Located in the lowlands of Tenerife’s North West corner, Garachico is one of Tenerife’s prettiest destinations considering the Volcanic eruption in 1706 which destroyed a large part of the town. Characterised with cobbled streets, beautifully restored churches, and some stunning volcanic rock pools where there is an abundance of tropical fish. The main plaza of La Libertad is the most beautiful on the island, with Canarian Palm trees, the former Convent of San Francisco, picturesque walls of the Hotel Quinta Roja and the iconic clock tower of the church of Santa Ana The ruins of the former Convent of San Francisco which dates from the 16th century and is the oldest in the town is well worth a visit.Garachico Information
Once the capital of the island, now a university city, the old town is the main attraction - a Unesco World Heritage site. The old town comprises of 15th, 16th and 17th century buildings around the lovely Plaza del Adelantado which include tapas bars, antique shops and bookstores. Situated in the Aguere Valley, it is the gateway to the beautiful Anaga Mountains.San Cristóbal de La Laguna Information
In a beautiful valley of banana plantations, this historic town has been designated as a National Historic-Artistic Site. The historic quarter is filled with handsome old buildings and impressive monuments. Be sure to see the Iglesia de la Concepción – a Gothic masterpiece, a 16th-century Baroque church with two remarkable bell towers. Another architectural gem is the Casas de los Balcones, with ornate balconies and the inner courtyards with their views over the valley. Casa Méndez-Fonseca has a particularly stunning inner courtyard, a museum upstairs with some local wine tasting.
There is a lavishly landscaped Tropical Garden, the Hijuela del Botanico with colorful exotic flowers, rare plants, expansive lawns, and decorative pools. The tropical plants in the botanical garden are from South America, Central Africa, and Australia
Famous for its Basilica and the statue of the Virgin of Candelaria – often called Our Lady of Candelaria, it resides on the North East coast of Tenerife, south of the Capital Santa Cruz. It has a lovely town square and a harbour nearby, with many cafes. Along the sea front a line of statues depicting the nine aboriginal Guanche kings that guard the Virgin of Candelaria.Candelaria Information on Wiki
Nestled in a valley of vine-covered fields and banana plantations, Icod de los Vinos is a charming rural village. The town has a fascinating nature sight. El Viento Cave was formed by a volcanic eruption from the Pico Viejo volcano. One of the largest lava tubes in the world, the site is a labyrinth of underground passageways. Icod de los Vinos also has two small beaches. The Playa del Monis is a pebble and sandy beach that is good for sunbathing but not swimming. Playa de San Marcos is a black sand beach with moderate waves. This beach has excellent facilities including showers, changing rooms, public toilets, umbrellas, and lounge chairs.
The area also has the famous 1000 year old Drago Tree.
Lovely 18th-century botanical gardens with amazing array of tropical Plants and Trees. Entrance fee is a bargain at 3 Euros. Center piece is the 200-year-old fig tree, also includes Palm collection, Cycads and African plants.Web Tenerife - Parks and Gardens
The site is around 300 acres, comprising of a extensive collection of Palm trees from around the world. Opened in 2014, The site was originally a rubbish tip and work to reform started in 1995. The gardens are near and offer nice views of the
Auditoria De Tenerife (Santa Cruz Opera House).
Santa Cruz Palmetum Information
There are numerous outdoor markets available from on the island. Los Cristianos has a market on Sunday & Tuesday (Sea front next to Arona Gran Hotel) 9am – 2.00pm. Leather goods, jewellery, ceramics, clothes, paintings, toys, tools etc. No food which is a pity.
Please visit the link below which provides details of other market days in Tenerife (including food).Tenerife Markets
Tenerife has some wonderful Street Carnivals
This is an annual event held in early March, and runs for many days - truly wonderful
Short video of this years carnival (2016):
Short video carnival event - Drumming on Los Cristianos sea front (2016):
This is the second largest Carnival in the world. Check out this link:Santa Cruz Carnival
Please check out this site for a diary of Whats on in Tenerife:Whats on in Tenerife