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Tenerife Island: VIP Tour

1. Tenerife Island: VIP Tour

After pick-up, your first stop on this day-long tour will be La Laguna, an important historical center of the island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, it's on to Candelaria, a fishing town and where you can find a statue of the Candelaria Virgin, patron saint of the Canary Islands, as well as the stunning Candelaria Basilica. This city is an important place of pilgrimage situated in the southeast of the island. Your next visit will be to El Médano, a charming beach with majestic views of the volcanic cone Montana Roja. The next stop, Garachico, is a city blooming with flowering trees and full of fascinating history. Other highlights of your tour include La Orotava and Los Gigantes Cliff. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel, port or apartment.

Tenerife: Teide Volcano and North of the Island VIP Tour

2. Tenerife: Teide Volcano and North of the Island VIP Tour

Visit La Laguna, the first capital of the island of Tenerife, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the richness of its agriculture and the good state of the old buildings. Go for a walk with your tour guide and learn all about this elegant city while taking beautiful photos of your surroundings.  Next, visit the Esperanza forest on the way to the Teide Volcano. Stop here to taste a delicious coffee known as barraquito before pausing at several different viewpoints throughout the forest to enjoy its beautiful Canarian pines and eucalyptus trees. Then, arrive at the National Park where you will make several stops, steering clear of tourist traps. Heading down, see Chinyero Volcano which saw the last volcanic eruption in Tenerife in 1909. Before arriving at Garachico, stop for lunch where you can try some traditional Canarian food. Garachico is a very elegant town with a rich architectural heritage from the XVI, XVII, and XVIII centuries which deemed it a relevant Site of Cultural Interest in 1994.  Finally, visit Icod de los Vinos where you will see the Millenary Dragon Tree, a very important tree that is more than 1000 years.

Tenerife: Anaga Rural Park Full-Day Guided Tour

3. Tenerife: Anaga Rural Park Full-Day Guided Tour

Discover one of the last laurel forests in the world on a full-day tour of Anaga Rural Park, where time appears to have stood still for centuries. Start in the typical fishing village of San Andres, just outside Santa Cruz de Tenerife, near Teseritas Beach. You will be immersed into the natural world almost immediately. Your guide will provide information on the history of one of the oldest sides of Tenerife, sculpted by millions of years of volcanic erosion. Cross the Fayal-Brezal to discover places full of rural traditions, and friendly locals who are always waiting for visitors. Learn the legends and stories of the aboriginals, and the 1st governors who conquered the island. At the summit of Anaga, you will experience one of the best secrets of the Alisio wind; revel in the magic of the humid Laurisilva forest. Then, visit isolated villages that are still lived in by locals to see traditional rural architecture. Enjoy a unique view from a privileged vantage point, directly over a cliff that towers 550 meters above sea level. End with a walk in the UNESCO World Heritage city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, and discover why it is sometimes referred to as the “Florence of the Canary Islands.”

South Tenerife: San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Anaga Tour

4. South Tenerife: San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Anaga Tour

Start with pickup form Playa de las Américas, and first visit the town of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site steeped in tradition, legends, and beauty. See the many churches, historical buildings, and charming streets of a town described as the "Florence of the Canary Islands". Then, make your way to Anaga, a volcanic rock formation that is between 7 and 9 million years old. Explore the area's landscapes which are adorned with geological formations such as roques, or old volcanic chimneys and dikes, which are fractures filled with solidified magma forming sheets of rock that look like walls. See beautiful cliff faces and deep ravines. Explore the nearby forests of laurel and dragon trees before returning back to your accommodation.

Tenerife: Teide National Park and Teno Full-Day Tour

5. Tenerife: Teide National Park and Teno Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day adventure on Tenerife, traveling to the stunning Teide National Park and Teno Rural Park, 2 areas of breathtaking volcanic beauty. Following a pick-up, transfer by minibus (maximum 8 passengers) through the forests of canary pine trees. This paradise for hikers boasts some amazing observation points above the clouds. Climb 2,000 meters above sea level to the Teide National Park, dominated by Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain and volcano. Feel as if you have stepped onto another planet as you walk around the rocky landscape. With the majesty of Mt. Teide fresh in your mind, travel to the Teno region around noon, stopping at picturesque spots which surround the breathtaking Valley of Masca. Immerse yourself in the traditions and rich gastronomy of the region, and learn about the local way of life in the small hamlets nestled among the hills and forests of Teno Rural Park.

Tenerife: Santa Cruz, La Laguna and Taganana Tour

6. 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.

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What people are saying about Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 113 reviews

It was a lovely day and having our guide Angel and driver too.We were collected from our hotel at Costa Adeje. The trip was full of information from Angel and his vast knowledges of being a canarios and other travel information. We covered all these places below as we don’t think we can visit them in just one day, for us it’s the best to know these places if ever we have to check it out again and that helps us to give an idea. We can’t comment to the German guide and we are only 4 people in this tour but he is our guide or to accompany us for a photo or short walk. We had lunch at Candelaria which is near the church and chose the restaurant near the coast and it was lovely and great price too. Angel never have any deals with those restaurants like other travel agents that they will push you to eat to that place. Places we’ve visited Santiago del Teide Garachico Icod de los vinos La Orotava San Cristóbal de la laguna or la laguna Candelaria El Medano

Angel was a great guide! He knew a ton about the island and kept us entertained the entire 8 hour day. Pickup was easy, during the car time he’d tell us about what we were seeing, culture and history of the island, local cuisine, etc. and during the stops he’d let us explore on our own but gave recommendations of what to do. He was funny, spoke great English, and I could tell he was passionate about this job. The van was very comfortable and new and even had Wi-Fi! I was staying in Costa Adeje in the south but wanted to see the north of the island as well. This was the perfect way to do it without having to rent a car and guide myself. Would recommend!

Our tour guide Angel is great. Very fun to talk with and very patient with us. The group was small (3 in total) so it’s very personal and cozy. He took us to the pretty sites of Teide National Park and we visited the quaint and cute little towns in the north of the island, Garachico being my favorite. I highly recommend this tour if you’re in the Island!

My friend and I really enjoyed this excursion because the guides were so friendly and kind to us! They made us feel at home and tried their best to make the experience enjoyable. This excursion allowed us to explore many places on the island for a good price. It would have been much more expensive to have done this on our own! 10/10 would recommend.

Great tour! Angel is an awesome guide, always ready to give you some info, tell you about the history or answer your questions.