5 Hidden Treasures That Tenerife Has To Offer

5 Hidden Treasures That Tenerife Has To Offer

Spain is one of the most popular destinations for UK holiday goers and expats too. With more and more of us heading over for a quick bit of sun whenever a great holiday deal comes along. Winter sun has long been coveted here in the UK, as most of us feel it’s well needed to break up those cold rainy months that are now typically British. Although Spain is all too familiar now, it’s not all sun, sea and sangria! Along the African coast lies a Spanish Island that is much more than just a beach destination. Here are 5 Hidden Treasures That Tenerife Has To Offer.

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Los Gigantes

If you venture out past Playa De Las Americas, past Los Cristianos and take quite a long drive along a very bendy road, you will come to Los Gigantes. A name which literally means ‘The Giants’. Here you will find many small costal and mountain villages surrounded by mountains up to 800 metres high and 11 km wide. Los Gigantes are so big they can easily be spotted when you fly in to Tenerife South airport.

Along with the views, you can also stand on the volcanic beach and pick out the formations in the rocks from thousands of years ago. You will find a few bars and intimate restaurants in the cliff side villages and along by the marina. Be sure to book in a boat ride too.  The shores here are filled with bottle nosed dolphins that never seem to miss a chance to meet their adoring fans.

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Rock Pools of Garachico

Garachio is a town in the North of Tenerife. It used to be the main port until a volcanic eruption blocked off the entrance many years ago. Luckily for the island, nature left behind these beautiful natural rock pools. Formed from volcanic lava, they are hugely popular with locals and tourists. The water is heated by the sun and as the pools don’t have an exit, they stay warm most of the year. A ladder has even been installed for easy access to the water. Perfect if you don’t like the open sea!

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Water Caves at Los Gigantes

Back to Los Gigantes….

Something I have always wanted to do myself is a cave dive but I’m not quite sure if I’m brave enough. Good to know that when I finally pluck up the courage I can just pop over to Tenerife to explore.

The natural caves are again part of the wonder of the volcanic island. Naturally made by erosion and the way the mountains were formed. The caves are easily reached by a short boat ride in to the cove of Los Gigantes. Nothing too scary in these waters so the boat staff normally just let you jump off and swim over. Easy peasy!

If you are more adventurous, then book with one of the local dive centres and take an in depth look at these magical caves below the water.

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Papagayo Beach Club

Eating out is a must when on holiday. There is nothing worse than having to cook whilst away from home, completely not the point of being on holiday! Such amazing restaurants in Tenerife especially in Playa De Las Americas along the beach front. True to form I have completely forgotten the name of one of the best. There is a restaurant just down from the shopping centre which is made up of big round tables and a black front. If you’re there and spot it definitely check it out.

One restaurant I can remember is the Papagayo Beach Club. This fab place has super comfy chairs and the most amazing sea views. Serving a mix of Mediterranean and Japanese food, you can even try body sushi, yep, sushi off of someones body! Not sure I would go that far but count me in for the sushi 🙂

The Papagayo turns in to a great cocktail bar in the evening. With a bar on each of the two floors it is for sure a nice spot to spend your winter sun evenings sipping on a mojito.

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Corpus Christi Festival

Head north of the island during the month of May and you will find roads closed and streets covered in intricate carpets made entirely from flowers. The Corpus Christi festival is a catholic tradition in Spain. You will find the biggest and best ‘fiesta’ celebrations in a town called La Oratava in the North of Tenerife. In a carnival like style you can catch the locals dressed in traditional costumes and local music played in to the night. This time of year is extremely busy so make sure you book your holiday way in advance! This one is a must so rent a car and take a drive around the island.

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Where To Stay?

I am such a fuss pot when it comes to travelling so take it from me that Tenerife is definitely a safe bet. Stay at the H10 Big Sur during October for great deals and even better weather!

You can visit Tenerife from just £618 per person for 7 nights with a 4* package holiday with Thomas Cook.

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If you do prefer all out amaze balls luxury on the other hand, then head to the The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. Set in the islands Guía de Isora on Tenerife.

As well as it’s own spa, golf course and tennis courts, the resort also boasts seven swimming pools. The hotel houses ten restaurants, amongst them Japanese, Italian and a market grill serving fresh meats and fish. Choose from a luxury room or your own private villa overlooking the Atlantic.

Get an outstanding 5* package holiday with Thomas Cook to Tenerife during October from just £1000 pp.

