If you’re one of the five million tourists choose a Tenerife holiday every year, you shouldn’t follow the crowd when it comes to exploring the island. If you’re looking for a more adventurous (albeit slightly less relaxing) way to enjoy Tenerife, you need to look further than the beautiful beaches and mesmerising museums. This tropical paradise has it all; sun, sea, sand and some truly weird and wonderful activities that will be sure to make your holiday truly unforgettable.
Let yourself go at Tenerife Carnival
Held annually just before lent, this vibrant street festival is the perfect way to experience local culture first-hand. There’s tasty and authentic local cuisine, traditional music and dancing, parades, costumes, just about anything you could ask for! Look out for the famous High Heels Marathon – a glamtastic drag race for the more daring male locals!
Walk on water with a Nuclear Globe
This one is for the bravest Tenerife traveller. Experience the ocean like never before – from the inside of a giant, transparent ball. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but once you get started you’ll be glad you gave it a go. It’s definitely a novel way to experience the island! If the idea interests you, but you don’t fancy being upside down, you can also see the ocean with a transparent kayak.
Visit the House of Honey
Admittedly, visiting a house decorated like a beehive and filled with honeycomb may not be high on your holiday agenda, but the ‘Casa de la Miel’ in Tenerife is not to be missed. You can visit the honey factory, and see the bees busy at work, as well as tasting the sweet fruits of their labour, and even taking home a memento from the gift shop (anything you can imagine that could be made from beeswax!).
See 3000 Parrots in One Place
For animal enthusiasts, Loro Parque is a must. You can teach funny (and rude) phrases to the 3000 parrots, which are visually magnificent 9if a little loud). Loro Parque has the largest collection of parrots in the world, in all shapes and sizes, which should be enough to keep you going all day, but if you get bored, you can always wander over to the lions or chimpanzees. Not as talkative but still a fun bunch! You can also monkey around at Tenerife’s monkey park, where you’re allowed to get up close and personal with the primates, and even feed them.
Climb a Volcano
If you’re up for a bit of hard work, you won’t want to miss out on a hike up Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain with breath-taking views over the island and beyond. It stands at 3,718 metres high, so it’s not an easy climb, but if you’re not up for the challenge, there are plenty of cable cars that can carry you all the way up. For most of the year, you’ll be greeted by snow and ice at the summit so don’t forgot to pack some winter woollies along with that teeny bikini.
If All Else Fails, Sail to Gran Canaria
If none of these weird and wonderful activities take your fancy, perhaps it’s time to take a trip! You can jump on a quick and low-cost ferry over to Gran Canaria – a smaller and more relaxed version of Tenerife. Fine food and easy living – who could ask for anything more?