10 Best Viewpoints in Tenerife You Must Visit – Scenic & Unforgettable

If you’re planning a trip to Tenerife and you don’t check out the viewpoints, you might as well stay home. The largest Canary Island is jam-packed with breathtaking spots where you can marvel at Mount Teide, soak in ocean vistas, and really get in touch with the beautiful nature in this place.

So, let’s get to it. Here are the 10 best viewpoints in Tenerife that will make your Instagram followers wish they were you.

1. Punta de Teno Viewpoint

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Welcome to the edge of the world. It sure feels like it, at least. Punta de Teno offers an exclusive angle on the Los Gigantes cliffs.

Now, a pro tip: it’s off-limits to cars on weekends. So, if you plan on going there, either find a local mule to take you or just go during the week like a sensible person.

  • Location: 38480 Buenavista del Norte, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Note: While you’re unable to drive directly to the lighthouse, you can certainly park your car and then opt for either the bus or a bicycle to continue your journey.

2. Mirador Cruz del Carmen

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Heading to Anaga Rural Park? Perfect. Stop by Mirador Cruz del Carmen. The valley views with Mount Teide in the backdrop are worth the visit.

Snap a few shots, pretend you’re an intrepid explorer, and enjoy the scenery. The views are expansive and absolutely worth every minute you spend there.

  • Location: 38294 San Cristóbal de La Laguna
Note: Stunning panorama of the island’s southern portion with the distant Mt. Teide. Excellent coffee shop nearby and a gorgeous scenic overlook.

3. Mirador de Jardina

On a clear day, you’ll get a front-row seat to Mount Teide’s splendor at Mirador de Jardina. It’s a hotspot for nature photographers, which means you’ll see plenty of people with lenses longer than your forearm. With that said, don’t forget to take photos yourself.

  • Location: 38294 La Laguna
Note: When you’re exploring the Anaga mountains, make sure to take a pause and soak in the surroundings.  But, if you’re after the most breathtaking vistas, I’d recommend carrying on along the TF 12 route and then venturing off on a detour towards the Mirador Pico de Inglese viewpoint.

4. Mirador de la Ruleta

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Located near Teide National Park, Mirador de la Ruleta is your ticket to the iconic views of Mount Teide and Roque de Garcia.  If you’re into geology or just like big rocks, this place is your go-to. This place has a special way of making you feel insignificant compared to nature – but in the best way possible.

  • Location: 38300 La Orotava

Note: As you make your way to the Teide cable car along the TF-21, you’ll reach the Ruleta viewpoint, a convenient spot to take a break with its Parador amenities, hotel, and cafeteria.

The highlight of this location, however, is the remarkable volcanic formation known as the “finger of god” or Roques de Garcia. To fully appreciate its grandeur, consider taking a short hike along the nearby trail for a few tens of meters.

5. Mirador Las Teresitas

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Ever wanted to see one of the most photographed beaches in Tenerife? Mirador Las Teresitas has you covered. The view of Playa Las Teresitas is fantastic, and the photos you take here will be the envy of your less adventurous friends.

  • Location: 38129 San Andrés
Note: The panorama is breathtaking, although the accessibility and positioning are somewhat lacking. However, the stunning vistas alone make it a worthwhile endeavor.

6. Pico del Inglés

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Pico del Inglés is an enigma. One minute it’s clear, the next it’s shrouded in clouds. It’s like the viewpoint has its own personality – moody and unpredictable.

But when the clouds do part, the views are nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy the microclimat,es and remember to bring a jacket just in case.

  • Location: 38139 San Cristobal de La Laguna
Note: Accessing this location from San Cristobal de La Laguna is convenient via bus. The panoramic view of Santa Cruz, Teide, and the surrounding areas is breathtakingly beautiful and can be a destination in itself.  I would also recommend a mountain hike as the viewpoint is readily accessible as soon as you come off the bus.

7. Mirador de La Garañona

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El Sauzal’s Mirador de La Garañona is more than just a viewpoint – it’s a small park offering sweeping views of the ocean and coast.  Perfect for those who want to enjoy nature without too much physical exertion. Walk around, breathe in the salty air, and you are bound for an enjoyable day.

