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The 10 things you can't miss on your visit to Tenerife

Coming to Tenerife is without place a wise decision. Whatever time of year you choose, the island’s attractions maintain its charm and invite the visitor to stroll through all its corners and contemplate its landscapes, its gastronomy, its people and its peculiar corners. Of course it is very difficult and at the same time unfair to summarize in ten points the best of Tenerife, but we want to highlight what, in our opinion, you can not fail to do, you can not miss especially if you are one of those people who have little time and you want to take the essence of the island. Here are ten things you shouldn’t miss on your visit to Tenerife:

1) Visit the Teide: You can climb any of its faces, enjoy wonderful landscapes and if you have a clear day, visualize other islands. Once above, you have many things to do: climb the cable car, make a stop at the visitor center, contemplate the landscape with its different rock formations and colors, make some trail or stay one night in the refuge of Altavista del Teide (make link with article Top of the Teide) if you are one of the most adventurous.

2) Go guachinche: In these typical places you will have the possibility to taste the traditional Canarian cuisine and taste the wine of the country. There are numerous guachinches on the island of Tenerife and they open their doors as long as they have wine from their crops to offer.

3) Historic center of La Orotava: With its Canary balconies at its best and perfectly preserved, this curious Villa of colonial architecture invites us to take a walk through its cobblestone streets, its squares, its church, its cafes, restaurants and shops. The Plaza del Ayuntamiento and La Casa de los Balcones are obligatory stops, and if you coincide with the holiday season you will be surprised to contemplate its famous carpets.

4) A wine in La Laguna: Declared a World Heritage Site, the city of La Laguna becomes an excellent place to take a walk through its streets, surrounded by old colonial houses, where you can appreciate street performances and numerous traditional events and festivals throughout the year. You can also visit the market, where you can taste typical products of the best quality and close your visit with a good wine in any of its tascas or taverns, which also offer good gastronomy. Being a university city transmits to the visitor a young and dynamic air.

5) Go shopping through Santa Cruz: We propose you to tour Castillo Street, surrounded by numerous shops where you can get items for all tastes and pockets. You can also have an ice cream, a coffee or something closer to Plaza España and take a walk around. On the arrival days of the cruise ships, Castillo Street is filled with many visitors, and the Tenerifens mingle with tourists forming a great festive atmosphere.

6) The Cliffs of the Giants: Another must is the west coast of Tenerife, where these impressive natural formations become the main attraction of this fishing village. From the Archipenque Viewpoint you can enjoy unparalleled views. Be sure to do one of our excursions (Kayak Los Gigantes, put link) to complete your tour.

7) Masca: it is a typical hamlet very well preserved and nestled in a ravine that looks like stopped in time, and is reached after crossing a narrow road of vertigo. The scenery is wonderful, and along the way you can contemplate on one side the Teide and on the other the mountains with the sea in the background. Once in Masca you can admire the old houses, go for lunch or hiking. It is even possible to go down to the beach, although to do so we recommend hiring one of the organized excursions proposed on the web. Here you will find absolute tranquility and peace.

8) The Punta de Teno: This place is located at the point where it seems that the island ends in the northwestern part. Then you have to continue and cross a somewhat peculiar road through its vertical walls and curves, but if you go slowly nothing happens, although you will see many precautionary signs. The place compensates for having spectacular views of the Cliffs of the Giants and a cove near the lighthouse that you can walk to give you a refreshing swim. Don’t forget the camera and enjoy looking at the horizon, that Tenerife still has amazing things for you.

9) Anaga Natural Park: It is a protected space that offers various leisure alternatives for those looking for contact with nature, away from noise and routine. This place exhibits a different landscape resulting from permanent humidity in the upper areas, and there predominate the vegetation Laurisilva, the cardonals, the sabinares and some small pine spotlights. Take a photo and enjoy a swim on the black sandy beaches is without a doubt one of the things you can’t miss on your visit.

10) A sunset in the south of the island: We cannot exclude the south of the island, surrounded by luxurious hotel complexes, shopping centers, theme parks, shows, restaurants, cafes and beaches, where a relaxed and festive atmosphere prevails for public of all ages. Taking a warm walk in the afternoon and then having a drink before dinner is one of the many options the South has prepared for you. In the south of Tenerife a warm climate prevails throughout the year, and for this reason this area concentrates the greatest tourist activity of the island.

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