Buenavista del Norte
The municipality of Buenavista del Norte is located in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the northwest coast of the island. Buenavista del Norte means “great view of the North”, and the place really lives up to its name.
The municipality, founded in XVI century, extends over 70 square kilometres and has a population of 5000 people.
You will be enchanted by its spectacular scenery, slow pace of life and charming atmosphere. On one of plenty hiking trails here you’ll enjoy unspoilt natural beauty, unique mountain views, and examples of colonial architecture.
Places of interest in Buenavista del Norte
- Triana Ravine (Barranco de Triana) is a ravine of great relevance and a centerpiece of the town’s historic quarter.
- The natural reserve of Teno Rural Park invites you to explore its volcanic trails and pathways and its unique biodiversity.
- The church of Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios was built between 1513 and 1518 and nowadays is a symbol of municipality.
- The small village of Masca, perched away on the verge of steep cliffs, invited you to enjoy the bird’s eye views of the mountains and the ocean.
Santiago del Teide
Los Gigantes | Playa de la Arena | Puerto de Santiago
The municipality of Santiago del Teide is situated 78 km away from the capital in the western part of the island, bordered in the south by the municipality of Guía de Isora, in the east by La Orotava, in the north-east and north by Icod de Los Vinos, Garachico, El Tanque and Buenavista del Norte. Its population is 11,500 people and its administrative center is the town of Santiago del Teide.
The area is located so close to volcano Teide that it bears its name.
The resort town of Los Gigantes is surrounded by steep cliffs resembling giants, hence the name. The cliffs of Los Gigantes are considered the highest on Tenerife and in the whole of Spain. They tower as high as 500 m above sea level and descend the same distance below it. This is an ideal place for those tourists looking for a quiet and peaceful holiday away from the hustle and bustle of tourist centers.
La Arena Beach (Playa de la Arena) is situated in the town of Puerto Santiago and considered one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches on the island. The black lava sand so typical of this beach has a unique capability of retaining the temperature.
The town of Puerto de Santiago, situated at 25 meters above sea level, extends over 13 kilometers along the coastline. Its population is around 5000 people. Currently the town, ideally communicated with the rest of the island, is one of the main tourist attractions of Tenerife.
Places of interest in Santiago del Teide
- Teide National Park is the largest national park in the Canary Islands and the largest natural reserve on Tenerife. The park has an area of 18,990 hectares located at 2000 meters above sea level in subtropical climate zone.
- Teno Rural Park is one of the most spectacular places on Tenerife, spinning over 8,000 hectares full of deep ravines, steep mountains and breathtaking scenery. Its landscape was formed by solidified volcanic lava in which the wind has carved giant cliffs.
- El Chinyero volcano, situated within the limits of Teide National Park, is a picturesque area with great geological significance.
Guía de Isora
Chío | Playa San Juan | Abama | Alcala | Cueva del Polvo | Guía de Isora | Vera de Erques
Guía de Isora is a municipality in the western part of the island of Tenerife with the area of 143,42 km2. Its population is around 20.000, of which the majority are employed in agriculture or tourism. The region houses the biggest reserves of fresh water on the island.
The municipality preserves a number of sites of great archaeological significance where the aboriginal Guanche population of the island has left its trail in the form of cave paintings.
Playa de San Juan is a holiday capital of the region. It translates from Spanish as Saint John’s Beach. This has always been a quiet fishing village. However in the recent years it has seen some serious changes. Now there’s a modern seafront promenade overlooking a new comfortable beach.
Chío is a recreation area situated in Los Arenales district.
Alcala is a small coastal town in Guía de Isora area. It’s famous for its patron saint festivities celebrated in the middle of august, which culminate in a massive firework display, the biggest in the South of the island.
Cueva del Polvo is a small village recently build next to Varadero resort.
Abama is an exclusive luxury resort offering world-class dining and 5-star accommodation. Everything here speaks of luxury and comfort.
Guia de Isora is the capital of the municipality located in the western part of the island at 580 m above sea level. The small mountain hamlets of El Jaral, Vera de Erques and Chirche represent the most significant monuments of the colonial era.
