There are places you want to return to. No reasons are necessary. We simply want to go somewhere again, see something, experience something.
Initially, we thought that going to Tenerife a second time would be a repeat trip for us, but we found that the people we go with, the weather, the season, or even the changes in regulations make us look at familiar places as if they were brand new.
Today about what we got to know anew in Tenerife.
We were in Tenerife for a few days and went there more as organizers or guides than as tourists hoping to see something new. How wrong we were! Of course, on our list of places to see were highlights such as Teide National Park, the Anaga Mountains, Masca and Las Teresitas beach.
In this post, we’ll only describe the ones that uniquely surprised us the second time we went, and the ones we just discovered. You can find the rest in our older posts :-)
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Icod de los Vinos
It is a small town located on the TF20 between Puerto de la Cruz and Masca. It is a small, typically Canarian town, maybe a bit like La Orotava, but without the balconies :)
Icod de los Vinos is famous for its Dragon Tree – or Dragon Tree, the oldest and largest tree in the Canary Islands.
Initially it was thought to be as old as 2,000 years, but that age has been verified and it is now reported that it may be 600-800 years old, although the name Thousand-Year-Old Tree has remained. The tree is located within the Parque del Drago park, where admission is charged. We recommend you to stand on the nearby terrace and admire the tree from afar, which is completely free :)
The village is nice and modest. There are quite a few typical houses and the traditional white church in the center. We especially liked the Christmas touches, as you can see everyone is doing their best by making snowmen without snow :)
The village is located on a hill, so expect steep climbs and ascents.
Faro de Teno
Remember the closed and dangerous road to the eastern end of Tenerife from our previous coverage? We knew it was closed, but something tempted us to go to the area again.
What was our surprise when we ran out of warning signs about the closed road a few kilometers before the barrier…. Nothing, we kept going until we finally stopped, because even the barrier itself was missing ;)
It turned out that after some light maintenance and security they opened the road and there were new places to explore :) So we drove towards the Teno promontory, not quite sure where we would even get there. The cliffs, steep rocks still seemed dangerous, but in fact additional security and nets had been installed, so we continued calmly, stopping at several viewpoints.
The weather did not spoil us at first. However, it was enough that we moved away in a westerly direction and were greeted by cloudless skies.
The water was a little rough, but we took advantage of the few rays of sunshine that day. It’s apparent that the place isn’t very popular yet, which is a shame, because it has a fantastic view of Los Gigantes (we also had a chance to see it from the other side).
There has already been a lot about this volcano, and we also described our hiking approach to Teide. Yet each time we stop and admire whether it’s a typical hat or sunset.
It always impresses. Below you will find photos of the sunset as seen from the Cruz del Carmen viewpoint in the Anaga mountains.
Las Teresitas beach
Las Teresitas is by far the prettiest beach in Tenerife, it’s just a shame that it’s unnatural :) We couldn’t not come back here. And although the weather was nice, the water was cold and we spent more time lying upside down than swimming in the water (although it was possible to get in and get wet and even swim ;)).
No, it’s not a new viewpoint ;) We were in Tenerife during the holiday season. The atmosphere there was definitely different than in Poland. The towns are decorated with lights and ornaments, but somehow it doesn’t feel like Christmas here like it does here.
It’s quieter, slower, and, above all, warmer. We were able to take a break from the fever of preparing for the World, which is well known in Poland. Nevertheless, the ornaments give a unique atmosphere to the local towns, so it is a unique experience.
However, we especially liked the large-small crib in La Laguna. It was a giant model depicting numerous scenes in minute detail.
This time we focused on cooking food, rather than dining out :) We did, however, happen to eat at a restaurant a few times, but in smaller towns. That’s why the biggest challenge was ordering anything at all, because with English it was sometimes different, and our Spanish is not yet at such a level to understand what exactly is on the menu.
Often we just ended up with typical lunch dishes which was a nice break from what we ate the first time, in typical tourist pubs.
Finally, as always, a full photo gallery:
We also recommend a post about the Anaga mountains, in which we show that sometimes it is worth returning to the same places even during one trip, because the weather can make a big difference in the perception of a place ;-)