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Playa de las Américas – the best excursions and activities

Are you wondering where to go in Tenerife? Playa de las Americas might be the place you are looking for. It is one of the main touristic places in our island and many people choose it when they are looking for relaxing activities and beautiful landscapes. It is located at the south of Tenerife and the closest town from it is Adeje.

In our blog, we have talked about this place in some posts before, as in best things to do in Costa Adeje — but today we want to talk about Playa de las Americas and the best excursions and activities that you can do there.

In this post we are going to tell you in depth some reasons why you should visit this beautiful place and the best things to do in Playa de las Americas and the best excursions and activities, which are among the best things to do in Tenerife. We will give you all the information you need about the best Playa de las Americas excursions and activities

Playa de las Americas excursions and activities

At Overfly Tenerife we want to give you the chance to enjoy the best adventure tourism — from snorkelling and whale and dolphin watching, to rural tourism. So we are giving you all the information needed about the different Playa de las Americas excursions and activities that you will find.

But before we start, we have to tell you that some activities are directly realized in Playa de las Americas, as well as excursions — for instance, in the beach or in the harbour. Nevertheless, when we say Playa de las Americas, there are some activities and excursions for which you will have to move somewhere else. So we would like to give a quick description of what you can expect from some of the Playa de las Americas excursions and activities.

Fly over the south of the island – Playa de las Americas excursions and activities

If you are looking to get to know this area from the heights while you are paragliding Playa de las Americas, you can do so thanks to the professional instructors of Overfly Tenerife. This sport is one in a million. So, if you are looking for a Playa de las Americas excursion or acivity that gives you a total freedom feeling, this one is the perfect one for you!

Paragliding is one of the most incredible sports ever. The principle is to use a canopy similar to those used in skydiving and gathering the thermal wind currents in order to stay as long as possible flying. This sport is normally practiced in mountainous regions as wind currents are affected by the orography, creating optimal conditions for the practice of this incredible aerial sport.

So, we bring you the opportunity of soaring the wide open sky over the stunning landscape of Tenerife in our tandem paragliding activity. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling with your couple, your family, and your friends, or even on your own — come what may, we have the perfect plan for you!

Playa de las Americas excursions — Teide National Park

The Teide National Park is a Little bit far from Playa de las Americas, but if you are going to stay in Tenerife, then you should for sure see the Teide Volcano at least once. El Teide is the biggest representation of the Canarian Island and locals are very proud of it. For them, it is the soul of the island.

To plan your visit to the Teide National Park from Playa de las Americas you should prepare everything in advance. It is about 4 hours away in public transport (342 bus line) and about an hour away by car. We insist, even though it may seem too far away, you should totally dedicate one day to explore all the different activities you can do in the Teide National Park.

Once you are there, you can hop on the cable car and enjoy the views or walk along some of the different trekking trails that they have made available for the visitors.

Flyboard – Playa de las Americas flying over the sea excursions and activities

Do you want to feel like Ironman? The flyboard is one of people’s favorite water sports. It is basically a board with water propulsion, attached to a Jet Ski that supplies the power needed to propel itself. It can be controlled with an optional remote control kit so you can be on top of the board controlling the power, but it can also be controlled from the Jet Ski by someone else.

And don’t worry if you haven’t tried it before, experience is not required and you will be guarded all the time by a monitor that will always take care of your safety. It is one of the most amazing things to do in Playa de Las Americas, so experience the coolest craze in water sports. Don’t miss it!

Playa de las Americas excursions — Loro Park

This is an excursion though for everyone, but above all, if you are looking for things to do in Tenerife with kids. Don’t you know Loro Park yet? It is one of the most famous and beloved animal parks in the Canary Islands. It is a must if you want to enjoy the Canarian wildlife with your family or friends. Loro Park is a natural paradise which highlights the careful reproduction of diverse natural habitats, taking visitors directly to the animal kingdom.

At Loro Park you will find a wide variety of spectacles like the Orca Ocean show, in which you will see the strength and agility of killer whales.  Or maybe you prefer to enjoy watching the acrobatics of dolphins defying gravity. You may also prefer to travel to Antártida in Planet Penguin, the biggest penguinarium of the world. It houses an iceberg with more than 200 penguins.

