The main reason to go these places is of course the sun and the sea.
All these beaches have been man made! The sand was made out of stones from the sea bed or of lava stones of the island. The sand is very fine and grey or black.
As there are thousands of tourists and not much beaches they get prety crouded.
When you get out of the water and look at your feet they will probably look like mine did...
Rent a car and drive up Mount Teide. It's a phantastic experience! Within about 45 minutes, you drive from sea level up to about 2500 m at the base of the gondola that goes almost to the top of Mount Teide.
On your way up, you see the landscape changing rapidly. The higher you go, the lower the temperatures and the more precipitation.
The picture is taken at 3550 m at the top station of the Teide gondola lift. The real top of Teide (3718 m) is only accessible if you have special permission from the Authorities in Santa Cruz.
From the top station of the lift, two footpaths go in opposite directions. Take them both
Warning: take warm clothes with you. Long pants and trouses are the minimum, a suitable jacket is advised.
Tip: be there early in the moning and take the first gondola up. If you arrive later, there may be long queues and the sky is less clear.
The north coast of Tenerife is very different from the touristical south coast.
The landscape is colourful, with lots of trees and flowers. Along the coast line there are many banana plantages.
The villages are still very quiet and people don't speak German or English.
There are numerous lizzards on Mount Teide and the surrounding areas. In some places, these friendly animals are used to tourists and you can approach them very closely to make beautiful pictures.
The size of the lizzards: I think 10 to 15 cm on average, so rather small.
Along he promenade, just before reaching playa del las amricas (if coming from la caleta) you can sea some very siggestive rocks that have been mounlded and levigated by the sea.. in one place, when the sea is rough, there's an interesting sight that "comes to life". the ojo soflador.
Basically it's a natural hole found in the rocks that, when the sea swells and gets rough, pushes the seawater into the air as if it was a small geyser... I really liked this!!!
let's face it. the the Adeje coast is very touristy and developed... especially in terms of huge hotels. Still, there's one really good thing to be said about it: there is a long and wide traffic-free promenade running along the coast, from Los Cristianos in the east to f La Caleta in the west. It's several miles long, very scenic, all paved and accessible to people with strollers and lined with stunning vegetation in particular palm trees, cacti, and tropical flowers.
In costa Adeje there are two lovely churches that are standing one next to the other - the oldest one dates back to the 16th century and is dedicated to the virgin of the reincarnation. Some people also know this little church by the name La enramada.
The reason is simple: the first appearance of the “Viergen de La Encarnación” took place in the nearby Eramada beach - for this reason local people built this little church and I believe that this is the oldest church in South tenerife.
The new church in Adeje, next to the 16th century church of the Viegen de la Incarnacion, was built in the 20th century and is dedicated to San Sebastián. The cult of Sran Sebastián made sure that people and animals were protected against infections and illnesses. The reason I mentioned animals, too is that you'll notice several railings with hooks where animals can be tied.
On 20 January each year there is a mass and then the statue of San Sebastián is taken to a procession; after thant horses decorated with ribbons are taken down to the nearby beach to have a swim - to protect them against infections and illnesses, indeed.
It's a very popular walk in the harsh and arid south Tenerife landscape, that takes 2-3 hours and is approx. 5 km. The town of Adeje is the starting point, along the path you will find interesting vegetation, the walk ends at a waterfall that is not particularly exciting in it but it's quite unexpected in such a dry landscape.
I will not recommed it if you suffer from vertigo.
The picture shows the upper cone of Mount Teide and the gondola lift that brings you almost to the top.
The northwest of Tenerife is a beautiful area with deep valleys and steep rocks. The orientation of the slopes determines if they are brown (south-faced) or greed (north-faced).
This pictue is taken at a height of about 2300 m, at the foot of the cone of Mount Teide. The base of the gondola to the top is behind the rocks in the center of the picture.
At the base of the upper cone of Mount Teide, at an altitude of 2000 to 2500 m there are some remarkable flora like the ones captured on this picture.