Discover The North Of Tenerife
Very often this side of the island is ignored by tourists who come for the beaches and sunshine of the south coast. However, the dramatic landscapes of the north provide the backdrop to a region full of local culture, history and interesting architecture. There are also some great attractions to enjoy. Here is a selection of handpicked places to visit in the north of Tenerife:
The most popular attraction in the Canary Islands, the Loro Park is packed with amazing wildlife including an enormous gorilla enclosure and the Penguinarium – the largest artificial iceberg in the world.
Glide in a modern cable car to the peak of Mount Teide, a dormant volcano and the highest point in Spanish territory. Amazing views of the other Canary Islands and a feeling of being on top of the world.
The historic town of La Orotava offers a wealth of fine architecture, boutique shops and beautifully kept public parks. Be sure to visit the Casa de Balcones to see the traditional wooden Canarian balconies and the striking Iglesia de la Concepción which features twin towers and an ornate domed roof.
The capital of the western Canary Islands, Santa Cruz is a bustling, vibrant city with access to the fabulous Las Teresitas beach and a whole range of sights including the Auditorio de Tenerife, Plaza de España, Parque García Sanabria and the interesting Museum of Nature and Man.
Considered the cultural capital of the Canary Islands, the old town centre of La Laguna was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Quaint cobbled streets meander past historic churches and the cafe culture spills onto the pavements and squares creating a wonderfully cosmopolitan atmosphere.
This pleasant town was once the capital port of Tenerife until a volcanic eruption in 1706 filled in the deep natural harbour and the town lost its status as the island’s main port to Santa Cruz. Today Garachico is well worth a visit with its great range of Canarian restaurants and the wonderful natural rock pools – ideal for a safe, refreshing dip in the ocean.
Icod de los Vinos
Surrounded by a fertile valley and with views to the majestic Mount Teide, the delightful town of Icod de Los Vinos gives an authentic taste of Canarian living. Be sure to visit the Dragon Tree said to be more than 1000 years old and the Plaza de la Pila which is surrounded by grand old houses and has a small botanic garden as its centrepiece.
This pretty town dates back to the 15th century and is well worth a visit for a stroll around the beautiful central square and the truly uplifting Church of Our Lady of the Light. This impressive edifice was designed to allow the light to flood in and illuminate the ornate altars and statues. Also worth a look is the adjoining 17th century Convent of San Sebastián which houses a visitors’ centre providing information on the village and guides to the local walking trails.
Set in the spectacularly beautiful north west of the island, this area of Tenerife is as wild as it is unspoilt with jaw dropping views, rugged coastlines and verdant forests. Enjoy some fabulous walking before dropping down to the dramatic and unspoiled beaches of Taganana for some sun and the freshest fish at a local oceanfront restaurant.