Tenerife is an ideal family destination to travel to. Here you can find some ideas to enjoy our beautiful island with the youngest members of the house: some exciting activities to explore Tenerife’s nature, its history and its culture but with a funny touch. Monumental landscapes, thematic castles, volcanos, caves, parks or the incredible Tenerife’s beaches will turn every journey into a great adventure.
1.- TO EXPLORE A PREHISTORIC FOREST.
With more than 1,000 Km of walking routes, Tenerife is one of the best options to practice trekking. The nice weather all year around, with temperatures between 18C to 24C, is an incentive to enjoy nature at any time. The “Parque Rural de Anaga” is one of the more spectacular natural spaces of the island and recently it has been named Reserve of the Biosphere by Unesco. The Laurisilva tree is a surviving vegetal relic of the Cenozoic era (65 million of years ago) forming a deep evergreen forest. Inside this forest there are pathways for all walking levels being the best for kids the “Cruz del Carmen” circular pathway (road TF-12 from La Laguna to Las Mercedes), where children can explore and interact with nature easily without any danger.
2. – TO DEFEND THE ISLAND FROM A PIRATE’S ATTACK.
For centuries, the coasts of the Canary Island swere under the constant threat of pirates who competed with Spain for the control of the sea lanes. As a result of those convulsed years, several defensive towers and small castles were built to defend beaches and harbours from possible enemy landings. Some of these castles can be visited today. The “Castillo de San Felipe”, in Puerto de la Cruz, (Paseo de Luis Lavaggi, 12, everyday 11:00 – 13:00 and 17:00 – 20:00) is in perfect state of conservation and it is used also as a cultural center. Another visitable castle is the “Castillo de San Miguel”, in Garachico (Avenida Tomé Cano, Mon to Sat 10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 18:00, Sun 10:00 – 13:00). This small defensive tower protected the harbour from undesirable presences for more than 300 years. Today it shows an interesting exhibition of the history and reconstruction of the town after a major avolcanic eruption.
3.- TO SAIL WITH WHALES AND DOLPHINS.
Between the Southern coast of Tenerife and the neighboring island of La Gomera there is a true marine life sanctuary with abundance of aquatic fauna. It is easy to see cetaceans of almost all species in the waters surrounding all the Canary Islands, but it is in this small part of the Atlantic ocean where several groups of dolphins and small whales have settled down themselves permanently. The marine cruises to enjoy this imposing natural spectacle depart from the harbours of Los Cristianos, Puerto Colón and Los Gigantes. Only authorized boats with a blue flag can approximate these beautiful creatures guaranteeing that their ocean home and their own security will be protected.
4.- TO FEEL LIKE A GIANT.
Located close to La Orotava, “Pueblo Chico” is one of the most unusual attractions of the island and a delight for the young ones, as they can feel like authentic giants. This thematic park offers, through a well–taken care selection of high quality scale models, a journey to the Canary Islands through their more remarkable buildings: important historical monuments like an impressive recreation of the city of La laguna, modern industrial buildings like airports and harbours (with realistic miniatures of planes and ships), prehistoric caves showing the life of the first inhabitants of the island (guanches) and even reproductions of some natural icons as Mount Teide. A stroll by Lilliput without leaving Tenerife (Camino Cruz de Los Martillos 62– La Orotava. Mon to Sun 10:00-18:00)
5.- TO SUMMIT THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN SPAIN.
The National Park of Mount Teide attracts more than 3 million visitors every year; the highest mount in Spain is the peak of an enormous volcanic cauldron that offers impressive landscapes and the possibility of exploring places that look from another world. Tosummit the Teide peak walking is an adventure only for those with a proper physical training condition. But there is an easier way to reach the top: the Mount Teide cableway will take you 3,718 m high in just a few minutes. The views from here are simply spectacular. It is highly recommended to wear appropriate clothing for protection from low temperatures and footwear that is suitable for rocky terrain.
We hope you enjoy your trip with kids!!