A personal recommendation
In this post, we’ll take a tour around some of the notable parts of Tenerife, which has been known as the pearl of the Canary Islands. The island is small enough that you could take a trip anywhere and get back to your hotel the same day. First of all, we would like to publish a quote from Lenin Diaz, an ex-pat that has decided to make Tenerife his home:
I was born and grew up in Venezuela in South America. For all of my working life, I have been in the oil and gas industry, working on drilling teams, making sure that oil wells are cemented efficiently and safely. My work takes me on contract all over the world. I wanted to find a place that was like a home away from home but offered plenty of additional travel opportunities.
As soon as I discovered Tenerife, I knew that it was perfect for me. Of course, it is Spanish, so I had advantages with the language and cultural history. This isn’t the best part of Tenerife though, the location and weather are unmatchable. When people comment about the weather, they usually refer to sunshine. Just like a wine connoisseur, a sun lover will also be interested in factors such as humidity and mosquitos!
Known as the island of eternal spring, Tenerife benefits from regular weather and daylight schedule all year round. The heat is a dry heat, you feel warm and snug – not warm and sweaty! There are few biting insects to bother you as well. From Tenerife, there are so many short-haul flights to many of the most fascinating cities in the world.
Lenin found that Tenerife was the perfect place to start a location independent business, and set up a consulting website during a work break. You can read about that here.
So, after that vote of confidence, we’ll move onto our tour of Tenerife…
The pearl of the Canary Islands
Buenavista del Norte is a town which is located on the north coast of Tenerife. It is the capital of Santa Cruz and like any other important capital, it has a specific architecture of Andalusian extraction. Arriving in this part of Tenerife, you will be delighted to have a meal here.
The portions are so big as you will be amazed and get out from the table with a full stomach. A good choice for this is the Las Estrellas restaurant. Apart from the good food that you get the chance you eat here, you will have the most wonderful view to enjoy the food and in addition to this, you will not spend as much as you may think it costs.
Puerto de Santiago is the next pit stop for you. it is a place where you will be thrilled to see an amazing nature show. This used to be a small village and did not mean anything more than a maritime port for the locals. Anyhow, today it has as well a very important touristic part. Therefore, nowadays it has Los Gigantes resort in the north part and Playa de Arena to the south part. There are three different villages, but tourism has made it in such a way – as the boundaries between them have become almost invisible.
Before getting to Los Gigantes and understand where the name comes from, you will pass through a resort full of white villas, with flowers at the gate and a pool on the terrace roof. “Los Gigantes” is actually some vertical rocks in the sea, which have between 500 and 800 meters high. The best place to see their beauty is from the sea, a place from where you will be able to see the reason for which the ancestors thought these rocks were sacred and the world started and ended with them.
The beach at Puerto Santiago is rather small and the amenities here cannot be comparable to those from other parts. But, despite this, it was grated the Blue Flag for cleanliness and water quality, since 1989.
While you have surfaced the northern part of the Tenerife, it is time to go to the western part of it. The road is bordered by cliffs on one part and by the sea on the other part. By continuing to go to the west, you will reach the most westerly point of Tenerife – Faro de Punta de Teno. To get here you have to follow the coast road that leaves from the center of the town of Buenavista del Norte.
The above one is one of the seven lighthouses that are found in the Tenerife coast. From it, you will be able to see the panoramic view of the Gigantes Cliffs. This lighthouse is situated on a volcanic rock from the Atlantic Ocean. The construction of this lighthouse was finished in 1897.
Having arrived here, you can continue your journey with a trip to Icod de Los Vinos. O the way there you will see the old harbor Garachico. While in the old times it used to be the most prosperous port from Tenerife, after the Negro volcano covered it with lava, it never got to be back to how it used to be. Anyhow, if you go through the road that bounds Buenavista del Norte from the Garachico town, you can see the black ruins of the old harbor.
Moving forward, one can delight his view by seeing the Drago Milenario. Drago – is a tree that characterizes the Canarias islands. The amazing thing about this is the fact that it actually did not evolve at all since the dinosaurs’ age up until nowadays. It has the look of a mushroom, given by the fact that it has separated trunks that grow one next to another and at a certain point they grow apart. It is a tree species that has more than 600 years old and has easily become one of the most interesting touristic things to see from Tenerife.