Tenerife, the largest of the seven Canary Islands, and also the most populous one, offers a variety of interesting places to visit. This beautiful volcanic island has it all, from warm sandy beaches to picturesque landscapes, and to top it all off the weather is perfect during the whole year. Tenerife has simply too many attractions and places to visit to list, so we bring you the top three sites to see in Tenerife.
1. Teide National Park
If you visit Tenerife you should visit the Teide National Park, period. This UNESCO protected park is centered around the highest peak on Spanish soil, Mount Teide, which stands at a staggering 3718 meters above ground. A unique, almost otherworldly landscape of volcanic rock, craters and petrified lava is truly a sight to behold. Mount Teide absolutely dominates the landscape with its sheer size. It varies in appearance as you see it from different parts of the park, and never ceases to amaze. The wall of the volcanic depression surrounding the park stretches across 25 kilometers, and was formed during a giant landslide thousands of years ago. During the spring the whole park booms to life, as endless fields of flowers blossom, filling the air with a unique, gentle sent, and providing a stunning contrast to the volcanic nature of the park. If you're lucky and get a chance to climb atop of the mountain you'll see the whole island laid out at your feet. The park is easily accessible and has numerous hotels in which you can stay overnight. Let's just say that it's the most visited national park in Spain for a reason, truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Teide National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional del Teide) / CC BY-SA 3.0
10 kilometers long and plunging 500 meters into the Atlantic Ocean, the cliffs of Los Gigantes, or the cliffs of giants, look like something out of a fantasy novel. Few sights are as impressive, or as humbling, as standing on the edge of the "cliffs of giants". The indigenous people of Tenerife, the Guanche, thought that the cliffs marked the end of the world, and once you see them with your own eyes you'll be ready to agree with them. You can sail past them on a boat, observe them with a drink in your hand from one of the quayside bars, or climb them yourself. This is also a known whale spotting location, so don't be surprised if you suddenly see a whale pop up from the waters surrounding the cliffs. A small beach is also located near the cliffs, and though not as beautiful as the other beaches on the Canary Islands, its unique location gives it a certain kind of charm. Put on some hiking shoes and be prepared to take a lot of pictures!
Yes, Tenerife has actual pyramids on it. Though not quite as impressive as the pyramids in Egypt, the Pyramids of Güímar are a sight to behold. Six mystical stone pyramids shaped like the Aztec temples in South America have both confused and intrigued scientists. There are multiple theories about their origin. Some people believe that their existence prove that people were in America before Columbus, others say that they're merely stones arranged by peasants to protect their fields from the weather. Even without proper knowledge of their origin, these pyramids are an intriguing and mystical sight, and the cafés, shops and museums around them will make you remember. For just 10€ it is a must visit for history buffs.