Vera de Erques is a hamlet located at 850 m above sea level and 5 km away from the municipal center, next to Barranco de Erques ravine. Traditional local crafts include wood carving and agriculture. Here you can still see plenty of examples of typical Canarian architecture.
Adeje | Armenime | Callao Salvaje | Costa Adeje | Costa Adeje (El Duque) | El Galeon | Golf Costa Adeje
La Caleta | Las Moraditas | Los Menores | Playa Paraiso | San Eugenio Alto | San Eugenio Bajo
Tijoco Bajo | Torviscas Alto | Torviscas Bajo | El Madronal | Fanabe | Roque del Conde
The municipality of Adeje is located on the south coast of Tenerife, between municipalities of Arona (Los Cristianos and Las Americas) and Guía de Isora (Playa de San Juan and Abama). It’s only 30 km away from the South Airport. The tourist towns of La Caleta, Playa Paraiso and Callao Salvaje form part of this municipality. The coastline of Costa Adeje is home to many luxury tourist centres, such as: El Duque, Madroñal, Fañabe, Torviscas, Torviscas Alto and Golf Costa Adeje.
The main tourist attraction is the resort town of Costa Adeje, located near the neighboring Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. Here you will find Europe’s largest waterpark – Siam Park. Its construction started in 2004 and cost 52 million euros. Professor Ruthai, the dean of architecture at Bangkok University, has been invited to design the park. The park is themed as a Thai village: the pavilions housing sea-lions, water attractions, sunbed areas, kids parks, restaurants and bars are all built in a typical Thai style.
Adeje’s main attraction is the old fortress Casa Fuerte, where Pedro Ponte used to guard his gold doubloons and maravedis earned from trading Guanche people as slaves. Calle Grande is the town’s main street. Another natural attraction is the Hell’s Ravine or Barranco del Infierno. The picturesque walk along the ravine leads you to a waterfall hidden high in the mountains.
Armenime is a town settlement popular among locals employed in agriculture or in tourism.
The town of Callao Salvaje is only 10 minutes drive away from the popular tourist centers of Las Americas and Los Cristianos. Callao Salvaje bears its name due to the type of beaches in this part of the island, since “callao” means “pebble’. So Callao Salvaje would translate as the Wild Pebble (beach). Here you will find plenty of luxury villas, a splendid seaside promenade with fantastic views over La Gomera island and a small cosy beach. Lots of bars, restaurants and cafés cater for every taste. Here you can enjoy quiet walks any time of day.
The town of Costa Adeje is one of the fast-developing places in the South of Tenerife. It’s home to a great number of 5-star hotels, shopping centers, luxury villas and fine restaurants. Here you can spend you holiday assured of the highest lever of security, service and comfort.
Costa Adeje (El Duque) is one of the most expensive and fashionable districts on the south coast of Tenerife, home to many top-class hotels and restaurants. But the main attraction is of course the El Duque beach with shiny white sand. An amazing view to the ocean, La Gomera islans and the whole of Las Americas opens from its coast.
El Galeon is one of Adeje’s districts with fast-developing infrastructure offering splendid panoramic views of the coastline.
Golf Costa Adeje is famous for its views both of the ocean and the mountain slopes of Adeje. Its golf course, one of the best in the Canary Islands, is extremely popular among golf-lovers. 360 days of sunshine a year with almost no wind provide ideal conditions for golf players.
La Caleta used to be a fishing village, but now it’s one of the hottest resorts of Costa Adeje. Located just below the Golf Costa Adeje and next to 5-star hotels, it enjoys an unprecedented popularity. Even nowadays you can still savour the fishing village atmosphere and enjoy splendid views from a terrace of one of the typical seafood restaurants.
Las Moraditas is a small village just above Taco Mountain. Mountainous landscapes, wild nature and a slow pace of life are a trademark of this place.
The town of Los Menores is a residential district located up a hill, full of charming town houses offering panoramic views of the ocean and the mountains. It’s only 5 km away from Las Americas and its location on the south mountain slope allows for all day long sunshine.
Playa Paraiso is a small resort town very accurately called in Spanish “the Heaven’s beach”. Its quiet location away from the noise of Las Americas invites to enjoy the nature at its purest, from slouching on amazing black sand beaches to going fishing. El Puertito beach situated just down the coast from Playa Paraiso, is famous for its sea-turtle watching and snorkeling in its crystal clean waters.
