Adventures in Tenerife

Tenerife’s warm climate and volcanic terrain makes the island a playground for outdoor activities. Richard Williams rounds-up the top thrills for adrenaline seekers


Tenerife cycle
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Tenerife is a cyclist’s paradise, with dry weather, little traffic, and a large network of roads. A popular option is the 22km ride along the south coast from Güímar to Arico, with spectacular sea views. Rent top of the range bikes and e-bikes from local suppliers such as Bike Point Tenerife or Free Motion. Visit the Sports/Cycling section of to find routes to suit varying abilities. You can also filter them for length, difficulty and region.


Tenerife paragliding
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Nothing beats the buzz of gliding above the clouds. That’s why paragliding is one of Tenerife’s most popular adventure activities. As a beginner, you take your first flight in tandem with an experienced tutor, who controls the flight from takeoff to safe landing. One of the best launch spots is in the north, at Corona de los Realejos, landing on the spectacular Bollullo beach. In the south, try Ifonche-Vilaflor or Taucho-Adeje. 


Tenerife Hiking

Hikers will enjoy exploring the magical paths and tracks that criss-cross the Island. The most popular trail takes you up the volcanic Mount Teide, and the Samara route has great views over the other Canary Islands. In the evening, you can combine this with a stargazing experience in the Teide National Park. For the less energetic, there is a circular 6.5km walk around Chinyero, the last volcano to erupt in Tenerife, in 1909.


Tenerife diving

The island is perfect for scuba diving and free diving, with mostly calm waters, warm temperatures, and a range of marine life, wrecks and volcanic underwater landscapes to explore. Los Chuchos on the southern tip of the island is one of the most popular dives, with a gentle current, and The Cathedral, near Garachico, is one of the most colourful. At Las Eras and Las Galletas on the south coast there’s deep chasms.


Tenerife kayaking

This is a great way to see the island from a different perspective, and to explore the rugged cliffs, caves, and hidden coves along the coastline. You may even be lucky enough to see dolphins passing by in the distance as well as seabirds nesting on the cliffs. One of the most popular paddling tours is the excursion from Los Gigantes, kayaking under the imposing 800-metre cliffs and then jumping in the water for a swim.


Tenerife kite
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El Médano, in Granadilla de Abona, already a popular windsurfing destination, is the best spot for this adrenaline-fuelled experience, especially if the wind is from the east. National and international competitions are held here every year. Other good beaches for kitesurfing are El Cabezo and La Tejita. Wingfoiling, which uses a board with a hydrofoil attached underneath, is another popular option in El Médano.