Five adventure travel activities in Tenerife

El Teide Tenerife

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Tenerife is the biggest, most populated, and most visited island in the Canary Island chain. Five million visitors travel to this volcanic island, which is part of Spain each year. Tenerife is located over one 600 miles southwest of Spain and about 300 miles from the North African coast.

Tenerife beach

Las Teresitas – Popular beach in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Five million visitors to a small spit of volcanic rock must know something. It must mean Tenerife in the summer is an amazing place to adventure. Here are five adventure travel activities in Tenerife.

Hiking Tenerife

An island made of volcanic rock is most likely going to have a volcano or two. Tenerife is no exception as several volcanic peaks soar a couple of thousand feet above sea level create an accessible walking destination with amazing vistas over the island.

El Teide is the highest point not only in Tenerife, but all of Spain. It is also the third highest volcano in the world. The area surrounding the peak is a national park. One suggested route in the park is Montana Blanca just next to the active volcano. Visitors can also hike the volcano although a permit is required.


Tenerife is known for ideal wind and wave combinations. The wind is stronger in the summer, but the waves are more powerful in the winter, so anytime of the year is a great time to windsurf Tenerife.

Mountain biking

The volcanic rock which makes up the terrain of this island is ideal for mountain biking. There are trails for beginners and those for experts. Experts can also enjoy off road mountain biking although they need to be aware that certain areas may be off limits.

Kayaking Tenerife

Wherever you have an island you will have excellent sea kayaking conditions. Cruising near cliffs and paddling among dolphins and whales are some of the possibilities when gliding through the water on a kayak. Be sure to start out with a guide and make sure the wind is not too rough as a stiff wind could make this fun activity deadly for the novice or even and experienced paddler.

Scuba diving

Just like an island is always suitable for kayaking, the same theory applies to scuba diving. Tenerife boasts crystal clear waters, sub tropical-climate, and a diverse array of marine life. Ship wrecks line the coast line, which make for great structure for interesting fish to swim around.

It is easy to understand why five million visitors come to Tenerife to adventure travel each year. Be one of these five million this year and check it out.


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Ted Nelson has been adventure traveling since he was 10 years old on camping trips with his Dad to places like the Great Smoky Mountains, The Everglades, and Big Bend National Park. In 2005 he added international travel to his repertoire with a three month trip to Southeast Asia.


6 Responses to Five adventure travel activities in Tenerife

  1. Robb714 November 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    As soon as I win the lottery or something, I am so there! Beautiful pics and very good description of an apparently wonderful paradise!
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  2. Carol Hilker November 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    I am with Ciki!

  3. Tee November 25, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    Many of these fantastic activities are available in Costa Rica, but I would not mind trying them in Tenerife!!!

    Cheers, Tee

    Tee is Senior Editor of digital magazine about Costa Rica
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  4. windsurfing gear January 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Tenerife is Paradise on Earth for water sports enthusiasts. Perfect waves and wind and beautiful beaches. This is the place to be…
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