Tenerife is a thrilling island in the Canaries quite adept at catering for everyone. A great way to get around is to take one or two of its many trips or tours during your stay – they come at a reasonable price and often with dinner included.
There are many places to stay on the island where you can use as your portal to a fun-filled holiday one of the many hotels in Tenerife.
One such service that provides a very useful ticket around the island is dubbed as the ‘Ultimate Tenerife Ticket’ (including free burger) – this ticket provides you with the following:
- A gate-ready e-ticket giving fast-track admission to the parks – you can bypass the ticket and voucher lines with direct entry to the parks.
- A one-day admission to Loro Parque including a reserved table for a two-course lunch with soft drinks, behind-the-scenes ‘Discovery Tour’ and reserved seating at Killer Whale, Dolphin and Sea Lion shows
- A one-day admission to Siam Park including lunch with soft drinks and free use of a locker and a towel.
- One FREE extra day at your choice of either Siam Park or Loro Parque.
- One FREE round-trip coach transfer between Siam Park and Loro Parque (or vice versa)
Both Loro Parque and Siam Park are brilliant for families. Loro Parque is a Zoo where you can watch live animal shows, see giant tortoises, gorillas, seahorses and many more animals. Siam Park is, according to Trip Advisor, the best water park in the world. It houses incredible sceneries inspired by Thai-style architecture and luscious vibrant gardens. The park has slow rivers and free-fall slides, all encapsulated in the scenery for and fabulous adventure. You’ll feel like you’re in some kind of movie!
With your family days out catered for, this great ticket is a must. However, that certainly is not the full picture. You can choose from many more activities and tours. One weird and wonderful way to explore the island is on a Segway (this is a is a two-wheeled electric vehicle used to travel around towns and cities). The Segway is self-balancing and its name comes from the word “segue” which literally means “follows”. The motorised scooter uses gyroscopes to stay upright and is controlled by the direction in which the rider leans via the handlebar. You can hire a Segway in Puerto de la Cruz on the Northern part of Tenerife to enjoy a tour as a local guide introduces you to the people and history of Puerto de la Cruz. Groups are restricted to six people per guide, ensuring a personalised experience.
Whilst on your Segway, pull on your helmet and listen to a short safety orientation to get you familiar with the basics of how to operate it. Once you’ve got it, simply follow your guide and glide through the city on this exciting route to see the Garden Beach at Punta Brava, Saint Philip’s Castle, the district of La Ranilla, fishing harbour, the Martiánez Coast Swimming Pool Complex, the palm tree promenade, the church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia, and the famous Plaza del Charco. This really is sightseeing for the new era!
A lesser-known tour is the ‘La Laguna, Taganana and Teresitas’ full-day excursion. This trip will see you visit the historic city of La Laguna (once the capital of Tenerife). The trip then takes you on through Las Mercedes forest, and you’ll find your way to the charming fishing village of Taganana, where you can dip your toes into the stunning white sands of Las Teresitas – an artificial beach built in the 1970s using sand from the Sahara, perhaps one of Tenerife’s best-kept secrets. Whilst Taganana is a great way to explore traditional stone houses and wineries, you can stop there for a spot of lunch of freshly-caught fish or other wondrous local dishes.
There are, of course, all the usual suspects for tours on Tenerife, including whale and dolphin watching, exploring Mount Teide and the Observatory (stargazing from the vantage point), the Jeep rides, a trip in a submarine or visits for wine-tasting. However, one not to be missed is the La Gomera tour, where you can experience the natural delight of Garajonay National Park, the historic community of San Sebastian, and the tasteful vista of the Roque de Agando.
If you want a holiday with a difference, do check out the tours on Tenerife, for you might find something a little more unusual to your tastes. Don’t always feel pressed to go with the mainstream tours – for there is a saying, that the road less trodden is worth more. Reach out, branch out, and do your research. You might find that Tenerife has a whole lot more to offer than you first thought.