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Tenerife attractions - now that's a big subject! Despite all the stuff on the car hire page, I'm aware that a lot of you, if holidaying in Tenerife, are content to just use your legs, staying in the immediate vicinity of your hotel or apartment and only venturing to places within easy walking distances. To many people, this remarkable island consists only of the towns of Las Americas and Los Cristianos, the former being the most commercialised patch of real estate on Tenerife, with the latter not far behind.

I'll deal with them within this section and you might find that these two towns have more to offer than Veronicas and the Patch. I'll also give you the lowdown on other, more far-flung, less touristy locations.

Santa Cruz coast Anaga
Some beautiful Tenerife scenery

If you have a car for the duration, then the world - or rather Tenerife - is your oyster. Those of you staying in the south, please be adventurous and try a drive up to the north. You'll find not only the island's capital well worth a visit, but numerous other towns and villages, some unbelievably unspoilt.

Don't forget the excellent bus service, too, for covering long distances. See my page on public transport for advice on bus routes, times and fares.

Before we get onto Tenerife's natural beauty, let's deal with the commercial tourist Tenerife attractions, starting with the biggies.

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SIAM PARK - One of the newest and biggest of Tenerife attractions.

LORO PARK - Tenerife's famous zoo, entertaining people since 1972.

AQUALAND - A.k.a. "Octopus Park". Another water park, based in Adeje - with dolphins!

JUNGLE PARK - Once known as Aguilas del Teide, this zoo just outside Los Cristianos still features the famous birds of prey display.

MONKEY PARK - Situated just outside Los Cristianos, this zoo is noteworthy for having a "contact area", where visitors can actually interact with some of the animals.

CAMEL PARK - Also just outside Los Cristianos, this is a modest, yet charming attraction, in a rural, farmhouse setting, where you can see the animals and ride the camels!

WHALES AND DOLPHINS CRUISES - There are several companies operating these excellent, entertaining whale and dolphin cruises, mostly departing from the south side of the island. A superb way to spend a few hours and ideal for families.

JET SKIING - Want a unique experience? Hire a jet ski! Click on the link for loads of info.

ISLAND COACH TOURS - Numerous island coach tours exist, in all shapes and sizes, so you can explore Tenerife in comfort.

JEEP SAFARIS - A unique, open-topped experience, taking in all the sights of Tenerife...and going off-road!

SUBMARINE SAFARIS - Operating since 2006, based in San Miguel marina, offering tours in a real-life, honest-to-goodness submarine...a yellow one, to boot!

MEDIEVAL CASTLE - Step back in time with this evening excursion to the castle at San Miguel and watch the Knights jousting and fighting battles.

KARTING - Tenerife has two centres for go-karting, one situated between Guaza and Las Chafiras, the other just outside Las Americas.

QUAD BIKING - There are two options for this activity, the Quad Park, with a set circuit and the Quad Safari, which takes you up into the mountains.

BOB DIVING - This unique activity is based at Puerto Colon, Las Americas. Intrigued? Click for more info.

MOTORCYCLE TOURS - Organised tours on motorcycles, both on-road and off.

CANARY ISLAND RIDES - Motorbike tours as pillion rider on a classic Harley Davidson.

PAINTBALLING - Yes, they have this activity for would-be soldiers here in Tenerife.

"SEGWAY" TOURS - The "Segway" is one of those strange scooter things that you stand up on. Two companies are offering tours on them!

RANCHO EL PALM-MAR - Billed as a "Fiesta Canaria", this is an evening excursion where you are treated to traditional Canarian entertainment, accompanied by authentic local food and drink.


PICO DEL TEIDE - A "must-do" for all Tenerife visitors. Go up the mountain!

PUEBLOCHICO - Situated at La Orotava, this is a beautifully constructed Tenerife in miniature. Every major landmark of the island has been faithfully reproduced.

PYRAMIDS AT GUIMAR - A site containing a complex of six step pyramids, constructed, rather surprisingly, as recently as post 1800. Includes a museum and other features.

JARDINES DEL ATLANTICO BANANERA - A Canarian theme park where the accent is on...bananas! (It is actually a working banana plantation which is open to the public.)

MARIPOSARIO DEL DRAGO - A butterfly farm situated in Icod de Los Vinos. See over 800 different exotic species.

SITIO LITRE - A wonderfully tranquil orchid garden found in Puerto de la Cruz.

THE BIOCLIMATIC VILLAGE - The first of its kind in the world. Intrigued, aren't you?

SANTA CRUZ BUS TOURS - Tour the city in an open-topped bus!

SENDERO DE LOS SENTIDOS - Meaning "Trail of the Senses", this is a very user-friendly walk through the Anaga Rural Park, in the far north.

OBSERVATORIO DEL TEIDE - A professional astronomical installation up in the mountains, some parts of which are open to the public.

BOTANICAL GARDENS, PUERTO DE LA CRUZ - A collection of tropical and sub-tropical flora that is rated as one of the most important in the world.

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