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Santa Cruz de Tenerife National parks

Our most recommended Santa Cruz de Tenerife National parks

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Hiking in the Anaga Mountains

1. 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.

Las Galletas: Whale & Dolphin Tour with Local Skipper

2. Las Galletas: 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.

Tenerife: Anaga UNESCO VIP TOUR

3. Tenerife: Anaga UNESCO VIP TOUR

Enjoy a 5-hour nature and culture tour that takes in the historic sites and natural beauty of Tenerife. This is an opportunity to experience the diversity of the island’s landscapes – from its forests and beaches, to its volcanos and other mountains. Stop along the way to taste Tenerife’s traditional barraquito coffee, and visit a variety of towns that feature the best examples of traditional Canary architecture. A local guide will provide commentary en route about island history, culture and customs. Round-trip transfers from your Santa Cruz accommodation are included in the tour price.

Tenerife: Teide Volcano and North of the Island VIP Tour

4. 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: Anaga Rural Park Private Tour

5. Tenerife: Anaga Rural Park Private Tour

Discover one of the last laurel forests in the world on a private 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 in 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 National Park & Teno Rural Park Private Tour

6. Tenerife: Teide National Park & Teno Rural Park Private Tour

Enjoy a full-day adventure on Tenerife, traveling to the stunning Teide National Park and Teno Rural Park, 2 areas of breathtaking volcanic beauty. Following a pick-up, transfer by a luxury electric van through the forests of canary pine trees. This paradise for hikers boasts some amazing observation points above the clouds. Climb 2,000 meters above sea level to the Teide National Park, dominated by Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain and volcano. Feel as if you have stepped onto another planet as you walk around the rocky landscape. With the majesty of Mt. Teide fresh in your mind, travel to the Teno region around noon, stopping at picturesque spots which surround the breathtaking Valley of Masca. Immerse yourself in the traditions and rich gastronomy of the region, and learn about the local way of life in the small hamlets nestled among the hills and forests of Teno Rural Park.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Private Teide National Park Tour

7. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Private Teide National Park Tour

Teide sunset Vip tour. Probably the most beautiful excursion in Tenerife. It will allow you to reach an altitude of 2,400 meters, in the most visited National Park in Europe, the Teide National Park, where you can observe the majesty of Teide, which with its 3,718 meters is the third highest volcano in the world from its base. The excursion starts from the south of the island, where you will be able to observe the changes in the vegetation as the altitude increases. We will arrive at the highest municipality in Spain: Vilaflor de Chasna, where we will have the opportunity to taste a barraquito (typical coffee of the island). From here we will enter the Natural Park of the Corona Forestal, where we will stop to observe the Pino Gordo, which is the largest of its kind in the world! Crossing the canary pine forests you will have the chance to photograph, with the increase in altitude, several extraordinary landscapes: sea of clouds, lava flows that reach the edge of the road, the western islands (La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro) until you reach the National Park, which is a World Heritage Site. Here everything changes again! You will be in front of a lunar landscape and vegetation never seen before! We will make several stops at Roques de García and las minas de San José. Finally, we will be on the slope of Pico Viejo to see a paradisiacal sunset. Teide sunset Vip tour will surely thrill you. If you want to know more about possible extras for the excursion, do not hesitate to contact us. We are the best option, always looking for the best prices for our clients. Therefore, if you find a cheaper price, we will match it.

Teide Essential Shore excursion VIP TOUR

8. Teide Essential Shore excursion VIP TOUR

Jump into an air-conditioned minivan to travel to the city of La Laguna, which is has a very important history and used to be the capital of the island. Learn about the stories of this city from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.  Drive to the Teide volcano, across the beautiful La Esperanza forest. Here you can try typical Tenerife coffee and make stops at viewpoints to take photographs of the stunning scenery. Arrive at the National Park and stop here for a different perspective of the landscape.  Enjoy lunch at a typical Canarian restaurant and learn about the culture of Tenerife. The final destination is La Orotava, which is an elegant and charming city. Take a transfer back to your accommodation or cruise ship. 

La Gomera: Garajonay National Park La Gomera Forest Hike

9. La Gomera: Garajonay National Park La Gomera Forest Hike

Join this guided hiking tour to the Garajonay National Park and explore the great outdoors for an enjoyable adventure off the beaten tracks. See La Gomera Forest's natural beauty through the island's ancient laurel forests, learn why this forest is known as an old pharmacy and see the subtropical plants. Start your day by meeting your guide at the bus station in San Sebastian (option with transfer) or the Las Hayas chapel (option without transfer), depending on the option your booked. Jump in the car, relax and enjoy the views as you drive to Garajonay National Park. Enjoy the great outdoors and the fresh air as you walk through the ancient La Gomera forest. Follow in the footsteps of the island's ancient inhabitants and learn a lot about the medicinal herbs that grow in this forest pharmacy from your guide. Marvel at the stunning views of the Vallehermoso valley up to the majestic Teide, which is unforgettable on a clear day.

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What people are saying about Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 88 reviews

This is a private tour with an excellent program. We were picked up from our hotel in the morning, and our guide,Angel, was amazing and kept us entertained the whole time! We had plenty of stops for some short walks and to take a few pictures. All in all, it was a great experience, I highly recommend!

I highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in visiting the volcano and seeing Garachico, Tenerife's most beautiful city. The group size is ideal, the drive is smooth, and there are no crowds. The whole trip was considerate and informative. Five stars for sure!

It was really fabulous trip for the family like me got younger kids. Bassio showed us a lot views and tell us many information about teide. Really recommend:)

The perfect experience to start the vacation in Tenerife. Excellent guide, excellent van, excellent view We highly recommend this activity.

Nice hike in interesting terrain. Under trees most of the time, so good for those warm days.