Only a four-hour flight from the United Kingdom, it is no surprise that as one of the largest Canary Islands, Tenerife ranks highly when it comes to family holidays. If you’ve been before you probably think you know all there is to know about the island, but hidden away under the sun and behind the high mountains there is a whole load of new activities and attractions.
From local cuisines to delving deep into mysterious caves, a different side is waiting peacefully to be discovered. Here are our six top secret treasures of Tenerife.
La Orotava – Botanical Gardens
This green delight is utterly beautiful and just on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz in a picturesque town called La Orotava. Home to the banana, the streets are lined with cobbles and architectural treasures. La Orotava Botanical Gardens has a collection of over 3,000 tropical and sub-tropical plants that just burst with colour. This is definitely one for the photographer.
This place is well worth the visit and is a village with a true history behind it. With a mixture of 16th and 17th century houses, Los Realejos has some of the most gorgeous scenery on the entire island. It also hosts special events such as a firework event in May and the Paragliding Festival.
Cueva del Viento
In the northern town of Icod de los Vinos, Cueva del Viento is something different for your holiday itinerary. Created almost 30,000 years ago, this cave is known for possessing the largest lava tubes in Europe as it stretches for more than 11 miles. It contains three different levels of passageways such as the lava pit and terraces. It’s a must see part of Tenerife but if you’re scared of the dark don’t forget your torch!
Modern Lighthouse in Tenerife
This isn’t your traditional lighthouse. With its white edges and modern design, it offers a unique photo opportunity for all visitors. Buried deep within the Northern shores of Punta de Hidalgo, you can explore the Mountains of Anaga, which is said to be quite the romantic spot.
Las Teresitas Beach
If you’re looking for somewhere peaceful and less jam-packed than your typical touristy place in Tenerife, then this is the place for you. Las Teresitas is one of the least-visited beaches. Its qualities make it a great place to spend your day with a clear blue ocean and golden sand; definitely not one to miss out on.
One of Tenerife’s best-kept secrets, Taganana is a small village in the north of the island in a valley between the Ananda Mountain range. This beautiful location offers you an adventure and will truly capture your imagination with its spectacular views. You are unlikely to bump into many other tourists here and it’s a great spot for some hiking.
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