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When on a cruise to the Canary Islands, booking Tenerife shore excursions is your best bet for making your shore time entertaining, exciting, and easy. In addition to warm, sunny weather, Tenerife, the largest and most populated of the Canary Islands, offers cruise travelers golden sand beaches, lovely protected areas, amazingly beautiful coastline, UNESCO World Heritages sites, and a chance for active or passive relaxing.
Whether you schedule Tenerife shore excursions to see the city sights on guided coach tours, accessible tours, or by private car, you’ll encounter sweeping views of the island’s landscapes, including beaches, valleys, fishing harbors, and an incredible array of exotic flora and fauna.
On the way to Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, travel through Esperanza Forest with its old pine, cypress, and eucalyptus trees. The forest is often shrouded in fog and is a spectacular sight to witness at any time of the day for those on a cruise to Tenerife. At the park, explore the lava fields of Mount Teide, Spain’s tallest mountain and the world’s third-tallest volcano. Snap photos at the site of El Roque Cinchado, a natural lava stone formation that’s also known as “God’s Finger”.
If you’re up for active exploration of Mount Teide, choose Tenerife cruise excursions that offer an off-road adventure, riding over, around, and through volcanic landscapes that are more like moonscapes. Some of them have even been featured in films, including Star Wars. Enjoy the contrasting vision of lush pine trees and the indigenous white broom bushes with the lunar-like landscape. If you’re fond of the aerial experience, see Mount Teide and the surrounding area in all its panoramic glory on a cable car ride. You’ll go up to an observatory and get a chance to explore the craters and experience incredible views over Pico Viejo and La Fortaleza.
Immerse yourself in the island’s rich culture on Tenerife shore excursions to the cities of La Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. La Laguna is home to the island’s only university as well as the Palacio del Obispo. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s an important source of history, religion, and culture. In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s capital city, visit the Man and Nature Museum that houses the most important archeological findings on the island. Stop off at the town of El Sauzal for a visit to La Casa del Vino, a wine museum where you’ll learn about the island’s winemaking history and sample local wines and cheeses.