Are you traveling to Tenerife and want a complete 4-day plan? We have prepared this guide so that you can see the most important and authentic things on the island.
Tenerife is the largest island in the Canary archipelago and the most populated in Spain. It has many interesting things to see beyond the beaches and its excellent weather, so you will need more than a week to see it all. But if your case is to see it in less time, we propose this 4-day plan in Tenerife so that you know its variety and do not miss the most important thing.
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Reasons to travel to Tenerife
- 22 degrees average annual temperature.
- It has 43 protected spaces They occupy almost half of its territory. Highlights the Teide National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and at 3,718 metres, it is the highest peak in Spain.
- It has a variety of options to enjoy (sea, nature, water activities, hiking, gastronomy…). It is a very complete island and everything is very close. In less than an hour, you can find different landscapes: from the beach to a Tertiary Era forest or a volcanic landscape.
- Tenerife is an exotic place and at the same time, a safe place.
- Its people are friendly and welcoming . Fun is guaranteed in itspopular tradition festivals. Beyond the tourist areas, the authenticity of the island is breathed throughout the year in its festivals, rural life, landscapes, music, carnival, architecture, etc..
Day 1. Isla Baja
The northwest of Tenerife, known as the Isla Baja, is made up of the municipalities: Buenavista del Norte, Garachico, Los Silos and El Tanque.
Sports, tranquility and contact with nature are constant in this part of the island, especially in the Parque Rural de Teno.
Isla Baja is, if not the area of the island with the greater tradition and agricultural activity; one of those that stand out among the rest for its rural importance.
Punta de Teno and its enigmatic lighthouse.
For this occasion we recommend you visit this part of the Teno Rural Park.
Punta de Teno is the westernmost point of the island and is nestled between large cliffs, numerous dikes and pythons.
You will be able to contemplate the contrast between the steep ravines that lead to small beaches, and the large valleys that give rise to Isla Baja and Teno Bajo. This natural area is home to a great biological diversity and it is a refuge for some threatened species and local endemisms.
How to get to the Teno Lighthouse:
Due to the access for cars is restricted, Punta de Teno has few people during the day. To get to Punta de Teno, you can go by car (at certain times), walk or go by bus.
Next, I explain and describe the different options so you can decide how to visit it.
With the exception of public transport, road access by car to Punta de Teno is restricted during the day.
<h3>Buenavista del Norte</h3>
It is a living municipality, with a gastronomic, cultural and sports offer in balance with the ethnographic resources and historical buildings.
The town has attractions of undoubted value, from its charming streets and its coast full of coves to a leisure offer that is respectful of nature.
The town center contains a lot of beautiful buildings of great heritage value. Its landscapes and natural spaces are among the most remote and virgin in Tenerife.
The name of Buenavista del Norte was given by the conquerors, since upon their arrival they were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful views that could be seen from the area, giving rise to the current name.
If you have the chance to visit Masca, you won’t regret it. Despite its remote location, it is a very charming enclave. It has a craft center and a museum. In the past it was a privileged hiding place for pirates who passed through the island and did not want to be discovered. A magical place without a doubt.
Where to eat in Buenavista del Norte?
Town and Port of Garachico
After the conquest of Tenerife, Garachico became the island’s main fishing and commercial portuntil avolcanic eruption destroyed it. This golden age attracted numerous families of great influence, which was reflected in the layout of its streets and in the architecture of its buildings.
Garachico has a very well preserved rich architectural heritage from the 16th and 17th centuries, which is why it was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1994.
Church of Santa Ana, Asset of Cultural Interest.
San Miguel Castle
Faced with the need to safeguard the port, whose activity and ship traffic was increasing, the Mayor of the place and Regidor of the Island, Fabián Viña Negrón, undertook tobuild a castle. Works began in 1575, but was delayed due to lack of manpower. It came into operation, still unfinished, in 1579.
The 1706 eruption failed to harm it.
El Caletón natural pools
It is worth noting the natural pools of El Caletón, one of the most popular bathing areas, and the imposing rock that rises up off its coast.
Day 2. Visit to Mount Teide, North of Tenerife.
Teide National Park is located in the center of the island. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007 with the category of Natural Asset. It is also a European Diploma from the Council of Europe and is part of the Natura 2000 Network Places.
Its summit represents the highest peak in Spain, with 3,718 meters. Its record figures also include that it is the most visited national park in Spain and Europe, receiving some three million tourists a year.
The landscape is overwhelming no matter where you look. To get to know it in greater depth, it is best to go up one road and down another. You can go up the road from La Esperanza or from the South, and go down through La Orotava.
The experience of ascending to the highest point in Spain and enjoying the magnificent views is something unforgettable. We totally recommend it so you can appreciate the impressive landscape of lava flows and the remains of the successive historical eruptions that have occurred. To do this, you can do it by going up on the Cable Car, with prior reservation.
If what you want is to climb to the peak of Teide, you must request an access permit months in advance, through the National Parks website.
La Orotava is one of the most beautiful towns on the island. Located in the middle of the valley of the same name, it stands out for its perfectly preserved buildings, which has led the city center to be declared a Artistic Historic Complex</b >. You can breathe in its streets that stately air that has never left it since the conquest of the Island.
We recommend you stroll through its cobbled streets and discover all its buildings that give off a stately air from the time of the conquerors who settled in La Villa.
Puerto de la Cruz.
