Mountain road in Tenerife

Aside from hiring a private boat or go on a whale and dolphin watching tour, one of the best ways to really get to know Tenerife is to hire a car and drive around the island. Sure, you can tag along on a guided bus tour that shows you some of the highlights, but if you do, you’re stuck following someone else’s schedule and miss out on so much. If you want the chance to explore off-the-beaten track, discover places most tourists never get to see and enjoy things at your own pace, your best bet is to hire a car with Cicar Tenerife.

Why hire a car with Cicar Tenerife?

Tenerife mountain road
Mountain road in Tenerife. Image via Flickr – Martin DiepeveenCC 2.0

Great locations

Cicar Tenerife has got 6 different offices across the island. So no matter where you’re staying, you’re never far from a pickup point. They’ve got locations at Tenerife South Airport, Tenerife North Airport, the sea port in Santa Cruz, Puerto de la Cruz, Los Gigantes and Los Cristianos, giving you loads to choose from.

Excellent choice of vehicles

Whatever type of vehicle you’re looking for, Cicar Tenerife is guaranteed to have it. They’ve got everything from cheap and cheerful 2-seater cars to robust 4x4s and even luxury convertibles. So whether you just want something to get you from A to B, something the whole family can fit in or something to keep you looking cool while cruising the coastal roads, they’ve got you covered.

Freebies

Cicar Tenerife throws in loads of added extras for free when you hire a car. Each rental comes with:

  • Complete insurance with no excess
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Additional driver
  • Child seats
  • Off-site delivery and return
  • Audio guide highlighting Tenerife’s biggest and best attractions

Best places to visit with Cicar Tenerife

When you’ve found your perfect vehicle with Cicar Tenerife, picked it up from a nearby location and taken full advantage of all the extra freebies, these are the best places in Tenerife to visit:

 Mount Teide National Park

Panoramic shot of the Mount Teide National Park
The Mount Tide National Park. Image via Flickr – Ronny SiegelCC 4.0

Home to Tenerife’s most famous landmark, the Mount Teide National Park is where you’ll find the iconic volcano Mount Teide. This towering pinnacle stretches 3,718m into the sky, making it the highest peak in Spain and the third highest volcano in the world. Mount Teide is surrounded by a truly one-of-a-kind landscape brimming with rugged craters, rivers of petrified lava and colossal volcanic rocks that look like they’d be more suited on the moon than on a holiday island.

There’s loads to see and do at the Mount Teide National Park. You can keep it simple and have a little wander while snapping some pics or go for something a bit more adventurous and follow one of the official hiking trails. For a view unlike any other, ride the cable car from the bottom of Mount Teide to the summit. On a clear day you can see the whole of Tenerife and even across the water to the other neighbouring Canary Islands.

You’ve got to have some serious confidence in your driving skills to do this route. Whether you travel with Cicar Tenerife from the north of the island or the south, you’ll have to tackle tight hair-pin bends, incredibly steep climbs and staggeringly long drops either side of narrow roads. But the awe-inspiring scenery and breathtaking views more than make up for the adrenaline-pumping drive.

If you are a hiking enthusiast, check out Barranco Del Infierno, the most popular hiking trail in Adeje, Tenerife!

San Cristobal La Laguna

The front of an old building in La Laguna
A traditional building in San Cristobal de La Laguna. Image via Flickr – Carlos Lopez Echeto MarreroCC 2.0

Step back in time and discover what the island looked like before tourism took over by travelling to San Cristobal de La Laguna with Cicar Tenerife. Situated in the north, just a short drive from Santa Cruz, this historic town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site laden with gorgeous pastel-coloured buildings, stunningly romantic courtyards and quaint cobblestone streets that invite you to explore.

Some of the city’s biggest attractions include the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de La Concepción church, Observatorio del Teide observatory and History and Anthropology Museum. But the area is so beautiful that you can easily while away a few hours just wandering around. There’s a plethora of charming cafes, exquisite bodegas and family-run Canarian restaurants to call into when you need to refuel.

Playa de La Tejita

Playa de La Tejita beach at sunrise
Playa de La Tejita at sunrise.  Image via Flickr – Raico RodenbergCC 2.0

For a more bohemian experience of Tenerife, head to El Médano in the south with your Cicar Tenerife rental and spend a day at Playa de La Tejita. This gorgeous black sandy beach stretches on for more than 1km, making it Tenerife’s largest natural beach, and ends at Montaña Roja – a volcano that rises 171m into the sky.

If you’re feeling energetic, you can climb the Montaña Roja and soak up the incredible vistas from the top or splash around in the large waves which are almost always rolling in along the coastline. And if you’re in the mood for some rest and relaxation, you can hire a sun lounger and parasol and work on your tan while you dose. The eastern side of Playa de La Tejita is a designated nudist beach, so don’t be surprised if you see a little more than you bargained for!

When the hunger pangs kick in, walk west along the beach until you hit Chiringuito Pirata. This rustic, chilled-out beach bar serves a wonderful selection of Canarian dishes, along with loads of refreshing drinks for affordable prices.

Masca

A panoramic shot of the Masca valley
Panoramic view over Masca.  Image via Flickr – Vaquero FrancisCC 2.0

Another drive that’s definitely not for the faint-hearted, Masca is one of the most beautiful places in Tenerife, but it’s also one of the trickiest to get to. The winding roads and narrow bends can be a little bit unnerving when you’re sat helpless on a coach, making hiring a car with Cicar Tenerife and driving there yourself a much better option.

Tucked into the northeastern side of the island within the captivating Teno Mountains, Masca is a tiny hamlet home to just 90-ish residents. The locals here live in delightfully traditional houses perched on mountainsides. They’re spectacular to see, to make sure you take your camera with you.

Go swimming in the blue waters of Masca Bay. Click here to check tour availability. 

There used to be a dramatic hike you could follow from the top of the valley down to the coast, but renovations are underway and it’s closed for the foreseeable future. But the village still offers plenty to keep you entertained. Aside from the photo opportunities, Masca has a handful of pleasant local restaurants, shops selling handicrafts and bakeries that smell so good you won’t be able to resist.

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