The district of San Eugenio is located close to Las Americas and Los Cristianos with their tourist infrastructure and considered one of the poshest on the southwest coast of the island. San Eugenio beach is well-protected from winds and waves by surrounding cliffs and breakwaters. Just up the hill from it you will find two water parks – the giant Aqualand and Siam Park, the biggest in Europe.
Tijoco bajo is a district in Adeje area, mainly covered with banana plantations and estates with beautiful villas. This is a typical Canarian village.
Torviscas is yet another ideal and comfortable place for living and holiday-making. It’s a popular residential area. The houses in Torviscas Alto are constructed in tiers which allows for a perfect view of the coastline from any property. All necessary infrastructures are available nearby.
El Madronal is an upmarket district offering panoramic views of the ocean from a quiet and peaceful residential area. It mostly comprises of town houses and villas. It’s situated next to a spacious Gran Sur shopping center which offers cinema sessions in the original version.
Fañabe lies next to Las Americas. The Fañabe beach offers a wide range of attractions for grown-ups and kids alike. Among them are bars, restaurants, night clubs and a bowling. The place is extremely popular among families.
Roque del Conde is a comfortable district located close to the coast. It’s only 20 minutes away from the South airport and 5-7 minutes to the main tourist attractions, bars and restaurants.
Cabo Blanco | Chayofa | Costa del Silencio | Las Americas | Los Cristianos | Parque de la Reina | El Palm Mar | Valle de San Lorenzo
Arona is a municipality and town in Tenerife. It covers an area of 81.8 km2. Its population is 79.300 people. Notable places include the popular tourist resorts of Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas and Costa del Silencio. The city of Arona is situated in the center of municipality traditionally dedicated to agriculture, and is the third largest city in Tenerife and the fifth most populated. Its coastline comprises of more than 15 kilometers of splendid beaches and small volcanic coves as well as luxury shops, bars and restaurants catering for every taste.
The village of Cabo Blanco is only 7 km away from the municipal centre. It’s a residential area with its own health center, playgrounds, parks and football fields, banks, small local shops, bars and restaurants.
Chayofa is a quiet residential area located just 5 minutes’ drive away from Los Cristianos, offering spectacular views of the ocean. Its main tourist attraction, Jungle Park, is equally impressive as the world-famous Loro Parque.
Costa del Silencio means the “Silent Coast” in Spanish. This is a perfect place to relax, sunbathe and enjoy the crystal waters. Its cosy coves and beautiful cliffs attract scuba-divers and fishing enthusiasts. Here you can find restaurants catering for any taste.
Las Americas is one of the biggest and most popular tourist centers, a world-famous resort receiving a record number of tourists. It offers to its visitors a huge number of bars and restaurants, night clubs and casinos, shopping and leisure centers. Its unique climate invites to enjoy sunbathing and swimming all year round. And it’s a true paradise for party animals as this city never sleeps and offers the best possible night entertainment.
Los Cristianos in the past was a quaint fishing village with a quiet beach. Now it is a bustling resort with lots of bars and restaurants and two white sandy beaches. The natural beach, called Playa de los Cristianos, is situated in the town’s harbour, while another one, Playa de Las Vistas beach, has been refurbished with sand from the sea bed and protected with breakwaters, turning it into one of the longest beaches on Tenerife. The towns sits at the foothill of extinct volcano Montaña de Guaza.
Parque de la Reina is a quiet residential area located between Los Cristianos and the South airport. Its main attraction is a big go-karts track.
The village of El Palm Mar is perched at the foothill of Los Mogotes Mountain. Intricately designed residential complexes and modern infrastructures make it a perfect place to live.
Valle de San Lorenzo is a small town. It’s situated up in the mountains, 20 minutes’ drive away from the main tourist centers of Las Amercias and Los Cristianos.
San Miguel de Abona
Amarilla Golf | Golf del Sur | Guargacho | Llano de Camello
The municipality covers an area of 42,04 km2. Its population is 16.700 people. Moderate climate and picturesque scenery are trademarks of this region, which is traditionally agricultural. Here you can see potato, tomato and banana plantations, and beautiful flower gardens. The locals traditionally work at these plantations and in the service sector.
