Tenerife Towns and Cities

To visit few Tenerife towns and cities in a day is not a difficult challenge, considering that the island is not huge. You can go from north to the south in about 1 hour, and doesn't need to be necessarily by car, as the public transport is connecting coast to coast.

Having said that, now what you need to do is to know what kind of city you want to visit. There’s a relevant difference in culture, traditions, food, climate and local inhabitants in the Tenerife towns and cities of the north comparing to the southern ones. No, don’t take this in a negative way, but the gap in some cities is noticeable. La Orotava (village of the volcano El Teide), La Laguna (World Heritage Site by UNESCO) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (the capital of the island) for instance, are cities where you will find Tinerfeños from the root with traditional families that maintain the customs and culture from the past. This is also visible in the architecture and the food served in the restaurants and bars.

On the other hand, when visiting the southwestern touristic resorts of Playa de Las AmericasLos Cristianos and Costa Adeje – located in the municipalities of Adeje and Arona – you perceive the difference in the climate, inhabitants and food. Many foreigners came there in the past decades seeking the good climate of the region. So, it’s not difficult to bump into a couple from Germany or Belgium that established camp there. The increasing influx of tourists in those resorts also has an impact in the restaurants with a more international cuisine. The north also has a touristic resort in the city of Puerto de La Cruz, characterized by its vegetation and architecture.

Going to the west of the island, there are a number of Tenerife towns and cities that are worth visiting, such as Tacoronte – really well-known for the quality of its wine, El Sauzal – located on the top of a cliff facing the Atlantic Ocean, Valle de Guerra – where you can visit the Casa de Carta Etnographic Museum, Tegueste – with one of the most important romerias (pilgrimage) in Tenerife and Tejina – housing an important industry of rum.

In the northern coast, apart from La Orotava and el Puerto you can visit the towns of La Matanza del Acentejo and La Victoria del Acentejo, where the army of Alfonso Lugo and the Guanches fought in the 15th century; the market village of Santa Ursula; Los Realejos where you can visit the oldest church of Tenerife; Icod de Los Vinos, really well-known wine-producing village, and where you can also see the oldest Drago Tree of the island; Garachico - the former port of the Island; and the beautiful village of Buenavista del Norte, located right in front of the Teno mountain range.

Candelaria is one of the Tenerife towns and cities from the east coast that is worth paying a visit. The image of the Virgin in the beautiful Basilica is the highlight and attracts many pilgrims from several places around the world; Güimar is not on the coast, but a town located in the inland route (TF822) and where you can visit the Piramides de Güimar Ethnographic Park; the agricultural centre of Granadilla de Abona is further to the south and next to it, Villaflor, the highest town of Tenerife, with 1400 mts.

As you could notice, this visible contrast in Tenerife towns and cities enable the visitor to choose different places to different tastes, according to climate, traditions, language, food, etc.

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