Attracting 10 million sun-hungry visitors each year, Tenerife is easily one of the most popular islands on the planet. Boasting stunning landscapes, an exciting party scene and top tourist attractions, it’s easy to understand why this Canarian gem is so alluring.
Having said this, you don’t need to break the bank to have an amazing escape here. To help save your cash for the finer things in life, we’ve put together a list of the best free activities in Tenerife.
Fun at the Fiesta
The locals are a friendly bunch, and if you happen to be visiting during one of the 14 fiestas taking place each year then you’ll be greeted with open arms. During fiestas, shops are often shut, but bars and restaurants stay open. In the evening, you can expect Canarian bands performing traditional music in the main plazas and a lively, fun atmosphere.
Get Sand in your Bits
For the vast majority of us, the beaches in Tenerife are a major highlight. If you wish, you can relax all day on golden sandy shores without even spending a penny. Located on the southern coast, the Playa del Duque is great choice, premium feel, Blue Flag beach lined by exclusive resorts. If you fancy something a little quieter, head to Playa Bollullo, a black sand beach favoured by the locals.
Perfect for a day of casual meandering, many of the museums in Tenerife are free to visit on Sunday. Take your pick from the fine art exhibition of Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes to the family favourite Museo de la Ciencia y El Cosmos, a fun interactive space museum. If you don’t feel like you’re on holiday until that first glass of wine, head to the La Baranda Wine Museum for a tasting session of the island’s most popular wines.
Walk on the Moon
The vast alien like landscape surrounding 3,718 metre Mount Teide volcano makes an excellent trek. A ramble around this unique landscape is definitely a must for any visitor to Tenerife. If you want to climb the volcano’s summit on foot you will need a permit, but you can explore the fascinating surrounds of Teide National Park anytime you like. Boasting an extraordinary geological landscape of volcanic cones, colourful flora and lava flows you can easily spend a day tramping around this national park.
Formed by hardened lava in 1706, the rock pools in the quiet town of Garachico are a top choice for anyone looking for a unique swimming experience in Tenerife. This naturally formed pool is a favourite for many who visit the town, but make sure to spend some time exploring Garachico’s plaza, backstreets and artisan shops. Arguably one of the most beautiful towns in Tenerife, Garachico is the perfect day trip destination on the island.
From discovering culture in the island’s museums to swimming in volcanic rock pools these are the best free activities in Tenerife. If you have any suggestions for thrifty activities in the Canaries, comment below.