The Mount Teide and the Canary Islands have been a prominent navigation landmark between the Strait of Gibraltar and the African Atlantic coast since ancient times. With one of the few volcanic island ecosystems above the tree line, the Teide National Park is a unique and diverse natural area.
In 1954, the Park was established and protected with the creation of regulations, which were strengthened in 1981 with the reclassification and establishment of a special legal regime. This commitment to preservation and management was recognized by the Council of Europe with the awarding of the European Diploma in its highest category in 1989, which was renewed multiple times in the following years.
The park is home to 139 species of vascular flora, with a third of them being endemic to the Canary Islands, and a rich and diverse invertebrate fauna with almost 70% endemicity. In 2002, the 50th anniversary of its transformation into a National Park was celebrated with the start of the process to designate it as a World Heritage Site. After five years of work, UNESCO declared Teide National Park a World Heritage Site in 2007.
The park is accessible for visitors, with the Roque de Caramujo route being fully accessible, and the Alto de Guamazo trail being practicable with the help of a friend or guide. The botanical gardens and visitor center are also accessible, offering a memorable and inclusive experience for all visitors.
Address and contact:
Parque nacional del Teide – Carretera TF 24 38300 La Orotava
The Museum of Nature and Man in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a comprehensive and accessible exhibition that covers the history and natural sciences of Tenerife and the Canary Islands. It is housed in a neoclassical building that was once the Old Civil Hospital, and it integrates the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife, the Canarian Institute of Bioanthropology, and the Museum of Natural Sciences of Tenerife.
The museum provides a journey through time, starting from 200 B.C. when the island was first inhabited by the Guanches, and covers the history and natural sciences of the region.
It is fully accessible, with facilities for blind and deaf visitors, including sign language guides, audio guides with audio description, and information guides with Braille and magnifying letters. The only area that may need assistance is the parking lot.
Address and contact
Fuente Morales, S/N, 38003, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
If you want to spend a day with your family and not have to worry about anything, this park is a good choice, Las Águilas-Jungle Park is a zoological and botanical park located near the beach of Los Cristianos on the Canary Island of Tenerife.
This park is huge: it stretches over 7.5 hectares of land and houses more than 500 animals, so you'll have a lot of land to roam and a lot to discover. From orangutans and chimpanzees to exotic birds and raptors to leopards and jaguars, this zoo has it all and more.
Bird shows include hawks and eagles demonstrating their hunting skills, and parrots, macaws and hornbills showing off their talents.Penguins are fed in their enclosures and sea lions waddle through the waters every afternoon as well, in case you want to join in the action.
The park has adapted restrooms.
Address and contact
Urb. Águilas del Teide, s/n, Km. 3, 38640 Arona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
TEA Tenerife is a modern art center located in Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, Spain. It is known for hosting both permanent and temporary art exhibitions and has become a reference for modern art in the Canary Islands since it opened in 2008.
The center is accessible by public transportation (bus number 14 and light train number 1), private car, or taxi and has reserved parking spaces for people with reduced mobility. It is open with a special schedule: Tuesday to Friday, from 12:00 to 20:00 hours, and Saturday, Sunday and holidays, from 10:00 to 20:00 hours.
The center is wheelchair accessible with access to all galleries and levels, children's library, and accessible toilets in several rooms. However, the cafeteria is not accessible.
Address and contact
Av. de San Sebastián, 8, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Telephone: 922 84 90 90
Your Santa Cruz de Tenerife guide
Welcome to Tenerife, Welcome to the Canary Islands!
Tenerife, year after year, continues to be the second most visited destination, after Florida, by people with reduced mobility. That is why the Cabildo de Tenerife, the governing body of the island of Tenerife, established the Sociedad Insular de Promoción de las Personas con Discapacidad (Island Society for the Promotion of People with Disabilities). This organization is responsible for creating a barrier-free society. Its main objective is to create the European reference for accessible and cultural tourism.
With a year-round spring/summer climate, warm seas and a warm welcome, Tenerife is one of the most popular places for vacationers. For those who want to take it easy, there are many beaches and coves where you can relax, sunbathe or savor the crystal clear blue waters. For fun lovers, there are water sports, the Loro Parque theme park or the possibility to visit the active volcano Teide by cable car.
Tenerife has classified all its activities, attractions, transportation and restaurants into 3 categories:
Accessible: Matches functional and size requirements that ensure independent use by those with disabilities, mobility impairment or communication impairment.
Practicable: A space, facility or service that does not meet all of the requirements to qualify as accessible, but can be used by people with disabilities, mobility impairments or communication impairments, with the assistance of another person.
Inaccessible: A space or facility that is considered inaccessible to visitors with disabilities, mobility or communication impairments.
Thanks to the initiatives that are being carried out to create cities without architectural barriers, the main resorts of the island have a large number of public walkways free of obstacles.
