Over the years I have been asked dozens of time what people should do when visiting the north of the island. After repeatedly answering and thinking maybe I missed something out, I put together an email which I felt covered some nice options and I sent this to those who needed a few ideas. I am adding that email below including some old photos for those who may be interested.
… In the north of Tenerife is a region known as “Isla Baja” a quiet place away from the usual tourist haunts that’s made up of four municipalities Buenavista del Norte, Garachico, Los Silos and El Tanque. It is a haven of tranquillity in the heart of the countryside where visitors can enjoy nature’s magnificent scenery in its purest form. A place where sleepy villages full of traditions, crafts and authentic cuisine are all closely linked to the land and the sea.
Buenavista del Norte
Is a quiet village that has grown in recent years to a popular town due to the development of rural tourism. Previously it was best known for what is claimed to be the best-designed golf course in the Canary Islands, Buenavista Golf.
In the heart of the Teno Massif, offers a wealth of flora and fauna as well as interesting architecture. Its origins date back to the Guanches and the old town is one of the most beautiful on the island with its lush gardens and cobbled main street. In the centre is the Plaza de La Luz with the church whose construction began in the 16th century and the former Convent of St. Sebastian. Many festivals take place around the Plaza including modern festivals that take place annually like Festival Boreal or the International Storytelling Festival that appeal to the younger generation.
The town was the most important port in Tenerife, until the eruption of the volcano in 1706, which buried practically everything. The town’s economic and cultural roots can still be seen in the religious and civic buildings in the old town. The castle of San Miguel, the church of Santa Ana, the former Convent of San Francisco and El Caleton where the lava flow created natural swimming pools are just some of the attractions tourists should visit.
El Tanque is an area of steep slopes and deep ravines. It is home to the Corona Forestal Nature Park, the Teno Rural Park and the Chinyero Special Nature Reserve. Although away from the sea and with no coast of its own, it offers visitors some of the best views of the island’s northern coastline. It also has a very nice Eco-Museum.
From the protected area of Teno Rural Park, perfect for nature-lovers, you can see many breath-taking panoramic views that show off the beauty of this area. Predominantly the picturesque village of Masca can be reached by a long and windy road.
Many hardy hikers visit and enjoy the walk down to the beach below. The coast is filled with small coves and clear seawater pools that invite you to take a swim. The most visited spot of Punta del Teno is where the intense north sea and the calm southern sea of Tenerife meet, it can be very windy, so you need to be extra careful when visiting.
If you have just a few days then this magical area on Tenerife’s north-west tip is ideal to escape the routine, unwind and enjoy.