Villages and cities of the Canaries
"La Orotava (Tenerife)"
La Orotava is Tenerife's most famous village. It is filled with ancient churches and aristocratic manors in Canarian style. On the shadow of the Teide, the valley offers scenic views and a fertile subtropical landscape
The "drago" garden is really picturesque. The old pool with the ducks is lovely.
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This fishing village is one of the most picturesque on the island. It was partially destroyed by a vulcanic eruption centuries ago. When the lava reached the sea, it solidified forming natural swimming pools.
This is the small castle that used to protect Garachico's port from pirates.
Garachico's picturesque streets.
"Las Palmas de Gran Canaria"
This tiny village is my favorite in the island. From its high position it dominates the southern part of the island and Fuerteventura. This tiny church is so lovely !
The many palm trees in this beautiful village in Northern Lanzarote ressemble an oasis as you approach the village through the mountains.
The former capital of the island still has a number of colonial houses. Every sunday a toutist market is organised there.
The former capital of the island still retains the colonial atmosphere.
Beautiful pinky sunset in La Orotava
"Macizo de Anaga (Tenerife)"
The northern tip of the island (Macizo de Anaga) is still very wild and far away from the tourist areas. It is covered by dense forests and a few fisher villages are dramatically perched on the cliffs.
In the valley under Anaga mountains you will enjoy La Laguna, the former capital of the island. This town has been listed in the UNESCO world Heritage, since its urban pattern was used as a model for all the colonial cities in the Spanish America.
"Santa Cruz de Tenerife"
The present capital of the island and its main port. Along with Las Palmas it is also the seat of the regional government.
The city has ca. 200.000 inhabitants and an active commercial live.
Since the former capital was nearby La Laguna, there are not very old buildings or cathedrals in Santa Cruz, but the center is very interesting. You will enjoy the shopping in the elegant shops and department stores, the beautiful parks and the colonial villas along the Rambla.
"Puerto de la Cruz (Tenerife)"
This town is the main resort in the North coast. Apart from Loro Parque, the city has an interesting Botanical garden and a long sea promenade. It is surrounded by lush exotic vegetation and endless banana plantations.
Sand in Tenerife's beaches is from vulcanic origin, so it is black. The famous Lago Martiánez, at the end of the sea promenade, was designed by Lanzaroteño Manrique. Its pools and bars are really cool.
Also cats seem to enjoy life in Puerto de la Cruz.
"Icod de los Vinos (Tenerife)"
Under the shadow of Teide, this town is famous for its delicious wines and for its "drago", the island's totem tree. It has also some interesting buildings in the old area.