Posted in Europe on August 16, 2013
Today’s guest post was written by Hari Apostolides.
Spectacular scenery. Stunning beaches. Thriving cities and a fast and furious nightlife. All of these things make Tenerife the ideal holiday destination. The only problem is that you’re not the only person to have noticed the island’s long list of positives. In fact, hundreds of thousands of tourists book flights out to Tenerife every year. This is great for those who are after a bit of a buzz while on holiday, but it’s not always so enjoyable for people who desire a bit of peace and quiet – but do not despair! There are a number of places on the island that are practically devoid of snapshot-taking holidaymakers. Book your flight to Tenerife here and prepare to get off the beaten track with these suggestions;
Photo credit; Almedra
This picturesque country village – made up of roads lined with Tenerife’s characteristic white-walled houses and terracotta roofs – is situated on the east coast of the island and away from the hustle and bustle of the main resort towns. You’ll have to go some way along the TF28 road to reach it, but it’s worth it for the isolated feel.
Must see attractions? Be sure to pay a visit to the village plaza and its church as there’s a particularly intriguing 16th century Gothic Madonna and Child sculpture. Then grab a spot of lunch at Arico Neuvo’s only restaurant El Pimentón, which serves up traditional Canarian cuisine in rather rustic surroundings.
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Head to the north-west coast of Tenerife to visit the valley of La Orotava and locate the eponymous village, where many nobles settled after the Spanish conquest. You’ll soon understand why they chose to live here – this undisputed gem is utterly beautiful, with a vista of banana-crop forest stretching for as far as the eye can see.
The few travellers who make time to visit La Orotava will bear witness to the village’s plethora of old churches and convents, intricately decorated and exceptional to view. It’s also worth walking along the oldest roads and viewing the 16th century mansions lined up alongside. Recommendations for eating include the elegant restaurant Zona Kiu for its delicious local cuisine and extensive wine list. Try and get a courtyard table.
Photo credit; Diego Delso
When it comes to cobbled streets, stunning views and Tenerife’s unique rock pools, you don’t get much better than Garachico. A wander along one of the streets here will show you everything you need to know about this city, including its abundance of local architecture. Be sure to get holiday snaps by the clock tower and the water mill, but for maximum enjoyment, it’s worth timing your visit with the San Roque festival, which commences in August. Quite apart from the spectacular sight of oxen in the street, the locals also give out free food and wine to participants.
Garachico is a coastal town, so seafood is at the top of the menu. Opposite Plaza de La Libertad, you’ll find Aristides, where you can order mussels and crispy-fried squid. The food is cooked to order so don’t eat here if you’re in a hurry – meals are a leisurely affair. But seeing as you’re on holiday, what’s wrong with that?