From www.motion4rent.com we advance you some of the important data, places of interest and tourist offices, through the accessible beaches, to adapted excursions, theme parks, accessible restaurants and other offers for visitors with reduced mobility. Enjoy your stay!
Santa Cruz de Tenerife Tourist office
In the following link you can find all the tourist offices that are on the island of Tenerife, which are not few, here we give you the address and contact details of the most important ones
Oficinas Turísticas dependientes de Centro de Iniciativas Turísticas - Sur
Avenida Rafael Puig, 17
Telephone: 922 793 312
Oficina de Información Turística de Fañabé
Avenida Litoral, sin número.
Telephone: 922 716 539
Oficinas Turísticas dependientes de Centro de Iniciativas Turísticas
Avenida República de Venezuela, sin número
Telephone: 922 133 461
Oficina de Información Turística de Playa de las Américas
Plaza del City Center, avenida Rafael Puig, 1
Telephone: 922 797 668
Oficina del Cabildo en el Aeropuerto Tenerife Norte
Aeropuerto de Tenerife Norte, Los Rodeos, sin número
Telephone: 922 635 192
Oficina de Información Turística de La Orotava
Calle Calvario, 4
Telephone: 922 323 041
Puerto de la Cruz
Oficina del Cabildo en Puerto de la Cruz
Calle Las Lonjas, sin número (La Casa de la Aduana)
Telephone: 922 386 000, 922 370 132
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Info Turismo Tenerife
Calle Villalba Hervás,3,3º, Oficina 4 .
Telephone: 902 003 121
Tenerife has 2 airports, and both airports offer accessible toilets and facilities for passengers with disabilities, as well as wheelchair ramps, lifts, and adapted parking spaces. They also have adapted telephones and induction loops for the hearing impaired. In addition, they have clear signage and information in Braille for visually impaired passengers.
At the Tenerife South Airport - Reina Sofia, you will find a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants, as well as currency exchange offices, car rental companies and a tourist information office.
In both airports, it is possible to arrange special assistance for passengers with disabilities, including assistance with boarding, disembarking and moving through the airport.
It is recommended to check with your airline or travel agent in advance to ensure that your specific needs are met and to have a smooth and stress-free experience at the Tenerife airports.
How to get to and from the airport:
Taxi : services to and from the airport have a supplement of 1.70 euros.
By road: access to the airport is via the TF-5 highway that connects Santa Cruz de Tenerife with Puerto de la Cruz, from where the airport branch road departs.
Bus: lines 20, 30, 104 and 343 connect Tenerife North Airport with Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal de la Laguna, Puerto de la Cruz and other tourist destinations on the island.
Connection between terminals: Line 343 directly connects Tenerife North Airport and Tenerife South Airport without intermediate stops and in only 50 minutes.
The tram system in Tenerife is easily accessible for people with disabilities or mobility impairments, making it a convenient mode of transportation for those visiting the island. With no barriers at information points, ticket sales, or passenger transport, and ramps and spaces reserved for wheelchairs, the tramway is fully accessible and easy to use. Whether you're in the north or south of Tenerife, the metropolitan tram system is a great option for getting around the island.
The local c ompany TITSA offers an on-demand service, called TiBus Discapacitados, for those with mobility difficulties. Passengers need to reserve this service 24 hours in advance by calling 922 539 539. The service is available on all Titsa lines.
Additionally, Titsa provides information and support in various formats, such as audio, Braille or large print, to help passengers with disabilities plan their journey and use the services provided.
Urban and suburban services in the metropolitan area 90%.
Santa Cruz Capital 98%.
La Laguna 100%.
Puerto de la Cruz 100%.
Intercity services 35%
In Tenerife, there are several taxi companies that offer vehicles with ramps for passengers with disabilities or mobility issues. It is advisable to check the Tenerife Accesible website for a list of accessible taxi options and to make a reservation in advance. The website provides information and support to make your trip more accessible and enjoyable.
Tenerife boasts 14 accessible beaches along its stunning coastline, with six of them located in the popular southern resorts of Costa Adeje (Torviscas Beach, Troya Beach, Fanabe Beach, Duque Beach) and Los Cristianos (Los Cristianos Beach and Las Vistas Beach). These beaches are equipped with accessible parking, ramps, and sheltered areas for sunbathing, as well as showers, changing rooms, and amphibious wheelchairs. This makes it possible for everyone to enjoy the island's beaches, bars, and restaurants all year round, regardless of their abilities.
Here are just a few of them:
Adeje - Playa el Duque
El Duque Beach, a recipient of the Blue Flag distinction, is located in the tourist-friendly municipality of Adeje, between Fañabé Beach and La Enramada Beach. It spans approximately 400 meters, featuring fine yellow sand and crystal-clear waters.
