The island of Tenerife in the Canary islands is perfect for a 7-10 day break. If you want to travel extensively, or combine it with a few relaxation days, it is worth spending 2 weeks on Tenerife. There are some amazing places to visit in Tenerife including Mount Tiede (volcano), Masca Village in the mountains and the Puerto de la Cruz street art.
Let’s be clear on my feelings about Tenerife – avoid Playa Las Americas! That is, unless you want a booze up with your mates and to go on the pull! The South of the Island is really the party hub and good for water sports, but you won’t find much Spanish culture there. But personally, I visited Tenerife predominantly for the culture and scenery. I’m also learning Spanish, so I didn’t want to be based in an English part of the island. I stayed in Puerto de la Cruz.
Places to Visit in Tenerife
1. Tiede – One of the best places to visit in Tenerife is the Tiede Volcano and National Park. If you enjoy photography, you really need to take a Tenerife excursion to Teide to get some good snaps of the volcano and surrounding areas of beauty. Tiede is central Tenerife and so it is easy to get to by car from wherever you are staying on the island, and all resorts offer tours to Tiede.
2. Puerto de la Cruz – Visit Puerto de la Cruz for the street art and Spanish style houses. This Northern Spanish speaking town will capture your heart with the beautiful colourful casas (houses). You can eat good traditional Spanish food here. The majority of ‘Los Murales’ were painted in 2014 for the launch of the outdoor museum, but I have noticed that more street art has popped up since then! You can see most of the street art on foot within about an hour.
3. Masca – Deep within the mountains you will find the stunning Masca village that takes you back in time through the winding roads. Views of the mountains and surrounding scenery are spectacular.
4. Santa Cruz – Don’t visit Tenerife without a trip to the capital, predominantly for shopping as they ave most Western chain stores in Santa Cruz with prices relatively affordable compared to the UK.
5. Icod de los Vinos – Most visitors to Icod de los Vinos go to see the famous ‘Dragon Tree’ and the beautiful botanical gardens. I like to call it the ‘broccoli tree!’
Across the island, coastal boutiques and water sports are abundant. Tenerife is easy to get around and great for solo female travel.