Towns in Tenerife
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Many of the annual events taking place in Tenerife resorts and town are
truly extraordinary, e.g., the Flower Carpet festivals, entire streets
laid with amazing pictures, painstakingly constructed entirely of flowers
and flower petals. The Mardi Gras carnivals at Tenerife's capital town,
Santa Cruz and the tourist resort of Los Cristianos are simply amazing -
check your dates before reserving holidays if you want to experience
TOWNS of NORTH TENERIFE
- Santa Cruz
The capital, is a typical busy, traffic laden capital port town with a
population of over 200,000. The Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
comprises of Tenerife and some of the other islands in the archipelago,
La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro. Santa Cruz is an important harbour,
connecting trading routes between Europe, Africa and America. It has many
valuable architectural monuments such as the Concepción and San
Francisco Churches. Interesting historical artefacts from conquering
times exist, including the many flags taken from Nelson during his
frustrated assault on the city. The golden-sand beach of Las Terrasitas
is just outside Santa Cruz Santa Cruz offers historical, scientific and
anthropological museums, as well as art galleries, cinemas and multi-cinema
complexes, cultural centres and theatres. Anaga Natural Park, with its
uniqueness and beauty deserve to be visited.
- Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz - population of more than 27,000 is the main
tourist resort of the north of the island. The Taoro Park, where
the Casino is situated, is a great vegetable area where one can
also find the Botanical Garden (which dates from 1788) featuring
trees and other vegetable species from every continent. Features
one of the islands internationally famous attractions, Loro Parque,
which no one should miss.
- La Laguna
4 km west of Santa Cruz and with a population of well over 125,000,
La Laguna is Tenerife's Province second most important city. It is
the old Capital of the Island and still the cultural and religious
capital - due to the fact that it lodges the San Fernando University
and the province's Bishopric. The whole city is full of outstanding
architectural monuments, palaces and traditional houses of earlier
centuries. Among its religious buildings the most outstanding are
the Cathedral, the Santo Domingo and the Concepción Churches -
this latter one a historical and artistic monument. One can also
find the Church of the Holy Cgrist and the San Miguel Chapel. History
and art in La Laguna are to be found in the Casa Ossuna Museum, the
Friends of the Country Economic Society Museum, the Concepción
Church's Museum and the Cathedral's Museum. La Laguna's Municipal
boundaries extend to the towns of Tejina and Valle Guerra - very
rich agricultural areas - as well as Bajamar and Punta del Hidalgo,
which have become tourist resorts with first class hotels, natural
swimming pools and extraordinary landscapes.
Garachico has around 6,000 inhabitants - along with Buenavista and
Los Silos forms the 'Low Island'. It is a quiet historical.town which
was in fact the islands principal port until it was destroyed in 1706
by a volcanic eruption. There are several historical monuments - the
Saint Michael Castle, the Churches of Santa Ana, Santo Domingo and Our
Lady of the Angels. The whole village is practically a living museum.
The popular 'romeria' (country feast) of San Roque has been declared
of national tourist interest. Garachico is also well know as a 'craft'
centre and Craft Fairs are always around.
- Los Realejos
Los Realejos, population of around 33,000, lies on the lower slopes of
the Las Cañadas del Teide mountain range. Mainly agricultural,
it is surrounded by banana plantations - although it is now a tourist
extension of Puerto de la Cruz. Garachico is also home to the oldest
Island's Church - the Santiago Parish - constructed in 1498. There is
a beautiful black-sand beach at El Socorro.
- La Oratava
The Villa de la Orotava has in excess of 36,000 inhabitants and lies
on the banana plantations of the Valley which bears its same name.
This old town has magnificent and monumental architectonic structures,
characterised by well shaded Canarian patios, squares and ancestral
houses. The Concepción Parish Church is a national monument.
The Casa de los Balcones (house of balconies) is a wonderful example
of the Island's traditional architecture. La Orotava also houses the
Documentation Research Centre of Spanish and American crafts. On the
Orotava mountains there are many tourist paths where one can enjoy
tracking excursions - some of which reach the great Cañadas
del Teide, a protected National Park area. The town has a botanical
garden - 'La Hijuela del Botánico' - with over 3,000 different
vegetable species mainly of South and Central American, African and
Australian origin. It has three beautiful dark-sand beaches -
El Bollullo, Martín Alonso and El Rincón.
- Icod de los Viños
Home of the reputedly 3000 year old 'Dragon Tree'. The tree is now
protected from the tourist damage that was unfortunately being caused
by people 'wanting a piece' of the tree. Several major alterations and
roadwork's have been implemented to improve the flow of traffic through
this busy and interesting town.
Candelaria is a tourist municipality with around 13,000 inhabitants.
Candelaria one finds the Basilica where the Islands' Virgin Patron is
worshipped. The church of the 'Black Madonna' is situated on a beautiful
square on the beach front, which is also the home of statues of the islands
previous 'Guanche Kings'.
Güimar has 16,000 inhabitants and like La Oratava, bears the name of
its beautiful valley. Although basically arid valley, it has been transformed
by local inhabitants into a rich green area producing bananas, potatoes,
vegetables and fruits.
Granadilla (19,000 inhabitants) is a picturesque town, of winding roads.
