There’s so much more to Tenerife than most tourists realise. Far from just a party island, there’s so much to see and do, and all for free! So whether you’re recharging your batteries or contemplating relocating abroad, here are the best free activities in beautiful Tenerife.
See some architectural wonders
What do a Trojan helmet, a cobra and a wave have in common? The answer is they’re all different interpretations of the magnificent Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín that nestles near the harbour in Santa Cruz.
The work of one of Spain’s most famous architects, Santiago Calatrava, it’s a world-class venue, but you don’t have to pay to enjoy the stunning exterior. If you do want to catch some free music, there are free festivals all over the island. Ask for details at the nearest cultural centre.
In total contrast, a visit to the tiny hamlet of Masca involves stepping back in time. Tucked away in the ancient Teno mountains, you’ll ascend and descend by a narrow, winding mountain road that just adds to the sense of discovery.
Enjoy the carnival!
Whether you roam around with a Romaria or land in Santa Cruz for the bright and brash carnival, there are plenty of incredible fiestas throughout the year and they’re all free to attend. Don’t miss out on local delicacies like Gofio Amasado, little savoury cakes with honey and almonds, or one of the great barbecues that’s always on the go. Wash it down with plenty of country wine and don’t forget your fancy dress!
Visit a volcano
Tenerife is dominated by the incredible sight of Mount Teide. At 3,718 metres, it’s the highest mountain in Spain. This slumbering volcano presides over some of the most amazing landscapes you’ll ever see – if you loved Clash of the Titans or wonder where scientists test their space vehicles, you’ve come to the right place. It’s also a spot that’s long been a favourite training ground for professional cyclists, so look out for a Tour de France winner on your travels.
And the volcanic activity doesn’t stop in the astonishing Teide National Park. A trip to the rock pools at Garachico is also not to be missed. Formed by volcanic activity in 1706 when the harbour filled with lava, these pools vary in size and depth, from those that are safe for toddlers to others that are tens of feet deep. The water is a beautiful aquamarine and the pools are filled with subtropical fish – perfect for a lazy afternoon of free fun!
Enjoy the trees
From a picnic among the peaceful pines to a visit to the Dragon Tree, Tenerife is filled with foliage that you can enjoy for nothing. Icod De Los Vinos is a pretty town, but its big attraction is the ancient Millennium Drago tree. This multi-trunked and many crowned wonder of a tree is said to have sprung from the blood of dragons.
For total relaxation, bag your place at a picnic table in one of the Zonas Recreativas in the heart of the Pines. This is where Tinerfeños spend their Sundays, eating, drinking and singing. You’ll have access to a barbecue and fresh water from a spring – the perfect family day out and it won’t cost you a penny!