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Best day trips in Tenerife

On these excursions you will explore huge unspoiled beaches, the laurel forest, the alien landscape of Teide and ancient pirate shelters: that's how spectacular the Canary Islands are

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

10 min read

Best day trips in Tenerife

Tenerife Roads | ©Vaun

Tenerife is an inexhaustible source of experiences and adventures thanks to its beautiful landscapes and perfect weather all year round. Although it may be tempting to swim in the crystal clear waters of its beaches every day until you catch your flight home, here is a guide to 5 incredible excursions in Tenerife to discover all that this island and the rest of the archipelago has to offer.

1. The best day trips in Tenerife

Garajonay National Park, La Gomera | ©Till Krech
Garajonay National Park, La Gomera | ©Till Krech

2. Half day excursion to the Teide National Park

Teide National Park | ©Jose Luis Tirado
Teide National Park | ©Jose Luis Tirado

Climbing Teide is a must-do activity on any trip to Tenerife, and with this guided excursion to Teide National Park you will explore the volcano with the incredible views of Tenerife at your feet.

What you will do on this excursion

You will start the day heading to the Teide National Park, crossing deep pine forests on a mountain road. Once you arrive at your destination, your guide will take you to discover the volcanic earth landscapes formed by the erosion of lava.

You will visit the Roques de García, a set of curious rock formations that seem to be sculpted by hand of which the best known are 'La Catedral' or 'La Cascada'.

On the trail to the Roques de García you will have the sensation of having been transported to the surface of a distant planet, and you will see volcanic rock twisted and sharpened into impossible shapes, the flora that has grown in this hostile landscape such as broom or wallflower and a varied fauna of lizards, centipedes, praying mantises, dragonflies and beetles.

Then you will climb the volcano on foot or by cable car (in case you have bought the tickets in advance, as they are not included in the tour and are usually sold out very quickly) and from a point near the top you will look out over the incredible views of Tenerife from the top.

Why I recommend this tour

Whether on an organized excursion or on your own, visiting the Teide National Park is a must on your trip to Tenerife. The advantages of this activity are several: you won't have to plan the route on your own and you make sure you won't miss the most impressive places in the reserve, and you will be picked up at your hotel and provided with transportation to and from the Park. Also, considering the price of the excursion it is totally worth the extra effort to organize it yourself.

Also, something quite relevant is that you need to ask for a permit to climb Teide (it is done with an online application), but you won't need it if you go on an organized excursion.

Useful information

  • What's included: Roundtrip transportation from your hotel, professional guide
  • What is NOT included: Cable car ticket to climb Mount Teide

3. Full day excursion to El Hierro from Tenerife

La Sabina, Parque Rural del Frontera | ©Dan
La Sabina, Parque Rural del Frontera | ©Dan

Take the ferry to make a excursion to El Hierro and visit its viewpoints: in each of them an unforgettable view of the land and the sea awaits you, so beautiful that you will find it hard to believe that it is not hand painted.

What you will do on this excursion

A local guide will accompany you on an excursion to the most amazing sites of El Hierro, starting at the mirador de la Peña in the north of the island, from where you have beautiful views of the valley of El Golfo and its endless fields of grapes and other local fruits.

The second stop is the Jinama viewpoint, which will offer you a contrast in its views of the bay of El Golfo and its steep cliffs of volcanic rock, on which you can see lost buildings and remote hermitages giving you the feeling of being lost on an almost deserted island.

Afterwards, it's time to take a route through the Parque Rural de Frontera and walk, literally, on history: there you will see the laurel forest, a unique ecosystem of the Canary Islands and protected by UNESCO. You will arrive at a local restaurant and taste a menu of typical food such as potatoes with mojo, grilled cheese, rabbit or escaldón de gofio.

At sunset you will visit the Iglesia de la Candelaria, a small church of white walls with a beautiful bell tower on a mountain and visit the natural pool of La Maceta, formed by the sea and one of the most popular places for swimming among locals and tourists.

Before taking the ferry back to Tenerife you will visit the Hotel Punta Grande, a tiny black stone hotel on the edge of a cliff.

Why I recommend this tour

Although neither the ferry ticket nor the food is included in the price, organizing this excursion on your own would be even more expensive than paying for the activity and those two extras. Therefore, this is the best option since the route of the excursion seems ideal and the price is one of the cheapest you can find for an excursion to El Hierro from Tenerife.

Useful information

  • Group size: 50 people
  • What's included: Local guide, driver and air-conditioned minivan, roundtrip transfer from your hotel
  • What is NOT included: Meal (14 € per person) and ferry ticket (24 € per person)

4. Complete tour of Tenerife Island: Teide, Icod, Garachico and Masca

Millennial Dragon of Villa de Icod ©Miguel Ángel García
Millennial Dragon of Villa de Icod ©Miguel Ángel García

The best way to discover the whole island of Tenerife and all its charming corners: in this complete tour of the island of Tenerife you will visit the incredible landscapes of the Teide, villages lost in time and rural communities with ancient trees.

What you will do on this excursion

You will be picked up at your hotel and through the charming village of Vilaflor you will access the Cañadas del Teide, one of the most important national parks in Spain and the most visited in the country. Not in vain, it is crowned by the Teide and is a World Heritage Site since 2007, and offers some of the most spectacular scenery you will see in your travels: volcanic rocks that seem to be sculpted by hand in a crater that looks like part of the surface of another planet.

Afterwards, you will head to Villa de Icod through the Valle de La Orotava, in the north of the island and the area where its population mainly lives. In Icod you will discover one of the most beautiful villages of Tenerife whose main symbol is the Millennial Dragon Tree, a majestic and ancient tree. After a walk through this charming town you will sit down for lunch in a restaurant where you will be served the typical food of the Canary Islands.

