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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: Scandal Dinner Show Entry Ticket and 5-Course Meal

2. 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 Island: VIP Tour

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

Tenerife: Teide Volcano and North of the Island VIP Tour

5. 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

6. 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.”

From Santa Cruz: Tenerife Island Guided Tour With Lunch

7. From Santa Cruz: Tenerife Island Guided Tour With Lunch

Beautiful Tenerife Island Tour You go on a tour of Tenerife, we will take you to the most beautiful place with our van! We, that's me Natalie and my husband Andres, live here and love our island, Andres grew up here and knows the country and people as well as the best Tascas (traditional bars and restaurants of Tenerife), the most beautiful viewpoints as well as the less touristy places of the island, but which are often all the more beautiful. Would you like to explore the pirate valley with us, experience the abandoned fishing villages, see Mount Teide with its incredible national park? Then you are exactly right with us! We do a big island tour together, over 6 hours we not only show you Tenerife's highlights, but also the hidden corners and places. Within a few hours we travel from the hot and partly dry, yellow-reddish south of the island to the green and in places almost tropical part, to the north of Tenerife, stopping wherever there is something to see, discover and experience. Original Spanish food in the typical Tasca is of course included. The Beautiful Tenerife Island Tour is suitable for everyone, children, teenagers, adults. Unfortunately, we are not perfectly equipped for wheelchair users, but if you just talk to us, we will find a solution together, we want to take everyone on tour with us who wants to come along! We look forward to seeing you, best regards Natalie & Andres

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park

8. 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.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Palmetum Entry Ticket

9. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Palmetum Entry Ticket

Gain your entry ticket to the Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a 12-hectare botanical garden that specializes in palm trees. Marvel at the 2 lakes, stream, 3 waterfalls, and beautiful corners decorated with immense volcanic rocks. Visit a truly valuable project — a transformed municipal rubbish dump that is now a recreational space for plant lovers. See how it’s now bursting with spectacular plant life brought here through partnerships with institutions from all over the world. Take in its splendid landscapes, achieved through years of elaborate and improved garden design. Get your camera ready for the great views from the mountain of the sea and the city below. Be wowed by about 3,000 species of plants from tropical and subtropical climates around the world. The botanical family of palm trees, technically called Arecaceae or Palmae, is the best represented in the collection, with more than 600 species distributed throughout the park according to their geographical origin. See how most of the area of the Palmetum has been dedicated to island territories, so palm trees from islands, such as Madagascar, the Caribbean or Polynesia, are very well represented. Take in a truly relaxing and nature-inspired visit to a worthwhile project for the planet.

Tenerife: Wine Museum Ticket with Local Wines & Food Tasting

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 586 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

Good instruction, high quality jet-ski. Had some misunderstanding during the tour, however, it was sorted. We have also bought photos and videos for 20€ with the perfect quality. We recommend this activity :) P.S Didn't see the dolphins, but it's not the provider fault, as the dolpins hide due to the noise of jet-ski

esperienza fantastica da fare assolutamente almeno una volta nella vita la guida è stata attenta professionale e molto disponibile da consigliare

That was very good and guided very good as well . The staff is very friendly. So thats very good experience Thanks

Very fun experience. Friendly staff and good instructor.