The huge and impressive aquarium along with the shark tunnel will allow you to be face to face with the terrific and magical creatures that inhabit the oceans and rivers. Other performances that you cannot miss are the sea lions or the flying of amazing brightly coloured parrots around you.

This fantastic park is all surrounded by paths with lush vegetation where you will see birds and other animals from all over the world. Apart from that, Loro Park has been voted as the best zoo in Europe by Trip Advisor users. One thing is for sure, it will be an unforgettable experience!

Playa de las Americas excursions — Siam Park

Siam Park is considered to be one of the best water parks in the world due to its great combination of strong emotions and relaxing activities. Siam Park is an incomparable place where the whole family has its exclusive place for excitement, adventure and fun.

Siam Park is a must among the things to do in Tenerife. If you want to get out for a while of the typical touristic activities, here you have the chance to let yourself go and enjoy as much as you like.

If you go there, we recommend you to get the Fast Pass bracelet to avoid all the queues and lines because it can be sometimes a little crowded. So make sure you make the best out of your visit and save up some time skipping the waiting line for each ride.

Whale and dolphin watching in a catamaran — Playa de las Americas excursions

Are you looking for an unforgettable and incredible experience? Get on board! Now we are going to watch whales and dolphins in a free environment aboard an impressive catamaran. Tenerife waters are home to a lot of cetacean species.

This activity is suitable for all ages, so it is the perfect plan no matter who you are traveling with! Whale watching is one of the most popular and impressive activities offered in the Canary Islands. Its waters are perfect for observing these animals because they are the most biodiverse waters in Europe.

Due to its oceanographic characteristics, its water temperature and its depth that can reach 3,000 meters in some points, the Canary Islands are home to up to thirty different species. Among these species, you will find different types of dolphins, killer whales or pilot whales. Watch them swimming on the loose in their habitat — we assure you that it is an extremely amazing experience.

Moreover, if you also want to sail the sea in a comfortable sail boat with plenty of space to relax yourself and enjoy the sun and sea, we have to tell you that doing it in a catamaran is the best option. Catamarans are also very stable boats, perfect for avoid getting sea sick. So, enjoy this amazing and unique experience watching whales and dolphins!

You also have the chance to do the same whale and dolphin sighting in a sailboat. But this time you will be on board on a great cruise on an amazing 5 stars sailboat through the south coast of Tenerife, to watch the resident whales and dolphins. In addition, you will anchor in a beautiful cove so you can swim and snorkel!

Playa de las Americas excursions  and activities — Fly fish

Are you looking for funny sport waters? Do you like intense experiences? Would you like to prove your courage? This is the attraction thought to try with your friends. The fly fish is a real big challenge to the laws of physics.

Once you ride the fly fish, you will fly really high and fast!

This is just one of the many watersports that Tenerife has to offer. This is for sure the adrenaline charge you were looking for to add into your holiday. It is one of the most popular activities at the Canarian beaches and you will have a great time for sure.

Trekking to the Teide peak — Playa de las Americas excursions

Now we move to Teide National Park. The greatness and the majesty of the Mount Teide and its 3,718 meters are waiting you. If you visit Tenerife, don’t miss the opportunity to reach the highest point in Spain and touch the sky.

Teide National Park has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. It is a natural protected area and definitively a must for anyone who is visiting Tenerife. The unmovable Teide is waiting for those who dare to crown its top and behold its magic. Hike up to the 3,718 meters of the dormant volcano — and if you do it on a clear day, you will be able to see the seven islands of Canary Islands from its summit.

The adventure begins at the Cable Lift Base Station, from where you will go up to the Upper Station, which is about 3,500 meters above the sea level. When the hike begins, the trail will lead you to the crater of the volcano where you can still smell the harmless scent of sulphur. Do not miss this unique experience, and keep in mind that places are very limited!

Playa de las Américas excursions and activities — Parascending

Haven’t you tried parascending yet? If you are a lover of strong emotions and you die to feel how is it like to touch the sky, you should go on and try it. Parascending is a water sport in which you wear a parachute while you are connected to boat by a long rope. The rope pulls you up into the air as it moves forward on water.

