Top ChoiceMountain in Parque Nacional del Teide

Pico del Teide

Pico del Teide

The cable car provides the easiest way to get up to the peak of El Teide. The views are great – unless a big cloud is covering the peak, in which case you won’t see a thing. On clear days the volcanic valley...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (TEA)

The highlights of this dramatic contemporary building are the architecture, its three galleries and the stunning library downstairs. The galleries display temporary exhibitions of art, photography and...

Top ChoiceNotable Building in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Auditorio de Tenerife

This magnificent, soaring white wave of an auditorium was designed by the internationally renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, and delivers shades of the Sydney Opera House, plus superb acoustics....

Top ChoiceGardens in Puerto de la Cruz

Jardín Botánico

Established in 1788, this magnificent botanical garden has thousands of plant varieties from all over the world and is a delightful place to while away an afternoon smelling the roses. As well as the major...

Top ChoiceCafe in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Café Palmelita

This delightful cafe has a vintage exterior, a theme which continues within, and was founded in the late 1960s with German origins. The emphasis is on serious indulgence, with hot chocolate with double cream, or...

Top ChoiceNatural Feature in Los Gigantes & Puerto de Santiago

Acantilados de los Gigantes

These astonishing, dark rock cliffs soar sublimely 600m from the ocean, forging a magnificent natural geological spectacle right on the edge of Los Gigantes. Try to stop by when the sun sets for added wow factor....

Top ChoiceJapanese in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Kazan

Kazan's Michelin star has assured it a large fanbase in town and far beyond. The setting: lightly polished wood and beige fabric chairs, muted and understated yet stylish. The food: the freshest ingredients...

Top ChoiceCanarian in Los Gigantes & Puerto de Santiago

El Rincón de Juan Carlos

One of the island's best dining choices, this superb Michelin-starred restaurant is just off the main plaza. There's a marked leaning towards seafood: try the sumptuous grand menú (from €60 with wine pairing), or...

Top ChoiceSpanish in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Guannabi

This excellence of this handsome restaurant is defined not just by its superb ambience and faultless service, but by its simply supreme menu. Guannabi pulls out all the stops: the focus is on rice dishes, all...

Top ChoiceShoes in La Laguna

Pisaverde

The shoes at Pisaverde are quite a sight, with each pair uniquely fashioned and handcrafted with bold and brightly coloured leather and all manner of fabrics (including recycled materials too, such as car tyres)....

Top ChoiceTapas in Los Gigantes & Puerto de Santiago

Tas-k

Be sure to make a reservation at this superb spot hidden away down a lane near the port. Some 27 tapas fill the menu, from fresh salmon tartar to croutons with anchovies, Iberian cold cuts or simple bruschetta...

Top ChoiceMarket in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África

Dating from 1944, this tantalising market is housed in an eye-catching building that combines a Latin American feel with Moorish-style arches and patios. A lofty clock tower helps in locating the place – or just...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre

This brain-bending amalgam of natural science and archaeology is an excellent museum, despite a rather confusing layout. Set inside the former civil hospital, the exhibit highlights are undoubtedly the Guanche...

Top ChoiceChurch in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

It's difficult to miss the striking bell tower of the city’s oldest church, which also has traditional Mudéjar (Islamic-style architecture) ceilings. The present church was built in the 17th and 18th centuries,...

Top ChoiceCanarian in Puerto de la Cruz

Tito’s Bodeguita

Despite the mildly off-putting location right off a busy roundabout a few kilometres south of the town centre, the patios, flower-filled gardens and atmospheric interior of this 18th-century country mansion,...

Top ChoiceChurch in Candelaria

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Candelaria

This imposing domed church dates from 1959 and sits at the edge of the town centre, overlooking a rocky beach and flanked by a plaza where nine huge statues of Guanche warriors stand guard. The church has an...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Northwest Tenerife

Abama Kabuki

Marrying Western, Canarian and Japanese flavours, this Michelin-starred restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton Abama has sent a tsunami barrelling through Tenerife's culinary firmament (possibly upsetting a diner or two...

Top ChoiceInternational in Anaga Mountains

La Ola

This restaurant is located away from the usual tourist beach spots, and is all the better for ploughing its own furrow. Beyond the owner's conscientious and helpful service, there's a short menu of tasty meals...

Top ChoiceGardens in Puerto de la Cruz

Risco Belle Aquatic Gardens

This is not just any old garden: step through the entrance and you'll be met by a sweeping lawn punctuated with tables and chairs, tropical plants (birds of paradise and poinsettias) and citrus trees. In the...