You Don’t Need to Leave the Coast to Explore Tenerife

Mon, August 19th, 2013 - By Jack Montgomery

You’ve had enough of the beach and decided it’s time to do a bit of sightseeing on Tenerife. Heading into the mountains and forests, doing a bit of space travel in the process by crossing the surreal and unique volcanic terrain in Teide National Park, seems the perfect plan.

The sun is shining and it’s hot. Everything is perfect… apart from one thing. You discover the Tenerife Government has closed the roads to Mount Teide and prohibited all leisure activities in the mountains.

Your plans are well and truly scuppered.

Prohibiting activities in the hills on Tenerife isn’t unusual during the hottest summer months when the risk of forest fires is at its highest. However, it isn’t only summer when roads to El Teide can be closed. It might be sunbathing weather on the coast during winter, but ice and snow at altitude can result in roads being closed at that time of year as well.

There’s no need to ditch plans for exploration of this wonderful island though. Tenerife has plenty of interesting little places to visit along its coastline without anyone having to travel too far from their resort.


El Puertito, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

The South and South West
The south and south west coasts have been extensively developed for tourism purposes, so there is a shortage of ‘hidden away’ hamlets along the stretch from Costa Adeje to Los Gigantes. The little fishing village of La Caleta used to be one but it has now found itself surrounded by upmarket developments. Still offering an escape from the crowds is El Puertito, between La Caleta and Playa Paraiso, which remains a lovely little cove with a sandy beach, bobbing boats and a laid back restaurant.


Whale Sculpture, Los Silos, Tenerife

The North and North West
There’s loads to choose from along the north west coast. Top choice for coach excursions is Garachico. But continue beyond Garachico to Los Silos whose narrow, cobbled streets are a barrier to the coaches. The centre of the town is picturesque in itself but head down to the coast to see a whale sculpture, an old lime oven and the spot where the first telegraph cable came ashore on Tenerife. Plus there are plenty of inviting little places to linger over a Canarian lunch.

Alternatively, carry on further to Buenavista del Norte, a town that is generally tourist free even though it’s right next to one of the island’s most attractive golf courses, designed by Seve Ballesteros. A coastal trail from the town running alongside the golf course passes coves, rock pools, the wafting nets of El Burgado restaurant and a little-known infinity pool.


Buenaviste Del Norte, Tenerife

The East
Again, there are lots of curious little settlements along the east coast like the fishing communities of La Jaca and Tajao tucked away in coves that are protected by the pale golden embrace of eroded jablé rock formations. Offering more options for exploration is El Puertito de Güímar with its funky harbour, fish restaurants and a coastal path that leads past old military bunkers into the volcanic badlands (malpaís).


Puertito de Guimar, Tenerife

With plenty more like these to discover, having to explore Tenerife’s coastline when the hills and mountains are out of bounds isn’t such a hardship.

Posted : Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 10:38 am
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