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S. Cruz de Tenerife

Located just off the coast of Africa, Tenerife is the largest island in the Canary Island archipelago.

The showcase of Spanish culture

Located just off the coast of Africa, Tenerife is the largest island in the Canary Island archipelago.

The island name literally means white (Ife) mountain (Tene) in reference to the year-round snows found on top of the country’s El Teide volcano.

From its warm weather and beaches to art galleries and museums, Tenerife has a wide variety of attractions that showcase the Spanish culture present here since the late 1400’s.

The mysterious pyramids of Güímar and the rugged cliffs along the shoreline make Tenerife a holiday destination characterised by beauty. Spend a day away from your MSC cruise ship and join us on one of our carefully-planned excursion packages , all of which offer the best deals on local sights.

Your ship will dock in the port of Santa Cruz and from there you can explore the island with us. Tenerife really offers something to suit every taste, from nature-lovers to shopaholics!

Spend the day in Puerto de la Cruz and enjoy a mix of shopping and sightseeing. Take time out in the pretty botanical gardens which thrive in the island’s tropical Mediterranean climate. Epicureans should join us on the ‘Taste of Tenerife’ tour, which offers an introduction to local cheeses and wines. Keen photographers may like the off-road jeep adventure with stunning photo opportunities.

A sure-fire way to guarantee that little ones enjoy their vacation as much as you is to offer them an afternoon at the magnificent Loro Parque, where children of all ages will love the gorillas, tigers and penguins.

 

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Tenerife is known internationally as the "Island of Eternal Spring" (Isla de la Eterna Primavera). The island, being on a latitude of the Sahara Desert, enjoys a warm climate year-round with an average of 20° - 22°C in the winter and 26° - 28°C in the summer and high sunshine totals.

The moderate climate of Tenerife is controlled to a great extent by the tradewinds, whose humidity, principally, is condensed over the north and northeast of the island, creating cloud banks that range between 600 and 1,800 meters in height. The cold sea currents of the Canary Islands, also have a cooling effect on the coasts and its beaches and the topography of the landscape plays a role in climatic differences on the island with its many valleys

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

S. CRUZ DE TENERIFE Months

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Average high °C (°F) 21
(70)
21
(71)
22
(73)
22
(72)
23
(73)
25
(76)
27
(81)
27
(82)
27
(81)
26
(79)
24
(75)
22
(72)
Average low °C (°F) 15
(60)
15
(60)
15
(61)
16
(61)
16
(63)
18
(66)
20
(69)
20
(71)
20
(71)
20
(69)
18
(66)
16
(63)
 TEN01WI - LAS CAÑADES DEL TEIDE (full day, lunch included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  A scenic drive in a comfortable coach first takes you from the port and inland through the lushly forested area known as La Esperanza to reach El Portillo, the natural gateway to the circular Las Cañadas mountain range. This is also where the volcanic Mount Teide is located, whose summit reaches a dizzying height of 3,781 metres above sea level. Your tour then continues on to the rock of Mirador, known also as el Dedo de Dios, which translates as “The Finger of God”. A brief photo stop will be made at this incredible geological formation. To ensure your full enjoyment, time will also be taken for a leisurely lunch. Your tour concludes with your return to the port and your ship, with further breathtaking views of the lovely island of Tenerife to enjoy on the way. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair

Price per person $114.00 Adults $80.00 Children

   


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 TEN02WI - PUERTO DE LA CRUZ (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Shopping  Best seller  Located off the west coast of Africa, Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands, blessed with a mild climate and beautiful countryside as well as home to numerous wonderful seaside resorts, one of which you will visit on this enjoyable tour: the town of Puerto de la Cruz on the northern coast of the island. Only a short coach ride from the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz is the island’s main tourist centre, its capital and a great place to spend a few hours exploring the busy streets, soaking up the lively atmosphere or hitting the many shops to indulge in some serious retail therapy. Numerous seafront cafés provide a welcome chance to have a break and a drink, watch the world go by or enjoy grand views of the North Atlantic Ocean. A veritable paradise of plant life then awaits you at the next stop on the tour: the wonderful botanical gardens and their profusion of tropical plants. The relaxing return drive then brings the tour to a close.

Price per person $57.00 Adults $40.00 Children

   


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 TEN04WI - JEEP ADVENTURE (approx. 5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Known today as a holidaymaker’s delight with lively tourist resorts and beautiful beaches, the island of Tenerife was actually created around three million years ago by volcanic activity that served to fuse what had previously been three separate islands. The volcano that was responsible still dominates Tenerife today and can be found in the national park that shares its name: the majestic Mount Teide. This tour gives you an opportunity to explore the more remote parts of Tenerife’s amazing volcanic landscape from the comfort of a modern 4x4 vehicle. You will be collected at the pier, after which your driver will take you to see the lovely island in areas that are far off the beaten track. There will be some great photo opportunities on the way before you return to the port and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties. The jeep driver will give brief information in Spanish or English only.

Price per person $83.00 Adults $58.00 Children

   


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 TEN05WI - LORO PARQUE (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  No guide available  Recommended for families  Board a coach and enjoy a drive through the lush vegetation of Tenerife’s beautiful and rugged landscape to the Loro Parque, or parrot park in English. Situated on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz, it counts as one of the most important wildlife parks in Europe. Originally opened in 1972 with the aim of being a parrot paradise, it has since grown not just in area, but also in the wide variety of species it supports. Apart from officially boasting “the most diverse collection of parrots in the world”, the park is also home to primates, jaguars and tigers, reptiles, exotic fish and sea horses as well as sea lions and dolphins, to name but a few. You will have sufficient time to explore the park on your own or with your family and enjoy its attractions, such as the popular sea lion and dolphin shows.

Price per person $73.00 Adults $51.00 Children

   


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 TEN08WI - IMPRESSIONS OF TENERIFE (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Drink included  Cultural  New  Take some time out and get set to soak up some of the most arresting vistas that Tenerife has to offer, starting at one of the most romantic landscapes on the northern coast: La Garañona viewpoint. Gorgeous views of the craggy coastline and the Atlantic Ocean simply beg to be captured on film, so do bring your camera. The lovely little village of El Sauzal, a settlement that goes back to the island’s pre-Hispanic era and continues to observe Portuguese traditions, is next. As part of your visit, you will not only have a chance to view the early 16th-century Church of St. Peter, but also to walk to the 16th-century estate of the former Marquis of El Sauzal – known as El Marquesado. The colonial-style mansion boasts a wonderful terrace that not only affords sublime views of Mount Teide, but is also a charming spot to sip a glass of sparkling Spanish cava. Last on the itinerary are the verdant environs of García Sanabria park in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. With many trees and plants labelled with explanatory plaques, the attractively landscaped park is a great place to stretch your legs and go for a gentle walk through the luxuriant greenery. Your journey back to the ship then brings your tour to a close.

Price per person $51.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.