GoWonder City Guide – Tenerife

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Hola, I’m Paulina – a sustainable travel enthusiast from Luxembourg. I love traveling slow and eco-friendly thus I am the happiest while hiking, cycling or sailing. Or while doing any other outdoor stuff.

After 4 years in Spain and an epic Boat HitchHiking journey over the Atlantic Ocean, I am back in Lux and ready for new travel adventures. Let’s hit the road together!

For a long time the Canary Island had a kind of unflattering image. Many saw, and still see, in the Atlantic archipelago a perfect example for destination totally spoiled by mass tourism. Although Gran Canaria and Tenerife were back in the 60’s built up with concrete hotel buildings, Tenerife is particularly transitioning from mass tourism to a respectful, sustainable form of tourism.

Bach & Sun are no longer the only reason why you should visit Tenerife. The tourism entity of Tenerife invested a lot in repairing its extensive hiking trail network, protecting natural parks and securing untouristy beaches.

After living for 5 months in Tenerife, I want to show you my highlights and why Tenerife is the perfect destination for solo female travellers.

What to See in Tenerife

  1. Spain’s highest mountain: Teide Volcano
    Mount Teide is Tenerife’s indisputable attraction. Wth its 3718 m it’s the highest mountain of Spain. The lunar landscape around the volcano is truly unique and can’t be found in any part of Spain.
    The range of activities you can do around Mount Teide seems to be almost infinite: you can hike up to the peak and spend a night in its mountain hut with spectacular views over the island and neighbour island La Gomera. You’ll have to wake up at sunrise to hike up the last metres to the peakFor those who prefer a softer experience, there is a cable car which will take you to the Upper Station located at 3555 m without any effort.

    Visit the Astronomical Observatory at Mount Teide and discover why Tenerife is one of the world’s most important destinations for star gazing. Indeed its excellent astronomical seeing conditions and absence of light pollution are unique in the world.

  2. Masca
    The village of Masca comes recommended in almost every Tenerife travel guide. But trust me, even if it’s a bit touristy, the visit of Masca and its corresponding hike through the Los Gigantes canyon are totally worth a visit.Masca is a small village which had no access to paved roads until the late 60’s and could thus preserve its authentic charm. The natural setting of this rustic village is simply breath-taking: it is almost totally closed-off from external influences, the only access being a long winding road which used be used only by donkeys.

    The best thing to do in Masca is having a little walk through the ancient village and the trekking lovers can even hike down to Masca Beach. The trail leads you through the canyon along former pirate caves down to Masca Beach. You should calculate at least 3h for the entire hike.

  3. Europe’s largest water attraction: Siam Park
    For all those who can’t get rid of their inner child: Siam Park is made for you! Indeed Siam Park claims to be Europe’s most spectacular water attraction. Located in the tourist hotspot area of Costa Adeje, Siam Park has all it needs to spend an unforgettable day.The water park holds several world records:
    The world’s largest dragon statue.
    The largest man-made wave in the world (about 3.3 meters (11 ft)).
    The world’s largest Thai building outside Asia
    For those who don’t fancy a dip, you can spend hours in the shopping mall located right next to Siam Park.

Female Traveller Safety Tips
Tenerife is very safe for solo female travellers. Canarian people are warm-hearted and always willing to help out. However you should get familiar with a few Spanish words or these Canarian expressions, because many locals still don’t speak English.

Public transportation can be used without any risk for your safety.

In case you stay in Costa Adeje, the party hotspot of Tenerife, be have to be aware of the drunkards strolling through the narrow streets. However most are usually unoffending.

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This guide is written by Paulina from PaulinaOnTheRoad.

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