The Anaga massif (Macizo de Anaga) is at the northeastern end of the island. A cloud lives there perennially and allows the growth of the Laurisilva, a type of humid subtropical laurel forest. To go there from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, follow road TF-11 to San Andrés, then the road goes into the massif. After some km, there is a crossroads. You can follow TF-134 to descend towards Taganana, reach the coast and find some small villages and black beaches at the mouth or the gorges. If you go to the west following TF-12, there is a viewpoint from which you can see San Cristóbal de la Laguna. Taking TF-13 you will arrive to Tegueste and Tejina, in the west slope of the massif.
Plaza del Principe
The Plaza del Principe is a lovely city centre park - quite small and hemmed in by buildings, but pleasant nontheless. It is surrounded by some quite lovely buildings too, notably the Museum Of Fine Arts which runs right along one side.
By night the park is illuminated and musical notes hang from the trees, something I didn't notice by day. I guess these adornments may change during the year or may have been there for the recent Mardi Gras, but they were nice to see.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz is the capital and largest city of Tenerife. To be honest I was a little disappointed with the place at first, I think I expected a little too much of it in terms of architectural splendour and history. In fact much of Santa Cruz is a sprawling, modern city and all of the industry that you would associate with its status as the major seaport of the island.
You arrive on the TF1 motorway passing chemical works and oil refineries and pass through suburban areas that are being torn down and rebuilt, giving the impression of one big building site. You finally arrive at a bus station that is gleaming and modern and covered in glass and you wonder did you get this city all wrong.
After spending a few hours seeing the sights (what there are of them - see Santa Cruz page) we thought "well, we've seen it now, I doubt if I'd come back again". However by evening, when the city came alive with nightlife, and certainly throughout the next day our attitude changed. Santa Cruz is a place that I will certainly visit again as it does have a quite quiet charm all of its own, and it is most definitely Spanish, paying little regard to the tourist hordes.
The shops here are a class above those in Las Americas (though prices are higher too) and the restaurants & bars are a lot different too, ranging from outdoor terraces through large "colonial style" bars to hole-in-the-wall type of places. Food and drink is cheaper than Las Americas, quite substantially so in some instances.
Canary Island Sights
When in Tenerife, stroll through Garcia Sanabria Park and then walk along the Rambla del General Franco.
While we were enjoying our cokes,people watching, we met a California blonde at the next table who was an exchange student. She asked to walk with us for a while because the Spanish men constantly followed her and made comments when she walked alone.
Go shopping. The Canary
Islands became a duty-free zone by royal decree in 1852. Nowadays it is a free-trade
zone. But bargains abound. Best buys: electronics, gems, silver jewelry, silks,
leatherware and elegant furs.
"Tenerife in 2001"
Here is what Tenerife looks like as you come into the harbor.
On the left is La Candelaria Memorial. It was erected in 1778.