It might seem a long way to go for a tree and a rock but your trust will be rewarded as public bus company Titsa reveals timeless villages in the folds of the hills and one of the most picturesque towns on Tenerife. All you need is a timetable and a multi ride Bono ticket for big discounts.
The 460 bus to Icod de Los Vinos (3.65 euros on the Bono) goes roughly every two hours from Playa de Las Americas bus station, or Costa Adeje Estacion as Titsa refer to it. Once you clear Fanabe and Torviscas in Costa Adeje, the Armenime roundabout fires you up into Guia de Isora and Santiago del Teide as Callao Salvaje, Playa Paraiso and Playa San Juan fall away below. The roads here are tight and twisting, the new ring road that you cross will eventually make this journey quicker but not half as much fun. Chugging up a steep climb the road hugs the mountain as a sheer drop way down below makes this a bit of a white knuckle ride.
Dedicated walkers on your bus will be licking their lips before departing at Santiago del Teide or Erjos to get up close with nature. Locals will appear seemingly from nowhere at remote stops and as the bus approaches Icod de los Vinos there are tantalizing glimpses of the Garachico coast. The corkscrew road down into Icod de los Vinos reveals the iconic gnarled Drago Tree and as you glide into the local bus station, some 90 minutes after leaving the south, the bizarre mural is sure to bring a smile to your face.
The historic centre of Icod is an uphill walk from the station but well worth it for the narrow cobbled shopping streets, and the main plaza with its large café and views over the Drago park and Mariposario butterfly zoo.
To extend your day, hop on an hourly 368 Buenavista del Norte bus for the 15 minute ride down into Garachico, the port that was wiped out by a volcanic eruption in 1706. The famous rock is a final spit of lava that sits just off the seafront teaming with bird life but like Icod de los Vinos, the star has plenty of great rival attractions. The rock pools of El Caleton are a popular spot as the sea races in between the fissures. Some swim, some sunbathe on rocky perches, and some just admire the beauty of it. Across the road, take a side street to emerge in the Plaza de La Libertad, framed with history like the church Iglesia Nuestra Senora De Los Angeles, the Ayuntamiento (council) building and the former convent of San Francisco.
The green Titsa buses nip around all over Tenerife, you might find yourself on a far flung walk or at the coast gazing up into the hills and you will see a jolly green giant popping along the main road in the distance. Heading back south from Icod in the evening it’s common to pass through low cloud, quite a cosy feeling as the driver negotiates very basic back roads with casual skill. Happy Exploring
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