The Charms of North Tenerife

Tenerife, particularly the north has a unique personality that is reflected in its architecture not just in the large towns but also in rural hamlets, villages, and small towns. So when asked about the must see places in the north, those in the know always mention…

Puerto de la Cruz

The oldest tourist destination, where you can people watch in the Plaza del Charco or swim in the pools of Lago Martiánez.



Tenerife’s first port built in the 15th Century, destroyed in 1706 by a volcanic eruption, and declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1994.

La Orotava

One of the oldest towns in the Canary Islands founded in the early 16th Century after the Spanish conquest and home to the annual fiesta of Corpus Christi, when the town’s main streets and squares are lined with carpets of sand and flowers. And of course,

Icod de los Vinos

Renowned for the thousand-year-old dragon tree.

As they are all worth a visit it is no surprise they are the first that spring to mind. However, what about a few places that are not mentioned often enough.


The last northern town in Tenerife; the road ends here, and beyond all you find are the Teno Mountains. However, the town’s charm is not only its stunning scenery. Numerous houses line the ancient streets and plazas that combine different traditional architecture brought to the island by the Spanish conquerors. Your visit should include the church and the Plaza de los Remedios, the old public laundry, and finish at the awarding winning cake shop El Aderno.

El Palmar

Not just the starting point for exploring the Teno Rural Park. It has a character all its own with small restaurants offering local Canarian cuisine, the church of Nuestra Señora de la Consolación and the Baile de las Libreas, which has been celebrated every September since the 17th Century. Local crafts are made from wicker and woven palm leaves and of course, as the residents’ daily lives revolve around farming, there is the smell of Gofio in the air as it is freshly milled.

Teno Alto

An isolated rural village in the heart of the Rural Park is a stronghold for the island’s rural traditions such as the use of clay ovens, threshing wheat as they did in by-gone days and its wonderful local goats’ cheese. There are several houses (not quite hotels) where visitors can stay overnight to enjoy the peaceful tranquillity.


In the heart of the Anaga Rural Park, this was one of the first settlements founded by the Spanish conquerors. There are two churches, Nuestra Señora de las Nieves and the Santa Catalina chapel, both listed buildings and a small plaza where locals chat in the shade of laurel trees. The best way to reach Taganana is via the winding road through Las Mercedes forest.

San Juan de Rambla

An attractive historic town whose cobbled streets lead from the central Rosario Oramas Plaza. The church of San Juan Bautista dates from the 16th Century and the town conserves a rich heritage of stone houses with delightful wooden balconies.


This picturesque town is all about wine. At the local tourism office, you can book a guided tour that will include the bodegas where the town’s excellent wines are produced. Tegueste also has a complete network of well-signposted nature trails.


El Sauzal

Perched on a cliff, this charming town is just one enormous viewing point. From here, you can admire Teide, or relax on a café terrace with a drink a see one of Tenerife’s best sunsets. The Plaza de San Pedro and its church is a good starting point for exploring a place where time stands still.

So why not hop in the car, or get out your walking boots and explore some of the lesser known towns in the north of Tenerife.

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