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Nat Geo Day Tour: History of Wine in the Canary Islands
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Nat Geo Day Tour: History of Wine in the Canary Islands

Designed exclusively for National Geographic, this tour gives an insight into Canarian wine and its history, and why it was an essential beverage for the European society from the 15th to the 18th century.Discover Garachico, one of the best preserved and most historic towns in Tenerife. As you stroll its cobbled streets, your National Geographic-trained guide will reveal the story of its port – a bustling harbinger of wine to the rest of Europe and America, which was later devastated by a volcanic eruption.Next, you'll visit the family-run, Viñátigo Winery, that has helped save many of Tenerife's native grapes from the brink of extinction. Meet the wine expert who'll show you the sprawling vineyards and teach about the different grape varieties. They will also explain how their wine is produced without chemicals. After learning the elaboration process, sample various wines with a specialist on hand to answer any questions you may have.Conclude your day by indulging in authentic Canarian tapas amidst the picturesque vineyard backdrop, while soaking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

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Nat Geo Day Tour: Teno Alto, Tenerife's Last Shepherd Stronghold
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Teno Alto, Tenerife's Last Shepherd Stronghold

Set off on an immersive tour through Teno Alto, a bastion of rural traditions within Teno Rural Park. Your local guide will unveil the settlement's evolution during a scenic 45-minute hike. Encounter ethnological elements from prehistoric to present times and experience the profound connection of Teno Alto's inhabitants to their land, sustained by agriculture and goat herding – the region's hallmark.At the trail's end, delve into the heart of local culture with an exclusive visit to a cheese farm, where you'll meet one of Teno's last shepherds. Discover the artistry behind award-winning cheeses and the tireless efforts of generations to preserve this ancient craft. Witness a "salto del pastor" exhibition – an esteemed folk sport showcasing remarkable agility and skill.End your adventure at Rebojo, a traditional restaurant in Garachico, where the third-generation owners elevate Canarian cuisine with modern flair. Indulge in a tasting menu meticulously crafted to reflect the flavors and landscapes of Teno Alto, using km0 produce that highlights the region's culinary richness. To complete the experience, complement your meal with carefully selected wines from the region.By joining this tour, you'll not only support sustainable tourism in a protected area but also contribute to the preservation of its cultural heritage. Interact with locals, gain insights into their way of life, and savor the essence of Teno Alto through its flavors and traditions.

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Teide National Park Tour with Local Guide
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Teide National Park Tour with Local Guide

Tenerife's greatest natural wonder, Mt Teide is Spain's highest peak. Avoiding the busiest times of the day, this expertly guided tour explores its wild volcanic habitats and offers unbeatable views over Tenerife and the rest of the Canaries.

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La Gomera Tour with Garajonay Forest and San Sebastian
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La Gomera Tour with Garajonay Forest and San Sebastian

La Gomera boasts unspoilt landscapes and a distinct culture all of its own. On this tour, you'll visit this Jurassic-like island and discover Garajonay National Park, a string of villages and the charming capital, San Sebastian. Arianne, one of our guides, says of the island, ‘La Gomera is a totally different world – it's a return to the past, to the origin of the Canary Islands.'The star of the show is without doubt Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's a mishmash of deep ravines and gorges filled with ancient, misty laurel forests and rare plant life. On a visit to its interpretative centre, you'll find out about its botany and history. You'll also get to know hamlets such as oasis-like Chejelipes, which is on the banks of a reservoir, and the northern villages of Hermigua and Aguilo. One of the highlights is a visit to a family-run restaurant famed for its jaw-dropping views over the island's volcanic landscapes. Here, you'll enjoy a typical lunch made from locally sourced ingredients.And you'll get you to learn about local culture, too. There's a demonstration of the unique-to-the-island ‘whistling language' known as 'silbo gomero'. To round off the experience, there's free time to explore San Sebastian. Here, you can follow in the footsteps of Columbus before he began his first voyage of discovery. More than a visit to another island, a trip to La Gomera is a journey to another era.

