Looking for inspiration for a weekend in Tenerife? Read our tips below on the things to do in Tenerife, Spain plus a sample weekend itinerary, where to stay, how to get around, and best restaurants to try!
Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands and the most populated island of Spain. It also has the highest mountain in Spain and black lava beaches. If you love water sports, Tenerife is a paradise for you! Due to the availability of beaches with perfect conditions, it is possible to enjoy a variety of water and outdoor sports at any time of the year. Some of those include snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, fishing, windsurfing, surfing, and so much more.
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3 Day Weekend Trip Guide to Tenerife, Spain
If you can only have 3 days to stay in Tenerife, then we’ll give you a sample weekend getaway itinerary that will make your adventure more memorable.
Day 1 – Weekend Guide to Tenerife, Spain
Mount Teide is the most popular site in Tenerife. It stands 3.718m or 12, 198ft. It is highly recommended to visit due to the stunning view of the mountain! You can experience a lot of activities during your trip here, walking across the Canary Islands pine forest and the village of Vilaflor. And then you’ll reach the base of the cable car that will take you to the mountain with an altitude of 3, 500 meters. But, of course, if you like more challenge, then you can hike your way up to the peak, without using the cable car!
Day 2 – Weekend Guide to Tenerife, Spain
After a day in the mountain, let’s explore the ocean! On this trip, you’ll be able to see the beautiful whales and dolphins while seeing the stunning view of the ocean. Not only that, but you can also listen to the whales and dolphins using a hydrophone! That’s once in a lifetime experience. Don’t miss this one out!
Of course, after an adventure in the mountains and oceans, explore the beauty of forests of the Anaga Mountains. Exploring the Anaga Mountains, you could spend weeks and still have so much left to explore. If you’re a hiker, there are plenty of hiking routes available. However, if you’re not into hiking, you can still explore the forests and coastline. Some areas can be experienced by the road that will make your road trip more epic due to the stunning view of lush forests and coastlines all in the mix.
These two are highly recommended trips on your day 2. However, if you want to explore more in the Anaga Mountains, then you can spend your whole day there if you’d like.
Day 3 – Weekend Guide to Tenerife, Spain
After days of thrilling adventures, it is recommended to relax on your last day. Where is the best place? In Malaga Botanical Garden! In this place, you can experience peace of mind while walking through 250,000 square meters of landscaped lands. Take pictures with tropical and subtropical plants. Pose with palm trees, vines, water plants, bamboo trees, and citrus trees. You’ll get to enjoy it while having a relaxing day in this wonderful garden.
Where to Stay in Tenerife, Spain
(Prices are subject to change depending on the dates that you preferred. Visit their official website to check more accommodation and prices.)
Where to stay in Tenerife if you’re a backpacker
Located 500m from La Mareta Beach. It offers a pretty garden with an outdoor pool, a sun terrace with BBQ and free wifi. 10 minutes drive from Tenerife South Airport. Los Amigos Hostel Tenerife offers a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare meals and a comfortable lounge area.
Price: Starts at €14.01 per night for Single bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room including taxes and charges, free breakfast, free cancellation, and early payment benefit.
Aloe Vera Shared House is located in El Medano in Tenerife Region. The property offers filtered drinking water, green electricity, and sustainable furniture. It offers a year-round outdoor pool and patio with sea views. Aloe Vera Shared House features free wifi throughout the property.
Price: Starts at €10.41per night for Bunk in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room including taxes and charges, free breakfast, free cancellation, and early payment benefit.
Located on the beachfront in El Medano and boasting a shared lounge. Guests at Ashavana Hostel can enjoy an Italian or vegetarian breakfast. The accommodation features a shared kitchen, organizing a tour for guests.
Price: Starts at €15.47 per night for Three Bunk-Beds in Mixed Dormitory including taxes and charges, free breakfast, partially refundable, and early payment benefit.
Where to Stay in Tenerife if you’re on a Budget
Located 10-minute drive from Los Cristianos. This hostel has a shared lounge and dining room, and rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Bed linen and towels are provided. Tenerife South Airport is within a 10-minute drive of the property.
Price: Starts at €20 per night for Single room (1 single bed) including taxes and charges, free cancellation, and no prepayment needed, you can pay at the property.
