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Tenerife: South Coast Jet Ski Experience

1. Tenerife: South Coast Jet Ski Experience

Meet your guide at the port of San Miguel, where the jet skis will be waiting for you. Get equipped with all the necessary gear, including a life jacket, snorkeling mask, goggles, and a wetsuit. Listen briefly about how to drive safely, then embark! Pass through different spots such as the Yellow Mountain, the bay of Costa del Silencia, Las Galletas, the lighthouse of Punta Rasca, the Palm Mar Cliff, Los Cristianos, and much more. Depending on the weather, see different locales and keep your eyes peeled to spot whales, dolphins, turtles, and fish. If choosing the 2-hour tour option, make a stop to dip into the ocean and try out your snorkeling gear halfway through. Afterward, return to the initial dock to enjoy coffee, tea, water, juices, and beers. Take a shower, change into some fresh clothes, and admire the photos from the day.

Tenerife: Scandal Dinner Show Entry Ticket and 5-Course Meal

2. Tenerife: Scandal Dinner Show Entry Ticket and 5-Course Meal

Spend an evening at the Scandal Dinner Show in Tenerife with this entry ticket. Choose a 5-course dinner menu to accompany the show. Watch performers carry out a variety of burlesque acts while enjoying haute cuisine prepared in the GF Victoria’s kitchen. Relax in the dim light of the Las Olas auditorium. Scandal Dinner Show offers burlesque acts with a modern sensibility. Different acts include singing, music, and dance. Costumes range from the lavish to the sparkly. The mix of humor and sensuality provides a full night’s entertainment. Along with the show, enjoy a 5-course dinner. Choose from the regular and vegetarian options. Whichever one you pick, the balance of flavor profiles promises a meal as varied as the performances. Take a moment to savor the local gastronomy.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Hiking in the Anaga Mountains

3. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Hiking in the Anaga Mountains

Discover the Anaga Rural Park forest on a 3.5-hour walk to the volcanic dome close to the hamlet of Taborno, coming down through the magnificent laurel forest of Anaga, a Unesco Biosphere Reserve since 2015. Hike while enjoying amazing views as the path comes out of the forest and approaches the cliffs facing the northeast shore of the island. Taborno is a hamlet right on top of the crane of two different gorges. It is considered a viewpoint hamlet.  Witness the local country life of the island and listen to your guide that will explain the local uses in such an amazing mountain chain. Anaga is one of the places in Tenerife where some aboriginal pre-Hispanic uses have been kept longer. After the walk, lunch will local products will be served.

Tenerife: Whale & Dolphin Tour with Local Skipper

4. Tenerife: Whale & Dolphin Tour with Local Skipper

First, choose from an optional pickup from your hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife or make your own way to the meeting point at the port. The skipper will welcome you aboard the Cruz del Sur, a spacious 14-meter yacht. Listen as he explains the itinerary of the excursion and gives some information about safety measures. Then, set off to explore the whale and dolphin sighting area off the coast of Tenerife.  As you sail, keep your eyes peeled for these wonderful marine creatures. If you're lucky, you may even see some turtles. After spotting the wildlife, approach the coast and anchor the boat. Enjoy the opportunity to bathe or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters whilst the crew prepares lunch. Snorkeling equipment is provided.  For lunch, enjoy a delicious spread of typical, local food. Later, return to the port, sailing along the coastline and admiring the protected natural site of Punta de Rasca. Arrive at the port and bid farewell to the crew. Either your tour concludes, or you can benefit from the return transfer back to your hotel by selecting the option with hotel pickup and drop-off.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park

5. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park

Visit the Pirámides de Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden and walk through an open-air museum with six stepped pyramids oriented towards the sun on key astronomical dates. Discover more about these strange lava rock formations from the 19th century AD. Walk through a park that was twice nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award. Follow several outdoor routes and specialized gardens that cover over 64,000m2. Enjoy the large variety of plants at one of the five botanical gardens in the Canary Islands. Select the premium visit option to explore aboriginal cultures from around the world, including the “Rapa Nui. Polynesia: Extreme Survival” exhibition. Enter the park's poison garden to see over 70 poisonous plant species, including some of the most dangerous plants on the planet.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: 2-Hour Hiking Tour in Anaga Forest

6. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: 2-Hour Hiking Tour in Anaga Forest

Explore the beautiful and ancient Laurel Forest and get in contact with the nature on this hiking tour. Take a simple walk without great difficulty and feel and smell the pure air of this laurel forest. If you think of yourself as a novice hiker, or simply want a more relaxed and slow–paced hike, step onto the route through the Anaga Forest. Discover all of life's natural treasures as you amble through the wondrous nature of what was once an isolated territory and see the original Canarian architecture. Wander through a landscape which, millions of years ago, was an independent island separated by the sea from the rest of the insular territory. Even today, it is still considered as a separate world, an island inside another with its own identity.