  • Location: 38360 El Sauzal
Note: This location is tranquil and serene, offering breathtaking vistas. The sunset is spectacular. Parking is convenient.

8. Altos de Baracán

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The road from Santiago del Teide to Masca has a secret: Altos de Baracán. Here, the views are so spectacular they might actually make you gasp. Take in the scenery, but keep your eyes on the road. It is not in the best condition, so drive carefully.

  • Location: TF-436, 38489, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Note: Despite my numerous visits, I’ve yet to conquer any of the trails due to the persistently strong winds. Nevertheless, I will definitely try again.

I highly recommend a stop at the viewpoint for some picture-perfect moments, but do remember to bundle up in wind-resistant clothes as the temperature can be quite chilly.

9. Mirador Archipenque

For those who like their viewpoints with ample parking, Mirador Archipenque is the place to be. Overlooking the Los Gigantes cliffs, it’s a great spot to stretch your legs and marvel at the massive rock formations.

  • Location: 38683 Acantilados de Los Gigantes
Note: Delicious food in stunning scenery. After those yummy toasted sandwiches, I recommend going on a hiking trail leading to Tamaimo. It is a roughly 4-kilometer journey.

Upon reaching the opposite end, you’ll find a charming snack kiosk, an ideal spot for a refreshing drink or an ice cream treat, before retracing your steps and going back

10. Mirador de Chipeque

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If you’re into cloud-watching, Mirador de Chipeque is your nirvana. Known for the sea of clouds, it’s like looking out over a fluffy blanket that stretches to the horizon. A large parking area is nearby, so there is no excuse for not stopping by.

  • Location: 38399 Santa Úrsula
Note: This is among the numerous vantage points en route to Teide, yet it holds a special place in my heart as a spectacular spot for sunset viewing.

Bonus Spots You Shouldn’t Miss

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Here are a few more gems:

  • Mirador La Cruz de Hilda: Near Masca Village, this spot offers views of the Teno mountains and serves up fresh cacti juice.
  • Mirador San Pedro: Overlooking the northern coast with nearby trails and a restaurant that makes killer croquetas.
  • Park Los Lavaderos: In El Sauzal, this park is best visited at sunset. The gardens are immaculate, and the mini waterfall is just the cherry on top.
  • Mirador de Ortuño: Expansive views of Mount Teide and Corona Forestal National Park. Worth it whether it’s clear or foggy.
  • Terrazas del Sauzal Cafe: Breakfast with a view? Yes, please. The dramatic vistas here are the best way to start your day.
  • La Baranda Restaurant: Hilltop dining along the TF-5 highway with loud music and lively atmosphere. Best experienced with friends and a hearty appetite.
  • Cafe Vista Paraiso: Simple food, excellent desserts, and tranquility in La Puntilla. It’s the calm in your vacation storm.
  • Mirador de Garachico Restaurant: Fine dining with views of Garachico. Try the local dishes – you won’t regret it.
  • Bollullo Beach Restaurant: Near Puerto de la Cruz, this place offers fresh fish and coastal trails.
  • Hacienda del Conde: A hotel with a view open to non-guests. Drink, dine, and enjoy the Teno mountains and Atlantic Ocean.
  • Atlantic Mirage Suites & Spa: Adults-only rooftop bar in Puerto de la Cruz.
  • Los Campitos Mirador: In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with views of the city and Gran Canaria on clear days. Close to a park and a small cave, for those who want a little adventure with their view.

Final Thoughts

Tenerife is one of those places that has a way of capturing your heart, even if you weren’t expecting it. Sure, it’s got those postcard-perfect views, but there’s so much more to discover if you just take the time to really explore.

Why settle for just a pretty picture when you can immerse yourself in the magic of this island? Grab your camera, of course, but also open your eyes and your mind. There’s a whole world waiting for you, from breathtaking vistas to hidden gems that’ll leave you in awe.