One day tour to Tenerife from Gran Canaria
The excursion from Gran Canaria to Tenerife starts by departing from the tourist areas in the southern part of the island and heading north toward Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Then we will go to Puerto de Agaete, where the boat that will take us to the Santa Cruz dock in Tenerife will depart around 8:00.
Normally the journey is pleasant, though we recommend prevention in case of possible sea sickness. You will travel on board a modern Fred Olsen Line catamaran with capacity for 800 passengers and it takes approximately 70 minutes for the 65 km trip. Your adventure on Tenerife will begin at about 9.15 h am. The bus will take you from the harbour of Santa Cruz de Tenerife through town toward La Laguna. Don´t miss the Auditorium “Adan Martin” of the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatraba or the monument of the fallen at Plaza de España.
The excursion continues to La Laguna, passing the former capital of Tenerife and birthplace of famous personalities, such as Father Anchieta, founder of the city of Sao Paulo in Brasil.
The journey carries on toward La Esperanza and further on to Teide National Park. Enjoy the heights and changes of the scenery. Observe how the vegetation and climate changes, depending on the height over sea level. Marvel over the contrasts between a beautiful lush green Pine forest which changes to a nearly barren volcanic landscape on the last part of the trip.
During the whole tour, an official travel guide will attend you and give you all information about vegetation, flora and fauna, history, culture, gastronomy, climate and geography of Tenerife.
The first important stopover on our ascending trip will be at the viewpoint “La Tarta”(the cake). La Tarta is a combination of strata in different phases of eruption. Between the formation of each layer, centuries or even thousands of years may have passed by. The white layer, containing pumice stone, is very light and porous. The black layers are of basalt and were formed by eruptions with little gas content.The red layers, also of basalt, oxidized at the moment of eruption due to underground waters that entered the eruption channel and vaporized.
During our journey, we will stop at different lookouts in order to contemplate the scenery of Tenerife and its symbol, Teide, which is the highest mountain in Spain at 3718 metres high. In Centro de Interpretación del Portillo, we will see a movie about the creation of Teide.
The highest point that we will reach will be Roque Garcia, at about 2300 metres above sea level, with the nicest views of the mountain and of the Valle de Ucanca (Ucanca Valley).
Once we leave the Teide National Park, we will have lunch in a typical Tenerife restaurant where we will taste some dishes of the Canarian Cuisine.
Our last stop will be at one of the nicest towns of the island, La Orotava, where will take a walking tour to visit some of the most interesting places, like La Casa de los Balcones and the Conception Church.
Around 6.00 pm a catamaran of Fred Olsen Line will bring you back to Agaete, Gran Canaria and from there you will be accompanied by bus back to your hotel.
- Prevent possible sea sickness
- Comfortable clothes
- Warm clothes depending on the season
- Comfortable closed shoes