The island of Tenerife is nearly eight hundred square miles in size and can boast far more large towns than the smaller Canary Islands. Many visitors stay on the resorts to be found along the south west coast, but it is well worth exploring the rest of the island.
There are in fact a number of towns and villages which deserve a visit, such as the below:
Santa de la Tenerife
The island’s capital, Santa de la Tenerife, is found to the northeast of the island. This town also happens to be the joint capital of the Canary Islands along with Las Palmas on Gran Canaria.
The town is also where much of the island’s heritage as well as its cultural highlights can be discovered. Must-see attractions include the Audituro de Tenerife, a stunning modern auditorium and also the Museum of Nature and Man and the Plaza de Espania. Santa de la Tenerife is good for shopping and restaurants, but if you want to see historic sites along with a vibrant nightlife head to La Laguna.
San Cristobal de La Laguna
La Laguna, as the town is more commonly named is also located to the northeast of the island. It has been a university town for over three hundred years. Thanks to its student population it has earned a reputation as a top nightlife hotspot. This one-time capital can boast most of the history of the island and the centre of the city has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Further highlights include the Cathedral de La Laguna and the Iglesias de la Conception.
Los Realejos can be found at the north of Tenerife and is enveloped by mountains, beaches and agricultural land. Once a quiet, small town, it is now becoming a high end holiday destination but has retained its charm. Highlights include a 13th century church, Santiago Parish and El Socorro beach, a beautiful black sand beach used by locals and holidaymakers alike.
La Oratova is the smartest town in Tenerife. The town is overlooked by the famous Tiede Mountain and surrounded by banana plantations. Highlights include wandering around the many parks and squares as well as the old historic centre. There are three beaches to choose from as well as some fascinating botanical gardens.
Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz is the most established resort in Nothern Tenerife. The town offers a blend of Tenerife city life and holiday attractions. Home to a zoo, an archaeological museum and botanical gardens, there’s plenty to do for visitors when they are not sunning themselves on the glamorous Jardin Beach.
The beautiful town of Garachio has had its run of bad luck in history with plagues, volcanic eruptions and floods. It has however remained a most pleasant town to wander around. Garachio sits at the bottom of a cliff and has no great beach to speak of, but what it does offer is a laid back way of life and a number of delightful hidden restaurants.
About the Author: Written by Tony, a UK based travel blogger working on behalf of cheapflights.co.uk – the only place to look when booking flights to Tenerife.
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