Isla de Tenerife Off The Beaten Path

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    Stop at Vilaflor on the way to Mount Teide.

    by CDM7 Written Mar 29, 2014

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    The lovely village of Vilaflor which is probably the the most perfect spot for getting away from some of the large resorts around the coast is situated 1,400 meters above sea level,and makes a great place for a stop on the way to Mount Teide.
    Many acres of terraced fields cover the landscape where farmers grow vines and vegetables and Spring water is also bottled in the village.Some of the women still practice lace making and you can find the lace on sale in the church square.

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    Drive up to the base of Mount Teide.

    by CDM7 Written Mar 17, 2014

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    A visit to Tenerife would not be complete without seeing Mount Teide.To drive up is an experience in itself,with steep twisty roads passing through several villages and in February the countryside was still green,with almond blossom and lavender in full flower.There is know shortage of places for a break on the way up,and the pleasant village of Vilaflor was a particular favourite of mine.On the day i drove up the temperature on the cars temp. gauge was showing 23c at sea level dropping to 2c on mount Teide.Once you reach the cable car base you will find a large free car park,and from here you take the cable car almost to the top of Teide.

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    The no-tourists-beach

    by King_Golo Updated Apr 7, 2011

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    Jumping at the beach at Igueste

    If you follow TF-121 to the village of Igueste you can go to a beach where hardly any tourist ever goes to. It's only a small strip of black lava sands with some rocks scattered over it, but it's really nice not to have to listen to Germans and English the whole time. Apparently, the currents are really strong here, so don't swim out too far. You'll find the beach if you stop at the first parking lot in Igueste and walk down the paseo just next to it. Keep to your right, walking parallel to the road you've come from until you reach some rusty stairs to the beach.

    Moreover, the road to Igueste is worth the trip alone: Yet another non-stop switchback road with breathtaking views over the cliffs and the sea.

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    The cliffs of Los Gigantes

    by Bushman23 Written Jan 29, 2011

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    The majestic cliffs of Los Gigantes

    Either take a bus, or drive, to Lod Gigantes, and have a close-up look at these spectacular cliffs, supposedly 3 times the height of the White cliffs of Dover. They seem to rise out of nothing, and keep going to be shrouded by perpetual mist (at least, they were during our entire stay :p).
    The biggest challenge is getting a good view of the cliffs - the harbour walls cut off a full view, and the beach has been closed for a while, due to falling rocks. We went a couple of streets up from the harbour and, at the end of the road, found a woonderful view. We then headed all the way to the top of the town - quite a walk! - and found a beautiful vista!

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    Masca - Hidden gem of Tenerife

    by Bushman23 Written Jan 29, 2011

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    Dramatic scenery of Masca

    Only built in 1991, the road to Masca is long and winding, and not a little dangerous as well. But it's definitely worth the effort of getting there! It has to be one of the most beautiful, and dramatic, locations for any village i've ever been to. It looks like something out of "Pirates of the Carribean" :) The legends go that the villagers were pirates, preying on the cargo ships travelling through the Canaries - or that they simply traded with pirates in the area. Either way, the village is in such a secure spot no-one ever got there to catch them i guess!

    The Masca walk is another great reason to visit here - we never did it ourselves, but it's supposedly a 4 hour hike down to the beach, where you get picked up in a boat and taken to Los Gigantes. The most popular walk on the island.

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    Montana Roja

    by barryg23 Written Jan 16, 2010
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    Montana Roja is the eye-catching hill which lies at one end of El Medano beach in the south of Tenerife. Though it's only 171m high, Montana Roja's prominence amidst the flattish land in the area makes it stand out.

    You could walk all the way along the beach from Medano to reach the hill, but if you don't have time for that there is a starting point from a car park just off the 643 road between El Medano and El Abrigo, which allows for a quicker ascent. From here it takes about 25 minutes to reach the summit.

    This was our first climb/hike in Tenerife, and it proved a nice warm up for the greater challenges to come. From the summit there is a good view of Medano, the south coast, Tenerife South airport and, when the clouds disappear, Teide Volcano.

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    the wild part of the Island

    by albleroy Written Aug 11, 2009

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    Hello Dear ,
    I'm a fidel Tenerife guest, yes since 18 years we are there the months of april, may, june and back from half september untill end october.
    If you realy want to find a wild (?) beach you will have to go to the northern part of the Island. In the surroundings of Taganana and Benijo you will find the sites you love. This are a serie of small beaches , mostly of pebles, where the see can be quit wild as this beaches are the loved once for the youngsters doing their beach surfing!!!! Here you have little tourist impact and picknic on the beach is without problem, even a small B.Q.. You have also small resto's where you can have a lunch, mostly frech fish, for little money.
    Do you need more info?? You can contact me by private mail unther tenerifesucculents@hotmail.com
    Greetings,
    Albert

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    Barranco del Infierno

    by bijo69 Updated Jul 7, 2009

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    If you want to do an easy, but interesting short walk, visit the Barranco del Infierno. The walk is approximately 3hrs return and takes you through this amazing gorge to a waterfall. The number of walkers per day is limited, so better arrive early. Latest admission into the gorge is 14.30h and there's an entrance fee of 3€.

