MINI-GUIDE

Hidden Treasures

Puerto de la Cruz, the smallest municipality on the island, is a strategic point in the north, just a short distance from the island’s most unforgettable places that will remain in your heart forever.

The north facing side of the island is a place rich in vegetation, such as La Orotava Valley, which has been a historical site since 1976 and its land surface reaching altitudes of 390 metres, or the coastal area, the beautiful Garachico – a half-Genovese half-Canarian village, whose architectural heritage is listed as a place of Cultural Interest, and Buenavista del Norte, with its impressive ravine Barranco de Masca or Punta de Teno.

In the north of Tenerife, you will discover villages, squares, and a rich history such as weaving traditions particular to this region.

Just 30 minutes by car, you can visit two World Heritage sites: the Teide National Park (through the municipality of La Orotava) and the city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna – with its rich cultural heritage and its mixture of tradition and cosmopolitism.  Take a detour to the capital city, only 10 minutes down the motorway from San Cristobal de la Laguna, to see some important examples of international modern architecture, such as TEA Space of the Arts or Tenirife’s auditorium, Auditorio de Adan Matin. If you want to continue exploring, head to Anaga rural park.

Anaga, named Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is a subtropical forest with more than six hundred endemism of animals and plants and its Laurisilva – a Jurassic world that is extremely humid and good for the heart and soul.

 

A. Punta de Teno (Teno Point)

One of the most beautiful and isolated places in Tenerife. An old lighthouse adds even more romance to the place.

 

B. Garachico

Buried by a volcano in 1706, today it survives as a pretty town of stately homes and beautiful walks.

C. Acantilados de Los Gigantes (The Los Gigantes Cliffs)

Looking closely at this rock wall that rises up to 600 m above the sea is a breathtaking experience.

D. Cueva del Viento

Formed 27,000 years ago, it is the longest volcanic tube in Europe. This extraordinary site is open to visits.

E. La Orotava

Distinguished historic town centre and an obligatory stop to appreciate the typical and most beautiful Canary Island wooden balconies.

 

F. Las Cañadas y El Teide

This is the highest peak in Spain and its volcanic landscape by day and the impressive night sky provide an unforgettable memory.

 

G. San Cristóbal de La Laguna

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was once the capital of the island and is now a cultural and lively city.

H. Anaga

Named a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, it is a wormhole through which one reaches the Jurassic. Its more than 600 endemic plants and animals, and its Laurisilva,  a subtropical, Macaronesian forest soaked by “horizontal rain”, heal both head and heart.

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