The Canary Islands – our Tenerife road trip itinerary

What do you need to spend a few days in Tenerife? Rent a car, invite some good company, and get ready for many underwater, water, beach, mountain, and desert experiences! Meet the friendly locals and their delicious cuisine and relaxed attitude! Let’s dive into our Tenerife road trip itinerary!

Day one in Tenerife

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Amazing! This is what I thought as soon as I saw the palm trees welcoming us in the late afternoon. We took our little rental car – the Panda – and enjoyed the journey on the well-asphalted roads to our holiday village.

We could see the Red Mountain disappearing into the sea in the distance. Meanwhile, we were ready to taste the supposedly delicious Canarian cuisine. It turned out to be worthy of its good fame. Rarely you can say about a place that everything is great.

In Tenerife, you don’t even have to think about it a lot. The food is tasty, the portions are big, and the seafood is amazing.

our trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands

Day two in the Canary Islands

So, once you have reached the Canary Islands, on your first night there you sleep on the second floor in a spacious bright bluish apartment. In the morning you have to choose between breakfast next to the pool or fresh croissants from the nearby shop. Then you hit the road. The palm trees are slowly dancing with the wind. Everything is so green and warm, even though it is still March.

The road upward has many turns. The higher you get the better view of the sea you have, but also the climate gets different.

You start from the big ocean with black and wavy beaches with people in flip-flops, where it is obviously summer. Then you get through endless meadows, narrow curvy roads, and many kinds of plants – spring. You finally get to the highest part, where you can see through the clouds the rock between the plants – this is autumn. It has stony, and even desert, landscapes. In some places, you can even see the winter – the frozen lava and icy mountain peaks. There you go – all of the seasons for just about 100 km.

our trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands
our trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands

This is how we reached the Teide Volcano!

These are the landscapes that every camera dreams of – the landscapes of Teide National Park. For a few minutes, you can play with the “gentle” wind at 3555 m above sea level. It is so “gentle” that you can hardly say your name from the cold.

our trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands

We couldn’t last more than 10 minutes up there and took the next lift down. We went to the moon landscape of the valley, that surrounds the volcano. The road itself goes through the cold lava of the last eruption.

So, we started going down to the sea. What was in front of us?

Beaches – volcanic. Usually, this means black sand. There is a lot of life around them, despite their stony character. They are unusual and that’s why they are so incredible! Maybe Gran Canaria has better places to see, but Tenerife is a very unique mix.  

our trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands

Day three on the island

The sea can always surprise you. Party people are dancing on the catamaran. You can carefully lie on the net that is the only thing separating you from the water below. Quite refreshing! The almost vertical rocks take our breath away with their unusual forms! These are Tenerife’s giants.

However, our catamaran journey had another purpose. We didn’t just want to sunbathe and drink cold beers (we didn’t mind though). We were photo hunting for whales.  

our trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands
our trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands

Day four in Tenerife

What is going on underwater?

There are some other giants and their babies are playing with the diver. He lures them with food and they follow him naively. This way it looks like they are dancing for us. We, the audience, try to guess what kinds of fish they are from inside the yellow submarine. It is a really hard guessing game. One thing is easily recognizable – this is the stingray. A baby stingray is as long as our diver is tall. But it is way more naive. They play joyfully together. 

our trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands

We didn’t stop there. We jumped on the panda and went to The Pyramids of Güímar. Their age and purpose is still unknown and there are a lot of scientific arguments going on about them.

our trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands

We said our goodbyes to Tenerife. That was not before we enjoyed our last dinner there and experienced the magic of the local flamenco music and dance. They left us speechless. Next time when we visit the islands, we would definitely become part of some of the Canary islands festivals and their endless fiesta!

our trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands

Goodbye, Tenerife. It is time for us to go and visit Milan

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