Amarilla Golf is a residential and holiday area with the most famous golf course in the South of Tenerife.
Golf del Sur has been constructed fairly recently and is yet another port of call for golf-lovers. This quiet and tranquil residential place is preferred by British nationals. The town’s central part, designed in a traditional Spanish village style, offers a wide range of shops and restaurants making your life and stays here comfortable.
Guargacho is a small local village on the edge of the municipality, situated close to TenBel resort famous for its huge salt water swimming pool.
Llano de Camello is a district of Las Chafiras area which is home to new, modern, top-class housing developments.
Granadilla de Abona
El Medano | Los Abrigos |San Isidro | Granadilla de Abona
This municipality is the third largest in Tenerife after Arona and La Orotava. It covers an area of 162.43 km2. Its population is 40.800 people. The South airport Reina Sofia and the new port of Granadilla (currently under construction) are based here. The local population is mainly employed in agricultural and service sectors. The region has a perfect climate for harvesting potatoes, cereals, all kinds of fruit and vegetables and especially tomatoes. The natural wealth of the region is immense: the Red Mountain (La Montaña Roja) with its unique flora and fauna, the lunar landscapes or the Mountain of Guajara, which at 2718 meters is the second tallest mountain on Tenerife.
Medano is a beachside town located in a small bay, where many important European windsurfing competitions are held. Almost constant wind, the unique landmark of the place, attracts wind and water sports enthusiasts all year round. Here you will find two beaches divided by an impressive Montaña Roja mountain. The yellow sand of Playa el Medano beach, situated within the town limits, is rumoured to be brought by winds from the African coasts. Another beach, Playa la Tejita, extends for over 500 meters on the other side of Montaña Roja.
Los Abrigos was once a typical fishing village, and now it’s a beautiful town with lots of seafood restaurants located along a charming promenade, offering the visitors the finest cuisine and breathtaking ocean views.
San Isidro is a quiet residential area up in the hills preferred by locals. It’s got an extensive commercial area with lots of shops. The ocean and mountain views from San Isidro are absolutely unbeatable.
Granadilla de Abona in the capital of municipality. Its main sightseeing attractions are the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua and a Franciscan monastery.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife | San Cristobal de la Laguna | Puerto de la Cruz | Icod de los Vinos
Santa Cruz de Tenerife It is the largest city on the island of Tenerife, with nearly half the island population living in or around it (it has a population of 222,000 within its administrative limits and over half a million within its urban area). This is a vibrant and buoyant city full of life. Its administrative buildings and offices create a busy atmosphere proper of a capital city. Furthermore, it houses the largest port on the island, shops and commercial centers, the most famous of them being El Corte Inglés. The jewel in the crown of Santa Cruz is Plaza de España square with its spectacular artificial lake. And a bit further away you can enjoy a walk along the shadowy alleys of Parque Garcia Sanabria, the locals’ favourite place to unwind and relax. The city’s main beach, Playa de las Teresitas, is situated a few kilometres away and is renowned for its yellow sand brought from Sahara desert and the neighbouring Gran Canaria island.
San Cristobal de la Laguna This city was once the island’s capital and nowadays still claims the status of the island’s second most populous city. It covers an area of 102,06 km2. Its population is 152.000 people. It was founded in 1496 in the place of former Guanche settlement. The city’s moderate climate, so typical of the northern part of the island, and plenty of cultural artefacts convey it a special atmosphere. La Laguna’s well preserved historical center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
Puerto de la Cruz This city is the main tourist center of Tenerife’s northern coast. It covers an area of 8,73 km2. Its population is 32.500 people. The main attractions include the Martianez Pools (Lago Martianez) and the central Plaza del Charco square. Among the most visited tourist attractions you will find the world-famous Loro Parque and the Botanical Garden. Notable religious buildings include the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia and also the Anglican Church of All Saints. This city is a perfect alternative for those tourists tired of the hustle and bustle of the tourist centers in the southern coast of the island. Its unique atmosphere, centuries-old traditions, moderate climate, quiet green streets that hide cosy family restaurants offering typical Canarian food will steal you heart forever.
