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Don’t miss a visit to the landmark Church of the Conception, where you can take in the views from the bell tower; the early 20th-century Teatro Leal, with its exquisite interior paintings and murals; and the bustling marketplace of Plaza del Cristo. The city is also home to some of the island’s most important museums, so you can brush up on local history at the Museo de Historia, then indulge in some interactive fun at the innovative Museo de Ciencia y El Cosmos (Museum of Science and the Cosmos).
The museum’s top attraction is an exhibit devoted to the life and culture of the Guanche, the aboriginal people who inhabited Tenerife before it was taken over by European conquerors. Of particular interest were the peculiar funeral rituals undertaken by the Guanche and there is a sizable collection of Guanche mummies and skulls on display, preserved by an ancient process of soaking the bodies in pine resin and salt and leaving them to dry in the sun. A wealth of additional archeological finds are also on display, including primitive ceramics, fossils, a megalodon shark tooth and items belonging to the Guanche Kings.
- Teide National Park is a must-see for adventure travelers and photographers.
- Summiting Mount Teide requires a permit; apply in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Tickets for the cable car tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to book ahead of time.
- Don’t forget to bring sun protection and plenty of water; the climate here is hot and dry throughout the year.
- Dress in layers, as temperatures at the peak are often much cooler than at the base.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
Tenerife’s Loro Park is one of the island’s biggest attractions and makes an easy day trip from Gran Canaria. Home to over 200 penguins and 350 species of parrot (the largest collections of both animals in the world), the park has an enormous variety of animals including sharks, alligators, jaguars and silverback gorillas.
There’s a lot to see at Loro Park and you’ll easily fill a day. Visit Planet Penguin (the biggest replica of the Antarctic continent ever constructed) or watch the antics of the killer whales in the Orca Ocean. Plants lovers will enjoy the Orchidarium - home to more than 1,000 orchids year round. Kids are also well catered for at Kinderlandia – an African-style village and jungle dedicated solely to their enjoyment.
Loro Park is in Tenerife's north and is well signposted as you head north in the direction of Puerto del la Cruz. Alternatively the Loro Parque Express (train) picks people up free of charge from the Plaza Reyes Catolicos, in Puerto de la Cruz every 20 minutes from 9am onward.
Tenerife's capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife is easily reached by ferry (jet-foil) from Agaete, Gran Canaria's north-western port, in just one hour. To get to Agaete by car, follow highway GC-2 north in a westerly direction.
Thrillseekers will likely make a beeline for the legendary Tower of Power – a vertical transparent slide that plummets riders through a pool of sharks and stingrays, or The Dragon, a gravity-defying Proslide Tornado, but less-confident swimmers might prefer to tackle the Jungle Snake slides or take a rafting trip along the Mekong Rapids. Additional highlights include the Wave Palace, where you can learn to surf on waves rising up to 3 meters high, the Lost City children’s play area and the six-lane racing slides.
Although guided tours are a popular way to admire the interiors of the Auditorio de Tenerife, the best way to experience the famous venue is to book tickets for a show. There’s a varied schedule of music and dance performances throughout the year, with highlights including the Tenerife Opera, the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife and special Christmastime musicals.
- Most guided tours include round-trip transport from Tenerife hotels.
- Travelers should note that although the cable car is not formally accessible, some visitors in wheelchairs find they're able to ride it with the assistance of their travel companions.
- It's colder on Mt. Teide than on the rest of the island of Tenerife, so dress accordingly.
- The mountain's lower station, where the cable car ride begins, features food and drink offerings, a gift shop, and public restrooms. The upper station has restrooms as well.
Mt Teide sits in Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's possible to drive to the site, or take the bus from Puerto de la Cruz or Playa de la Americas. Both have one morning departure to the mountain and one afternoon return trip.
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