Amazing Excursions to do in Tenerife

We are not going to talk about typical excursions, this time we are going to talk about more incredible activities, where not many people have done them, not even locals.
Tenerife offers many possibilities but almost all of them are known, this time we are going to offer you different activities, for this reason they are not for everyone, and even there are no companies that are dedicated to carry out some of them, for these you must dare to do them or talk to a local person to tell you how to do them.

On this website we have an article talking in depth about excursions but they are more common excursions: In the article you are reading right now you can find out about some of the lesser known but certainly the best experiences you can enjoy in Tenerife.

Snow and Sea

One of the most incredible excursions we can make in Tenerife, and I would say in the world, is to be able to go to the sea and on the same day, just a few kilometres away, enjoy the beach. It is an excursion where you don’t need to hire an excursion company, you just need to have a car and know where to go, so we can say that it is one of the best excursions we can do and it is very cheap.

The best thing to do is to go to the snow first and then enjoy the beach.

We can understand that there are two parts, the first part is the visit to the Teide and enjoy the snow, and the second part we will go to the beach to enjoy the warm sand.

Enjoy snow

  • Hiking: Explore the snowy trails of Teide. Short walks from the El Portillo Visitor Center or from the base of the cable car offer stunning views of the snowy landscape.
  • Photography: Take advantage of the panoramic views to capture unique photos of the snow-covered volcano, a stark contrast to the typical volcanic landscape.
  • Snow Play: If you’re traveling with family or friends, you can enjoy activities like building snowmen or sledding in safe areas.
  • Cable Car: If conditions permit, take the cable car up to La Rambleta (3,555 meters) for even more spectacular views. Be sure to check the status of the cable car, as it may close due to adverse weather conditions.
El Teide con nieves desde lejos

How to get there

From any point on the island, head towards Teide National Park. Main roads like TF-21 from La Orotava or TF-24 from La Laguna will take you to Teide. The drive to Teide can take about an hour from the tourist areas in the south.

Enjoy sun

  • Swimming in the Sea: Enjoy the warm waters of the Atlantic at one of the southern beaches. Playa de Las Vistas in Los Cristianos or Playa del Duque in Costa Adeje are excellent options with calm waters and all amenities.
  • Water Sports: Take the opportunity to try water sports like paddleboarding, kayaking, or just swimming. Many beaches offer equipment rentals and classes.
  • Relax and Sunbathe: Relax while sunbathing on the golden sand, enjoying the contrast between the morning chill and the afternoon warmth. Remember to apply sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
  • Food and Drink: End the day with a meal at one of the beachside restaurants. Enjoy local cuisine with dishes like fresh fish, papas arrugadas with mojo, and a refreshing glass of Canarian wine.
Playa de Fañabé

How to get there

From Teide, drive south on TF-21 towards the beaches of Costa Adeje, Playa de las Américas, or Los Cristianos. The journey takes about an hour and a half.

Barranco de Los Carrizales

The Barranco de Los Carrizales is one of the lesser-known but most impressive gems of Tenerife, located in the Teno region, in the northwest of the island. This excursion is ideal for nature lovers and hikers looking for a more challenging and less frequented experience. The ravine offers spectacular landscapes, rich biodiversity, and a deep immersion in the pristine nature of Tenerife.


Location and Access

The Barranco de Los Carrizales is located in the Rural Park of Teno, one of the oldest geological areas and best preserved in Tenerife. To reach the starting point of the excursion, access is usually from the small and picturesque village of Masca, famous for its spectacular ravine and breathtaking views.

Access Route

From Santiago del Teide, take the TF-436 road to Masca. This route offers panoramic views and is an experience in itself. From Masca, follow a trail that leads to the beginning of the ravine. Alternatively, access is possible from the road that connects Buenavista del Norte with Los Carrizales, although this route is less common.

Preparation for the Excursion

Clothing and Equipment

  • Footwear: Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots are essential due to the rocky and uneven terrain of the ravine.
  • Clothing: Wear breathable and quick-drying clothes. Carrying a lightweight, windproof jacket is advisable as the weather can change quickly.
  • Backpack: Include enough water (at least 2 liters), energy snacks, a map, a compass or GPS, and a small first aid kit.

Physical Conditions

The hike is of moderate to high difficulty, suitable for hikers in good physical condition. The route may include climbing and steep descents, as well as sections that require attention and balance.

Carrizales Cayons

The Route through the Barranco de Los Carrizales

Start of the Trail

The trail begins with a downhill slope that traverses a rocky and arid landscape, offering impressive views of the ravine’s gorge. The flora changes as you descend, with typical vegetation of the high area of Teno.