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Adults Only Tenerife Freebird Whale & Dolphin Catamaran
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Adults Only Tenerife Freebird Whale & Dolphin Catamaran

The calm coastal waters around Tenerife are home to an incredible array of marine life. On this exclusive adults-only cruise, you'll have a chance to spot pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins as they leap and frolic in their natural North Atlantic habitat.Take in Tenerife's dramatic coastal terrain, all while sunning yourself and feeling the cool breeze as you lounge on deck – for your comfort, the boat is a quarter under capacity. Your captain will sail into waters known for hosting pods of dolphins and whales. With luck, you'll get to spot these magnificent creatures. You'll even have time to take a swim. And to top it all off, you'll be pampered by the crew. There'll be complimentary drinks at the shaded bar, and you'll lunch on board. It's a great morning or afternoon searching for some of Mother Nature's most interesting creatures while chilling out on board.

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Teide and Masca Tour from Southern Tenerife
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Teide and Masca Tour from Southern Tenerife

This exclusive tour explores Tenerife's most dramatic inland areas. You'll venture in an eight-seater minivan through the otherworldly landscapes of Teide National Park, admire the panoramas from countless viewpoints and visit the ridge-top hamlet of Masca. Plus, there's traditional Canarian lunch on the menu, too. Arianne, one of our expert local guides, say, ‘I love guiding this tour because it's an overdose of nature, focusing on the island's volcanology, from the past to the present.'Your adventure kicks off by heading south into Teide National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – climbing through a dense pine forest. There's a pit stop at Chirche viewpoint, which often overlooks cloud-shrouded terrain below. The scenery around here is still bursting with greenery. But as we journey deeper into the national park, you'll encounter volcanic landscapes that could easily be on the moon, Venus or Mars. Desolate, rock-strewn badlands. A stop at Roques de Garcia allows you to take some pics near these iconic rock formations, with the volcano's cone in the background.Grab a last look at the lava-scarred landscapes at Poleos viewpoint before dropping into a family-run restaurant for a lunch made from seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Rounding off the day is a visit to Masca – a hard-to-reach hamlet perched on a ridge in a deep volcanic gorge. Enjoy free time to poke around and take in the vistas.

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Full Day Tenerife Tour with La Laguna and Lunch
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Full Day Tenerife Tour with La Laguna and Lunch

Dusty and lunar-like in the south, green and mountainous in the north, Tenerife packs a continent into one island. Think quaint villages, stunning views and a local lunch on this full day experience. You'll visit the UNESCO-listed old town of La Laguna, drop into a bodega for lunch and explore an aloe vera plantation. Arianne, one of our local expert guides, says, ‘Canarian bananas are smaller but thicker, and their peel has dark speckles. The pulp is yellower, and it should be eaten riper, which makes it sweeter.'First up is a visit to an aloe vera plantation. Here, you'll learn about the healing qualities – especially skincare – of this crop. Then it's on to La Laguna, arguably the prettiest town on the island. Throw in its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it makes for a real gem of a stop. Wander its poker-straight streets of pastel-coloured palaces and colonial-era churches and convents, or stop for a coffee in one of the cool tree-lined plazas. Taste local products such as marmalade and cheese in the weekly market and admire the town's famous flower displays.It's then on to a family-run bodega for a typical Canarian lunch surrounded by vintage bottles and aged barrels. All ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced to reduce the environmental impact. And it goes without saying that some of the bodega's wines will be served with the food.

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North West Tenerife Hidden Secrets Guided Tour with Transport
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North West Tenerife Hidden Secrets Guided Tour with Transport

It's one pretty village after another on this exclusive tour in the rugged northwest of Tenerife. We'll drop in at a roll call of the island's must-visits. Christian, one of our local experts, says, ‘A guide shows you around the park in Icod de los Vinos and gives you the lowdown on its fascinating dragon tree, which is 20 metres tall.' Santiago del Teide, local speciality tasting and a trip to Teno Rural Park are also part of the line-up.First up is a pit stop in Santiago del Teide, a highland village of whitewashed homes. Then, in Icod de Los Vinos, you'll see up-close its centuries-old dragon tree. You'll also have free time to have a gander around the town. Garachico is next. Devastated by a 1706 volcanic eruption and rebuilt on its lava, it's been dubbed the ‘prettiest and unluckiest' place on the island. Its natural lava pools, guarded by a volcanic rock castle, draw bathers from all over the island.When it's time to take a break, there's a tasty local lunch, served in a family-run restaurant in a traditional finca. The afternoon sees you exploring the craggy peaks of Teno Rural Park. It's famed for its biodiversity but also serves as the larder for most of Tenerife's top-quality natural produce. You'll even get to try some locally made marmalades and jams, all produced with a minimum carbon footprint. Finally, round off the day in the ‘lost hamlet' of Masca. Precariously perched on a ridge overlooking a valley, it's one of Tenerife's most eye-catching spots.

