10 things to do in Tenerife

Love It’s ANNA BIBBY went to the glorious Canary isle of Tenerife to grab herself a bit of welcome winter sun. Here are her top 10 things to see and do…
1. LORO PARQUE

This zoo and wildlife park, situated outside of Santa Cruz, features parrots and marine life on a large artificial glacier. It also has a children’s play area, a local produce market and live animal shows.

2. DRAGO TREE

The Drago Tree is 1,000 years old and is a favourite with tourists visiting the island. It’s located at Icod de los Vinos in the northwest part of the island. It was once believed to have been sprouted from the blood of slain dragons!

3. BOTANICAL GARDENS

Located in the hills outside Puerto de la Cruz, these gardens cover 215,000 square feet. See themed gardens with tropical and sub-tropical plants.

4. AUDITORIA DE TENERIFE

One of Tenerife’s most distinctive examples of modern architecture, the Auditoria is a must-see. If you’re there at the right time, you can catch one of the musical performances or cultural festivals.

5. BASILICA CANDELARIA

The Basilica Candelaria is situated in the quaint little seaside village of Candelaria and is definitely worth a visit for the distinctive architecture alone. Step inside and you’ll find a number of sculptures and high archways. It’s picture perfect – every keen photographer should take advantage of it! If you visit in February or August, you’ll see processions taking place during religious festivals.

6. VOLCANOES!

The Canary Islands are famous for their history of volcanic activity and it are responsible for the best scenery on the islands. Mount Teide is a slumbering volcano – and the highest mountain in Spain.

7. THE GARACHICO ROCK POOLS

Another product of Tenerife’s volcanic activity, the rock pools in Garachico were formed when a volcanic eruption in 1706 sent two molten rivers into the seaside town. The pools are home to a variety of sub-tropical fish

8. SIAM PARK

This Thai-themed waterpark is located in Costa Adeje and is ideal for a fun family day out. Rides vary from a gentle ride along the Mai Tai River to the 90-foot drop Tower of Power!

9. VISIT A ROMERIA

A Romeria is a traditional Spanish fiesta that usually takes place in historic towns around the island. Residents dress up in traditional dress and hand out local goodies such as food and wine. The biggest take place in the north of the island in towns such as Garachico and La Laguna and go on all year round.

10. MASCA

The tiny hamlet of Masca really is an escape from the stresses of modern life. The village lies at an altitude of 650 metres in the Macizo de Teno Mountains and is home to just 90 inhabitants.