The 10 Best Things To Do In Tenerife

Updated 4 March 2020 | by Lara McComish

Tenerife is the Canary Island that does it all. First things first, it's absolutely bloomin' beautiful! From sun-drenched beaches to unique volcanic landscapes, Tenerife is teeming with awe-inspiring sights. As far as destinations go, Tenerife really cannot be beaten for families looking for winter sunshine not too far from the UK. We put this to the test by sending three mummy bloggers out to explore South Tenerife. They used this beach villa in Amarilla Golf as a base to find the best things to do in Tenerife.


1. Climb Mount Teide 

Go up at night if you can... 

Mount Teide at night

Last night we went up Mount Teide, the the third highest volcano in the world and still active. We did a star gazing tour where we were shown all the constellations, galaxies and planets. It was just stunning and definitely a trip I will remember for a lifetime - Hollybobs


2. Play golf 

Amarilla Golf is one of the best golf courses around. 

Amarilla Golf in Tenerife
Photo credit: FiveLittleDoves

Just across the road is Amarilla Golf and Country Club where keen golfers can enjoy a round of golf whilst admiring the views. There is also a clubhouse where you can eat a range of foods, either formal or informal, and enjoy a few drinks in the sunshine. We actually had a tour of the golf course and although I know very little about golf, I was so impressed with the size of it, and how lovely the surroundings are too. Hailed as the best golf course in Tenerife, it almost made me feel disappointed that I don’t play! I’m sure that playing golf in the sunshine, looking out at that stunning coast line, is a fantastic experience, although I have to admit I was just as excited to be riding around in a golf buggy! - FiveLittleDoves


3. Ride the waves at Siam Park

Fun for all the family!

Lazy river in Sian Park, Tenerife

We went on every single ride and I have laughed all day long (apart from in the queue for Tower of Power where I went very quiet). Definitely somewhere I will come back to with the kids, they would have had an amazing time - HelpfulMum


4. Visit El Medano

A kite surfer's paradise - be sure to count the kites you spot!

El Medano

We spent the day at a village ten minutes from our villa called El Medano where the sand is so soft, the air is filled with colourful kites and you can take it as slow paced as you’d like. It’s definitely a place I’d recommend if you come to the area - Hollybobs


5. Hit the beaches

We'll let the photo do the talking, but just look at that water!

Costa Adeje, Tenerife

There are some stunning beaches nearby - HelpfulMum

MyGuideTenerife recommends Playa del Duque (Costa Adeje); Las Vistas (Los Cristianos) and Compostela Beach (Playa de las Americas). 


6. Make your way down to the marina

There's lots to sea... 

Photo credit: Hollybobs

The resort is a five minute walk from the front, where you will find rocky volcanic bays and a pretty little marina. There is also a small parade of restaurants and shops a little further past the marina, which, whilst they don't provide the finest of cuisine, offer enough for a lunch or just an ice cream should you need a break from the sun. On the marina you will find access to many activities such as a trip on a pirate boat or the submarine safari and there is even a cafe set in the lighthouse, which is a fantastic spot to enjoy the view whilst sipping on a cappuccino ​​- Hollybobs


7. Visit nearby Los Cristianos

A sophisticated suntrap.

Los Cristianos, Tenerife

...For those who are looking for something a little more lively, Los Cristianos is a mere 15-minute drive away where you can find golden beaches, shops, bars, restaurants and a bustling nightlife - FiveLittleDoves 


8. Watch the soul-stirring sunsets

There's nothing like it... 

Photo credit: HelpfulMum

It's my last full day in Tenerife and I am going to miss these sunsets! Learning more about this island has been so much fun and I have had such a fab time - HelpfulMum


9. Go on a submarine safari 

They are as cool as they sound!

Photo credit: FiveLittleDoves 

Today we went on a submarine and it was genuinely one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. This is a week of firsts and I am so excited for what’s in store - FiveLittleDoves 


10. Take a boat trip to see the whales and dolphins

We'd wager that the marine life will be equally as pleased to see you!

With thanks to our Tenerife trio Sian, Lisa and Laura for their lovely review posts. 

They stayed in this newly renovated 3 bed detached villa on the complex of El Barranco in Amarilla Golf and Country Club.

Thank you also to  MyGuideTenerife for the local recommendations. 

If you're feeling like this has made you want to check it out for yourself, take a look at some of our villas in Tenerife