Located on the beachfront in San Isidro. Features a shared lounge, Terraza Soleada has free wifi. A tour desk can provide information on the area. At the hostel, every room is equipped with a shared bathroom.
Price: Starts at €25 per night for Single room (1 single bed) including taxes and charges, add €3 for breakfast, and it’s partially refundable.
Located in Los Abrigos. Authentic Guest House Riva offers a bar and terrace. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and free wifi. The nearest airport is Tenerife Sur Airport, 8km from the property.
Price: Starts at €28 per night for Twin room (+€20 taxes and charges), and it’s partially refundable.·
Where to stay in Tenerife if you want Luxury
This luxurious hotel is located in Costa Adeje, overlooking Playa Paraiso Beach. It features a spa area and a heated infinity pool with stunning views of the Atlantic ocean. Roca Nivaria has tennis and paddle courts, giant chess and archery facilities. It also features a buffet restaurant and 2 a la carte restaurants, serving Italian and Spanish Cuisine.
Price: Starts at €212 per night for Standard Double or Twin Room including taxes and charges, free breakfast, and free cancellation.
Located in Costa Adeje just 150m from Playa del Duque BeachGF Victoria offers 4 battling areas and 2 restaurants. Guests will find an adult pool, a family area and a naturist pool on the property. GF Victoria also features a glass pool, with transparent walls and bottom which overhangs the façade of the hotel.
Price: Starts at €276.90 per night for Senior Suite including taxes and charges, free breakfast, and it’s non-refundable.
Located in Adeje in the South of Tenerife. Royal Hideaway Corales Beach – Adults Only by Barcelo Hotel Group boasts exclusive facilities for adults only. Bathrooms include high-quality finishes as well as tub and separate shower. Guests can also benefit from a buffet-style restaurant for breakfast and dinner and a la carte restaurant specializing in Nikkei fusion cuisine.
Price: Starts at €262.65 per night for Junior Suite sea view single-use including taxes and charges, free breakfast, free cancellation, and no prepayment needed, you can pay at the property.
List of restaurants that you can try while in Tenerife, Spain
El Calderito de la Abuela enhances Spain’s tapas culture. The owners grow their own vegetables and herbs. Craft wines and spectacular views of the Orotava Valley, Mount Teide and the Atlantic Ocean will make your dining experience memorable.
- 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Tue-Sun)
- 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Tue – Thu)
- 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Fri – Sat)
Address: 130 Carretera Provincial, Santa Ursula, Canarias, 38390, Spain
Located in the luxurious The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. It is considered one of the best Japanese restaurants in Spain. Four defined zones enable diners to enjoy a very different Kabuki experience including; the main restaurant (Kabuki Room), Kabuki Bar, sushi, bar, and Kabuki Space.
Operating hours: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Mon-Sun)
Address: Guia de Isora Tenerife, Canarias, 38687, Spain
Located in the luxurious The Ritz –Carlton, Abama, M. B. has been awarded two Michelin Stars in 2010 and 2014 for its magnificent interpretation of Spanish cuisine with creativity and respect. It is a gourmet destination that offers an exclusive gastronomic accomplishment in a mixture of Basque influences with local, fresh produce.
Operating hours: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Tue – Fri) and 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm (Sat)
Address: Guia de Isora Tenerife, Canarias, 38687, Spain
Restaurante La Vieja is one of the undisputed exponents of the traditions and gastronomy of the sea. Located in the privileged village of “La Caleta”, it has everything you could need to be able to savor what the sea has to offer. Typical canary dishes are served and prepared in a truly traditional style, with care and attention to detail.
Operating hours: 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Mon-Sun)
Address: Edificio Terrazas de la Caleta 1, La Caleta, Tenerife, Spain
Located just in front of Los Cristianos beach. Its cuisines are mostly Mediterranean, Seafood, European, and Spanish, offering a wide variety of delicious Canary specialties for more than 25 years.
Operating hours: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm (Mon-Sun)
Address: Paseo Juan Bariajo 8, 38650 Los Cristianos, Arona, Tenerife, Spain
How to go to Tenerife, Spain from the UK
VIA RYANAIR: (ONE WAY)
*From London Stansted Airport to Tenerife South
Ticket Price: £182.05
VIA EASYJET: (ONE WAY)
*From London Luton to Tenerife South
Ticket Price: £250.38
*Prices are subject to change.
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