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Things to See in Tenerife: Top Attractions & Sights

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Tourists love Tenerife for its glorious beaches and great weather, but there are all kinds of attractions to see on the island. From nature parks to hike in to observatories to delight astronomers, to water parks that will entertain visitors of all ages, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Tenerife.
Anneliese O'MalleyBy Anneliese O'Malley

The 10 Best Things to See in Tenerife

Teide National Park | Unsplash

Teide National Park

This national park contains Spain’s highest mountain and volcano, Mount Teide, and is a great place to go hiking, take bike rides, and learn about nature. It’s also the home of the Teide Observatory, home to some of the largest and most important telescopes in use today.
Teide Observatory

Teide Observatory

The Observatorio del Teide contains several solar and nocturnal telescopes that are in use daily for astronomical research. Budding astronomers can book a guided tour of the facility where they can learn all about what it takes to study the stars.
Loro Parque | Flickr: e s CC BY 2.0

Loro Parque

Loro Parque is a zoo that is home to the largest collection of parrots in the world, plus apes, tigers, dolphins, penguins, and sea lions. There are shows featuring some of the animals daily, or you can take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the zoo’s conservation projects.
Pyramids of Güímar

Pyramids of Güímar

The unusual pyramids outside Güímar are one of Tenerife’s most intriguing mysteries. They were built in the 19th century, but we still don’t know why! Visit to see the odd structures and to see the exhibition showing what was discovered during the excavation.
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Lazy River | Flickr: Steve p2008 CC BY 2.0

Siam Park

The Siam Park water park offers a range of slides, pools, and activities that will be enjoyed by family members of all ages. It’s also home to Mai Thai - the world’s longest lazy river.
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Casa de los Balcones

Casa de los Balcones

This historic house can be found in the picturesque village of La Orotava and is a great example of traditional Canarian architecture. It’s also a Museum of Folk Art and a great place to visit to learn more about culture in the Canary Islands.
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Castillo de San Miguel

Castillo de San Miguel

This fun attraction offers visitors the chance to travel back in time to medieval Spain. You can watch knights compete in a medieval tournament before enjoying a banquet and a show featuring dancers and acrobats.
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Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

This botanic garden features stunning waterfalls, streams, and ponds, a shade house containing tropical plants, and an Ethnographical Palm Museum. It’s a great place to explore while cooling off from the beach.
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Lago Martiánez | Flickr: Jose Mesa CC BY 2.0

Lago Martianez

This huge complex was designed by local artist César Manrique and, in addition to the cool seawater pools, visitors can enjoy his abstract sculptures. The attraction also hosts concerts and cultural festivals.
Parque del Drago

Parque del Drago

This botanical garden contains one of the most important symbols of the Canary Islands, the thousand-year-old Icod Dragon tree. It’s also a great place for nature-lovers since the garden is bursting with examples of local flora.
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Anneliese O'Malley
Written byAnneliese O'MalleyAnneliese is a former Londoner, keen traveler, and total word nerd. As a Content Management Specialist she knows the TicketLens inventory inside out and curates, matches, and writes about the most interesting attractions worldwide.
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