When travelling on a budget, Tenerife is the perfect destination – and not just because the holiday deals there are cheap! If you don’t want to bring too much spending money, Tenerife has plenty of things to see and do that won’t cost you a penny. Here are just a few free activities on the island that could be worth trying during your visit.
Climb a volcano
Mount Teide is Spain’s largest peak reaching a staggering 3718 metres above sea level. It’s also a massive volcano (but don’t worry, it’s dormant)! If you’re feeling fit, it’s possible to hike up this massive peak. The surrounding Teide National Park meanwhile is also astonishing, offering expansive obsidian plains and remains of ancient rivers that have encouraged mythology and modern scientific research. The park has appeared in films such as Clash of the Titans, One Million Years BC and sixth instalment of The Fast and the Furious series.
See the 1000 year old Drago Tree
Believed to have been sprouted by the blood of dragons, this legendary tree is a popular hotspot for tourists. No-one quite know the age of this mighty tree, some believing it to be (only) 650 years old, whilst many others believe it to be as old as 5000 years. You can find the tree in Icod de los Vinos.
Journey to Masca
This tiny settlement is perched in the impressive peaks of the Teno Mountains. You can reach it via a scenic drive of narrow roads that take you along the cliffs surrounded by Jurassic scenery. Masca is particularly beautiful if you can visit it around dusk whilst the sun is setting over the mountainous terrain.
Soak up the carnivals and fiestas
Tenerife is not short of festivals, sporting plenty of foody fairs all year round. It also has several prominent events such as ‘the romeria’ – a fiesta held in every town on the island once a year in which the locals all dress up in medieval clothing and parade through the street with ox carts and local produce. There is then the annual carnival, which takes place once a year between February and March in the island’s capital Santa Cruz. This is an all-night street party in which every dresses up in lavish costumes. Carnival can attract up to thirty thousand people.
Watch free live music
For those that looking for some live music, there are plenty of free music events across the island all year round. The likes of Robert Cray and Echo and the Bunnymen have played at these free events, although it’s mostly local acts you’ll find. Keep your eyes peeled for posters on events and ask tourist centres for details. Sometimes simply crawling the local bars can cause you to find some gems.