Although many visitors to Tenerife opt for the resorts of the south of the island where the bars, restaurants, clubs and theme parks are specifically geared towards them having holiday fun, plenty like to experience the traditional face of the island as well.
There’s a way to get a taste of authentic Tenerife that mirrors journeys from coast to hill that locals have been making for centuries. It’s cheap and what’s more the experience will be a personal and unique one.
Here are ten suggestions for swapping life at the beach for life in the hills for a day.
Los Gigantes to Santiago del Teide
Santiago del Teide is one of the prettiest towns on Tenerife. There are more pavement cafés than there ever has been as well as Canarian restaurants, a picnic zone, farmers’ market, beautiful church and the Santiago del Teide Visitor Centre. The 325 links the two towns six times a day.
Playa San Juan to Guia de Isora
Guia de Isora is a working town and not particularly picturesque. There is a small historic quarter and a nice church but it’s probably best to coincide a visit with one of the many cultural events/fiestas that take place throughout the year. The 494 route links the two places.
Costa Adeje/Las Americas to Adeje
Definitely worth the short trip, old Adeje town bustles with local flavour, especially from pollo al ajillo, the garlic chicken the town is famous for. The popular Barranco del Infierno route starts from the top end of town. Catch the 447 or 473.
Los Cristianos to Vilaflor
Bypass Arona town and stay on the 480/474 all the way to Vilaflor. Located on the edge of the pine forest, Vilaflor is another of Tenerife’s most picturesque towns with plenty of restaurants and a stunner of a church overlooking a pretty plaza.
Costa del Silencio to San Miguel de Abona
It’ll require a bit of an early start to catch the 486 to San Miguel de Abona, but it’s one of the nicest of the southern hill towns and it boasts some wonderful restaurants in historic buildings; ideal for long, leisurely lunches.
El Médano to Granadilla de Abona
Granadilla de Abona has a picturesque old quarter and a couple of historic attractions. The beauty of this one is that with four routes (408,409,410,411) you don’t have to wait around long once you’ve seen enough of authentic life in the hills.
Las Caletillas to Guimar
Although Las Caletillas is part of historic Candelaria, a jaunt to Guimar on the 121 takes you to the place which used to be the end of the road for anyone heading south. It’s also home of the controversial pyramids.
Bajamar/Punta del Hidalgo to La Laguna
It’s easy to lose a day in Tenerife’s former capital La Laguna. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site – which should tell you why it’s worth a visit. It’s also easy to travel between the two on the 050 or 105 buses.
Puerto de la Cruz to La Orotava
There’s plenty of Canarian character in Puerto de la Cruz to keep you there for the duration, but you’d be missing a treat by not jumping on the 345 to visit one of the treasures of Tenerife, La Orotava.
Nowhere. It’s Garachico, the prettiest historic town on Tenerife, nowhere in the nearby hills comes close.
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