Ten Picturesque Plazas on Tenerife

Fri, November 2nd, 2012 - By Jack Montgomery

One of my favourite things to do on holiday is to find a pretty square which has at least one café or bar where I can sit with a beer or a coffee and a cake and watch the world go by.

What do I mean when I’m on holiday? I like to do it any time and here on Tenerife I’ve got plenty of picturesque plazas to choose from. These are my top ten.

Plaza Iglesia, Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz is blessed with inviting plazas and I love them all. However, my favourite is Plaza Iglesia. The church the plaza is named after adds an architectural sweetener to the scene and there are often locals in swish fashions tying the knot there, bringing a bit of glamour. Throw in a wonderful swan fountain and the Ébano Café and you’ve got the perfect plaza.

 

Swan Fountain, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

 

Plaza del Adelantado, La Laguna
Another historic beauty in the centre of La Laguna old quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which as well as being surrounded by historic buildings boasts a centrepiece marble fountain. The plaza’s cafés aren’t very elegant but they do serve cracking arepas.

Plaza de la Libertad, Garachico
A cracker of a plaza and possibly the most picturesque on Tenerife. With palms, Indian laurels, a boutique hotel, two churches, turtles and a statue of the most famous freedom fighter ever, Garachico’s main plaza has it all. The bandstand is a great place for a beer and watching the locals arguing over card games.

 

Plaza in Garachico, Tenerife

 

Plaza España, Santa Cruz
With moody monuments of warriors with perfect buttocks, an underground castle and a lake-sized pool the main plaza in Santa Cruz combines the historic with the contemporary and there are plenty of bars around it from which to enjoy the sights.

Plaza Andrés de Lorenzo, Icod de los Vinos
It’s all about trees in Icod de los Vinos; from the plaza there’s views of the Millennium Drago but don’t overlook the sprawling old banyan tree in the plaza itself. Grab a beer at the bandstand café and soak up scenes of a jacaranda shaded delight.

 

Basilica, Candelaria, Tenerife

 

Plaza de la Patrona de Canarias, Candelaria
The most regal of Tenerife’s plazas boasts nine Guanche kings (Menceys) as well as an impressive Basilica. There are tapas restaurants on one side of the square where you can munch on sardines whilst trying to memorise the names of Tenerife’s ancient kings.

Plaza de Principe de Asturias, El Médano
Not as pretty as other plazas but it’s got a lively surf scene personality and it’s a beach side plaza which lends it a different appeal from the others.

Plaza Alcalá
It’s small but the plaza in Alcalá has a seductive ambience about it and, for its size, a decent choice of bars and restaurants.

 

Plaza, Los Silos, Tenerife

 

Plaza de la Luz, Los Silos
The plaza in one of Tenerife’s overlooked towns, Los Silos, is home to a storytelling festival in December. The rest of the time it’s an exquisite little spot to rest away from the madding crowd.

Plaza de la Constitución, La Orotava
A classic plaza with another bandstand that doubles as a café. It’s bordered by churches, gardens, a grand mansion and is especially magical at Christmas.

Posted : Friday, November 2nd, 2012 at 12:18 pm
Category : towns & resorts
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