During the Hike

  • Geological Formations: As you progress, the ravine reveals dramatic rock formations, vertical walls, and natural caves. These formations result from the erosion of ancient lava flows and volcanic activity.
  • Biodiversity: The fauna and flora of the ravine are varied. You may encounter endemic species such as the Tizón lizard and the blue finch, as well as a variety of succulent plants and wildflowers.
  • Natural Pools: Along the way, especially after rains, small crystal-clear water pools form, ideal for refreshing and resting.

End Point and Return

The trail through the ravine ends near the Atlantic Ocean, where the ravine opens up to a small rocky beach. This is a perfect place to rest, enjoy a picnic, and marvel at the ocean views before starting the return journey.

Recommendations and Tips


  • Climate: Check the weather conditions before the excursion. Avoid rainy days, as the ravine can be dangerous due to possible landslides and water currents.
  • Local Guides: Consider hiring a local guide, especially if you are not familiar with the area. Guides can provide valuable information about the geology, flora, and fauna of the area and ensure a safe experience. There are several options to do the canyoning with professionals, here are two of them but feel free to look for other professionals. Naturaleza Extrema y Patea tus Montes

Path through Antequera and return by boat

Playa de Antequera is one of Tenerife’s hidden gems, located in an almost pristine natural environment and accessible only by foot or by boat. This excursion offers a perfect combination of challenging hiking and coastal relaxation, culminating with a picturesque boat return to Playa de Las Teresitas. This experience will allow you to explore some of the island’s most remote and beautiful landscapes, away from the tourist crowds.

Playa de Antequera

Planning and Preparation

Clothing and Equipment

  • Hiking Footwear: Comfortable and sturdy boots are essential, as the trail can be steep and rocky.
  • Clothing: Dress in layers, with breathable and quick-drying clothes. Carry a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Backpack: Carry enough water (at least 2-3 liters), energy snacks, a light lunch, a map, a compass or GPS, and a small first aid kit.
  • Swimsuit and Towel: For a refreshing swim at Playa de Antequera.

Physical Conditions

The hike is of moderate to high difficulty, recommended for hikers in good physical condition. The route includes steep ascents and descents and may require climbing in some sections.

Transportation and Schedules

  • Trail Start: The hike starts in the small village of Igueste de San Andrés, accessible by car or bus from Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
  • Boat Return: Arrange in advance the boat return from Playa de Antequera to Las Teresitas. Several local companies offer this service, and it is important to book in advance to secure your place and coordinate the schedules.

The Hiking Route to Antequera

Start in Igueste de San Andrés

The route begins in Igueste de San Andrés, a picturesque coastal village that marks the start of the trail. From here, the path gradually ascends, offering panoramic views of the Atlantic and the surrounding cliffs.

Ascent and Landscapes

  • First Ascent: The first stretch of the trail is steep and rocky, taking you through an arid and rugged landscape. As you climb, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains.
  • Vegetation: The route passes through areas of endemic vegetation, including tabaibas and cardones, which are typical of the Canarian flora.

Descent to Playa de Antequera

  • Challenging Descent: The descent to Playa de Antequera is steep and can be slippery in parts. Take your time and descend carefully, enjoying the views that open up as you approach the beach.
  • Coastal Panorama: As you near the coast, the landscape becomes greener and lusher, with palm trees and coastal vegetation framing the beach.

Arrival at Playa de Antequera

  • Virgin Beach: Playa de Antequera is a stretch of golden sand and crystal-clear waters, surrounded by imposing cliffs. It is a perfect place to relax, swim, and enjoy the natural scenery.
  • Picnic and Rest: Take the opportunity to enjoy a picnic on the beach, rest, and explore the surroundings. The tranquility of this secluded place will allow you to disconnect and immerse yourself in natural beauty.

Boat Return to Las Teresitas

Boarding at Playa de Antequera

  • Meeting Point: The boat will pick up hikers directly at Playa de Antequera. Make sure to arrive on time and have your reservation confirmation handy.
  • Boarding: Boarding is done from the shore, so you may need to get your feet wet. Operators usually assist passengers in boarding the boat safely.
Antequera Bay

Coastal Journey

  • Spectacular Views: The return by boat offers a unique perspective of Tenerife’s coast. You’ll see the cliffs from the sea, discover small coves, and perhaps spot marine life such as dolphins.
  • Relaxation Onboard: Enjoy the return trip relaxing on board, taking photos, and appreciating the maritime landscape. The boat trip lasts approximately one hour, depending on sea conditions.

Arrival at Las Teresitas

Playa de Las Teresitas: The journey ends at Playa de Las Teresitas, one of Tenerife’s most iconic beaches, known for its golden sand and calm waters. Here, you can continue enjoying the sun and sea, or explore the nearby bars and restaurants for a refreshing meal or drink.

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