So, finally you have vacations and you have decided to spend them in Tenerife! You may have already tried to prepare your trip by finding more information in the internet or guidebooks about the island. The question is how to see everything and don’t miss something most important that you have marked in your guidebook. Of course you can take organized bus with the guide or take public transport that will be cheapest way. You can also just hire the car and not depend on the timetables or regret about spending money and time without seeing something that have been promised you.
Let’s imagine that you decide to rent a car in Tenerife and discover the island by car. If you still don’t know what to visit in Tenerife, which places are the “must” of Tenerife and which could be missed for the first time, we will help you to find out that according to your preferences. You must remember that it is impossible to discover the whole island in one — two days, but still if you don’t want to spent too much time by travelling across the island, you will be able at list visit some of the most interesting points. Now we will try to describe this most important points where you can go by car in Tenerife.
The most famous place on the island is Teide National Park of course. It is the place where you can go by car on your own. It is impossible to go here on your feet (at least for one day), still if you are physically strong enough you can go here by bike. Here in the park you will see the volcano Teide and can go hiking in different paths, like the way to the abandoned sanatorium Casa del Medico (House of doctor). More information about volcano you can find in our article about Teide.
Gorge and village Maska is the second famous place among the tourists. To get the Maska you can go to Los Gigantes and after parking here your car near the port take the boat to gorge that will take 20 minutes and
Los Gigantes is a small touristic town. Perfect place for those who prefer quit place for relax. Clean water, big and beautiful cliffs called giants, natural beaches with the blackest volcanic sand. Here you can hire water bike or small boat and go to the ocean and see dolphins and whales.
The Cape Teno (Punto Teno)— the most west point of the island, with the lighthouse and sightseeing of another side of Los Gigantes cliffs. This place has a very interesting energy and atmosphere. The road to the cape is very beautiful as well but a little bit serpentine. The road is usually closed except for touristic o regular buses till 17 or 19 (the time depends on the season).
Garachico used to be the main port of the island till in 1706 the eruption of Treviejo volcano destroyed totally this city. Here you will be able to find the monastery of hermits, monument of the immigrant, fortress San Miguel, natural pools El Caleton, that were made by the eruption, Church of Santa Anna and etcetera.
Icod de los vinos — is not a big town on the north of the island. The main touristic attraction here is dragon tree that has more than thousand years and situated in Parque del drago, as well you will find the doll museum, and butterfly park, the museum of Malvasia (famous Canarian wine) and the Cave of Wind (Cueva del Viento) close to the town.
If you have decided to rent a car for a couple of days we recommend you to visit all above mentioned places which are situated close from each other and on your way to the volcano Teide. One of the highly recommended route for 1 day is volcano Teide, the village and valley Masca, Los Gigantes. For 2 days you can visit the second day Garachico, Icod de los Vinos and Punto Teno.
La Orotava — is an old city on the north of the island with colonial atmosphere, where every year in June there is a day of carpets and all streets of the town are covered with different pictures and images from colored sand and flowers. You can visit here the house museum La Casa de los Balcones and to see beautiful wooden carved balconies, the church of our Lady of Conception in Canarian baroque style, and botanic garden Hijuela del Botanico. Walk the old streets and get in the atmosphere of city.
Puerto de la Cruz — a resort town on the north of Tenerife, is very popular among German tourists, can be a little boring for young people. Here is situated one of the best zoo of the world — Loro park, complex of swimming pools Lago Martianez, where you can swim and relax, because the ocean in this part is raging, a small botanic garden and walk the promenade San Telmo, enjoying the view of tall waves.
Santa Ursula — is a small town in the northern part of Tenerife, where you can go to the church of Santa Ursula, the estate of Hacienda de San Clemente, which is famous with experiences of plants acclimatize. And public garden with a sculpture of La giganta.
San Cristobal de la Laguna — old capital of Tenerife and the second biggest town of the island, years ago there was a small lagoon, what has remained only in the name of the town. It’s a cultural, religious and educational center of the island. Visit the Cathedral of La Laguna, the church of la Concepcion — one of the oldest churches on the island, the church of Santa Catalina de Siena, house of Lercaro with a popular legend claiming that it is inhabited by the ghost of Catalina Lercaro, Museum of Science and Space, the University of La Laguna. If you visit the island during the Easter week then you will see procession of Christian communities.
Santa Cruz — the capital of the island, is a modern and cosmopolitan city with shopping centers and a port where come cruise liners. Coming here you can stay on the biggest beach of the north of Tenerife — Las Teresitas with sand brought from Sahara. Walk the pedestrian area of the city center, visit the main square (Plaza de España) — the heart of the city and have a walk in the big city park Garsia Sanabria. In the morning go to the local market (Mercado de Nuestra Señora de Africa) and try local fruits, cheeses, fish. If you are interested in history, you have a chance to see the mummies of Guanchi visiting the Museum of Nature and Man. And of course if you are on the island in February or March you need to go to the Carnival the second one in the word after the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, when the whole city doesn’t sleep and party several days and nights.
Taganana — is a small fish village on the North of the island, famous by its beautiful beach el Benijo with black volcanic sand and family fish restaurants, the serpentine mountain road will lead you here, and the landscapes of rural park Anaga don’t leave you indifferent. Close from it there is the relic forest Las Mercedes.
Rural park Anaga — is a nature reserve, one of the most valuable nature place in Tenerife, where due to humidity grow unique sorts of plants and laurel forest, maintained from the dinosaur times. If you like hiking you need to come here and walk one of the numerous foot route.
Candelaria — is a religious center of the island due to the statue of the Virgin of Candelaria which is a center of pilgrimage and religious world of the entire archipelago. What is to see here? First of all, the Basilica of Candelaria where is kept the statue of Virgin and also the square de la Patrona de Canarias by the Basilica with nine bronze statues of the Menceys (aboriginal kings of the Guanche).
Guimar — is a municipality in south-east Tenerife. Here there is a complex of 6 step pyramids, botanical garden with poisonous plants, exhibition “Easter island” forming a ethnographic park “Pyramids of Guimar” and a symbol of the pre-Hispanic culture the Cave de Chinguaro, where was the first sanctuary devoted to the Virgin of Candelaria.
Forest La Esperanza — is a pine forest in north-east Tenerife. This forest got its name from the town La Esperanza. Leave a car in one of the parking space and walk the forest, people say, that special energy of this forest charge you with health and positive mood. More close to La Laguna there is one more forest of eucalyptus trees.
If you want to visit the North of Tenerife by car on your own, we recommend you the following routes:
La Laguna, Santa Cruz and the beach Las Teresitas, combine the visit of two capitals of the island (the old one and the modern one) with rest on the beach. One day is enough.
Puerto de la Cruz, Loro park, Candelaria. In deciding to visit one of the best zoo in the world you will stay there for a couple of hours then you can walk in Puerto de la Cruz and on the way back if you stay on the South of the island to stop by Candelaria.
La Orotava, Santa Ursula, Taganana. Do you want to spend an unforgettable day? Then enjoy the views of rural park Anaga, heading to Taganana, have a lunch in one of the family restaurants and on the way back visit two small colorful towns on the North of Tenerife.
Guimar, La Esperanza, Candelaria. if you want to see the mysterious pyramids, a statue of adoration of Guanche and enjoy walking the forest, as well stopping on the way in observation points in the Forest La Esperanza, then this route is for you.
We’ve recommended you what to see in Tenerife by car on your own, what mean to rent a car. The routes proposed by us you can change how you prefer or to contact us for rent a car in Tenerife and discuss with us your conceived routes and enjoy your vacation on the island of eternal spring.