GPS and hiking information for Tenerife
Favorite thing: These two websites have a lot of GPS files that you can download for free:
Since I had collected so many GPS files it was hard to decide which walks to do during the holiday. Therefore I bought a collection of PDF files that describe the best walks in Tenerife from this website:
I bought the complete series for 9 euros. The PDF files have good descriptions of the walks, with good directions, tips and a nice sense of humor. Perfect for people without a GPS device.
I did not use the descriptions of the walks in the PDFs though, since for the walks that we finally decided to do there were also GPS files available. Personally, I find it a lot more relaxing not to have to read a description all the time during the walks, but just to follow the track on the GPS.
- Hiking and Walking
The main shopping drag
Favorite thing: Tenerife has been drawing tourists for a long time so there has been plenty of development over the years. There are some pretty streets to enjoy however it can feel slightly false and touristy, probably due to the large numbers of British and German tourists. Shopping is plentiful and there are plenty of places to buy souvenirs.
Candelaria and its cathedral
Favorite thing: Candelaria is a city in the southeast part of the island of Tenerife. It is a place of veneration of the Virgin of Candelaria which is also the patron of Canary Island, many Catholic canaries come on pilgrimage.
The Cathedral host the Virgin's statue which has the peculiarity to be dark skinned.
In the Cathedral square there is a line of status representing the Guanches, they were the king of the Canaries islands population before the Spanish invasion.
They town has a long beach made of black sand, when I visited in January waves were very strong so it was not advisable to swim.
The town has a big parking area by the waterfront in the northern part of the island. On Sunday morning there was also a farmer market near the big parking.
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel
Los Giganes village and cliffs
Favorite thing: Los Gigantes is located in the West side of the island, it is a long drive downhill to reach it as it lay at the feet of a massive rock formation 500-800 metres (1,640–2,625 ft) high after which the village has been named, Los Gitantes in Spanish mean The Giants.
The view of the cliff is outstanding and the best is about halfway down the road where there is a small parking place, a souvenir shop with a cafeteria and a view point platform.
The village seems to be entirely devoted to tourists, there are several more souvenirs shops, restaurants and cafeterias by the waterfront and tons of hotel and apartments rentals.
By the harbor is possible to rent water jet sky, canoes, or book a tour to watch the whales and the dolphins.
- Family Travel
- Water Sports
- Whale Watching
Les Galletas fishing village
Favorite thing: Les Galletas is a nice village in the South part of Tenerife island, it is easy to reach from the Airport South and from Playas de las America.
It has a long beach made of dark sand and pebbles facing the harbor entrance and another in the other side of the pier.
The village has a harbor with some fishermen's boats and lot of sailing boats.
The waterfront has a long promenade with a line of restaurant and cafeterias that seems to cater mostly to British tourists.
We visited on a Friday morning and there was a fish market at the beginning of the harbor, the choices were limited but the fish look like it was just caught and sold there by the fishermen.
- Food and Dining
- Budget Travel
Playa San Juan village and beach
Favorite thing: After having been in Playa del las Americas and Los Cristianos and having hated the crowd, the hard parking and the Disney world feeling of those places we were delighted with the quiet and the few people of this sleepy village.
It is located in the South West part of Tenerife Island, easy to reach from the main highway TF82.
The architecture is nothing to write home about but it has a good size beach with dark sand and clean water, a harbor with a tall protective pier where it is possible to walk or fish, a line of restaurant of different kind, from tapas to Chinese, to Mexican to Italian gelato and some other small shops.
The waterfront has black lava rocks witch make a nice contrast with the white foam of the sea.
We went in January and as the pictures show, during a sunny day people were sunbathing and swimming because the position and the black sand guarantee the beach to be warm enough.
Fondest memory: The best tapas bar in Playa San Juan for us was Cafeteria Carla
- Budget Travel
Tajao fisherman's village
Favorite thing: When we asked some locals where was the best place to visit to enjoy some fresh fish they had no doubts! go to the village of Tajao!
It is a small villages with a small port, there are a bunch of small fishing boats in the harbor and a line of small restaurant along the main and almost only street.
Going north after leaving the South Airport, exit the TF-1 at the P.I.R.S. Tajao sign. take the road down toward the see, do not stop at the first big restaurants but drive to the end and park by the harbor where is easy to find a spot.
