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Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 | 17 comments

Most Picturesque Towns of Tenerife

There’s so much more to Tenerife than tourist-crowded beaches and party resorts. Explore beyond the heavily-trodden paths, and you’ll stumble across some delightful Canary towns with ancient roots and a vibrant heritage.

The best part is that you don’t even have to travel very far – on an island this small, nothing is more than a couple of hours by car from a big resort, or Tenerife South Airport, where most international flights arrive. Here are five beautiful towns you can visit on your next holiday in Tenerife:

Garachico

Nestled on Tenerife’s northern coast, Garachico is a colorful town with a steep mountain backdrop. Before it was all but destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the 18th century, it was a wealthy trading port. Garachico’s natural rock pools are one of the eruption’s lasting marks, and if you like to swim, you’ll definitely want to pay them a visit.

In the town itself, you can wander the streets to soak up some of Garachico’s history, but something you should do while you’re here is visit La Libertad. This plaza in the center of town is one of the most idyllic on the whole island, flanked on one side by the remains of the 16th century Covento de San Francisco.

Garachico, Tenerife

La Laguna

Not far from Santa Cruz, the town of La Laguna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first thing you’ll notice is the town’s grid layout, which in fact became a model for colonial towns in the Americas.

La Laguna’s long history has been preserved round every corner in its traditional buildings and architecture. The Museo de la Historia de Tenerife, housed in a 16th century mansion, is one of the most worthwhile attractions. What makes La Laguna special, however, is the combination of history with an energetic atmosphere. The town boasts a lively nightlife, with some great bars along its ancient streets.

San_Cristóbal_de_La_Laguna, Tenerife

Masca

Masca’s incredible location is its crowning feature. From its perch in the Teno Mountains, the ground drops away dramatically to reveal a spectacular view that will make you feel like you’re on the set of Jurassic Park. The winding roads that lead to the village are not for the faint-hearted, but once you get there you won’t regret the drive.

The village is small, but with restaurants that serve up fresh, locally grown ingredients alongside the mountain views, a meal here is one you won’t forget.

Masca, Tenerife

Santiago del Teide

Sometimes called the “Gateway to Masca,” Santiago del Teide is a lovely village to stop before you start on the long road up the mountains. Tradition remains strong in this quiet rural town, and it’s also a relaxing place to begin or end a hike in the gorgeous surrounding countryside.

Masca, Tenerife

Arico Nuevo

Near the island’s eastern coast, Arico Nuevo is all white buildings and pristine, narrow streets. Far from the tourist hotspots, this is where you’ll get a taste of real life on Tenerife. Spend an afternoon strolling around the picture-perfect streets in the sun, or if you want something more exciting to do, the area around the village has some excellent spots for climbing.

Have you visited any idyllic Tenerife towns? Let us know in the comments below!

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Here is a list with the most picturesque tons in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Images by Oliver Clarke (1,3) and Malcolm Murdoch, Thomas Wolf, used under the Creative Commons License.

 

17 Comments

    • How not to have magnificent islands like these on a personal bucket list?

    • I think that would be a wonderful opportunity!

    • Oh wow! What a great place to have a house. It would be nice to stay for at least a week.

    • The island’s interior can be really surprising. People like to visit islands to hit the beach but I think it is a necessity to explore further.

  1. What lovely places you have shared with us and some great information, too.
    bettyl – NZ recently posted..along the shoreMy Profile

    • I would live to go for the volcanic landscapes. They are like nowhere on Earth.

  2. Hello, what a beautiful tour. I love being on the coastline anywhere. The mountains are lovely too. Great photos and post.
    Have a happy day and week ahead!

    • Thanks Eileen! It feels great to publish articles related to natural spaces.

    • Mandy, hope you get to visit one day.

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