P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the island of Tenerife as a Port-of-Call.
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is blessed with one of the world’s most dramatic and varied landscapes, ranging from verdant valleys and lush plantations to glorious beaches, vast pinewoods and the volcanic `moonscape’ of Mount Teide National Park.
Tenerife’s cruise port Santa Cruz has grown from a fishing village to a splendid city with classy bars and restaurants, varied shops, fine architecture and interesting museums.
And the action begins right outside the port gates, where you will find a café-lined boulevard leading to the Plaza de Espana, at the heart of the port’s main shopping area. Look out for bargain electrical goods and cut-price CDs, Tenerife’s speciality.
Prefer museums and galleries? Try the Museo de Bellas Artes, which contains works by Bruegel, or discover the island’s history, topography, flora and fauna at the Museo de la Naturaleza y El Hombre.
A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Tenerife as a Port of Call can be found here:
P&O Tenerife Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Tenerife Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.
This scenically rewarding excursion contains some of the most dramatic and awe-inspiring scenery in the whole archipelago.
Your tour starts off with a drive into the mountains of Anaga, passing the fishing village of San Andres. On your way, marvel at the magnificent Canary flora, including the ‘Dragon Tree’ and terraces of tiny cultivated plots of land. Arrive at the El Bailadero viewpoint, where you’ll have the chance to capture on film some of the stunning scenery.
At the small village of Taganana, you’ll enter a scene of white houses and bare volcanic mountains, on a horizon of blue sky and shimmering sea. If you wish, you can walk with the guide up the hill to visit the simple church (except Sundays), which houses the figure of ‘Our Lady of the Snows’. Local wine and cheese will be served at a restaurant in Taganana.
A brief stop will be made from the panoramic point of Pico del Ingles, where you’ll have a beautiful perspective (weather permitting) of the north and south side of the island, which is quite unforgettable.
Whale Watch and Swim
Experience the thrill of seeking out whales and dolphins in their natural habitat and take a dip in the clear waters.
Sunbathe on the catamaran’s netting, whilst sipping complimentary drinks, or enjoy the coastal views as you sit in the shade. Take the plunge off the diving platform into the crystal-clear waters of a nature reserve, where you’ll stop for a swim.
Although there is never a 100% guarantee of whale or dolphin sightings, the crew are always optimistic and will make every effort to seek them out. Throughout the trip, complimentary drinks including wine, beer and soft drinks will be served. A small snack will also be offered during the tour.
Pyramids and Esperanza Forest
Discover the secrets of the hidden pyramids of Guimar and enjoy the picturesque landscape of the Esperanza Forest.
The Esperanza Forest is, without doubt, one of Tenerife’s most picturesque areas, a vast pine forest stretching for many miles. From certain points on the road rising up through the Forest, you can experience tremendous views over the tree-tops all the way to the distant volcano, Mount Teide.
Reaching Guimar, your guide will take you on a walk around the Pyramids. Although on a much smaller scale to those found in Egypt, these intriguing structures still have many theories behind their construction. Discover the secrets of these creations and admire the architectural perfection, the careful and exact cutting of the rocks, the proportions between the steps, the volcanic origin of the blocks and their perfect orientation to act as sundials. A short video presentation will also explain the findings. Afterwards relax and enjoy a refreshing glass of Sangria or a glass of juice. At Guimar, you’ll also find the Casa Charcona Museum. Enjoy free time to look around or visit the gift shop.
Playa de las Americas On Your Own
If you prefer to do your own thing, then this tour is the perfect option.
Your transfer will take you south of Tenerife to Playa de Las Americas, the island’s largest and most popular tourist destination.
The resort was ‘born’ in the 1970’s and has quickly developed from a bare shoreline to the high-rise and high-energy resort it is today. The great success of the area is based on the wonderful climate and calm waters. There are several beachside bars, shopping centres, and if you just decide to sunbathe, you are in the best place, as this is the sunniest and driest part of the island.
Puerto de la Cruz On Your Own
Discover the delights of this wonderful town at your own pace!
A transfer by air-conditioned coach takes you north, to Puerto de la Cruz, a popular resort with a charming atmosphere.
However you choose to spend your time in Puerto de la Cruz, you won’t be disappointed. Why not start off by exploring the old colonial part of town, where many of the houses still retain their beautiful architecture and distinctive Canarian balconies? Stop for a coffee in the shady square before exploring the narrow winding streets. Puerto de la Cruz has a wonderful promenade, great for strolling and browsing the many souvenir shops. If shopping’s not your bag, there’s always the Botanical Gardens, situated on the edge of the town, where you can discover plants and trees from all 5 continents.
