Following a discussion with friends who are coming on holiday and are on a VERY tight budget, we discussed things they could do in Tenerife that don’t have to break the bank. Here’s what we came up with – or in travel writer speak “A guide to ten things that you can enjoy that don’t cost a thing”.
1 Relax on the beach.
On Los Cristianos beach you can join the sun worshipers, play volleyball or be like a local and leave your valuables behind so you can plunge in the sea at a moment’s notice. OK you might want a few euros in your pocket for a beer to cool down but that’s all.
2 Surfs up
‘Free’ might be in short supply, but in El Medano, if you provide the board, the surf is gratis. For those looking for a cheap way to board-up you can rent for as little as €4 from one of the many shops in town. So if surfing or kiting is your thing then once you have been to El Medano you will never go anywhere else.
3 Climb a Mountain
Tenerife has plenty of dramatic viewpoints and for those willing to change flip-flops for walking boots, or in some cases even trainers those iconic views are free. Anyone irrespective of fitness level can cope with Mount Chayofita in Los Cristianos, with a little practice, Mount Guaza is also possible.
4 See the Dancing Fountains
The Dancing Fountains is staged every night from 9pm at the Safari Centre in Las Americas. The dancing waters and lights are accompanied by a sound show and the spectacle is spectacular.
5 Lunch at Venture
They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there is if you lunch between 1.30 – 5.00pm at a Venture restaurant in Las Americas. Simply order two starters and / or two main meals and you will get the cheapest one completely FREE! Check their Facebook page to see which day you can eat British, Italian, Thai, or Chinese
In Los Cristianos, Las Americas and Las Galletas from October to March you can enjoy traditional Canarian music and dance and sample traditional Canarian Food. Other months of the year there are free concerts featuring dance troupes, bands, ethnic exhibitions, and craft fairs sometimes these are part of a local festival but most weeks there is something going on.
7 Old traditions live on
Fiestas and romerias can be found every month of the year in towns away from the tourist resorts, but between May and October it seems there is one most weekends. At these events you will find the locals in traditional dress handing out cakes, eggs, gofio and local wines from decorated floats pulled by oxen. To find out where these are check my Monthly Updates
8 See the 1000-year-old Drago tree
The Drago tree in Icod de los Vinos is very impressive but you don´t have to pay €4 to see it. Just up the hill from Parque del Drago in Plaza Jose Manuel Cabrera is another tree not quite as old but about the same size. It isn´t publicised so not many people know about it but in my opinion it is well worth a visit.
9 Visit a Museum
The island boasts a rich cultural legacy that no one should miss. There are a wide choice of Museums to suit all tastes and admission is free if you visit any Friday and Saturday from 16:00 to 20:00. (Except in the Casa de Carta, the schedule is free from 13:00 to 17:00). On national holidays, hours change to 13:00 to 17:00.
10 Take a walk
Several free guided walks are available in Santa Cruz for those who would like to learn about the historic centre of the city, its parks, castles, and ancient walls. Some are every day of the year, others two or three times each week for details follow the LINK
Goes to show you don´t need mega bucks to enjoy our wonderful island. 🙂