The top five things to do in Tenerife | Dream Yacht Charter
As we settle in to the new year, we are delighted to launch yet another new base, adding to our portfolio of 60+ worldwide destinations; this time, on the stunning island of Tenerife. One of the Canary Islands, a yacht charter in Tenerife will see you cruising the north coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean and offers exciting sailing conditions combined with exhilarating on-land activities. To help you plan your next Atlantic yacht charter, we’ve pulled together a list of the top five things to do in Tenerife.
Swim next to turtles and dolphins on Tenerife yacht charter
The glistening waters that surround Tenerife are home to some of the Atlantic’s most mesmerising wildlife, none more so than giant sea turtles and dolphins, both of whom are almost always on hand to provide sailors with an exceptional water show you’ll be sure to remember.
From our new base at San Miguel Marina, sail west around Tenerife’s most southern point towards the popular tourist resort of Costa Adeje. It is around this part of the island that a lot of organised boat tours set off in search of marine life, so it’s a safe bet that being on your very own private bareboat charter in Tenerife will afford you this luxury too!
Visit Teide National Park while sailing in Tenerife
A unique geological gem that simply shouldn’t be missed, Teide National Park is an absolute must when visiting Tenerife. Standing nearly 4,000m above sea level, the magnificent Mount Teide volcano is the focal point of the park and is surrounded by a maze of breathtaking formations of various colours and shapes, created through years of evolution and erosion thanks to the lava beds that afford it its position.
Getting around the park is easy, with a road running centrally through the craters that line the terrain and two dedicated visitor centres to advise you should you require some guidance while on your trip. Visit in the spring to be welcomed by the scent of blossoming flowers which look out of place but uniquely beautiful in this obscure landscape and if time permits, plan your trip with enough room to enjoy the park as the sun goes down and the stars come out.
Star gaze from Spain’s highest peak
One of the most popular times to visit Teide National Park and Mount Teide itself is after dark, where the low light pollution and clear skies allow for some of the world’s most spectacular stargazing. According to the International Astronomical Union, there are 88 star constellations visible from earth, 83 of which you can enjoy from the peak of Mount Teide.
Affectionately referred to as the ‘Auditorium of Tenerife’, take a hike to the summit where you’ll be blessed with some of the best celestial entertainment in the world, from mesmerising meteor showers to spotting the world famous Milky Way. If the steep walk doesn’t quite sound your thing, jump in a cable car and enjoy the scenery as you ascend slowly to the top of the rock.
Island hop over to La Gomera on your bareboat yacht charter
While on a bareboat yacht charter in Tenerife, sail just 21nm west from the resort of Los Cristianos and you’ll arrive at the port of San Sebastian on the island of La Gomera, the second smallest island in the Canaries. While the island remains in close proximity to its sisters, it has a slightly more charming aura about it making it an ideal place for a day’s sailing and adventure in calm and tranquil surroundings.
Once you arrive on La Gomera, you won’t be disappointed with the abundance of activities available to you, from hiking along some of the island’s 650km of trails and palm fringed valleys to wading through the tide on the jet black sand beaches close to San Sebastian. Pay a visit to the Garajonay National Park where you’ll be transported back in time as you walk through the prehistoric Laurel Forest and enjoy superb views out over the island from Los Roques viewpoint at the Park’s entrance.
Hike through Europe’s largest lava tube system
Enjoy a day exploring the geological phenomenon of Cueva del Viento, the largest lava tube system in Europe. Cueva del Viento is a series of underground cave passages that were once feeding tubes for some of the island’s volcanoes; namely, Pico Viejo, located in the Teide National Park.
The caves are located close to the town of Icod de los Vinos and consist of 17km of eerie underground passages built up over three layers. To get to the caves, visitors are required to walk for around 30-minutes through Canary Pines, an area of vast greenery and hypnotic lava formations and can only be reached via an organised tour. Once you arrive at the caves, you’ll be enthralled at the magnificence that lay before you as you trek through the pitch black, with only your head light (and experienced leader) to guide you. A fascinating adventure not to be missed.
How do I get to Tenerife?
Flights to Tenerife are available from most regional UK airports with EasyJet and British Airways. Our base at San Miguel Marina is located approximately 15-minutes from Tenerife Sur Airport (TFS) and the popular holiday resort of Los Cristianos. Speak to us if you would like help arranging a taxi transfer to the marina.