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Tenerife: South Coast Jet Ski Experience

1. Tenerife: South Coast Jet Ski Experience

Meet your guide at the port of San Miguel, where the jet skis will be waiting for you. Get equipped with all the necessary gear, including a life jacket, snorkeling mask, goggles, and a wetsuit. Listen briefly about how to drive safely, then embark! Pass through different spots such as the Yellow Mountain, the bay of Costa del Silencia, Las Galletas, the lighthouse of Punta Rasca, the Palm Mar Cliff, Los Cristianos, and much more. Depending on the weather, see different locales and keep your eyes peeled to spot whales, dolphins, turtles, and fish. If choosing the 2-hour tour option, make a stop to dip into the ocean and try out your snorkeling gear halfway through. Afterward, return to the initial dock to enjoy coffee, tea, water, juices, and beers. Take a shower, change into some fresh clothes, and admire the photos from the day.

Tenerife: Wine Museum Ticket with Local Wines & Food Tasting

2. Tenerife: Wine Museum Ticket with Local Wines & Food Tasting

Discover the unique history of wine in Tenerife with this ticket to the Casa del Vino Wine Museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Have the option of choose from three different wine and local product tasting menus. Enjoy the garden and the 17-century architecture of the estate's house. Travel to the old estate house of Casa del Vino and admire its breathtaking views of Mount Teide and the sea. Walk through the main entrance and see its traditional press house in the main courtyard. Indulge in local flavors as you try a local sparkling, red, and white wine. Pair your wine with 3 pieces of cheese, toast, and honey. Upgrade your experience to try more local products and a Malvasia sweet wine. Find out about the history and characteristics of the winery's creations, check out the exhibits at the Wine Museum. Have the chance to purchase wines directly from the makers at the Wine Cellar Shop. Take a stroll through the garden to see traditional grape varieties and local plant species.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Hiking in the Anaga Mountains

3. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Hiking in the Anaga Mountains

Discover the Anaga Rural Park forest on a 3.5-hour walk to the volcanic dome close to the hamlet of Taborno, coming down through the magnificent laurel forest of Anaga, a Unesco Biosphere Reserve since 2015. Hike while enjoying amazing views as the path comes out of the forest and approaches the cliffs facing the northeast shore of the island. Taborno is a hamlet right on top of the crane of two different gorges. It is considered a viewpoint hamlet.  Witness the local country life of the island and listen to your guide that will explain the local uses in such an amazing mountain chain. Anaga is one of the places in Tenerife where some aboriginal pre-Hispanic uses have been kept longer. After the walk, lunch will local products will be served.

Tenerife: Scandal Dinner Show Entry Ticket and 5-Course Meal

4. Tenerife: Scandal Dinner Show Entry Ticket and 5-Course Meal

Spend an evening at the Scandal Dinner Show in Tenerife with this entry ticket. Choose a 5-course dinner menu to accompany the show. Watch performers carry out a variety of burlesque acts while enjoying haute cuisine prepared in the GF Victoria’s kitchen. Relax in the dim light of the Las Olas auditorium. Scandal Dinner Show offers burlesque acts with a modern sensibility. Different acts include singing, music, and dance. Costumes range from the lavish to the sparkly. The mix of humor and sensuality provides a full night’s entertainment. Along with the show, enjoy a 5-course dinner. Choose from the regular and vegetarian options. Whichever one you pick, the balance of flavor profiles promises a meal as varied as the performances. Take a moment to savor the local gastronomy.

Tenerife: Whale & Dolphin Tour with Local Skipper

5. Tenerife: Whale & Dolphin Tour with Local Skipper

First, choose from an optional pickup from your hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife or make your own way to the meeting point at the port. The skipper will welcome you aboard the Cruz del Sur, a spacious 14-meter yacht. Listen as he explains the itinerary of the excursion and gives some information about safety measures. Then, set off to explore the whale and dolphin sighting area off the coast of Tenerife.  As you sail, keep your eyes peeled for these wonderful marine creatures. If you're lucky, you may even see some turtles. After spotting the wildlife, approach the coast and anchor the boat. Enjoy the opportunity to bathe or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters whilst the crew prepares lunch. Snorkeling equipment is provided.  For lunch, enjoy a delicious spread of typical, local food. Later, return to the port, sailing along the coastline and admiring the protected natural site of Punta de Rasca. Arrive at the port and bid farewell to the crew. Either your tour concludes, or you can benefit from the return transfer back to your hotel by selecting the option with hotel pickup and drop-off.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: 2-Hour Hiking Tour in Anaga Forest

6. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: 2-Hour Hiking Tour in Anaga Forest