There’s a whole host of attractions on offer in Puerto de la Cruz – so what are you waiting for.
Teide National Park Hike
Teide National Park is a wonderful place in which to explore the great outdoors.
Journey to around 7,500 feet above sea level through the Esperanza Forest, one of the most attractive places on the island. Its cool forests of eucalyptus vegetation make way for occasional glimpses of Mount Teide.
Your scenic drive will take you to the National Park of Las Cañadas, an enormous crater covering an area of 13,571 hectares from which emerges the majestic cone of Mount Teide.
Begin your hike at the Mirador de Los Tajinastes in the Ucanca Valley. Enjoy the flora and fauna of this picturesque part of the island as your guide leads you along the park trails. Your hike will end near the Hotel Parador National, where you will have a comfort stop and the chance to purchase a refreshment before joining the coach back to the port.
Garachico Village and Puerto de la Cruz
Tenerife is filled with stunning scenery – delight in the charming village of Garachico and explore Puerto de la Cruz.
The mountainous slopes of the Orotava Valley are filled with lush vegetation and banana plantations. Admire the scenic views as you pass by Icod de Los Vinos, situated in the northwest of the island. The town of La Guancha surrounds it to the east, the village and port of Garachico to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the foot of the Teide to the south. A brief stop will be made at Icod de Los Vinos for you to see the massive Dragon Tree here, reputed to be more than a thousand years old.
Pause at the Mirador de Garachico to enjoy a coffee or tea and a local pastry and admire the panoramic views. In Garachico village itself, you may choose to take a dip in the natural lava swimming pools just next to the coast or simply stroll the attractive streets.
A popular holiday resort, charming Puerto de la Cruz occupies an idyllic location where the Orotava Valley reaches the Atlantic Ocean. You will have some free time to walk along the promenade, relax at a seafront café or simply browse the many shops for a souvenir of your visit.
Tenerife Jeep Adventure
Tour some of the most scenic spots of Tenerife by jeep and regain your sense of adventure.
A short transfer from the ship will bring you to your jeeps, ready and waiting to take you on an island discovery.
Embark on your adventure towards the Cañadas del Teide, passing by the attractive Esperanza Forest for a photo stop. Further photo stops will be made before stopping for a comfort break to enjoy a coffee and pastry.
The National Park of Las Cañadas is an enormous crater covering an area of 13,571 hectares, from which emerges the majestic cone of Mount Teide. The mountain is Spain’s highest and can be seen from almost everywhere on the island. The Park also extends as far as the Ucanca Valley, the largest plain in the Park, along with its lava fields. View the rock formation known as ‘God’s Finger’ at the Mirador del Dedo de Dios, where a stop will be made for photos, before your return drive to the ship.
The Water Kingdom
Visit Tenerife’s newest family attraction – ‘The Water Kingdom’ of Siam Park is an aquatic experience not to be missed.
Siam Park combines the exotic mystery of Thailand with up-to-the-minute design to bring you one of the largest aquatic theme parks in the whole of Europe.
Be greeted by 14 major water attractions including the Jungle Snake, The Giant, the Naga Racer and the Mekong Rapids. Dare you ride The Dragon – with his mammoth jaws gaping open as you hurtle closer and higher in a gravity-defying experience?
Discover the fun-loving sea lions as well as other surprises such as the floating market, tea house, beach bar and Thai restaurant. The Swasdee River meanders through the Park for you to relax and enjoy as you drift along in its current of crystal clear water. Meanwhile, at the Wave Palace, you can splash in the shallows, ride the ripples or surf the monster waves.
After all the fun, you can simply chill out on the white sandy beach or admire the stunning views across the resort of Costa Adeje and out to the Atlantic Ocean.
Tenerife Wine and Tapas Experience
An exclusive tour to sample the wines from the El Sauzal and Tacoronte wine growing regions of the island.
El Sauzal and Tacoronte have gained a reputation of being the best wine growing regions in Tenerife. Only a short drive from the ship, you will visit the Wine Centre Museum at the old farmhouse mansion of La Baranda. Here, you’ll be offered 3 different kinds of wine: red, white and rosé.
Moving on to Bodegas Alvaro, which holds possibly the biggest collection of wines in the Canaries, you will have the opportunity to try Cava, a sparkling wine, and Moscatel, a sweet wine. A further 3 wines will be tasted, together with a selection of Spanish tapas.