Fondest memory: The village is extraordinary peaceful, the fisherman come back with their catch from time to time and take it to the restaurants mainly.
There is also a fish market but I arrived too late around noon and it was already closed.
- Food and Dining
Favorite thing: Adeje is a big village in the north west coast of Tenerife. It is very easy to reach from the South Airport and it appear to be the place where the local business and shops concentrate.
There is a shopping mall with a big Marcadona supermarket (the cheapest in the area), some smallest shop and a Brico center.
The historical center has some old architectures, Saint Ursula church from the 1500, the convent's from the 1600 and the Casa Fuerte.
The main street, in the higher part of the town has a row of local tavern, we visited the Oasis, very popular for their fried chicken, I have a tip about it in the reaturant section here.
Fondest memory: Unfortunately I visited the center after dinner and my camera run out of battery, I do however have a funny picture from the mall parking, kind of hilarious thinking that most of their customers are British ha ha
Callao Salvaje village
Favorite thing: This villages seem to have been built in the past few years to satisfy the request of apartments for foreign visitors. It is mostly made of 5-6 floor buildings, all neatly painted and organized.
We stayed a week in Pearly Grey Ocean Club residence and used it as a base to visit the whole island. Tt was a perfect location for us, very quiet and with a few good restaurants to dine out, small markets for basic shopping and a few places for ice cream, a drink or a pint of beer.
At the same time, we could drive in a few minutes to Adeje to find big supermarkets, more restaurant and a bit of history.
Callao Salvaje is built over a black lava cliff and it offer some nice view of the rocks with the waves crashing underneat.
There are currently no beaches in Callao Salvaje but they are doing diggings on the southern part to build a sand beach with a few facilities to satisfy their visitors needs.
It is easy to reach from Tenerife South Airport by car.
Hotels on South Side
Favorite thing: There has been a lot of building of condos and hotels on Tenerife. Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos seemed to be jam packed with these one after another multiple dwellings. For us, one morning walking the boardwalk and viewing the multiple shops was enough to make us glad we found a hotel further up the coast in a smaller village. We actually came away feeling like we were escaping a type of Las Vegas strip. It felt overwhelming.
If you like that sort of thing, go for it, but if you don't you might think about looking at Los Gigantes, Playua de San Juan or even Costa del Silencio.
Fondest memory: Just a tip for some people who are seeking a more quiet and peaceful vacation.
- Women's Travel
Useful phone numbers
Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Spain:
National Police: 091
Local Police: 092
Civil Guard: 062
Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police): 088
Favorite thing: Dear ,
Did you allready visit a holiday country where no ATM machines are available ???
In any case on Tenerife , and nearly in any Resort you will find several money machines to pick-up money with Visa , Am. Exp, Master Card , etc !!!!!
In case more info wanted , you can contact me by private mail - firstname.lastname@example.org,
I am a retired botanist and I am about 4 1/2 months on Tenerife each year. Just back since 10th of June from a stay of 2 1/2 months
- Budget Travel
Day 7 Thursday Back to El Teide Pick
Favorite thing: Thursday. we woke up early to be the first ones at the Teleferico to go up to the mountain and avoid the queing. But when we arrived at the top it was snow, there was ice and you could only stay near the main office. So we could not walk far. It was a putty and we will have to come back. we drove around the National park but on the way down to Puerto de la Cruz (we were driving down south through the motorway) Stace began to suffer of migrain so we had to stay for the night there, the best thing that we could do
Day 5 Tues Ferry from Los Cristianos to La Gomera
Favorite thing: My Experience is Los Cristianos was very poor as we only went to the port, park the car, get the ferry to la Gomera and drive back to our apartment near the Sofia Airport.
But from what I saw, it looked like a typical holiday resort. I prefer the north of the Island, and If I come back I will stay at Puerto de la Cruz for sure
Day 2 Saturday Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Favorite thing: It was Saturday morning and we wanted to buy a camera recorder (OK we were jealous of Hansi hehehe) so we got into the car and drove to Santa Cruz for some sightseeing and some shopping (This time Stacy could not complain as we were getting things for him, and also he found himself buying nice clothes) LOL
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