Photo Ops in South Tenerife

Mon, November 14th, 2011 - By Linda

I collect fridge magnets – sad, I know. They secured the postcards from friends’ travels to my fridge door, but I noticed the other day that where there were lots of cards, this year I only have a couple.

I have, however, seen countless photos on Facebook which pals posted, grinning in front of some famous monument, or clowning around, pretending to have Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia in the palm of their hand or some-such. Evidently postcards are being replaced, now you can instantly whizz your smiling face around the world. So when you want to send home greetings with that South Tenerife flavour, where do you go to snap?

When your friends see Mount Teide in your picture, they have no doubt that you’re in Tenerife, but the best views are undoubtedly from the northern coast, from Puerto de la Cruz or El Sauzal. However, if you’re staying in the south, and don’t want to make the journey to the Teide National Park, try nipping up to the village of Santiago del Teide, where the famous peak is closer than from Costa Adeje. It’s a pretty village and worth a visit anyway, and afterwards you can wind down to Los Gigantes and pose in front of the stunning cliffs.

Where is the most photogenic beach in the south? It’s La Tejita for me. Its long stretch of sand culminates in Montaña Roja, the small mountain which greets you when you arrive at Reina Sofia Airport. Whilst you’re there you can nip around the headland to El Médano and settle down on the other flank of the mountain to get some colourful shots of wind and kite surfers.

For real surfing, a stroll along the coast from the H10 El Conquistador, just past Los Cristianos, past Fitenia to La Izquierda in Playa de las Americas will often yield some good snaps of wave riders. Amble on a bit further and the boardwalk takes you to three pieces of street art just begging you to give them a hug for the camera, especially at sunset.

From that same stretch of coast, on a clear day, you’ll spy the closest of the other Canary Islands, La Gomera. However, if you drive up, through Arona and away from the coast it isn’t hard to find somewhere to stop and shoot it from a different angle. If you’re lucky you’ll also get in El Hierro or La Palma. With all that greenery, will the folks back home believe you’re in Tenerife? You could have them guessing.

The island has many picturesque churches, but the most famous is the Basilica of Candelaria in the town of that name, alongside Las Caletillas. Take a shot from the edge of the nearby harbour to get the effect of the waves as they crash onto the shore too.

Speaking of harbours, Las Galletas, close to Costa del Silencio, is probably the prettiest one in the south.  It’s been renovated in recent years, and although pleasure boats now sail from there, it’s still very much a working, fishing village, with all the colour that implies.

It’s just as well that this post is narrowed to the south of the island, because the photo opportunities here are almost limitless. It’s becoming a magnet for photographers both amateur and professional, so why not put yourself in the picture?

Posted : Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 10:02 am
Category : about tenerife
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