The return drive will take you through the vineyards and the great scenery of Arafo.
Beauty of Mount Teide
Experience the best of Tenerife with its pretty towns, local cuisine and contrasting scenery, from moonscapes to fertile fields.
Your day begins with a drive along the spine of the island where the road snakes up through the Esperanza Forest, stopping at Ortuno Viewpoint for views over the north coast. As you climb higher, the greenery turns to grey and blue and the landscape turns to lava. Before you, rises the dramatic Mount Teide in the middle of an eerie landscape.
You’ll stop at a local café where coffee or tea and a pastry will be served before reaching the National Park of Las Cañadas. From almost everywhere on Tenerife, Spain’s highest mountain, the Pico de Teide, dominates the horizon and you will be able to admire the views from afar.
Located in the lush Orotava Valley is the market town of Orotava, one of the oldest settlements on the island. Enjoy lunch at Pueblo Chico, before taking a guided walk through the old colonial district. You’ll also have the opportunity to briefly view the House of the Balconies, which dates from 1637.
In Puerto de la Cruz, you’ll have time at leisure to shop or wander along the coastal promenade of this popular holiday resort.
Puerto de la Cruz and Orotava Valley
An introduction to Tenerife, with a chance to shop or browse in one of the main tourist resorts of the island.
Puerto de la Cruz lies at the mouth of the Orotava Valley. Tree-lined avenues, large modern hotels and a variety of shops have transformed this one-time quiet fishing village into the main tourist hub of the northern part of the island. Enjoy some free time to shop, or stroll along the promenade.
A visit will be made to the Orchid Garden, founded in 1774, where a vast variety of exotic species can be seen. This is the largest orchid collection in the Canaries. Enjoy a glass of wine in the garden during your stay.
Passing the university city of Laguna, the first capital of the island, and the village of Tacoronte, you’ll descend to the small village of El Sauzal for a brief photo stop. Stopping next at Humboldt’s viewpoint, take a look over the vast Orotava Valley with its impressive banana plantations.
Entering the wrought-iron gates, it soon becomes clear why this Park is regarded as one of Tenerife’s top attractions!
Regardless of your age, you’ll be fascinated by the Loro Park. This is where you’ll find one of the world’s most important parrot collections …. and a whole lot more!
The Californian Sea Lions with their distinctive bark are popular characters; the world-famous Parrot Show is a demonstration of the natural instinct and skilfulness which cockatoos and macaws display; and the world’s largest Penguinarium with its reproduction Antarctic climate is one of the most popular spots in which to ‘chill out’. As you enter the Underwater World, you’ll get the eerie feeling that you are actually at the bottom of the sea. Don’t miss the Killer Whale and Dolphin Shows and for something really special, join up for a ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour. These are just a few of the highlights of the Park – join the tour and see the wealth of attractions that Loro Park has to offer.
Lunch is not included in this tour, however the Park offers a range of restaurant and snack facilities.
Las Teresitas Beach Transfer
If it’s just time at the beach you want, then this simple transfer is the perfect option.
Las Teresitas Beach is located just a short drive from Santa Cruz, and is the ideal place to relax and soak up some sun.
Upon arrival, the time is yours to do as you please. Soak up the sun, swim in the sea or perhaps explore the neighbouring village of San Andres.
There will be 2 return transfers, allowing the flexibility of a 3 hour or 5 hour stay at the beach.
At the designated times, you’ll meet back with your escort for the return transfer to the ship.
The Orchid Gardens
A relaxing way to enjoy one of the most peaceful settings in Tenerife – the Orchid Gardens.
Your tour begins with a scenic drive, heading towards the north of the island and through the Oratava Valley. A photo stop will be made at the Humbold Viewpoint, which offers lovely views stretching from Mount Teide to the coast of Puerto de la Cruz.
You’ll then continue to the highlight of your tour, the Orchid Gardens of Sitio Litre. The gardens are a part of the Puerto de la Cruz history and Agatha Christie and Alexander Von Humbold are amongst some of its distinguished visitors.
Upon arrival at the Orchid Gardens, you will be welcomed by one of the owners of the house, who will guide you through the gardens giving you the opportunity to marvel at the colourful, showy blooms. Afterwards, relax at the Orchid Garden’s tranquil café where you’ll be offered some local refreshments, before the return drive to the port.
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