Short drive around North Tenerife

If you plan to travel to Tenerife, my advice would be to rent a car as it gives you the opportunity to explore the island at your own pace.

Let’s suppose you have hired a car and are staying in the northern tourist resort of Puerto de la Cruz. The following route can easily be undertaken in a few hours, of course, the actual time depends on the number of times you want to stop rest and take pictures.

After parking by the harbour take a pleasant walk from the old fishing pier to Playa Martiánez stopping along the way to enjoy a coffee at one of the terraces that line the promenade overlooking the sea.

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Our next destination is La Orotava to visit the main attractions of the Church of La Concepción, Casa de Los Balcones, La Casa Lercaro, and the Victoria Gardens.

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From here take the TF-5 motorway towards Icod de Los Vinos, but I would recommend taking a slight detour on the way stopping at the Mirador de la Corona to appreciate the views of the beautiful coastline of the municipality.

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We are now heading for what is known as “Isla Baja”. A must, as it is one of the most representative symbols of Tenerife, is the Millennial Drago in the historic centre of Icod. A tree that is reputedly among the oldest in the world. You can pay to visit the park; however, I always recommend seeing it from the Plaza Andrés de Lorenzo Cáceres.

At lunchtime, why not visit one of the fish restaurants in Garachico I particularly like Casa Gaspar always very welcoming. Then continue wandering through the small seaside town admiring the unique architecture and the impressive natural pools at La Caletón formed by the lava flow.

If you continue touring, you can reach the hamlet of Masca. You won’t be disappointed, it is an incredibly wonderful place nestled in a magnificent landscape where time seems to have stood still.

Now we only have to return to our starting point after having enjoyed just a small taste of what Tenerife has to offer. The island is one of those places that once you start to explore you realise you want to come back time after time to continue discovering more magical places.

 

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