Parascending is one of the experiences we believe you should do at least once in your life. In addition, you will get the best views of Tenerife while you relax and breathe in the salty air. If you are afraid of heights or you have vertigo, there is nothing you should worry about. At first you will feel nervous, but then, once you are in the sky, you will love so much the feeling of flying that you will forget all your worries.

Tenerife is known for their water sports activities, and there are thousands of alternatives. Since in Overfly we are in love with the sky, we believe that parascending is the best way to truly enjoy your time in Tenerife. You will get two of the best things of our island: the deep navy ocean and the clear blue sky.

Playa de las Américas excursions — Descent of the Masca gorge plus boat trip

Spectacular cliffs, deep ravines and a boat trip on the same excursion. This is what the descent of the Masca gorge offers! Hiking lovers will find the Masca gorge descent as one of the most beautiful routes in the Canary Islands.

The descent starts at Caserío de Masca, where you will also enjoy some of the best examples of traditional Canarian architecture. From this point, you will go into the ravine, whose huge walls of stone were used as a pirate hideout — at least, that is what the legend says.

The downhill walk takes approximately three hours. Three hours of pleasure while you enjoy those absolutely stunning views. This breathtaking landscape has been formed by the natural elements, both adverse and beautiful.

Once you approach the end of the descent, you will begin to hear the crashing sounds of the waves.

That sound will give you a preview of the beautiful beach that is waiting for you at the end of the path. There you will have the chance to have a refreshing and regenerating swim surrounded while you are surrounded by the stunning cliffs of Los Gigantes. After a little rest, you will go on board in a boat headed towards Puerto de Los Gigantes.

At the same time that you appreciate the beauty of the cliffs, don’t forget to look at that mysterious sea. Furthermore, if you pay attention, you will probably see some dolphins due to they are very common in these waters! If you decide to descend this natural canyon, don’t hesitate to admire the uniqueness of the landscape surrounding you. Its gorgeous cliffs and deep ravines are absolutely a must for serious nature lovers.

Reasons why you should visit Playa de las Américas and enjoy excursions

Many tourists all over the world — most of them from Europe — choose this destination for their holidays. This is because plenty of reasons apart from the amazing Playa de las Américas excursions and activities.

In this area, the weather conditions are mild — so they allow you to enjoy your vacations at any time of the year. Here, you will find that the temperature in June is just a few degrees higher than in December.

Another reason to choose this destination is that you will find lots of well-equipped amazingly beautiful beaches. All of them offer the best facilities and they give you the chance to enjoy your relaxation time, refreshment and a wide variety of water sport activities if that is what you wish.

And at last, but not at least, you will find a lot of places for entertainment in this area — including bars, restaurants where you will try the best Canarian cuisine, golf fields or shopping centers. And if you are interested in Playa de las Américas nightlife apart from excursions and activities, you will discover plenty of pubs and beach clubs and much more things to do, like boat parties.

Playa de las Américas excursions — Communications and accommodation

In general, there are different options when it comes to transport in Tenerife. We believe the best one is to rent a car since it will give you much more freedom and you will be able to move all over the isle without worries.

However, the public transport is also a great option and also you will reduce carbon footprint (what is also great). You can use the “guagua” or buses to move from one part of the island to the other.

From the South Airport Reina Sofia you can take the bus line 450 which will take around 40 minutes to arrive. Then, Playa de las Americas has also connections with the bus lines 467 and 473. If you are coming from further away (the North part of the island, for example) you should keep in mind that going to Playa de las Americas in public transport will take you around 2 hours, so you should plan your trip in advance.

Playa de las Americas counts on luxury Hotels that will allow you to fully enjoy the excursions and activities. Some of the top picks for us are the Hotel Cleopatra Palace, the Iberostar Las Dalias or the Sol Tenerife Hotel. All of them offer really good services and the installations could not be better. But these are just some of our suggestions.

If you are planning to spend your next holiday in the south of Tenerife, don’t hesitate to enjoy the best Playa de las Americas excursions and activities — contact us and let us help you! We will be pleased to provide you all the information you need.

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