As well as getting to grips with the major tourist sights when on holiday, sometimes it’s even more rewarding to have some insider information from locals about their own ‘must sees’. With this in mind, Pat May, DAE’s Business development Manager for Spain, the Canaries and Portugal and long-time Tenerife resident suggests the following:


  1. Whales and dolphin watching - Take one of the many boat trips to view these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat.
  1. Visit Masca, a truly breath taking and picturesque part of the island with spectacular scenery.
  2. Siam Park -The Water Kingdom. Voted the worlds no 1 water theme park, fun for all the family where you can enjoy the rides or relax on their man made beach with waves.
  3. Seeing the sights on foot. There are many walking routes for the beginner or for the more intrepid walker on Tenerife and many guides or websites to help you choose.
  4. Enjoy the food of Tenerife. The Island of Eternal Spring
  5. Santa Cruz, the capitol of the island is easy accessible by bus and great for shopping or sightseeing on one of the open top tour buses.
  6. La Laguna, this UNESCO Heritage Site is steeped in history and Tenerife’s second most important city where you can find a wide variety of delicious tapas bars and restaurants.
  7. Teide National Park - Tenerife’s most visible landmark and a must see for all visitors. You can also book to go up in the cable car. It’s also fabulous to see Teide by Night if you can get the opportunity.
  8. The Siam Shopping Mall. Newly opened this year with easily accessible transport links from the main tourist areas you can find a selection of very impressive shops and children are catered for with a huge play area.
  9. Sporting activities - The island is a favourite place for athletes due to its temperate climate and high altitude natural training grounds. So you can cycle, walk, play golf, go scuba diving or windsurfing in many areas

5 top local tips from Pat


  1. The harbour of La Caleta, Adeje. A lovely place to sit by the sea front and watch the local fishermen bring in their catch or try a local fresh fish restaurant. A popular choice is La Masia .
  2. The Barranco del Infierno, known as Hell’s Ravine is a popular trail through the ravine to the highest waterfall in Tenerife. Limited to only 300 people a day to help preserve the environment, booking is essential so make reservations on
  3. Tagana, one of the oldest villages in Tenerife. The road there is not for the feint hearted but the reward for the effort is a peaceful village descending down the slopes of the forests of the Anaga mountains down to the Atlantic ocean with a stunning beach and some great walking trails.
  4. Puerto de la Cruz is not known for its beaches but Playa del Socorro will surprise you with its black volcanic sand and clear waters. The access is by stair way but all conveniences are there including a small beach bar.
  5. Markets –there are a variety of markets dotted all over the island with huge markets on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. If you fancy a more exotic type then visit the market of La Señora de Africa in the capital Santa Cruz.

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