There are plenty of things to do in North Tenerife, especially for those who want more adventurous and natural tourism to connect with the authentic essence of the island.
The changing nature of this part of Tenerife, the popular architecture, the gastronomy… All this and endless places to visit in the north of Tenerife, such as its cities full of history and its beaches of volcanic sand, will become an unforgettable experience.
For me, if you ask me what is best South or North Tenerife, there is no question. And when you finish reviewing the main attraction in North Tenerife that I’ve selected in this article, I’m sure it’ll be clear for you as well.
There are also a lot of things to do in South Tenerife, although the type of tourism that receives this part of the island is aimed at families and travelers looking for resting, going shopping, enjoying good restaurants, etc.
If you come to Tenerife looking for breathtaking trails, wonderful beaches and forests, then Tenerife North is your ideal destination.
Anyway, you can check this other article I’ve written on the best things to do in Tenerife that will help you to make your mind up.
1. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a must-see place in Tenerife North
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital city since 1833 and one of the best places to visit. There are a thousand things to do in the North of Tenerife. You can go sightseeing, go shopping and taste the local cuisine.
The combination of historical and modern buildings is the best of northern Tenerife. You can visit the San Juan Bautista castle from the 17th century and also enjoy contemporary art in its parks and avenues.
In addition to combining several of the best sights in Tenerife North, you can take a dip in one of the nearby beaches, such as Las Teresitas, Taganana or Benijos.
Thanks to its museums and art centers, you can find some of the best things to do in Tenerife North when it rains.
2. San Pedro and other lookouts to visit in North Tenerife
Visiting viewpoints is the best free thing to do in North Tenerife. The San Pedro Viewpoint is in Los Realejos and is a beautiful natural setting from which you can enjoy some amazing views. For me, it was one of the best overlooks we saw during our trip to Tenerife.
You can take the path that passes through the San Pedro church or head to the one that goes through the Hacienda del Castro and reaches the Fortín de San Fernando, another recommended place to visit in the north of Tenerife for the beauty of its landscapes.
There are other viewpoints near El Teide, such as Chipeque, from where you can see the sunset. On sunny days, it is also worth going up to the Jardina viewpoint, on the Anaga road, to observe San Cristóbal de La Laguna.
3. Bathing in Garachico, the best thing to do in North Tenerife
Dipping in the natural pool formed by lava in Garachico is one of the most popular things to do in North Tenerife.
The Calentón de Garachico is one of the most popular, so it is better to go early so as not to find so many people.
Also, I recommend touring the picturesque and quiet streets of the town to know one of the most charming tourist spots of Tenerife North. You will see the arch that gave access to the port, the fortress of San Miguel surrounded by volcanic lava, the statue of Simón Bolívar and the houses and towers used in the past to see the arrival of pirates.
4. Teno Rural Park, the most traditional place in Tenerife North
Punta del Teno is one of the most beautiful places of interest in the north of Tenerife. From there, we enjoyed during our trip one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen over a vast ocean. In addition, next to the old lighthouse, which is at its end, you can enjoy an incredible landscape that will change color as the sun sets.
In this area, there are villages and houses such as Teno Alto, El Palmar or Los Carrizales, which are maintained thanks to agriculture and livestock for self-consumption. You will discover old bread ovens, as well as shelters and communal areas characteristic of livestock activity. If you are interested in knowing other ways of life, this is the perfect place to visit in Tenerife North.
5. San Cristobal de la Laguna, a must-see place in Northern Tenerife
San Cristóbal de La Laguna is considered a UNESCO World Heritage thanks to its colonial architecture and for preserving intact the original 15th-century layout. It is undoubtedly one of the places you cannot miss in Tenerife North.
Some of the most interesting places in San Cristobal de La Laguna are the cathedral, the Leal theater, the Adelantado square, and the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church.
The stately buildings, such as the Salazar palace or the Casa del Corregidor, are also very remarkable since they form a very important part of the city’s history.