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If you’re a huge waterpark fan or on a fun family trip, make sure to head over to Siam water park. Go for a ride on the underwater river in your giant rubber ring and count how many sharks you spot too!

Don’t forget to check out the volcanic sand beach at Los Cristianos. Take a walk around the shops up on the promenade and you will find some quirky souvenirs to take home.

Do you prefer tourist hotspots or off the beaten track?

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  1. November 1, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    My mother was original from England. She talks about the rain there still even though she’s been in the US for over 40 years. These resorts look like an amazing way to warm up!

  2. Pospitips Zone
    November 1, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    wow, lovely galary, love your images and i think this is indeed a home treasures. this places are really worth visiting

  3. shopwithmemamakim
    November 1, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    Wow, so beautiful!! Would love to visit there someday 🙂

  4. November 2, 2016 / 4:12 am

    SOOOO GORGEOUS! Everything looks perfect! Thanks for sharing your experience hun!

  5. Veethee Dixit
    November 2, 2016 / 4:23 am

    These are beautiful treasures indeed! Everything looks so damn gorgeous!

  6. Kristy
    November 2, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    Those views are everything that my dreams are made of. Wow! They’re breathtaking! Now I really want to take a trip so I can see them in person. Guess I need to start saving!

  7. November 2, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Oh my, so much to drool over. I would love to travel there (without the kiddos, of course). My hubby and I would most of all enjoy seeing the rock pools of Garachico in person.

  8. November 2, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Wow this looks like such a beautiful place to visit. I can only imagine how wonderful it was to see it in-person. Adding this to my travel bucket list. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Jennifer S.
    November 2, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    I’m always looking for unique and fabulous places to add to my travel wish list, Tenerife just got added to the list!! Maybe this will be come one of the 5 Star Vacations I’ve always said I would take one day! Its definitely beautiful and doesn’t seem all that expensive!

  10. November 3, 2016 / 6:24 am

    This place really looks amazing and it’s certainly on my travel bucket list now! I’ve been to some parts of Spain already and I have seen how beautiful it is there. Hopefully I get to wiggle my way to this place soon!

  11. NooDz TJ
    November 3, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    the places look beautiful, I would love to go there and experience it

  12. lexhan
    November 4, 2016 / 11:23 am


  13. Sana
    November 4, 2016 / 11:27 am

    The place is looking so serene and beautiful <3 I so want to travel there at least for once x

  14. November 5, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    I love your blog. The picture are breathtaking.

  15. Vera Bortolotto
    February 28, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    WOW! Your pictures are spectacular! I have gone to Mallorca when I was younger. My mother lives there for a few years. I completely understand why lol. It is amazing there.

  16. February 28, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    The Festival looks breathtaking. A perfect thing to do (or the Beach Club) after rock pools and water caves!

  17. February 28, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    This would be a dream trip for me and my family. Our teenage daughter would love to couture experience, while my husband and myself would totally love the beach, the pools and the spa. I should really look into this for when the day comes that we can afford a trip.

  18. March 1, 2017 / 12:47 am

    Oh my gosh – I am sold – We would love to go to Spain and each site you’ve shared – Beautiful images – and I, too, am so fussy about where we stay – but this looks perfect – thank you for sharing 🙂

  19. Censie 'Mumby' Sawyer
    March 1, 2017 / 3:28 am

    Wow. What an amazing place to visit, explore and relax. I think my husband and I would love this vacation. A once in a lifetime experience for sure. The caves and water pictures are breathtaking.

  20. March 1, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    This looks like a wonderful place to go visit. The water caves look the most fun to me. All the beautiful images make me want to go visit it there.

  21. stephanieabills
    March 1, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    This looks like an absolutely dreamy vacation. I can’t get enough of the cliffs and ocean pictures that you shared. I’ve never had a chance to visit this area, but it looks like an incredible place to explore and visit. amazing photography

  22. Stephanay Jnote
    March 1, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    Spain is amongst one of the many dream vacations I really want to embrace someday soon. Looks so beautiful and luxurious. This would be a great romantic getaway. Love all the photos.

  23. March 2, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    It really is a beautiful destination. I hate to admit this, but I am in the US and I had NEVER heard of this place until I heard Tenerife in a SONG! I had to google what it was and was shocked at how pretty it was!

  24. March 2, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    I’ve heard such rave reviews about Tenerife. My husband is from Sardinia and strangely enough a lot of Sardinians go on Tenerife for holidays – even though their own island is absolutely stunning!

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