It is a tourist city unlike any other. Its port experienced a period of commercial splendor, giving output to the island’s sugar and wine which traveled to then-flourishing Europe. Its spectacular nature, its good climate and its extraordinary sky captivated the continent’s scientists and botanists and it became a key destination for health travel.
The first tourists who arrived in the Canary Islands did so in this place, which has not lost its intimate seafaring flavor despite the hundreds of thousands of travelers it receives each year. It still preserves its fishing pier intact, where the boats arrive early with the fresh fish.
Sitting in the Plaza del Charco is a sublime pleasure. Or have an ice cream in one of the charming ice cream parlors in its surroundings. Then there is the privilege of seeing the waves break on the coast of San Telmo, with the spectacular Lago Martiánez in the background. And all that makes up a wonderful postcard.
Day 2. South of Tenerife
Los Gigantes Cliff
This name was put on for obvious reasons. This cliff located in Santiago del Teide forms part of theTeno Rural Parkand reaches 600 meters in height from the sea at some points, in an almost straight drop that makes you dizzy even when viewed from below. At its feet, the seabed, some 30 meters deep, is home to a great natural wealth that attracts scuba diving enthusiastsand deep-sea fishing.
In addition, this area is the permanent home to more than twenty marine mammals such as pilot whales, sperm whales and dolphins that you can admire throughout the year (being wild fauna and in freedom we cannot guarantee 100% sighting but it is very common to see specimens of whales and dolphins).
We recommend you enjoy these impressive landscapes by kayak or on a boat route for whale watching.
San Miguel de Tajao is a beautiful fishing village located in the municipality of Arico. An incredible place where you can breathe calm and tranquility. Since the 19th century, the fishermen settled in the place called La Caleta, which served as a pier.
With a long fishing tradition, the foundation of this population enclave dates back to the 19th century, when there was already a small fishermen’s village. At that time, the inhabitants of this part of the Arico coast settled mainly around the natural jetty in the area known as La Caleta.
This first pier was used, mainly, for the transport of loads and travelers from the surroundings, using small boats that were also used for fishing along the nearest coast< /b>.
Over the last decades of the 20th century, the arrival of mass tourism produced an enormous change in the productive model of the entire southern fringe of the island of Tenerife. However, San Miguel de Tajao has managed to maintain its identity as a fishing village, despite the notable landscape and economic changes in its surroundings.
Artisanal fishing has formed part of the historical past, the cultural baggage and the economic activity of the island of Tenerife to the present day, as a sign of the bond that the Canary Islands have always maintained with the sea.
Where to eat in Tajao
Day 4. La Laguna – Anaga – Santa Cruz (Playa de las Teresitas)
San Cristóbal de La Laguna
San Cristóbal de La Laguna is the largest city in Tenerife and the only one on the entire island declared a World Heritage Site. This historic town was founded in 1497< /b>by Alonso Fernández de Lugo, who chose an inland city to avoid attacks by pirates along the coast. Thus, La Laguna was the first capital of Tenerife and concentrated all the power of the island.
Visiting La Laguna is traveling to the greatest splendor of Tenerife’s history. The perfectly aligned cobbled streets served as a model for the urban design of colonial cities in America. La Laguna has maintained its original layout from the 15th century.
In 1927, the first university in the Canary Islands opened in La Laguna. Since then, the university and youth atmosphere of La Laguna has been the main hallmark of the city.
Streets that we recommend where to walk around La Laguna
We advise you to start by stopping at all the viewpoints, starting at the Mirador de Jardina up to the Mirador Bailadero.
The Anaga Rural Park is one of the areas of greatest ecological value in Tenerife due to its special geological configuration and the great natural biodiversity it houses, reasons why it is also a Biosphere Reserve.
Once you’ve visited all the viewpoints, we recommend you do the Enchanted Forest trail. It is perhaps one of the most famous and beautiful routes in all of Tenerife, however you need a permit to access the El Pijaral Integral Nature Reserve. You have to process the permit on this website, we also recommend doing it well in advance . This path is between 6-7 km and takes about 2h 30 minutes – 3h.
Sendero de los Sentidos
As an alternative, you have the “Sendero de los Sentidos”, path of the senses, which begins in Cruz del Carmen. There are 3 well-known routes that run along an old royal route that linked the towns of Anaga with the City of La Laguna. All propose different experiences through smell, sight and touch with which to discover different elements of the environment.
Beach Playa de Benijo
One of the most impressive beaches on the island is Playa de Benijo, so we recommend you visit it.
The landscape that you will be able to admire is incredible, it is a wild beach in its purest form where you will be able to disconnect from day to day and make time almost stop.
Access is through a path that starts next to the road and a restaurant called El Mirador.
In terms of bathing in the sea, it is advisable not to go too far. It is a beach where if the state of the sea is bad, it can be dangerous due to its drag and currents. If you see big waves extreme caution.
Where to eat in Anaga
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been the capital of the island since 1883. It is a city that has managed to perfectly combine modernity with tradition, and nature with urbanism.
Most of the municipality is established on the coastal surface, since it has 58 kilometers of coastline, of the 111 kilometers that the municipality occupies; so it is not surprising that Santa Cruz de Tenerife is home to several of the most popular beaches on the island, as well as magnificent port facilities.
The most popular coastal areas are: Playa de las Teresitas, Anaga Beach and the César Manrique Maritime Park.