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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The six most beautiful towns in Tenerife

Houses that would have fronted the port until 1706, from the Parque de la Puerta de Tierra, Garachico

Entirely subjective, because this is the most beautiful towns in Tenerife, according to the newspaper ‘Público, but we cannot disagree that the island houses some of the most charming and unique municipalities of the archipelago, most of them located in the north of the island, and that Tenerife is much more than its beaches and all-inclusive hotels.

1. Garachico


Located in the northwest, Garachico intermingles with the sea, the volcanic landscape and the Canary pine. The eruption of the Trevejo volcano, which devastated it in 1706, only served to rebuild it even more fascinating than before. It is worth noting the natural pools of El Caletón, one of its most popular bathing areas. Its cobbled streets and excellent gastronomic offer attract hundreds of tourists and locals to enjoy the town daily.

Iglesia de San Marcos, Tegueste. Mataparda / Public domain


2. Tegueste


One of the three Tenerife municipalities that lack a coast (the others are El Tanque and Vilaflor), authentic Canarian tradition among vineyards and historical buildings, make Tegueste a tranquil stop. The Camino de los Laureles connects with the pure nature of the place. Its historic center was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1986.

Mercado del Agricultor Güímar. Photo Jose Mesa Some Rights Reserved

3. Güímar


Located in the southeast of Tenerife, it houses the Malpaís de Güímar Special Nature Reserve, whose volcanic landscape merges with the sea. Güímar has some of the most popular and most visited ravines on the island: Herques, El Escobonal or Badajoz ravines. It also has a coastal area where you can enjoy a wide gastronomic and leisure offer.

Church of San Juan Bautista in San Juan de la Rambla Paweł 'pbm' Szubert / CC BY-SA

4. San Juan de la Rambla


Picturesque Tenerife municipality, located in the North. It preserves authentic Canarian heritage, together with its old streets, make the walk through San Juan de la Rambla truly enjoyable. It has one of the most beautiful natural pools in the country: the Charco de La Laja. It is also recognized for its exquisite arroz caldoso in the Las Aguas neighborhood, where every weekend it is crowded with people ready to enjoy its gastronomy.

Casa de los Balcones La Orotava

5. La Orotava


For many, La Orotava is the most beautiful municipality in Tenerife, which includes approximately 78 percent of the Teide National Park. Its historic center was declared a Historic Artistic Complex in 1976 thanks to its buildings of great heritage, quite significant in the history of the island. The typical balconies that adorn the facades of its traditional houses, as well as the carpets of flowers, every year gather thousands of visitors.

Calle Mequinez, Puerto de la Cruz. Image by Joanna Gawlica-Giędłek from Pixabay

6. Puerto de la Cruz


Located on the north coast of Tenerife and known for its black sand beaches and home to some of the island's biggest tourist attractions. In addition, it still preserves its historic fishing pier where only small boats arrive. Having a drink in the popular Plaza del Charco or taking a walk through the La Ranilla neighborhood to enjoy its art and gastronomy is a tourist obligation in this coastal town. Puerto de la Cruz has been considered a Place of National Tourist Interest since 1955 due to its long history as a holiday and rest center.

Los pueblos más bonitos de Tenerife, según el periódico ‘Público’

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