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Teide National Park Tour with Expert Local Guide
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Teide National Park Tour with Expert Local Guide

Tenerife is home to picturesque villages, stunning viewpoints and lunar-like landscapes, and no more so than in Teide National Park. On this full day tour you'll wind your way to viewpoints and up to the top of Mt Teide, where an optional cable car ride can take you to the summit.

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Tenerife Tour with Teide National Park and Lunch
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Tenerife Tour with Teide National Park and Lunch

Tenerife's mix of volcanic landscapes and charming colonial towns makes for epic sightseeing. And you'll discover the best of these in just one day on this VIP experience. See the famous Roques de Garcia, visit Puerto de la Cruz and enjoy lunch in a restaurant famed as much for its views as for its traditional Canarian fare. Arianne, one of our guides, says, ‘I love this tour because it combines everything that the island offers – botany, volcanology, sociology and the local way of life.'Your adventure begins the moment you board your VIP bus in the morning and set off towards Teide National Park. Along the way, there's a coffee stop at Vilaflor – the island's highest village – which has a compact old quarter of colonial buildings. At the national park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll have free time to explore the Roques de Garcia. These jagged volcanic rocks make the ideal backdrop for some selfies. Then, as you head north out of the park, the lunar-like landscapes give way to luxuriant eucalyptus forests.Our next stop is a popular restaurant, which boasts views of Teide and the coastline. Tuck into a typical lunch made from locally sourced seasonal products. In the afternoon, we'll head into Puerto de la Cruz. Enjoy a stroll along its volcanic seafront and through its palm-studded plazas and exotic gardens. On the return leg, we'll stop at a famous viewpoint, which looks down on the wave-washed coastal village of Garachico.

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Teide and Masca Tour from Northern Tenerife
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Teide and Masca Tour from Northern Tenerife

This exclusive tour explores Tenerife's most dramatic inland areas. You'll venture in an eight-seater minivan through the otherworldly landscapes of Teide National Park, admire the panoramas from countless viewpoints and visit the ridge-top hamlet of Masca. Plus, there's traditional Canarian lunch on the menu, too. Arianne, one of our expert local guides, say, ‘I love guiding this tour because it's an overdose of nature, focusing on the island's volcanology, from the past to the present.'Your adventure kicks off by heading south into Teide National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – climbing through a dense pine forest. There's a pit stop at Chirche viewpoint, which often overlooks cloud-shrouded terrain below. The scenery around here is still bursting with greenery. But as we journey deeper into the national park, you'll encounter volcanic landscapes that could easily be on the moon, Venus or Mars. Desolate, rock-strewn badlands. A stop at Roques de Garcia allows you to take some pics near these iconic rock formations, with the volcano's cone in the background.Grab a last look at the lava-scarred landscapes at Poleos viewpoint before dropping into a family-run restaurant for a lunch made from seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Rounding off the day is a visit to Masca – a hard-to-reach hamlet perched on a ridge in a deep volcanic gorge. Enjoy free time to poke around and take in the vistas.

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Tour of Tenerife Villages with Anaga Country Park and Lunch
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Tour of Tenerife Villages with Anaga Country Park and Lunch

One of the island's first Spanish settlements, Taganana is also one of the most remote villages in Tenerife. And on this trip, it's just one of three scenery-packed locations you'll visit, alongside Candelaria and Anaga Country Park. In maximum groups of just 30 passengers per trip, you'll travel in a fleet of minibuses to discover it all in style.

