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Tenerife: Mount Teide Tour with Cable Car Ticket & Transfer

1. Tenerife: Mount Teide Tour with Cable Car Ticket & Transfer

Join a day trip from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Teide National Park, home to Mt. Teide, Spain’s tallest peak at 12,198 feet (3,718 meters). Following pickup from your hotel, head to the park, and explore its lunar landscapes. Take a cable car to the peak and enjoy time at leisure to soak up the views. After getting picked up in the selected location, visit the largest national park in the Canary Islands and experience a volcanic landscape of unrivaled beauty with your Mount Teide cable car ticket. Forget the car and contribute to a sustainable Teide. By choosing group transport, beat overcrowding in the vehicle parking zones inside the national park which, as a conservation measure, are small and unsuitable for expansion. From the base station, board the cable car for the 8-minute ride up to the highest peak in Spain. The cable car’s upper station, at 3,555 meters, is the point of departure for 3 interesting trails for hiking enthusiasts. There are paths to Pico Viejo Lookout and La Fortaleza Lookout, where you’ll have spectacular views of the north and south of the island. The Telesforo Bravo path leads to the highest point of the volcano, at an altitude of 3,718 meters. To visit the peak you must apply for a permit in advance.

Tenerife: Marine-Life Tour with Transfer, Food, and Drinks

2. Tenerife: Marine-Life Tour with Transfer, Food, and Drinks

Hit the water and head for Puerto Colon on this dolphin and whale-watching cruise, then feast on a delicious buffet lunch of tapas, including cava and a glass of wine. Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation in the south of Tenerife or meet at the meeting point, and then board a catamaran to cruise off the coast of the island. Avail of the services of a friendly and experienced crew as you cruise to Puerto Colon to look for dolphins and whales swimming in their natural habitat. Spend about 3 hours cruising the waters to encounter some of the magnificent marine life up close and personal. Then, sail to a beautiful bay and drop anchor to swim or snorkel in the crystal clear water. Enjoy a wonderful selection of tapas from Spain before sailing close to the coastline to get amazing views of the mountains and beaches.

Full-Day Gomera Jeep Safari Excursion from Arona

3. Full-Day Gomera Jeep Safari Excursion from Arona

Visit the most beautiful corners of the island of Gomera on this full-day Jeep safari tour. Head out from the south of Tenerife on a morning sailing to San Sebastián de la Gomera. The island of Gomera boasts beautiful landscapes, World-Heritage Garajonay National Park and the whistled language, which is on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Take time to enjoy some of the traditional local foods and visit the island's most picturesque villages. At each stop along the way the driver will tell you about the places you visit on this island that was the bridge to the discovery of the New World.

Tenerife: Paragliding with National Champion Paraglider

4. Tenerife: Paragliding with National Champion Paraglider

Paraglide over Tenerife with an experienced guide. Your guide, Daniel Crespo, is a national champion paraglider, so you’ll be in safe hands as you paraglide. Start the activity with a safety briefing about take-off, landing, and paragliding. The flight will last 20-30-minutes. The route will vary depending on weather conditions. Some routes will include flying over ravines. Others include flying over the Conde ridge. The flight usually finishes over the Adeje coast. As you approach the landing zone at the beach, you’ll have the opportunity to perform acrobatics or try piloting the paraglider.

From Playa de las Américas: Full-Day Teide Jeep Safari

5. From Playa de las Américas: Full-Day Teide Jeep Safari

Experience another side of Tenerife during a guided day trip from Playa de las Americas, with hotel transfers included. Head to the popular El Teide National Park and see the evidence of past volcanic activity on a 4WD tour. Enjoy a drive to mountain villages and discover the area’s geography and its people. See Vilaflor, the highest village in Spain, and the typical hamlets of Masca. At each stop, your guide will tell you about the places you’re visiting. There will also be a stop at a restaurant, where you can enjoy a meal (at your own expense).

Los Cristianos: Whale Watching Cruise on a Peter Pan Boat

6. Los Cristianos: Whale Watching Cruise on a Peter Pan Boat

Experience the thrill of sailing aboard an authentic Portuguese Goleta that will transport you into the heyday of sea exploration. Purchase a drink at the bar and relax as the boat takes you to visit local dolphin and pilot whale populations. Choose from meeting the boat at the harbor or being picked up in a climate-controlled bus from a meeting point in La Caleta, Playa de Las Américas, or Los Cristianos. Embark on your whale-watching adventure on a Peter Pan boat from the Los Cristianos harbor. Head to the bar to purchase a drink or make yourself comfortable around the boat's large central table on the main deck. Take in the views from the upper deck and have access to two bathrooms below deck. Return to the Los Cristianos harbor at the end of your tour and (depending on the option selected) transfer by bus back to your original meeting point.

