Tenerife is the largest, most populated and in many ways the most varied island in the Canaries archipelago. Its territory with an area of over 2 thousand km2 is surrounded by rocky coastline and filled with valleys and volcanic mountains. Unlike most tourist destinations, which offer only an extensive network of holiday resorts and sandy beaches, Tenerife can boast of many places worth to visit.
Pico del Teide, Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide and Vilaflor
The main attraction of Tenerife is the Teide volcano located in the center of the island, along with the surrounding national park and the town of Vilaflor situated at the foothills. This highest peak of the island, covered by snow almost all year, measures 3718 meters above sea level. The cable car can reach as high as 3555 meters above sea level, providing us with an incredible view of the volcanic slopes, the ocean and the islands of the archipelago. There are numerous hiking trails around Teide, where you can admire 58 species of unique plants, e.g. red flowers of vipers. In the park we’ll also find the Roque Cinchado, a rock of a rather specific shape, often called a “stone tree” or “God’s finger.” Vilaflor is famous for its historic, charming buildings and the production of fine wines. This is where most of the trails going straight to Teide begin.
Santa Cruz De Tenerife
It is the capital of Tenerife, located on the east coast. It is worth to visit it because of numerous restaurants, shops, beautiful squares, promenades, harbor and unique beaches. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is also home to the church Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion and 17th century castle of San Juan Bautista.
Many visitors consider La Orotava to be the most beautiful town on the island. It is located on the north coast and perfectly represents colonial architecture. Narrow cobbled streets, 17th and 18th century residences, baroque churches, the town hall of the nineteenth century, the botanical garden of Hijuela del Botanico with more than 100 years of history contribute to the unique climate of the town.
This attraction is located on the east coast of Tenerife. These are terraced structures built from volcanic stones. Their age and purpose have not been discovered yet. Some scholars claim that the pyramids were erected no later than in the nineteenth century, but many studies indicate high degree of similarity to the structure of pyramids found in Mesopotamia, where they once served astronomical functions.