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Things to do in Tenerife

Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is a highly sought-after holiday destination year-round. Apart from the pleasant weather and sandy beaches, its diverse landscapes are a standout feature. From majestic volcanic landscapes to lush forests and imposing cliffs, not to mention picturesque colonial villages steeped in history, Tenerife has something for everyone.

The top six activities and excursions in Tenerife:

1. Splash around at Siam Park

Siam Park, hailed as one of the world's best water parks, is a major attraction in the Canary Islands. This Thai-themed water park offers a wide variety of attractions suitable for all ages. For thrill seekers, Tower of Power and Singha are a must. Looking for a more chilled plan? Jump into a float and navigate the Mai Thai River or soak up the rays at Siam Beach. There's something for everyone here.

2. Explore Teide National Park

A trip to Tenerife is incomplete without visiting Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007. Home to Mount Teide, Spain's highest peak at 3718 meters, and one of the tallest volcanoes globally, the park boasts incredible landscapes reminiscent of another planet. Think cones, lava flows, and intriguing caves. The Roques de García's peculiar rock formations and rich plant life, including the red bugloss and Teide Violet, are just a few of the surprises awaiting you.

3. Visit Teno and Masca

The rural park of Teno, with its diverse landscapes like laurel forests and steep ravines, is one of Tenerife's most iconic natural spaces. Among the popular villages is Masca, a unique settlement nestled among green cliffs. Besides offering spectacular views of the surrounding ravines, it also preserves fantastic examples of traditional Canarian architecture.

4. Take a trip to La Gomera

The island of La Gomera, just a short ferry ride from Tenerife, is a must-visit. Be sure to explore Garajonay National Park, also declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Most excursions include a stop in San Sebastián, the island's capital, where Christopher Columbus made a stop before heading to the New World. You might even get to hear the Gomeran language, a unique form of communication used by the locals.

5. Discover the beauty of its villages

Beyond natural landscapes, visitors to Tenerife are captivated by the charm of iconic towns like San Cristóbal de La Laguna. The picturesque pastel-coloured mansions in this colonial city are truly enchanting. Another must-see is Garachico, the town that rose from the ashes after the eruption of the Trevejo volcano in 1706. And then there's Icod de los Vinos, home to the famous, 800-year-old Drago Milenario – a symbol of the Canary Islands.

6. Enjoy a cruise or boat trip

Catamaran excursions and boat rides are fantastic ways to explore Tenerife's coastline, with various options available depending on your preferences. If you dream of spotting dolphins and whales in their natural habitat, the southwest coast is the perfect place to do so. For a more relaxed plan, opt for a boat excursion to enjoy a day of sunbathing and refreshing dips in the Atlantic Ocean.

Plan your visit to Tenerife

When’s the best time to visit Tenerife?

Tenerife is one of the sunniest destinations in Europe and enjoys a pleasant climate all year round, with temperatures ranging from 17 °C in winter to 25 °C in summer. So whether you want to do outdoor activities, enjoy nature or relax on the beach, any time of year is a good time to go on vacation in this Canary Island paradise. But remember that on the island there are a great variety of microclimates, and on the north coast the probability of rain is higher. One of the most memorable times to travel to Tenerife is during carnival, as the celebrations in Santa Cruz de Tenerife are really impressive.

How many days should you spend in Tenerife?

Tenerife is the largest island in the Canary archipelago and has an incredible diversity of tourist attractions. If you want to discover the stunning natural landscapes, explore the Teide National Park, visit the most alluring villages and sunbathe on the beach, ideally you would need to spend at least five days, although if you have more time, we advise you to stay at least a week or, even better, 10 days.

What are the best beaches in Tenerife?

Located very close to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the beach of Las Teresitas is one of the most popular on the island. It has all kinds of facilities, and its blonde sand and limpid waters are highly appreciated by both locals and tourists. For those who prefer a wilder option, the beach of Benijo, hidden among the mountains of the Anaga massif, is really beautiful and also offers incredible sunsets. The impressive volcanic rock formations of El Bollullo beach, located near Puerto de la Cruz, and La Tejita beach, located next to the Montaña Roja Special Nature Reserve, are also worth a visit.