Teide: Romantic Sunset and Stargazing Tour with Dinner

7. Teide: Romantic Sunset and Stargazing Tour with Dinner

Get a glimpse of Teide’s natural beauty by combining two experiences in one day trip — a romantic sunset and stargazing. Explore Mount Teide National Park and sip a glass of Cava at sunset. As the night falls, see the enchanting star constellations with the help of your guide and telescopes. Begin your day trip with a hotel pickup. On the drive, take in panoramic views of Tenerife and absorb the fragrance of the pine forests in Teide National Park. Break through the clouds at 7,000 feet and marvel at the astonishing views of the Atlantic Ocean and the islands of the archipelago. Watch the sun melt into soft pinks, reds, and purples, and celebrate the sunset with a glass of chilled sparkling cava. As darkness blankets the sky, be taken on a tour of the stars by one of the few professional astronomy guides in the world. Let live commentary from your guide about mapping the night sky and the use of telescopes enhance your stargazing experience.

Tenerife: Sunset Catamaran Tour with Transfer, Food & Drinks

8. Tenerife: Sunset Catamaran Tour with Transfer, Food & Drinks

Sailing from Puerto Colon in Playa de Las Americas, the friendly crew will take you straight in search of the Pilot Whales and Dolphins. The chance of Seeing those wonderful creatures is extremely high all year round as they live in the waters around the coast of Tenerife permanently. There will be a English and Spanish speaking guide on board. Drinks and snacks are served throughout the tour. After the whale and dolphin watching the boat will slowly return to port while the sun goes behind the horizon with the flickering light of the beautiful Tenerife South Coast. A must do experience for couple and families not only for whale watching but to experience Tenerife's coast from a different prospective during the day and evening as well.

From Los Cristianos: La Gomera Island Full-Day Trip

9. From Los Cristianos: La Gomera Island Full-Day Trip

The excursion start when we finish the pick up. With a official guide leaves from Los Cristianos Port in Tenerife south on board the Naviera Armas ferry heading for San Sebastian de La Gomera, which is the capital of the island. From the port we head towards the center of the island discovering how the vegetation changes from dry to wet First stop is on "La degollada de Peraza" to observe the phenomenon of horizontal rain. A few kilometers away we will stop in the area of the ancient super volcanoes to discover one of the most emblematic areas of la gomera "ithe rock of Agando", an impressive and steep formation of volcanic lava. Entering the Garajonay National Park we will discover, surrounded by greenery, the ecosystem of Laurisilva - which is an ancient subtropical forest that existed in many parts of the planet when dinosaurs ruled the world. Inside the park we will make a stop at Laguna Grande, where you will have time to walk a circular path to see the Laurisilva up close. Finally we will arrive in Valle Gran Rey to admire one of the most beautiful canyons in La Gomera from the Palmarejo viewpoint and then stop in the village near the beach. You will have free time for an aperitif or to discover the beach. We will continue the journey and to reach the village of Agulo. There you will have time to have lunch in a typical Gomero restaurant. (lunch not included). Finally, we will return to San Sebastian, where you can see the remnants of histórical buildings linked to Christopher Columbus passage before his departure to the American Continent ,such as the Torre del Conde or La Casa de Colón. at 5:00 pm we leave from La Gomera for come back in Tenerife.

Puerto Colón: Ecological Catamaran Cruise

10. Puerto Colón: Ecological Catamaran Cruise

Set off from Puerto Colón on a comfortable, modern, and ecological catamaran tour. Take in the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy stunning views of Tenerife's southern coast. Receive a warm welcome from the boat's friendly crew and relax in the sun with a refreshing drink. Sail to an ideal spot for swimming and get acquainted with some of the region's diverse underwater life.  Look out with your guides for any of the 28 species of cetaceans that pass through the islands, including bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales. Enjoy complimentary food and drink as you sail on the open sea. Choose the 5-hour option to snorkel with the colorful fish and see the towering Giants' Cliff before returning to Puerto Colón.

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What people are saying about Playa de las Américas

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based on 1,389 reviews

The experience is really unique the guide share a lot of knowledge about the island and the Teide National Park, the food was so delicious and the last stop to watch the starts was so magical

absolutely amazing! the captain and tour guide were lovely and charming and made the trip such an enjoyable and memorable experience. I would 100% recommend this to everyone

Great trip where we Saw a lot of pirate whales and dolphins. Execelent service and a lot of food and cava. Will for sure recommend Monte Cristo Catamaran tours.

A great guide, who was passionate A breathtaking view A magical experience and at all costs to do when coming to Tenerife

A unique experience that with people like our guide make it even more special, thank you