Explore the beautiful and ancient Laurel Forest and get in contact with the nature on this hiking tour. Take a simple walk without great difficulty and feel and smell the pure air of this laurel forest. If you think of yourself as a novice hiker, or simply want a more relaxed and slow–paced hike, step onto the route through the Anaga Forest. Discover all of life's natural treasures as you amble through the wondrous nature of what was once an isolated territory and see the original Canarian architecture. Wander through a landscape which, millions of years ago, was an independent island separated by the sea from the rest of the insular territory. Even today, it is still considered as a separate world, an island inside another with its own identity.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park

7. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park

Visit the Pirámides de Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden and walk through an open-air museum with six stepped pyramids oriented towards the sun on key astronomical dates. Discover more about these strange lava rock formations from the 19th century AD. Walk through a park that was twice nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award. Follow several outdoor routes and specialized gardens that cover over 64,000m2. Enjoy the large variety of plants at one of the five botanical gardens in the Canary Islands. Select the premium visit option to explore aboriginal cultures from around the world, including the “Rapa Nui. Polynesia: Extreme Survival” exhibition. Enter the park's poison garden to see over 70 poisonous plant species, including some of the most dangerous plants on the planet.

Tenerife: Santa Cruz, La Laguna and Taganana Tour

8. Tenerife: Santa Cruz, La Laguna and Taganana Tour

This excursion will take you to the capital city of Santa Cruz, where you can see both traditional and modern architecture, including the iconic Auditorio de Tenerife. Visit the heart of the city, la Plaza de España. After visiting the modern Santa Cruz you will go to La Laguna, a city declared a historical heritage site by UNESCO. Take a walking tour through the city and you will be astounded by the beauty of the buildings and streets. You will then journey through Las Mercedes mountains, a natural reserve for the sub-tropical Laurel forest, continuing on through the impressive Anaga mountains to arrive at Taganana: a traditional hamlet on the precious northeast coast. In Taganana you can taste the marvelous gastronomy of Tenerife, in a typical seafood restaurant where you can discover the most authentic flavors of the island.

Santa Cruz: North Tenerife Private Guided Tour & Lunch

9. Santa Cruz: North Tenerife Private Guided Tour & Lunch

Discover the most beautiful viewpoints as well as the less touristic places of the island of Tenerife on a private tour. Start with pickup from your hotel. Explore the Pirate Valley with us, discover quaint fishing villages, and admire the imposing Mount Teide and its national park See Tenerife's highlights, but also the hidden, lesser-known gems away from the tourist hotspots on the coast. Within a few hours travel from the hot and partly dry, yellow-reddish south of the island to the lush, green north of Tenerife, stopping wherever there is something to see, discover and experience. Enjoy traditional cuisine for lunch with drinks. After a full day of exploration, be returned to your accomodation.

From South: Teide National Park & Botanical Garden Tour

10. From South: Teide National Park & Botanical Garden Tour

Explore the Teide National Park and the Portillo Botanical Gardens on a guided day trip from the south of Tenerife. See beautiful examples of local flora, hike through the Teide National Park, and enjoy stunning views from the Mirador Roques de García. Meet your driver at your chosen meeting point in the south of the island and head northwest. First, visit the Portillo Botanical Garden and see the native flora of the region. As you walk, learn about the plants from the many signs throughout the park. Next, travel to the Alto de Guamaso trail through the Teide National Park. On this easy 3-kilometer-long trail, hike through the middle of a volcanic crater and hug the slopes of the mountain. As you hike, enjoy dizzying views over the Orotava Valley and a wide strip of the north coast of Tenerife. After returning to the bus, head to Teide National Park's famous viewpoint, Mirador Roques de García. Marvel at views of fascinating rock formations created by erosion. Return to your meeting point by bus, having discovered Tenerife's beautiful northwest.

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What people are saying about Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,221 reviews

Angel was an excellent tour guide! We saw a lot of the island and had plenty of time for scenic pictures along the route. Our guide made sure to point out the best spots in each town we stopped. Well worth it. As long as Angel is your guide, you’re in great hands!

Brilliant show ! Really enjoyed it. Bottomless red/white wine all night. Food was excellent. Very accommodating for people with food allergy etc. I wanted a different food option as I don’t eat pork and there was no issue getting an alternative. We will be back !

I really recommend this activité. It was great. Ángel is a wonderful person. I enjoyed this Teide tour. We also visited La Laguna and Guarachico. Et was a great day! Thank you a lot!

Unbelievable! Great experience, no more than 10, a privileged moment. In good company, both are passionate and were as amazed as we saw whales, calderons or dolphins.

The team was amazing Really helpful The tour was really good. I highly recommend it.