Though many Tenerife visitors never make it beyond the beach, those who do manage to peel themselves off the sun lounger are well rewarded. From outdoor activities amid the unusual volcanic landscapes to ferry trips to the neighboring Canary Islands, here are our top day tour picks from Tenerife.
San Cristóbal de La Laguna — 7.5 miles (12 km) from Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Built in the 16th century, the UNESCO World Heritage–listed town of La Laguna is within easy day-tripping distance of Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz, and a popular stop-off on island tours. City tours focus on the historic core, which later served as inspiration for New World settlers from Europe.
Anaga Rural Park — 15.5 miles (25 km) from Santa Cruz de Tenerife
A designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this mountainous massif extends across the northeast of the island. Covering around 35,650 acres (14,419 hectares) of highland terrain characterized by green-carpeted high peaks, low ravines, subtropical forests, and secluded beaches, Anuga is one of the best places to go for solitude and scenery.
La Gomera — 31 miles (50 km) from Los Cristianos
It’s just a 40-minute ferry ride from Los Cristianos to San Sebastián in La Gomera, Tenerife’s smaller, less-touristed neighbor island. Its sublime scenery—a mix of rugged volcanic rock formations, vertical cliffs, and verdant valleys—make it a hiking hot spot, while its enduring traditions draw in the culturally curious.
Teide National Park — 25 miles (40 km) from Santa Cruz de Tenerife
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is named after Mount Teide, which at just under 12,200 (3,7120 meters) is not only the tallest mountain on the Canary Islands, but also in all of Spain. Ride the Teide cable car to the summit, trek along the Los Roques de Garcia route, and visit high-altitude villages situated on the surrounding slopes.
Masca Valley — 68 miles (110 km) from Santa Cruz de Tenerife
One of the most picturesque parts of the island, this valley sits at the foot of the Teno Mountains, just a 90-minute drive from the island’s capital, and only 30 to 45 minutes from Costa Adeje and Playa de las Américas. Visit Masca village, which sits on a mountain ledge, pretty and precarious. Some walking tours include time at the Acantilados de los Gigantes rock cliffs, which tower above the Atlantic Ocean on the island’s west coast.