As the largest island in the Spanish archipelago, Tenerife is often visited by a huge number of tourists. One of the great things about the island is that it appeals to families, couples and groups of friends, making it a versatile location. This is mainly due to Tenerife’s large variety of landscapes and activities. If you’re a beach lover, there are plenty of amazing beaches and if you love the outdoors, there are tons of natural wonders to witness. All in all, Tenerife’s got it ALL! But, just like many other places around the world, the island also has its principal, stand out sights which sometimes take the spotlight away from other incredible marvels.
Sometimes, it’s great to go off the beaten track and be surprised by hidden gems. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to explore Tenerife a bit further, check out these overlooked sights on the Canary Island.
Visit La Laguna
Tenerife is home to the colourful town of La Laguna which also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This spot is truly under the radar as you won’t find many tourists wandering around. Away from it all, La Laguna is located in the countryside and is a lovely display of colonial architecture. A great little town to distance yourself from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist hubs, you can explore La Laguna’s narrow streets and find a charming café or vibrant bar.
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Hike the Anaga Mountains
With Tenerife’s diverse landscapes, it’s hard not to be enthralled by the mountainous terrain and surroundings. The island’s ranges are great to admire from afar, but what about getting a little closer and discovering them from higher ground? The Anaga mountains are situated in the north of Tenerife and with numerous hiking trails, you can bear witness to some impressive views.
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Scuba dive the Tabaiba Shipwreck
In the central north of Tenerife, you’ll find the little town of Tabaiba. Just off its coast is the 35-metre-long wreck called ‘El Peñon’. The ship was deliberately sunk in order to create an artificial reef in 2006, to enhance marine life in the area and also attract more divers. Inside the shipwreck, you’ll be able to meet eels, octopus and large schools of fish.
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Explore Masca Valley
If you love walking and hiking, Tenerife has plenty of it to go around. But, perhaps one of the best hikes you can embark on is the Masca Valley trail. Starting off in Masca, one of the highest villages in Tenerife, the finishing point is at the beach, approximately 5 miles below. Whether you choose to walk the hike alone (only recommended for experienced hikers) or with a tour guide, there are some beautiful scenes along the way. Incredible viewpoints and lush nature make this a hike worth making.
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Roam around La Orotava
If you prefer to wander around a beautiful town rather than taking a hike, La Orotava is the place for you. Pretty landscapes and calm, quiet beaches make this town one of the most relaxing in Tenerife. You’ll come across great architecture, winding cobblestoned streets and a traditional, authentic vibe. If you’re excited to uncover the true Tenerife, La Orotava definitely does live up to that expectation!
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