Tenerife is generally associated with year-round sunshine, warms seas, sandy beaches and package holidays. The perfect place to relax and enjoy a fortnight’s break.
However there is a wilder, more adventurous side to the island too. With everything from plummeting canyons to volcanic caves, towering mountain peaks and lush pine forests, Tenerife’s stunning landscapes provide a backdrop for a wide variety of mountain activities.
Whether you’re up for a leisurely walk through the wilderness or a challenging rock climb, there are mountain activities for every taste and level of expertise. Get out there and explore! Those looking for an action-packed getaway should not dismiss Tenerife. Here we’ve listed our favourite action-packed activities:
The highpoint for walkers on Tenerife is the caldera of the immense volcano called Mount Teide. This amazing active volcano is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national park. Join a party of walkers to explore the vast, rugged region surrounding the imposing volcano or, for the more adventurous, scale the magnificent edifice itself.
Tenerife is recognised around the world as a centre for first-rate diving. There are several Professional Association of Diving Instructors courses available on the island that will teach you the basics to diving, and allow you to dive into the glorious, warm waters just off the island.
For those who enjoy extreme mountain biking, Tenerife is the place for you. Some of the isolated mountainsides of the island are off-limits to mountain bikers, but there are many that offer fantastic riding in amazing weather conditions. Bike hire is available all around the island, so you will have no excuse not to jump in the saddle and take on the mountains.
If you prefer a bike with four wheels and an engine, then quad biking could be the sport for you. Tenerife has two quad biking options, Quad Park, which gives you the chance to take local tracks to experience the thrill of quad biking, or the Quad Safari that takes groups off-road into the rugged mountains. Instructions and safety equipment is supplied.
Why not explore the stunning volcanic shores of Tenerife from an ocean kayak? Available from as little as 10 euros an hour, you can explore the inlets and rocky coves from your very own kayak. Tuition is available for the inexperienced from El Cardon at Punta de Teno. They will also organise equipment hire and can give you information on the best places to explore.
Tenerife may have a well-earned status as an island holiday paradise, but look below the surface and a volcano of thrill-seeking fun awaits. Do not overlook Tenerife when planning your action-packed holiday.