Tenerife Cultural Places to Visit

Visit some of the Beautiful towns and villages


Located in the lowlands of Tenerife’s North West corner, Garachico is one of Tenerife’s prettiest destinations considering the Volcanic eruption in 1706 which destroyed a large part of the town. Characterised with cobbled streets, beautifully restored churches, and some stunning volcanic rock pools where there is an abundance of tropical fish. The main plaza of La Libertad is the most beautiful on the island, with Canarian Palm trees, the former Convent of San Francisco, picturesque walls of the Hotel Quinta Roja and the iconic clock tower of the church of Santa Ana The ruins of the former Convent of San Francisco which dates from the 16th century and is the oldest in the town is well worth a visit.

Garachico Information

Colonial City of San Cristobal de la Laguna

Once the capital of the island, now a university city, the old town is the main attraction - a Unesco World Heritage site. The old town comprises of 15th, 16th and 17th century buildings around the lovely Plaza del Adelantado which include tapas bars, antique shops and bookstores. Situated in the Aguere Valley, it is the gateway to the beautiful Anaga Mountains.

San Cristóbal de La Laguna Information

La Orotava - Rich History and Tropical Gardens

In a beautiful valley of banana plantations, this historic town has been designated as a National Historic-Artistic Site. The historic quarter is filled with handsome old buildings and impressive monuments. Be sure to see the Iglesia de la Concepción – a Gothic masterpiece, a 16th-century Baroque church with two remarkable bell towers. Another architectural gem is the Casas de los Balcones, with ornate balconies and the inner courtyards with their views over the valley. Casa Méndez-Fonseca has a particularly stunning inner courtyard, a museum upstairs with some local wine tasting.
There is a lavishly landscaped Tropical Garden, the Hijuela del Botanico with colorful exotic flowers, rare plants, expansive lawns, and decorative pools. The tropical plants in the botanical garden are from South America, Central Africa, and Australia

La Orotava Information


Famous for its Basilica and the statue of the Virgin of Candelaria – often called Our Lady of Candelaria, it resides on the North East coast of Tenerife, south of the Capital Santa Cruz. It has a lovely town square and a harbour nearby, with many cafes. Along the sea front a line of statues depicting the nine aboriginal Guanche kings that guard the Virgin of Candelaria.

Candelaria Information on Wiki

Icod de los Vinos and the Drago Tree

Nestled in a valley of vine-covered fields and banana plantations, Icod de los Vinos is a charming rural village. The town has a fascinating nature sight. El Viento Cave was formed by a volcanic eruption from the Pico Viejo volcano. One of the largest lava tubes in the world, the site is a labyrinth of underground passageways. Icod de los Vinos also has two small beaches. The Playa del Monis is a pebble and sandy beach that is good for sunbathing but not swimming. Playa de San Marcos is a black sand beach with moderate waves. This beach has excellent facilities including showers, changing rooms, public toilets, umbrellas, and lounge chairs.
The area also has the famous 1000 year old Drago Tree.

Drago Tree Information


Jardín de Aclimatación de la Orotava

Lovely 18th-century botanical gardens with amazing array of tropical Plants and Trees. Entrance fee is a bargain at 3 Euros. Center piece is the 200-year-old fig tree, also includes Palm collection, Cycads and African plants.

Web Tenerife - Parks and Gardens

Santa Cruz Palmetum

The site is around 300 acres, comprising of a extensive collection of Palm trees from around the world. Opened in 2014, The site was originally a rubbish tip and work to reform started in 1995. The gardens are near and offer nice views of the Auditoria De Tenerife (Santa Cruz Opera House).
Santa Cruz Palmetum Information

Tenerife Markets

There are numerous outdoor markets available from on the island. Los Cristianos has a market on Sunday & Tuesday (Sea front next to Arona Gran Hotel) 9am – 2.00pm. Leather goods, jewellery, ceramics, clothes, paintings, toys, tools etc. No food which is a pity.

Tenerife Carnivals

Tenerife has some wonderful Street Carnivals

Los Cristianos Carnival

This is an annual event held in early March, and runs for many days - truly wonderful

Short video of this years carnival (2016):

Short video carnival event - Drumming on Los Cristianos sea front (2016):

Santa Cruz Carnival

This is the second largest Carnival in the world. Check out this link:

Santa Cruz Carnival

Whats on in Tenerife

Please check out this site for a diary of Whats on in Tenerife:

Whats on in Tenerife

Further Cultural activities for Tenerife

For other suggestions then please visit the following websites - amongst many that are available:

The Real Tenerife
Things to do in Tenerife
Tenerife Guide