Icod de los Vinos This is a small town located in the northwest of the island, perched on the foothill of the giant Teide Mountain. It covers an area of 95,9 km2. Its population is 22.900 people. It was founded in 1501 and is famous for the wines produced in the region. The unspoilt natural beauty of the region, dense mountainous forests and 10 kilometers of beached with fantastic views over the Teide make this place truly special. The main town’s attraction is Tenerife’s most famous ancient Dragon Tree which gave name to the park that surrounds it – Parque del Drago. The exact age of the tree is difficult to establish, but it’s said to be around 2500 – 3000 years old. Another must-visit place in Icod de los Vinos is the Butterfly Museum, situated right next to Parque del Drago.
Otros Islas Canarias
The Canarian archipelago is formed by seven large inhabited islands and six smaller ones. Tenerife (2057 km²) is the largest and most populous.
The capital of Fuerteventura (1659 km²) is called Puerto del Rosariо. The islands name translates from Spanish as “fuerte”- strong and “ventura” – wind. This island of volcanic origin is located 100 kilometers west of the coast of Morocco. It’s famous for its endless beaches and constant winds that predominate all over the island. It’s an all year round holiday resort. Winds and low air humidity create a perfectly comfortable climate. The density of population is the lowest on the whole of archipelago, and the central part of the island is almost deserted.
Gran Canaria (1532 km²) – is the second most-populous island of the archipelago (852,200). Its capital is called Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The island is located 210 km west of the coast of Morocco. It’s a volcanic island. The incredible diversity of its flora and fauna has earned it a name of a miniature continent. Its climate is arid in the south and humid in the north. Laurel forests predominate in the northern part, and the mountain tops are covered by Canarian pine forests. The main industry on the island is tourism. The island can be enjoyed all year round.
The population of Lanzarote (795 km²) is around 142.000. It’s 140 km away from the African coast. The capital of the island is Arrecife. The island got its name after Genovese navigator and merchant Lancelotto Malocello. It’s often called “the island of mountains of fire” due to it being home to over three hundred volcanoes. In the ancient times when many of them entered frequently in eruption, the third part of the island was covered with lava and ashes. Its lunar landscapes are the main tourist attraction that brings plenty of visitors to the island and inspires creativity.
The population of La Palma (708 km²) is 87.000. The capital city is Santa Cruz de la Palma. This island’s got one of the highest surface to height ratios in the world, standing over 6 kilometers high over the ocean bed. The northern part of La Palma is dominated by the Caldera de Taburiente, the world’s largest caldera-type crater formed by erosion process. The island is of volcanic origin. However it’s often called “isla bonita” or “isla verde” (beautiful or green island).
The population of La Gomera (378 km²) is 23.000.
The capital of the island is San Sebastian de La Gomera. This is the only island of the archipelago void of any volcanic activity. The south if the island enjoys drier climate while in the north it rains more frequently. The agriculture industry produces bananas, palm honey and palm honey liquors.
El Hierro (277 km²) is the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands. Its population is 11.000 people. The capital is Valverde. It’s a volcanic island. Up to the XX century the island was known as the prime meridian to the European cartographers due to its western-most position of the known world.
The island of La Graciosa (27 km²) is situated 2 km north of the coast of Lanzarote and is made up of volcanic rock and sand. Its population is 6600 people.
Alegranza (10 km²) is the northernmost point in the Canary Islands, situated next to Lanzarote. The island is uninhabited. Its main attraction is 15-meter tall lighthouse functioning since 1905 and designated as a historic monument.
Lobos (6 km²) is an islet 2 km north of the coast of Fuerteventura. It’s been uninhabited since it was turned into a nature reserve in 1982, however it’s open to tourist visits. The sea bottom around the islet is a protected reef zone. The islet is home to over 130 plant species.
Montaña Clara (1 km²) is an islet 2 km north of the coast of Graciosa island. The islet, being a part of the integral nature reserve Los Islotes, is a refuge for marine birds.
Roque del Oeste is an uninhabited islet located 0,6 km northeast of the island of Montaña Clara. This islet is also of the volcanic origin.
Roque del Este is a small uninhabited island in the Canary Islands, the easternmost of all. This volcanic island is located 12 kilometers northeast of the island of Lanzarote.