The agricultural richness of Granadilla produces all types of vegetables,
potatoes, legumes, cereals and grapes - and produces wine of excellent
quality. One should visit the Monte del Agua (Water Height) which has
amazing, lunar-like landscape.
- San Isidro
Situated about 7 km north of airport, San Isidro is a Spanish residents
working town. There are many Car showrooms and repair shops here along
with normal shops geared to the local residents.
Arona (population 28,000) is essentially tourist oriented. Arona town
itself is situated about 10 km about Los Cristianos. Arona is one of
the municipalities in charge of Playa Las Americas and Los Cristianos.
These towns count high quantity tourist resorts.
Vilaflor (pop. 1,599) is the highest point in Spain, situated at 1,400
metres from sea-level. It is a quiet town set amid pine, almond trees
and unique traditional architecture. An outstanding example is the
Parish Church and the old Palace of the Lords, in the Abona region.
The ruins of the convent were built in honour of Brother Pedro,
founding-father of the Bethlemite Order and beatified by the Vatican.
Other places to visit are - Madre del Agua, El Sombrero, Lomo Gordo,
Las Lajas recreational area, the San Roque mountain and Agua Agria.
The cheeses and wines f the area are also famous. Hunting is very
popular, and besides rabbits, close to Las Cañadas, one may
see the shy and elusive Iberian goats.
It is mainly an agricultural town, traditionally dedicated to banana and
tomato harvests. Its coast has been embellished by different tourist
resorts such as Callao Salvaje, San Eugenio and Marazul. Playa de Las
Americas is within its municipal boundaries. Approximately 13,000
registered inhabitants live in it - tourists often increase this number
to 100,000. Adeje is home of Barranco del Infierno, an impressive gorge
with greatly steep walls, decorated by amazing vegetation which rarely
lets sun-light through. Several burial caves used by the Guanches have
been found. Adeje's parish church displays a fine wooden Mudejar style
ceiling and an important Goblins' collection.
- El Medano
Wind surfing paradise, with fine golden sand, has a quiet beauty and one
of the best places on the planet to practise wind surfing. The town is
mostly residential but its holiday home structures are expanding with
demand. Agriculturally rich, Granadilla produces vegetables, potatoes,
legumes, cereals and grapes an of course, excellent quality wines.
Visit the Monte del Agua (Water Height) which is characterised by its
lunar-like landscape. In El Medano, visitors have hotels and other
tourist facilities such as boats to let.
- Los Abrigos
Fishing village. Has a small harbour and is almost completely full of
Fish Restaurants. A popular destination for Spanish tourists. This is
the place for a fish meal, with and almost unlimited choice of seafood.
- Los Cristianos
A small fishing town around which the real tourism has developed, preserves
its own flavour and is the ideal vacation or visiting place for those tourists
who spend their holidays in Tenerife's south. It has large traffic-free areas
and an extremely cosmopolitan atmosphere.
- Las Galletas
Was a traditional fishing village. Has a small harbour and is a popular
destination for Spanish tourists.
- Playa de Las Americas
Main tourist area of Tenerife this town is very busy and cosmopolitan.
Restaurants, Bars, Discos, Casino, Beaches. Situated 22 km from airport.
The town itself is constructed of mostly hotels and apartments providing
the required tourist accommodation for the extremely popular resort.
- Guia de Isora
Guía de Isora (12,841 inhabitants) is a prominent agricultural
production centre for tomatoes and bananas. The San Juan and Alcalá
beaches offer nautical and other sports including underwater fishing.
Travelling to Las Cañadas del Teide via Guía de Isora, one
can enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Southern part of
- Santiago del Teide
Santiago del Teide (pop. 6,565) (Santiago Port is below it on the coast
and has beaches at Playa de la Arena and del Argel as well as one of the
most interesting tourist places of the Island - El Acantilado de los
Gigantes - (the Giants Cliffs) complete with high quality hotels and
apartments, a nautical port, swimming pools, etc. Picturesque places
for excursions, are Acantilado, Masca, Tamaimo and the high Cherfe -
a tourist vantage point with magnificent sights. Sports, fishing and
hunting are popular here.
Situated above the cliffs of Los Gigantes this is a very small village
where people lived without access to other parts of Tenerife. Populated
by people that have lived there for centuries, this has now been opened
to visitors. It commands incredible views and an insight into old Canarian
way of life.
- Callao Salvaje
This is predominately a residential area of detached villas but is increasing
its tourist and holiday home facilities all the time. Situated about 7 km from
Playa de Las Americas.
- Playa de San Juan
Situated on West coast this small town has a growing tourist market but still
retains is Spanish roots. Black sand beach and good swimming. A car is
recommended to visit other parts of island.
- Playa de Alcala
Spanish town with port, where fishermen repair their boats and nets.
- Puerto de Santiago
Construction of hotel and apartments geared to tourists this has many
facilities. Rocky area good for snorkelling. Recommend car for visiting
other parts of island.
- Los Gigantes
Situated on the tip of the west coast this town gets its name from the
giant cliffs that tower the town. Geared toward the tourist this its
construction is mainly hotels and apartments. It boasts many bars and
restaurants and also a tennis and sports centre. A car is recommended
to visit other parts of the island.