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Travel Guide | Tenerife, Spain

Tenerife

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There’s a little treasure in Spain in the shape of an island named Tenerife. There are options for any taste: from incredible beaches that look out of this planet to little charming towns. The Canary islands are known as the afortunadas, the lucky ones, so you get the idea.The options are endless and the weather is really nice all year round.

Fast Facts

  • It is the largest of the seven Canary Islands
  • it is the home of the oldest university in the Canaries, the University of the Laguna, founded in 1792.
  • Tenerife is known for its wide range of endemic species and some rare plants such as the Drago Milenario.
  • It’s a three hour flight from Madrid

Recommendations

The following recommendations have been written with idea of visiting from North to South. So without further ado:

  • First things first: rent a car. It is the easiest way to move around the island.
  • Make sure to visit the Rural Park of Anaga, a place that will make you think you that you are in Jurassic Park.  I advise it as a first visit if you arrive at the north airport.
  • One of the symbols of the island is the Drago Milenario, an old vegetable (it is not a tree) that is believed to be one thousand years old. It is in Icod de los Vinos, a lovely small town that is the home of a butterfly farm too.
  • Garachico is a very picturesque town which also has natural water pools where you can swim.
  • If you fancy seeing a landscape that looks out of a film, you should go to Punta del Teno. Bear in mind it is very windy in this area.
  • La Orotava is one of the most beautiful villages, with its colorful houses. Make sure not to miss the Victoria Gardens, that date from the XIX century.
  • If you are looking forward visiting an almost isolated beach, you should head to the Bollullo beach. The sand is black and there’s only one refreshment kiosk. A dream.
  • Another place you should make sure to visit is Masca, a lost village in the middle of the mountains which has, literally ten or fifteen houses. The best sights are from the Cruz Hilda viewpoint.
  • The Teide is the most important visit of the island. If you want to climb the volcano you need to ask for a special permit. It is free but the access is limited. Nevertheless, if you don’t want to climb to the top, you can take the cable car and enjoy wonderful sights from the upper station.
  • For whale watching you should head to Puerto de los Gigantes.
  • And last but not least, you should try the typical papas arrugadas, small potatoes that must be eaten along with the traditional sauce, the mojo picón.

Tenerife is a gift–I advise  spending at least a week there in order to enjoy the island fully.

Barbara Franco lives and works in Madrid. She blogs about travels, food and animals at Wanderer Diaries. You can also find her on Instagram.