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FREE things to do in Tenerife

FREE things to do in Tenerife

Tenerife with its stunning volcanic landscape and year-round warm weather attracts many tourists year after year and it’s no wonder with all the island has to offer. If you’re venturing to this beautiful destination any time soon, there’s lots you can see and do without breaking the bank. See our round up of the top attractions you can get stuck into – All for FREE!

Teide National Park

Cost: FREE to enter. Cable car journey up Mount Teide is chargeable.

Teide National Park


UNESCO awarded, this world heritage site is the most visited site in Europe and believe it or not, entrance is free! If you wish to take the cable cars up Mount Teide, this does come at a cost but if you feel like a hike or happily wish to drive the grounds of the park, you can do so at no cost – other than your car hire of course.

The visitor centre is also free to look around with its own museum, informative films to view and hiking maps to pick up!

Beach days

Cost: FREE

Tenerife is home to many beautiful beaches, from volcanic black to golden. They’re diverse and equipped for multiple different likes and wants. So no matter if it’s a day spent sunbathing with many restaurants and bars in close proximity or a day spent off the beaten track at one of the islands quieter beaches, you’ll find the perfect location!

Playa Las Vistas Beach is one of Tenerife’s best. Situated near the popular resort of Playa de Las Americas, it has fine golden sands and a blue flag status! There are bars for refreshing drinks, restaurants offering lots of yummy food and even a McDonalds. Fully equipped with changing rooms, toilets and life guards, Playa Las Vistas is an ideal location to set up for the day.

Playa de las Vistas beach Tenerife


There is a charge for sun loungers but the sand is sieved every morning, so its soft enough to simply lay out your towel! If you wish to do more than top up your tan, try your hand at scuba diving through one of the local schools who use these waters.

Benijo Beach Tenerife

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Benijo Beach is quite the hidden favourite and mainly visited by locals. If you love dramatic scenery and stunning sunsets, this could soon become your favourite! On the North of the island, Benijo Beach is surrounded by towering rocks and a dramatic cliff line. A beauty to behold, it’s hard to find a beach to rival its views.

Its natural make up provides a stunning backdrop for sunsets, making them all the more beautiful. Sitting on the edge of it’s waters after a fun day splashing among the waves is something quite extraordinary.

There’s also numerous fish restaurants nearby which have their own incredible sea views, along with some of the freshest fish and seafood on the island!

Santa Cruz carnival

Cost: Some events of the carnival are chargeable however you can enjoy most for FREE.

carnival costume

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Every year crowds of people flock to Tenerife in the months of February and March to experience the Santa Cruz carnival. There’s only one obligation, and that is to have some fun! The Spanish festival is compared to those you’d likely see in Brazil. It’s flamboyant, luxurious and full of rhythm and colour.

Over a period of 15 days, the city comes to life with most of the events being free to attend. It’s the biggest party in the Canary Islands. Get ready for parades, amazing shows and the main event of the Queen’s election. You can get as involved as you like, why not dress up with the locals! No matter if you’re old, young, lively or quiet – you simply cannot say no to this carnival. One of the largest carnival parties, second only to the famous Rio de Janeiro, Tenerife’s Carnival only gets bigger, brighter and better each and every year.

Garachico rock pools

Cost: FREE

Garachico town rock pools, Tenerife

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These may be Tenerife’s most famous sea pools! The series of lava rock pools formed by a previous volcanic eruption, have become a popular tourist attraction. – Although you may find yourself surrounded by more locals than holidaymakers when visiting.

There’s pools suitable for all, confident swimmers can test out the plunging depths whilst children and those of us who aren’t swimmers, can stay in the shallows. If your holiday party is split between spending days by the pool or days at the beach, these stunning rock pools are a great compromise.

Free to enter, you just need to get yourself there!

You can find even more things to do in Tenerife right here, although some of these do come with a charge.

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