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.
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.
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.
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!