If you are looking for a place to travel with children and spend an unforgettable holiday… Your destination is Tenerife!
Young and old will have a great time on an island that has a lot to offer the visitor: Incredible landscapes with imposing mountains and wonderful beaches, large theme parks, historic villages, fairy tale paths…
You will be able to carry out a multitude of activities turning your stay into a unique and incomparable travel experience.
To help you schedule your free days with the little ones of the house, in today’s post we propose What to see in Tenerife in 5 days with children.
We offer you a complete list of enclaves that will surely delight the whole family.
¿Are you ready for fun? Well, go ahead!?
What to do in Tenerife with children
Teide National Park.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, get to know this place that seems to have been taken from another world. Thanks to its unique aesthetics, it has been the setting for numerous international films over the years.
The excursion to see the volcano called “El Teide” (the highest peak in Spain with 3,178 meters and the third largest in the world) is the great attraction of the park.
Climb a stretch of the mountain by cable car and enjoy fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
In the area, you will also be able to practice trekking along trails, suitable for all ages, that will take you through different landscapes.
Travel Tip: Visit the website of the company Volcano Teide. In this portal, you have the possibility to reserve the ticket for the cable car, as well as to contract different excursions and activities in the park.
The fabulous beaches of Tenerife.
One of the great attractions of Tenerife are its beaches. You will love the great variety of spaces on the coast for bathing: beaches of fine golden sand in the south of the island and black volcanic sand in the north.
Here you can practice various water activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, renting jet skis …
The little ones will have a great time with their games on the shore while the grown-ups can rest in the sun, as in the Canary Islands we are lucky enough that it looks… Practically all year round! ?
We recommend you to go with children to the beaches of:
- Las Teresitas. (Santa Cruz de Tenerife)
- Los Cristianos y las Vistas. (Arona)
- Troya Beach. (The Americas)
- Jardín Beach. (Puerto de la Cruz)
- Beach of the Duke. (Adeje Coast)
The Botanical Garden and the Palmetum Gardens.
The Botanical Garden is located in the city of Puerto de la Cruz and the Palmetum in the capital of the island, Santa Cruz. Both towns are located in the north of Tenerife.
The wonderful open-air natural space called Palmetum is located on a mountain facing the sea.
In its gardens we will find, in addition to the largest collection of palms in the European Union (about 600), several waterfalls, lakes, streams, trees and shrubs, a museum, an umbraculum and striking wild birds.
An ideal environment to take a nice walk with the kids!
The Botanical Garden was founded in 1788 by Royal Order of King Charles III with the aim of cultivating tropical species in a part of the Spanish territory.
Visiting the Botanical Garden is like meeting flora from the 5 continents. Children will be fascinated to discover new and strange species… Along with trees over 150 years old!
Lake Martiánez and the César Manrique Maritime Park
What child is not passionate about long hours playing in the pool?
Take the opportunity to relax in a hammock while enjoying to the maximum in these two complexes designed for the leisure and entertainment of families, located in the north of the island.
· The César Manrique Maritime Park: (Santa Cruz de Tenerife)
Designed by the Lanzarote artist César Manrique, a few minutes from the center of the capital, we find a space of more than 22,000 square meters that houses several saltwater pools, waterfalls, restaurants, playrooms, jacuzzi, sports areas …
¡A real paradise in the city!
· Lake Martiánez: (Puerto de la Cruz)
You’ll find several artificial saltwater pools and a large lake, as well as gardens, terraces, viewpoints, restaurants… all also designed by César Manrique.
In this enclosure, the volcanic stone is the real protagonist.
Lago Martiánez has everything you need to spend a great day with your family!
Travel Tip: Take advantage of your visit to Puerto de la Cruz to get to know the pier area, the San Felipe Castle, the Plaza del Charco and the pedestrian promenade in front of the sea known as “Calle de San Telmo”.
All of them are essential visits if you are in the city!
The most famuos parks of Tenerife: Loro Parque and Siam Park.
Loro Parque: (Puerto de la Cruz)
Loro Parque has been chosen by users of the travel portal Tripadvisor as the best zoo in the world in the years 2017 and 2018.
And rightly so! This zoo is… really spectacular!
True to its name, Loro Park has the largest and most diverse reserve of parrot species and subspecies in the world.
Besides housing a multitude of animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, jaguars, anteaters, sloths, penguins, tigers, hippos … (the list is very long) that will surprise the whole family, it has entertaining shows:
- Cinema for environmental awareness in 3D.
The enclosure is a natural Eden that contains thousands of palm trees, an orchid, a cactus, and a dracaena dracos garden.
The best thing about this zoo is that it is the home of the Loro Park Foundation. A project that promotes the conservation, protection, and recovery of endangered species.
Children will not only spend a splendid day getting to know the animals… They will learn the importance of conserving the environment! ?
Ziam Park: (Adeje Coast)
For the fifth consecutive year, in 2018 Ziam Park won once again the first place among the best water parks in the world awarded by Tripadvisor users.
Inspired by Thai architecture, in addition to having some exceptional attractions, has an additional attraction: The production of the world’s largest artificial wave inside its central pool (4 meters high).
This beautiful park surrounded by vegetation contains everything you need to spend a great day with your family: shops, restaurants, changing rooms, hammocks and beach umbrellas …
Among its most popular attractions we find:
- Siam Beach.
- Jungle Snake.
- Mai Thai River.
- Mekong Rapids.
- The Dragon.
- Tower of Power.
And many more! Get them all!
We assure you… The children won’t want to leave!
Travel Tip: There is the possibility of buying a combined ticket called “Twin Ticket” to visit both parks. It will be cheaper for you to buy this double ticket than the individual tickets separately.
San Cristóbal de La Laguna and the Science and Cosmos Musem.
San Cristóbal de La Laguna and the Science and Cosmos Museum.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, this beautiful colonial city is perfect for walking with children. Its old town has numerous pedestrian streets that house old buildings with characteristic facades as well as numerous cafes and shops.
¡A city with a lot of charm that seems to be taken from a fairy tale!
In La Laguna, you will find the Science and Cosmos Museum, which is considered one of the most important astronomy museums in Spain.
With interactive activities, children will be able to experience closely the laws and principles of nature, get to know better the human body and understand very interesting basics about the cosmos.
They’ll learn a lot while having fun! ?
Other sites to see in Tenerife in a week.
If you have more than 5 days on the island, we advise you not to miss:
- The Anaga Rural Park and its fantastic trails.
- Garachico (fishing village) and its natural swimming pools.
- The Cliff of the Giants and the excursions of sighting of Cetaceans.
- Icod de los Vinos (a municipality in the north of the island) with its Millenary Dracaena Draco and the Cueva del Viento (Cave of the Wind).
Don’t let them tell you, live it personally! Spend a fabulous holiday with your family in Tenerife!
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Discover Tenerife like you never imagined! ?
To help you in the choice of your accommodation on the island, we recommend you read our post: The best hotels for families in Tenerife.
We name you 5 fabulous hotels to decant for the one you like the most and have a unique stay with your family.
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