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Discover Tenerife from A to Z: What to Do, See & Eat In Tenerife

4 October, 2019, I remember the first time I set foot on this magical island – the warm sun on my skin, the salty sea breeze in my hair, and the vibrant colors that seemed to dance all around me. It was as if I had been transported to a world that was both familiar and enchanting, and I knew right then and there that I had found my paradise. It’s been almost four years since I arrived in Tenerife, and the island has become my home in every sense of the word.

Tenerife has a way of enchanting you with its natural beauty and warm hospitality.

From the rugged landscapes of the Teide National Park to the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, there is no shortage of breathtaking scenery to explore.

The island’s rich history and culture are also fascinating to discover, with traditional festivals, delicious cuisine, and charming villages just waiting to be discovered. But what truly enchanted me about Tenerife is its people – friendly, welcoming, and always ready to share their love for their island with visitors.

It’s hard not to fall under the spell of Tenerife’s charm and leave a piece of your heart behind when it’s time to say goodbye.

That’s why this time I will share a different kind of experience with you: an alphabet of all the fabulous things in Tenerife.

Let’s dive into the alphabet and see what the Island of the Eternal Spring has in store for you.

A is for Almogrote

Almogrote is a traditional spread made with hard cheese, garlic, and peppers. It is a popular snack in Tenerife and can be found in many local restaurants and markets.

B is for Barraquito


Barraquito is a traditional coffee drink that originated in Tenerife and is beloved by locals and visitors alike. The drink is made with espresso, condensed milk, steamed milk, cinnamon, and a slice of lemon peel, which gives it a unique flavor and aroma. Barraquito is usually served in a small glass with the ingredients layered, creating a beautiful visual effect.

C is for Carnival

Tenerife is known for its vibrant and colorful Carnival celebrations. Every year in February, the island comes alive with music, dance, and elaborate costumes.

D is for Drago Tree

The Drago Tree is a unique tree species that can only be found in the Canary Islands. It has a distinctive appearance with its thick trunk and branches that resemble roots.

E is for El Teide

El Teide is the highest peak in Spain and is located in Tenerife. The volcano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts hikers and nature lovers from all over the world.

F is for Food

Tenerife has a rich and diverse culinary scene, with dishes influenced by Spanish, African, and Latin American cuisines. Some of the must-try dishes include papas arrugadas, gofio, and sancocho.

G is for Garachico

Garachico is a charming coastal town located on the northwest coast of Tenerife. It is known for its historic architecture and natural swimming pools.

H is for Hiking

The island has some of the best hiking trails in Europe, with stunning views of the coastline and volcanic landscapes. Some of the popular trails include Masca Gorge, Anaga Mountains, and Teide National Park.

I is for Icod de los Vinos

Icod de los Vinos is a picturesque town in Tenerife known for its wine production. The town is also home to the famous Drago Milenario.

J is for Jardín Botánico

The Jardín Botánico is a beautiful botanical garden located in Puerto de la Cruz. It is home to a variety of plant species from all over the world and is a popular attraction for visitors.

K is for Kayaking

Kayaking is a popular activity in Tenerife, with many beaches and bays offering calm waters perfect for beginners. You can explore the coastline and discover hidden coves and beaches.

L is for Loro Parque

Loro Parque is a world-famous zoo and theme park located in Puerto de la Cruz. It is home to a variety of animals, including dolphins, penguins, and parrots.

M is for Masca

Masca is a small village located in the northwest of Tenerife. It is known for its beautiful location in the Teno Mountains and is a popular starting point for hikes in the area.

N is for Nightlife

The island has a vibrant nightlife scene, with many bars, clubs, and pubs catering to all tastes. Some of the popular nightlife spots include Playa de las Americas and Santa Cruz.

O is for Orotava Valley

Orotava Valley is a picturesque valley located in the northern part of Tenerife, known for its lush greenery, traditional architecture, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The valley is home to the historic town of La Orotava, which is known for its well-preserved Canarian architecture and charming cobblestone streets.

P is for Puerto de la Cruz

I can say without hesitation that it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The town is nestled in a stunning valley, surrounded by lush greenery and dramatic volcanic landscapes. The Atlantic Ocean provides a breathtaking backdrop, with waves crashing against the black sand beaches and the warm sun casting a golden glow over everything. The town itself is a charming mix of old-world Canarian architecture and modern amenities, with lively streets filled with shops, restaurants, and bars.

Q is for Queso

Queso de Tenerife, or Tenerife cheese, is a unique and delicious cheese that is produced on the island of Tenerife. Made from the milk of local goats and sheep, the cheese has a distinctive flavor and texture that is beloved by locals and visitors alike. The cheese is usually aged for several months, which gives it a rich and complex flavor that is perfect for pairing with traditional Canarian dishes like papas arrugadas and gofio.

R is for Rambla de Castro

Rambla de Castro is a stunning natural park located on the north coast of Tenerife, near the town of Los Realejos. The park is home to a lush green valley, rugged cliffs, and a beautiful black sand beach. The area is perfect for hiking, with a network of trails that wind through the valley and offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The park is also home to a number of historic landmarks, including a 16th-century castle and a charming 19th-century country house. Rambla de Castro is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and anyone looking to experience the natural beauty of the island.

S is for Siam Park

Siam Park is a popular water park in Tenerife that features a variety of water slides, wave pools, and lazy rivers. It is a great destination for families and adventure seekers.

T is for Tapas

Tenerife has a vibrant tapas culture, with numerous restaurants and bars serving up delicious small plates that showcase the island’s unique cuisine. From traditional Spanish favorites like croquetas and patatas bravas to local specialties like papas arrugadas and almogrote, there is no shortage of delicious tapas to try. Many bars and restaurants in Tenerife offer “raciones,” which are larger portions of tapas meant to be shared among a group. Pair your tapas with a glass of local wine or a cold beer for the perfect Canarian dining experience.

U is for Underwater world

Tenerife has an incredible underwater world that is perfect for diving and snorkeling. The island is home to a variety of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and rays.

V is for Vineyards

Known for its wine production, the island is home to a variety of vineyards and wineries. The wine produced here is celebrated for its unique flavor and is a must-try for wine lovers.

W is for Whale Watching

Tenerife is one of the best destinations in the world for whale and dolphin watching. The island is home to a variety of marine life, including pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, and sperm whales.

Y is for Yoga

It is a perfect destination for yoga enthusiasts, with many yoga retreats and studios offering classes for all levels. The island’s natural beauty and serene atmosphere make it an ideal location for yoga practice.

Z is for Zoos

In addition to Loro Parque, Tenerife has several other zoos and animal parks that are popular among visitors. These include the Jungle Park, Monkey Park, and Pueblo Chico.

I hope these A to Z highlights of Tenerife have inspired you to pack your bags and experience the island’s enchanting beauty for yourself.

What are you waiting for? Vamos a Tenerife!

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