Tenerife is a beautiful island known mainly for its nature; the spectacular contrast of the intense green of its forests with the arid landscapes of the volcanoes and the black sand beaches with the intense blue water. But it is that in addition to all that, it also has beautiful little towns to visit. Do you dare to discover them?
In this article we share the most beautiful towns in Tenerife, those that yes or yes you should have on the road to get to know this incredible Canary Island.
- Masca, the most beautiful town in Tenerife
The town as such is very small and can be seen without problems in half an hour; There are only a few houses, a few restaurants and a tourist office. But with the landscapes around it, you will surely want to admire every corner. In addition, on the road that goes to Masca, there are several incredible viewpoints where it is worth making a stop and enjoying the views.
Masca is located between mountains, its main attraction, but also a difficulty to reach it. There is only one access road and it is quite narrow, curvy, two-way, with buses going up and down. But it is well worth it; the views are spectacular!
- Santiago del Teide
Very close to Masca is the beautiful town of Santiago del Teide, a corner less popular among tourists but with some very interesting points to discover. The center of Santiago del Teide is very small and in a while you will have walked through its central street and seen its most emblematic buildings, such as the Church of San Fernando Rey and the Town Hall.
But it is that Santiago del Teide has much more to offer! And it is that the famous Los Gigantes Cliffs, with more than 600 meters high, belong to this wonderful town. The best places to see the Los Gigantes Cliffs are the Archipenque Viewpoint and Playa de los Guíos; although if you prefer to admire them from the sea.
- Puerto de la Cruz, the most popular town to visit in Tenerife
Although it is more of a city, the old town of Puerto de la Cruz still has the air of a traditional town and with many interesting places to see, so I think it is worth including it on the list. In addition, its location between the north and south of the island and its wide range of hotels make it an ideal place to base any route around Tenerife.
Puerto de la Cruz stands out for its beautiful historic center, full of houses with the typical Canarian balconies, the promenade, its botanical garden and the black sand beaches. It also has one of the most highly regarded zoos in the world, the Loro Parque.
- La Orotava, the most colorful town to see in Tenerife
La Orotava is one of the most beautiful towns in Tenerife. Its squares full of colour, its gardens, the atmosphere… a surprising site that cannot be missed on the route around the island. In addition, it is located just 7km from Puerto de la Cruz, one of the most touristic cities in Tenerife, and can be seen relatively quickly (2-3 hours), since it is not a very large town; so there is no excuse not to visit it.
The best thing you can do to get to know La Orotava is to walk and wander through its streets, but there are places that cannot be missed, such as the Plaza de la Constitución, the Liceo Taoro, the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, the Casa de los Balcones and the Victoria Gardens.
- El Sauzal, the hidden jewel of Tenerife
Very close to Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava is the beautiful town of El Sauzal, a lesser-known site but with some very interesting points that are worth visiting. The center of El Sauzal is very small and in just over an hour you will have walked through its central street and seen its most emblematic buildings, such as the Church of San Pedro Apóstol and the Town Hall.
El Sauzal has truly spectacular views of Mount Teide; such as the viewpoints of the beautiful Parque de Los Lavaderos. So, although El Sauzal is usually a town that goes unnoticed by the majority of tourists who visit the island, it is undoubtedly a place that cannot be missing on the route through Tenerife; the views are truly amazing.
- The lagoon
As in the case of Puerto de la Cruz, La Laguna is also considered a city, but it has an old town full of pedestrian streets totally isolated from the typical hustle and bustle of cities that makes it seem like you are visiting a small town. In addition, it is one of the most touristic places on the island, so it could not be missing from this list of the most beautiful towns in Tenerife.
La Laguna stands out for its spectacular cathedral and its historic center full of colorful streets, as well as numerous little shops and bars that give it an even more special atmosphere. It also has several palaces and typical Canarian houses that can be visited to learn more about Canarian architecture.
- Hidalgo Point
Right on the other side of the island is Punta del Hidalgo, a town popular with locals but little known to most tourists visiting the island. The streets of the center of Punta del Hidalgo do not have much interest other than a corner with colored houses, but there are really beautiful corners that are well worth visiting such as the Punta del Hidalgo Natural Pool and the Punta Del Hidalgo Viewpoint.
The Punta del Hidalgo Natural Pool was one of the most beautiful pools in Tenerife. It is perfect for bathing, since it is adapted so that, even if the sea is rough, the waves do not affect the movement of the water much in the puddle. In addition, it has beautiful views of Teide!
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