The North: Volcanic Pearl of the Archipelago Family
Tenerife is an island located in the archipelago of the Canary Islands and belongs to Spain. The archipelago consists of seven bigger islands; Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.
Tenerife is full of diversity and surprises. Main tourist resorts are located in the southern part of the island, which is also the sunniest part throughout the whole year. You will hear very often that people do not go to the northern part because it is cold and has bad weather. Well, they could not be more wrong. We were impressed with so called El Norte. Do not go from Tenerife without visiting it. It is more authentic and less touristic.
Tenerife is the largest Spanish island with the capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, located on the northeastern part of the Island. The capital has around 200,000 inhabitants. Some of the main landmarks and sites are definitely Auditorio de Tenerife, church Iglesia de la Concepcion, Plaza de Espana and near by the beach Playa de las Teresitas.
Auditorio de Tenerife, the Sydney Opera House lookalike concert hall architected by Santiago Calatrava, is for sure one of the most known landmarks and buildings on the island.
About ten minutes’ drive from Santa Cruz you will find one of the few white beaches Playa de las Teresitas. This astonishing beach is a great place for chilling and relaxing during the day. Furthermore, it is an amazing place for having a morning coffee or doing sports.
Right above the beach is a great mirador with a spacious view of the whole Santa Cruz coast and Las Teresitas. This is also the perfect place for taking photos.
Think global, act local
The northern part of the island is less touristic, cheaper and more authentic. We fell in love with this place. La Laguna is a former capital city of Tenerife and nowadays is a lively student town and one of the best preserved historic and cultural part on the island. Every weekend you will find great parties in the town. La Laguna, the inland town, is one of the most authentic places on the island. This authentic architecture is far away from the buildings and resorts on the South. Take some time to get to know this part, you will not regret it.
Driving along the north coast, there are many banana plantations. Many of them are privately owned but if you stop the car you can usually enter to las plataneras for some quick photo shoot. Most platanos from Tenerife are exported to South America.
Garachico is a quiet and picturesque town with the cutest main square. Surprisingly, the coastal town does not have any big hotels and resorts, probably because there is no proper beach and thanks to that Garachico has kept its Canarian dentity. Take some time for a coffee on the main plaza and just enjoy the day. Famous volcanic rock pools are open for public during nice weather.
Icod de los Vinos is the host to the dragon tree.
Punta de Teno is the very northwest point of the island and the place where waves are constantly crashing against the black volcanic beach. When the weather is good and the sky is clear the view stretches all the way to the neighboring island La Gomera. This spot is not a hidden gem but if you would like to take a rest and talk to the nature this is the place to be.
Top experiences on the northern cost of Tenerife:
- Santa Cruz de Tenerife
- Playa de las Teresitas
- La Laguna
- Punta de Teno
Coming soon: Tenerife South