coast of Puerto de la Cruz, this charming city offers plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the waves while sipping sangria on the one hand and eating an ice cream cone on the other. The island’s most famous botanical gardens, make sure to visit it first before heading to the beach.
The Botanical Gardens of La Orotava
One thing that is a little confusing about the La Orotava Botanical Gardens is that they are not actually located in La Orotava (which is where we will be going tomorrow). This is something to keep in mind when visiting the gardens. But, once you’ve grasped the concept, you’ll be well on your way to discovering a little piece of nature nestled within one of Tenerife’s more crowded urban areas.
Los Cristianos is known for its beach life.
Hopefully, I’ve been able to demonstrate to you that visitors to Tenerife have a lot more to discover than beach bars 500 meters away from their all-inclusive resort at this point. Stunning terrain can be found on Tenerife, with everything from laurel forests in Anaga to volcanic cliffs at Punto de Teno and breathtaking canyons surrounding Masca.
There is no reason to avoid the beaches of Tenerife simply to make a statement. One of the main reasons people travel to Tenerife is that it is generally very affordable while not being overly touristy in any area of the island. After nearly a week of non-stop activity, a day at the beach in Los Cristianos was the ideal way to recharge my batteries before a very active final day.
Los Cristianos is undoubtedly one of the most essential “party cities” on the island of Tenerife, which is located in the southwest of the island. The “familiar” pubs will have plenty of English partygoers watching a football match, and honestly, there’s nothing wrong with joining them if you just want to relax – after all, you’re on vacation.