Tenerife: Wine Museum Ticket with Local Wines & Food Tasting

7. Tenerife: Wine Museum Ticket with Local Wines & Food Tasting

Discover the unique history of wine in Tenerife with this ticket to the Casa del Vino Wine Museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Have the option of choose from three different wine and local product tasting menus. Enjoy the garden and the 17-century architecture of the estate's house. Travel to the old estate house of Casa del Vino and admire its breathtaking views of Mount Teide and the sea. Walk through the main entrance and see its traditional press house in the main courtyard. Indulge in local flavors as you try a local sparkling, red, and white wine. Pair your wine with 3 pieces of cheese, toast, and honey. Upgrade your experience to try more local products and a Malvasia sweet wine. Find out about the history and characteristics of the winery's creations, check out the exhibits at the Wine Museum. Have the chance to purchase wines directly from the makers at the Wine Cellar Shop. Take a stroll through the garden to see traditional grape varieties and local plant species.

Tenerife: Anaga Rural Park Full-Day Guided Tour

8. Tenerife: Anaga Rural Park Full-Day Guided Tour

Discover one of the last laurel forests in the world on a full-day tour of Anaga Rural Park, where time appears to have stood still for centuries. Start in the typical fishing village of San Andres, just outside Santa Cruz de Tenerife, near Teseritas Beach. You will be immersed into the natural world almost immediately. Your guide will provide information on the history of one of the oldest sides of Tenerife, sculpted by millions of years of volcanic erosion. Cross the Fayal-Brezal to discover places full of rural traditions, and friendly locals who are always waiting for visitors. Learn the legends and stories of the aboriginals, and the 1st governors who conquered the island. At the summit of Anaga, you will experience one of the best secrets of the Alisio wind; revel in the magic of the humid Laurisilva forest. Then, visit isolated villages that are still lived in by locals to see traditional rural architecture. Enjoy a unique view from a privileged vantage point, directly over a cliff that towers 550 meters above sea level. End with a walk in the UNESCO World Heritage city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, and discover why it is sometimes referred to as the “Florence of the Canary Islands.”

Tenerife: Teide Volcano and North of the Island VIP Tour

9. Tenerife: Teide Volcano and North of the Island VIP Tour

Visit La Laguna, the first capital of the island of Tenerife, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the richness of its agriculture and the good state of the old buildings. Go for a walk with your tour guide and learn all about this elegant city while taking beautiful photos of your surroundings.  Next, visit the Esperanza forest on the way to the Teide Volcano. Stop here to taste a delicious coffee known as barraquito before pausing at several different viewpoints throughout the forest to enjoy its beautiful Canarian pines and eucalyptus trees. Then, arrive at the National Park where you will make several stops, steering clear of tourist traps. Heading down, see Chinyero Volcano which saw the last volcanic eruption in Tenerife in 1909. Before arriving at Garachico, stop for lunch where you can try some traditional Canarian food. Garachico is a very elegant town with a rich architectural heritage from the XVI, XVII, and XVIII centuries which deemed it a relevant Site of Cultural Interest in 1994.  Finally, visit Icod de los Vinos where you will see the Millenary Dragon Tree, a very important tree that is more than 1000 years.

Tenerife: 4-Hour Gauchinche Food Tour

10. Tenerife: 4-Hour Gauchinche Food Tour

Immerse yourself in Tenerife's gastronomic culture on this guided tour of the best eateries on the North coast, including a visit to a traditional Guachinche, which is a traditional establishment where quality food and drink are served. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to a winery, where you can sample red, white and rosé wines, expertly paired with an assortment of Canarian cheeses.  Next, head to the selected Guachinche and discover Tenerife’s gastronomy by savoring its traditional food, choosing from a range of starters and rotisserie main courses. Finally, visit a bodega and enjoy a glass of coffee as you admire views of the coast. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,221 reviews

The whole thing is set up professionally, we were 4 couples who rode the jet skis in pairs, there was a short instruction in English, which is really very easy to understand, in advance. Pictures may only be taken with the GOPRo in the holders provided for this purpose and holders you have brought with you. However, pictures will be taken of everyone, and also a short video, which can be purchased at the end with a cool drink of your choice. 20€ if you want everything. I really enjoyed the ride, the jet skis are well maintained and run great. The guide and all the staff are super nice. I can only recommend the tour to everyone. We took the 2 hour tour first thing in the morning at 9:15. Don't be afraid of falling from jet skis far out at sea. In the middle of the tour there will be a break for swimming and snorkeling experience. The guide drives a boat ahead all the time. How fast you can go depends heavily on the sea state.

We had a wonderful time. Great instructor. Equipment and facilities were excellent. Location was great. Free street parking. The activity was different than description however: total of 3 hours (not 6 as I saw listed). We had a short introductory lesson on land, then two dives with a short break in between, then we showered, dressed, and got a cold drink. Overall great experience

Absolutely recommendable tour! The guide picked us up in front of the hotel and we were able to discover many places together. He explains a lot, speaks very good English and is extremely friendly. The stops are beautiful, it is really amazing to see this island!

Good fun one hour was enough as the sea was very rough but jet sky are quite nice!

sehr interessante und kurzweilige tour. liebevolle umsetzung.