Things to do in Tenerife

Tenerife is one of the top party holiday destinations in Europe, but there’s a lot more to the largest of the Canary Islands than that. We’re not just talking about the sun, sea and sand either. 

While Tenerife might be known for its holiday resorts, vibrant nightlife and year-round sunny weather, there are a ton of exciting things to do outside of laying on your sun lounger or partying the night away. 

From adrenaline-fuelled activities to exploring the local architecture, there truly is something for every member of your friend group to enjoy. No matter whether you’re a nature lover or budding influencer, working a season or just visiting, you’ll be spoilt for choice of things to do. 

Regardless of where you’re based, Tenerife is easy to explore. It only takes a couple of hours to get from one side of the island to the other. Taxis are reasonably priced, especially if you’re sharing with friends, but there’s also a comprehensive bus network ready to take you anywhere you want to go. 

So, let’s not waste any more time – here are the top things to do in Tenerife for every type of person. 

For the adrenaline junkie

Tenerife has plenty of ways for thrill seekers to satisfy their thirst for adventure. 

Forestal Park Tenerife

Forestal Park

What is it? An outdoor adventure park with a variety of activities.

Where is it? Located in the north part of the island, Forestal Park can be found within the Las Lagunetas nature reserve.

Why go? Forestal Park offers tarzan swings and treetop games. But the real attraction lies in Tenerife’s longest zipline, which carries you more than 230m! 

Fly boarding Tenerife


What is it? A popular watersport which involves flying on a board propelled by water jets. 

Where is it? You can find flyboarding experiences on most major beaches in Tenerife, including Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje.

Why go? If you’re looking to try something new and exhilarating, flyboarding is where it’s at. Challenge yourself to maintain your balance as you’re propelled up to 15m above the sea. 

For the culture vulture

If you love art, history and local traditions, Tenerife’s diverse culture won’t disappoint. 

Museum of Nature and Archaeology Tenerife

Museum of Nature and Archaeology 

What is it? A big museum focusing on the natural history and cultural heritage of the Canary Islands. 

Where is it? Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s capital city. 

Why go? The museum contains many significant archaeological finds and is home to the indigenous Guanche mummies. At only €5 entry per person, it’s well worth a visit.

La Laguna Old Town

La Laguna Old Town

What is it? A UNESCO World Heritage site known for its well-preserved historical architecture.

Where is it? The Old Town is in the centre of San Sebastian de La Laguna, in the north of the island. 

Why go? La Laguna has historical charm in abundance. Surrounded by architecture from the 15th-17th centuries, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. 

For the party animal

Tenerife’s nightlife is absolutely buzzing. From superclubs to beach bars, party animals won’t be short of ways to entertain themselves.  

Papagayo Beach Club 

What is it? A beach club offering a classy but electric atmosphere.  

Where is it? At the north end of Playa de las Américas.

Why go? Restaurant by day, dance venue by night, Papagayo is a one-stop-shop for good times. You can watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand, then shift into party mode on the moonlit dancefloor. 

Sunblast Festival

What is it? An electronic music festival hosted in Tenerife every summer.

Where is it? The festival is normally held in Costa Adeje, just north of Playa de las Américas.

Why go? Sunblast is the biggest electronic music festival in the Canary Islands, featuring both local and international artists. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the genre, the crowd and atmosphere always make it a day to remember. 

For the nature lover

With its natural beauty and unique landscapes, Tenerife is a nature lover’s dream.

Teide National Park 

What is it? A UNESCO World Heritage site around the imposing Mount Teide volcano.

Where is it? Slap bang in the middle of the island… you can’t miss it! 

Why go? Mount Teide is an active volcano (don’t panic – it hasn’t erupted since 1909) that has incredible views from the summit. Strap your hiking boots on or opt for taking a cable car to the top. 

Jardín Botánico

What is it? A botanical garden featuring a diverse range of flora.

Where is it? In Puerto de la Cruz on the north side of the island.

Why go? The garden contains a variety of local, exotic and ancient plants to boggle at. It’s also very pretty. 

For the budding influencer

If your Instagram is full of travel and lifestyle shots, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in Tenerife. 

Museo de Malvasia

What is it? A wine museum showcasing and selling wines from around the Canary Islands.

Where is it? Icod de los Vinos, an area known for its fertile lands and vineyards.

Why go? The museum’s wine tasting experience is the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Just make sure you take any photos while you can still tell which way the camera is facing. 

Masca Village

Masca Village

What is it? A small mountain village that’s home to around 90 inhabitants.

Where is it? At the head of the Masca Gorge in the Macizo de Teno mountains.

Why go? Situated 650m above sea level, the picturesque Masca Village offers views like no other. Framed by mountains and exotic greenery, it’s one of the most Instagrammable spots on the island.

Can I do everything? 

We know what you’re thinking – I want to try everything, but how can I fit it all in? Extending my trip is expensive and I don’t want to wait to come back again. 

Well, there is another way. If you’re a school leaver, uni student or simply taking a career break, why not consider spending a season working in Tenerife? You’ll be able to stay longer, explore the island and earn money as you go. 

There are loads of jobs available, covering everything from shot seller to ticket staff. Apply now for a winter job in Tenerife or get your application in early for summer ’24.  

About Fabio Delgado

Fabio is a resort rep and experienced head hunter. Fabio has a wealth of knowledge in working abroad. Fabio writes regular posts for to advise and share his first-hand knowledge of working in Summer Resorts. The process can be daunting if it your first time, so his articles will answer any questions about how it works and what you might need to prepare. Fabio also shares regular tips and guides on getting the most of your Summer Season.