If you wonder what to see in North Tenerife at night, this city is ideal to enjoy the atmosphere of its streets after sightseeing, shopping and enjoying the local cuisine.
6. El Sauzal, the quietest village to visit in Tenerife North
What makes El Sauzal one of the most beautiful villages in the north of Tenerife are the beautiful views of the Teide from there, as well as the sunsets that you can enjoy in a calm and relaxed atmosphere.
It is a place that is worth visiting since its situation on a cliff makes it a real viewpoint. Also, it is a perfect place to escape the crowds.
7. Anaga Rural Park, the best hike in North Tenerife
Anaga Rural Park is one of the unmissable places to visit in Tenerife North. It is considered a Natural Reserve of the Biosphere since 2015 due to the large number of endemic species you can find there.
If you visit it, you can’t miss hiking into the laurel forest. The most popular one is the “Sendero de Los Sentidos”, where the fog condenses between the trees and the sun’s rays sneak between the branches creating a magical aura, undoubtedly the most beautiful of the north of Tenerife.
To me, it was one of the places that I liked the most. If you are a nature lover, it’ll also be one of the best places to go in Tenerife North for you.
8. La Orotava, an interesting place to visit in Tenerife North
La Orotava has an important colonial past that is palpable in its architecture, especially in the houses of its historic center, whose paradigm is the House of Balconies. It was built in the 18th century and preserves the wooden framework of the patio and the exterior balconies. Craft workshops of embroidery, draft, and basketry are carried out inside.
The Concepcion Church is one of the most interesting buildings that can be visited in Tenerife North. It is the highest expression of the canary Baroque. You shouldn’t miss either the Marquesado Gardens of La Quinta Roja.
This town is one of the most interesting corners of the island for the beauty of its streets, in addition to the valley in which it is located and which receives the same name.
9. The best beaches of Tenerife North
As there are many nice ones, in this selection I recommend those that, from my point of view, are the best beaches in Tenerife North.
The Benijo beach is characterized by its quiet and magic atmosphere, perfect for relaxing while thinking what to do in northern Tenerife after sunbathing.
The beach of El Bollullo, in Orotava, has a semitropical climate with banana trees and beach clubs, so you can have a drink while enjoying it.
The Socorro beach, in Los Realejos, is the best to find activities to do in the north of Tenerife, since it allows you to practice water sports.
The Las Teresitas beach is not a volcanic sand beach. Here you can practice water sports, try the Canarian food in their restaurants or just disconnect.
10. Icod de los Vinos, a place you can’t miss in North Tenerife
Icod de Los Vinos is a small town that deserves a visit to explore its streets and to see the Millenary Drago. This tree, which is the largest of its kind known to date, was declared a National Monument in 1917. It is seen from the Plaza de San Marcos, although if you want to see it closer, you’ll need to pay the entrance fee that will allow you access to the Drago Park.
The town is also known for its wines, so you can join a wine tasting at one of the wineries of the city, one of the most popular activities in Tenerife North.
11. Hiking up Mount Teide, the best thing to do in Tenerife North
Teide Volcano is not part of Tenerife North since it’s just at the middle of the island, but it is still a place that you shouldn’t miss if you are touring the area.
Mount Teide is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is part of the Natura 2000 network, besides being the highest peak in Spain. If you are looking for what to do in Tenerife North, this is a perfect place, and you can enjoy the scenery and hiking at a time.
You have the option of going up by cable car and hike up the rest to reach the peak which is about 200 meters above, after requesting the mandatory permit.
We didn’t take the cable car but walked up the White Mountain trail, which is about four hours and spent the night at the Altavista refuge. If you stay at this shelter, you won’t need a permit to hike the top. Of course, even if you are determined to visit only Tenerife North, I recommend that you don’t miss the Teide Volcano.
I hope you find useful this list with the best 10 + 1 things to do in Tenerife North.
And the latest, you can download the map of Tenerife that I’ve created to help you plan your trip. It will be very handy for you to explore Tenerife North.