Five Surprising Scenes of Tenerife

Fri, February 13th, 2015 - By Jack Montgomery

The first time we walked in the remote north east of Tenerife we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscape. The scenery was not what we expected from Tenerife at all.

The terrain was wild and challenging, with steep ravines whose depths were obscured by dark shadows and whose green, lush ridges were broken only by the the white specks of cottages.

We commented if you were to drop someone who didn’t know Tenerife, or even plenty who think they did, into this landscape they could have had a million tries and not guess it was Tenerife.

It was only eighty kilometres from resorts such as Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje but it might as well have been on the other side of the galaxy such was the difference in appearance and feel.

Many travel articles aimed at bringing more people to Tenerife’s shores focus on the resort areas, painting a picture of an island that seems to have been developed purely for tourism and with a predominately British audience in mind.

Subsequently the island that exists away from the main resorts can come as quite a surprise.

Here are five scenes of Tenerife where if someone was parachuted in blindfolded they wouldn’t have a clue where they’d landed.

Anaga

 

Terraces, Anaga, Tenerife

Anaga occupies a huge chunk of the north east of the island. It takes time to get there from anywhere and once you arrive progress is slowed by narrow winding roads, most of which deter coaches. It’s unspoilt Tenerife where agricultural life goes on, slowly, much as it always has. What’s more incredible about Anaga’s remoteness is that the two nearest decent sized settlements are also the two most populated cities on Tenerife – La Laguna and Santa Cruz. Talk about contrasts.

Teno

 

Teno Park, La Gomera, Tenerife

Teno National Park at the opposite end of the island is a sight for sore eyes at the best of times, but in spring when vibrant wild flowers carpet the hills, it’s a place to make the heart soar as high as the kestrels who circle this exquisite area of Tenerife. Anyone who thinks Tenerife doesn’t have seasons should take a trip into Teno in April.

Teide National Park

 

Roques de Garcia, Teide National Park, Tenerife

On the one hand Teide National Park is the most visited place on Tenerife. But the majority of visitors to the lunar landscape head to the same two spots – Roques de Garcia and the cable car. Move away from either and remove the big fellow, Mount Teide, from the frame and you find scenes that only a small percentage see.

The North Coast

 

Rambla del Castro, Los Realejos, Tenerife

Parts of the north coast are as far removed from the pristine resort beaches as, well, somewhere on the other side of the Atlantic. And some sections look more like they could be in the Caribbean than a Spanish island near Africa.

Orotava Valley

 

Potato pickers, Orotava Valley, Tenerife

The link with the other side of the Atlantic is evident in many ways on Tenerife, especially in the hills of the Orotava Valley where scenes of rural life can look more South American than Spanish.

Anyone still think Tenerife is just one big resort where you can get all day British breakfasts whenever you fancy?

Posted : Friday, February 13th, 2015 at 10:43 am
Category : days out
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One Response to “Five Surprising Scenes of Tenerife”

  1. Sue Webb says:

    I have been to all these places except Teno National Park. It is these places that make me come back every year, twice where possible. I love the Island, the people, the language and the culture (and ofcourse the weather). Please let the people who love Las Americas and all day English breakfast stay there 🙂
    Hasta pronto

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