Travel Tenerife: Do as the Locals Do

February 15, 2016
Travel Tenerife: Do as the Locals Do

Travel is enriching and insightful, but sometimes you just want to get off the beaten track and really experience a destination. Visit Tenerife on a Spain holiday and you’ll get to fully take in the beauty of the island from top to bottom, whether you’re with your girlfriends or just going it alone. With this list you can get to know the place and see the deepest side of Tenerife. Here are five places the locals love. You’ll love them too.

Travel Tenerife: Do as the Locals Do

Playa Bollullo

Up in the north of Tenerife, four kilometers east of Puerto de la Cruz, this is a beach to escape the throngs of tourists that descend upon Tenerife. In fact, ‘El Bollullo’ as it’s also known, is as far from the stereotypical Spanish beach as you can imagine. Locals favor the beach, with its black sands and clear waters, and even though it gets busy during the summer, the atmosphere is a world away from the hustle and bustle of a more touristic beach.

Anaga Mountains

Hidden away in the north east corner of the island are the Anaga Mountains, one of the oldest parts of the island. If you’re looking to get off the beaten track, you’ll be delighted to know that this is one of the least visited parts of the island too by tourists. The forest is thick and the ravines are steep, providing a challenging hike for visitors who relish a challenging hike. Traditional life in the area remains pretty much undisturbed, since some of the roads are too small to accommodate coaches.

The Orotava Valley

The town of La Orotava lies 330 meters above sea level in a valley and is the home of some serious natural beauty. Aguamansa is where it truly begins. You’ll even see people still travelling around on horseback. There this jewel of the north just sits back and lets you enjoy the pine forest and the views in solitude. And if it’s solitude that you seek, then you should the valley in August. The pilgrimage to pay homage to the Virgen de Candelaria takes place in this month.

Teide National Park

Though something of an attraction for visitors — it’s also free — don’t be surprised to see locals doing a spot of hiking in the peaks of Teide National Park. Of course, the centerpiece of the park is the mountain-volcano itself, which reaches up 3,781 meters towards the heavens. Step off the paths around the crater and the park soon becomes all yours to enjoy in perfect tranquility in no time.

Playa de las Americas

Sitting prettily in the south-west of Tenerife, Playa de las Américas is one of the most popular parts of Tenerife, with a buzzing beach to match. You can be like the local adventurers and make the most of the warm climate to don some scuba diving gear and explore Tenerife below sea level. The resident turtles are so adorable, that you’ll feel yourself just wanting to wrap your arms around them as they glide nonchalantly by — but don’t, respect nature.

Travel Tenerife: When in Tenerife, Do as the Locals Do

Tenerife is one of Spain’s finest jewels and offers you a chance to experience the island like the locals, especially nature. You can escape the tourist traps and really make the most of your time on the island.

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About Florence Sheldon

Florence Sheldon is an expat and experienced hiker. She has lived in Tenerife for more than 20 years and never tires of its beauty.

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