You will continue exploring the north of the island in the direction of Garachico, a small village with charming cobblestone streets and a beautiful church, in front of which lies an islet known as Roque de Garachico. To finish the excursion, you will arrive at the village of Masca on the top of two ravines, a historical place that served as a refuge for pirates in the 17th century. You will make a tour of this wonderful village forgotten in time and at the end you will take the way back to your hotel.

We continue along the north coast of the island until we reach Garachico, popular for its volcanic lava flows and the islet in front of the village, the Roque de Garachico. The journey ends in Masca, located in the Teno Massif, northwest point of the island, a village with deep ravines and cliffs. Here the pirates used to hide from their privileged position at an altitude of 750 meters, controlling and intercepting the maritime traffic between Tenerife and La Gomera. Throughout the tour, hikers are allowed to take pictures at the different points of interest where stops will be made.

Why I recommend this tour

This is a very popular experience with a very good value for money, showing you the main places of the island and some of its most charming villages in a perfectly organized route.

Useful information

  • Group size: 15 persons
  • What's included: Private transportation, pick up and drop off at your hotel, professional guide, all entrance fees, all meals and drinks.

Alex's Traveller Tip

For a short trip to Tenerife, take the full island tour that visits Teide, Icod, Garachico and Masca. If you're staying five days or more, I recommend visiting La Gomera and getting lost in its magical landscapes.

5. Day trip to La Gomera from Tenerife

Visit La Gomera by jeep | ©-JvL-
Visit La Gomera by jeep | ©-JvL-

La Gomera keeps all your attention on the inland landscapes and its impressive Garajonay National Park, a place that is already worth a trip to La Gomera from Tenerife.

What you will do on this excursion

Departing by ferry from Puerto Colon in the south of Tenerife, with a previous pick-up at your hotel, you will arrive in San Sebastian de La Gomera, capital of this island.

There you will head for the Garajonay National Park, where you will find the laurel forest, unique in the Canary Islands and protected by UNESCO, which at the dawn of human civilization was the most common type of vegetation in Europe.

A short hike through this beautiful park will take you to the mirador de la Degollada de Peraza to enjoy wonderful views of the Barranco de la Laja ravine and the Chejelipes water dams.

You will continue to the villages of Las Rosas and Agulo in the north of La Gomera, where you will stop at a restaurant to enjoy the typical food of the island while you are shown the silbo gomero, a method of communication used by the aborigines of the island that has been adapted to Spanish over the centuries.

After lunch you will return to San Sebastián de la Gomera passing by important places of Christopher Columbus' life such as the Torre del Conde or the Casa de Colón, and the villages of Chipude and El Cercado. Once back, you will take the ferry to Tenerife and you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Why I recommend this tour

Visiting La Gomera is a perfect activity for a trip of a week or more days to Tenerife, so if you have time to spare I recommend you not to miss this complete organized excursion for its good value for money and its great guides.

Useful information

  • Group size: maximum of 55 people
  • What's included: Professional guide, round trip transfer from your hotel, lunch at the Mirador del Abrante, La Gomera port fees, ferry taxes, etc.

Jeep option

You can do a excursion by Jeep to La Gomera from Tenerife with a route similar to the previous option. You will cross the laurel forest of the Garajonay National Park and visit the Hermigua Valley, where you will make a short walk to see the rocks of Pedro and Petra, with a nice legend about their origin.

You will tour the island and see firsthand how its rural charm has remained intact over the years, passing through aloe vera and banana plantations and viewpoints from which to enjoy breathtaking views of the island.

  • Group size: 6 persons
  • What's included: Professional guide, roundtrip transfer from your hotel, lunch
  • What is NOT included: Port fees (10,50 € per person)

6. Excursion to Anaga Peak

Las Teresitas Beach | ©Canary Islands Photos - UNFILTERED
Las Teresitas Beach | ©Canary Islands Photos - UNFILTERED

The Anaga peak is in the northwest corner of Tenerife, and is accessed through San Cristobal de La Laguna. It is one of my favorite places on the island, because besides being a very beautiful area it is one of the least touristy and visited, so a excursion to Anaga peak always promises an unforgettable day.

What you will do on this excursion

Departing from your hotel in Tenerife, you will take the road to San Cristobal de La Laguna (or, as the locals know it, simply La Laguna) where you will take a short walk to visit the city's main market and learn about the different varieties of potatoes used in Canarian gastronomy.

You will head to the laurel forest of Mercedes, one of the most beautiful on the island, and begin the ascent route to the Anaga peak and continue to the northern tip of Tenerife. There, you will rest and have a picnic on the beach of Roque de las Bodegas, the perfect setting to take a photo for Instagram.

You will head back to the Anaga peak and visit another beach, Las Teresitas, special for having been built with sand from the Sahara, and where the scenery with palm trees transports you for a moment to a faraway place.

To end the excursion, you will pass through Santa Cruz de Tenerife and visit its impressive port and make a last stop in Candelaria, famous for the Black Virgin that houses its basilica. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel with the fullness of having enjoyed a day you will always remember.

Why I recommend this tour

As I said before, this area of Tenerife is one of the least visited by tourists, so it always promises a very easy experience to enjoy. In addition, the beauty of the beaches and the viewpoints to which you will look out are perfect places to capture in a photograph that will always remain for the memory.

Useful information

  • Group size: maximum of 6 people
  • What's included: Picnic, hiking poles, professional guide, hotel pick up and drop off.