The beach is equipped with numerous amenities, including lifeguards, hammocks, litter bins, selective waste collection, showers, foot washes, changing rooms, toilets, as well as a variety of water sports and activities, such as jet ski rentals, parasailing, banana boats, flyboarding, sea scooters, and flyfish, among others.
The beach is easily accessible by car, with multiple entry points available. If you're coming from Santa Cruz, take the southern TF-1 highway towards Candelaria-South Airport-Los Cristianos. Alternatively, if you're coming from the north, you can reach the beach by taking the TF-5 to Tanque, then heading down to Santiago del Teide (TF-82) and taking the detour via the Erques expressway to the TF-1.
The area around the beach is known for its high standards and attracts many famous visitors. In fact, many consider it to be the best beach in Tenerife, thanks to its wide range of services, the quality of the water, and its sunny weather all year round.
Los Realejos - Playa de El Socorro
El Socorro beach is located in the northern municipality of Los Realejos on the island of Tenerife. It can be easily reached by taking a detour off the main north road, near the San Pedro viewpoint. The road to the beach is accessible by public transportation, car, or on foot.
El Socorro is a long black-sand beach that is perfect for water sports and activities. It is particularly popular with surfers and bodyboarders and hosts several competitions throughout the year.
The beach is equipped with numerous amenities, including lifeguards, a bar-restaurant, disabled access, Wi-Fi zone, litter bins and recycling containers, and a shower area.
The quality of the environment, water, safety, and services offered at the beach have earned it the Blue Flag distinction.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Playa de Las Teresitas
The beach of Las Teresitas is located about 8 kilometers from the center of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the town of San Andrés, and beneath the Anaga Massif. It is the most popular beach in Santa Cruz and boasts a kilometer and a half of golden sand.
The beach has excellent facilities, including lifeguards, showers, changing rooms, hammocks, umbrellas, and a Red Cross and Local Police presence. There is also a wide variety of kiosks, bars, and restaurants in the surrounding area. Although there are plenty of parking spaces, finding a spot can be challenging during peak season, making public transportation a more convenient option.
Other beaches with access for people with reduced mobility:
Arona - Playa de las Vistas, Playa de Los Cristianos Arico - Playa de El Porís Granadilla de Abona - Playa de El Médano Guía de Isora - Playa San Juan Icod de los Vinos - Playa de San Marcos
Neighborhoods / Areas
The two most well-known and easily accessible areas on the island of Tenerife are Santa Cruz, the capital, and the town of Arona.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife:
As the capital city of Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife offers a wide range of cultural, shopping, and sporting attractions, including many accessibility features. The promenade, squares, gardens, parks, and museums are largely accessible, making it easier for people with mobility challenges to enjoy everything the city has to offer.
Arona is a highly accessible destination, ranked as the second most popular location for tourists with mobility challenges, after only Florida. The facilities and services in Arona are designed to accommodate people with disabilities, with a focus on accessibility in public and private areas, transportation, telecommunications, leisure, and tourism. The accessible beach facilities in Arona have received recognition.
Whale and dolphin watching:
The Canary Islands is a highly sought-after destination for whale and dolphin watching in their natural habitats.
Departing from the ports of Los Cristianos, Puerto Colón, and Puerto de los Gigantes (Santiago del Teide), there are several companies that offer adapted boats and knowledgeable staff to ensure a comfortable and accessible experience. Whether you're a seasoned observer or a first-time visitor, these companies can help you fulfill your dream of observing these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.
Catamaran Lady Shelley
Address: Pirámide de Arona. Avda. de las Américas, s/n 38660 Arona
Indulge in the traditional flavors of the Canary Islands, as well as Spanish and International cuisine, at Mesón Asador Casa Rodrigo. With a focus on the finest meats, the restaurant offers a mouthwatering selection of Mediterranean and Spanish dishes. Come and savor the unique taste of this culinary experience.
Address and contact
Carretera de los Menores Taucho, nº40, Adeje
Telephone: 922 12 50 79
Tandoori Hut - Los Cristianos
Experience the authentic taste of North India at Tandoori Hut in Los Cristianos. This traditional Indian restaurant specializes in the rich and flavorful dishes of the region, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience.
Address and contact
C. Juan Reveron Sierra, 7, Edificio Bucanero Local 7 Puerta 4, 38650 Los Cristianos
Telephone 682 37 81 57
Oinè Trattoria Italiana
Indulge in the authentic flavors of traditional Neapolitan cuisine at Oinè Trattoria Italiana. Our specialty is freshly made pasta, with standout dishes like genovese, pasta and potatoes with provola cheese, and parmesan meatballs. Using only the finest ingredients sourced 100% from Italy, Oinè is recognized as the best small Italian restaurant in Tenerife. Enjoy a taste of Italy and the Mediterranean with every bite.
Address and contact
Avenida la Habana 12 Puerta 3, 38650 Playa de las Americas, Arona