    Bus 417, 473 from Los Cristianos

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    Climb Cristianos hills

    by denise16 Written Feb 4, 2008
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    Both hills on the edges of the town are worth a climb for the views. Chayfoita is easily done in less than 1 hour and is only 150 odds metres high. Can be found walking around it's base from the town centre until you see the obvious footpath. Good soles on your shoes a must for coming back down. Good place for sunset pictures. If you are in teh east of the town it is easier to find walking parallel with the main road away from the bus station, 10 minute walk.

    Mount Guaza should be considered a half day walk, it took us about 3hours to do and we are used to doing long uphill walks. The start is found down by the far east corner of the bay, the first part of the path zigzags up steep stony path. You will arrive at a plateau, where it is possible to just follow the level paths and see the views. But the real walk continues to the summit, up very steep but good paths until you reach the radio masts. The views from here are excellent. Take lots of water, wear sunshade and be careful there is no shade at all. Good views of Teide from here. Watch you ankles coming back down as the paths do have lots of loose stones. Find the nearest bar for a well earnt beer.

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    The Pregnant Bear

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Oct 22, 2007

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    This is the name given to one of the dramatic and unusual rock formations formed by volcanic activity and erosion over the years. This particular formation is situated in an area of great beauty and stunning views that would remind you of the Grand Canyon.

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    Church of Santiago del Teide

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Oct 18, 2007

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    The little mountainside villages of Tenerife have a lot to offer in the way of beautiful buildings, and in particular some wonderful Churches.

    We stopped off at the Church of Santiago del Teide and the rotund Parish Priest came to greet us. He tried to encourage us to sing in the church as the acoustics there are incredible. We were tempted, but didn't know any of the Hymns he wanted us to sing. There was a little bit of a language barrier, too, as he didn't have a word of English. I am told that he regularly joins his Parishioners to celebrate feasts in the Town Square, which adjoins the Church.

    The Church is several hundred years old, though nobody seemed to know just how old. You will note the typical Canarian wooden balcony on the building.

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    Playa Abama

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Oct 18, 2007

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    I will probably be barred from this gorgeous hotel (Abama) for revealing one of its best kept secrets – the divine Playa Abama.

    The beach was literally created from scratch by the hotel by blasting away part of a cliff and importing hundreds of tons of sand. They then built a little private funicular to take you from the clifftop to the beach. Of course, you can also reach it by a long, steep, winding road through the hotel, but the funicular is more fun.

    On the beach itself, crystal clear waters lap the powdery golden sand. The water is always calm as the hotel constructed a stone breakwater, which many people use as a marker to swim to.

    Rows of very comfortable sunbeds are set out for the use of hotel guests, and rolls of comfortable fluffy towels are set out on each bed at the start of every day. As you lounge on your sunbed, hotel staff bring around complimentary fruit kebabs, yoghurts, and bottled water.

    A picturesque walkway has also been constructed from the beach curving around to the next bay. The little caves in the cliff face along the walkway have been landscaped in lovely detail making a stroll in the sun all the more wonderful.

    There’s a beach club – a bar and restaurant owned by the hotel serving tasty bites of food and cooling drinks.

    If you come here once you will want to stay forever.

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    The Dragon Tree

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Oct 16, 2007

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    The Famous Dragon Tree
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    In the lovely town of Icod de las Vinos is what's alleged to be the oldest tree in the world - a Dragon Tree. It is known for certain that the tree is at least a thousand years old, though one guide suggested it's two thousand years old.

    One way or other it's very beautiful and majestic.

    I believe you can pay to get closer to the tree, but we had a perfectly good view from the roadside just under the old abbatoir.

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    Church of Our Lady of the Snows

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Oct 15, 2007

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    This tiny little Church is situated in the Las Canadas National Park and claims to be the highest Church in all of Spain.

    The story goes that it was built with the idea that people would go there to get married and then honeymoon in the adjoining Parador. Unfortunately it seems that the idea never took off and the Church remains locked up all or most of the time. We certainly couldn't get access to it while we were there.

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    Los Roques de Garcia

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Oct 15, 2007

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    Almost at the very top of Mt Teide, right in the Las Canadas National Park and across from a lovely little Parador, are a series of extraordinary rock formations called Roques de Garcia or the Rocks of Garcia.

    One of these rocks, known as Cinchado, is rumoured to be the most photographed rock in the world. You can see it to the right in the first pic attached. Unfortunately, because of erosion at the bottom, it's going to topple over sometime in the future.

    There's a big car park nearby and the Parador also has a cafe open to members of the public so it's an ideal place to stop a while, not to mention a photographers paradise.

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