Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands – Part #1

Le magnifique couché de soleil de la Playa Benijo

I will tell you about my 13-day trip to Tenerife in two parts. For this first part, we slept in an Airbnb in Puerto de la Cruz. This location allowed us to visit the east of the island. And during the second part of the trip, which will be described in a second article, we stayed in El Palmar in the West to visit the second half of the island.

Day 1: The Orotava Acclimatization Gardens & la Playa Roque de Las Bodegas

The Orotava Acclimatization Gardens :

The first day we decided to go not far from our Airbnb. We went to the Orotava acclimatization gardens. The main purpose of this garden was to acclimate new species, coming from America, to the environment of the Canary Islands. Even if a tourist business is done in these gardens (€3 per entrance), they are still, in the first place, a place to do scientific research. From a touristic point of view, I found the plants particularly beautiful, because, for the most part, they are immense. On top of that, it’s not a flora that I knew, so I was fascinated!

Quelques plantes des jardins d'acclimatation de la Orotava
Some plants from the Orotava acclimatization gardens

Playa Roque de Las Bodegas :

We also went to a beautiful beach called Roque de Las Bodegas. And there… I was totally fascinated by the landscape offered to me. First time in my whole life, I saw a beach with black sand. In addition to that, one thing you can’t see in the following picture is that there are also a few small grains of classic sands, brown, that come out gilded on the black sand. In short, a marvel. On top of that, there were few people, great waves! Okay, I’m exaggerating, it could have been a little bit sunnier! However, this beach is beautiful.

Un panorama de la Playa Roque de Las Bodegas et son sable noir
A panorama of the Playa Roque de Las Bodegas and its black sand

Jour 2 : the massif of Anaga & la Playa El Barco

Anaga’s massif :

If we cut Tenerife in a very rough way according to its reliefs, we have, in the east, the Anaga massif, in the center, the Teide and other volcanoes, and in the west the Masca massif. On the second day we decided to go for a hike in the Anaga massif. Due to lack of time, we could only make one in this massif for the whole trip. To our great regret, since very nice hikes are possible. I no longer have the itinerary of the hike that we did in mind. On the other hand I did find an article from blog very successful, which describes 5 wonderful walks in the area. Hikes that lead to beaches or coves are the most beautiful. On contrast, they are generally also the ones with the highest gradients. The choice is yours!

Un aperçu de la randonnée dans le massif d'Anaga
A glimpse of hiking in the Anaga massif

The Playa El barco :

We continued our day on the beach El Barco, which is a nice but classic beach. A good way to finish your day, gently, in the sun, on the warm sand.

Jour 3 : The Playa Benijo

The third day was marked by relaxation. We spent the day on a beautiful beach. Known to be the beach with the most beautiful sunsets, we stayed there until the evening. And indeed, the beach is splendid, and so is the sunset. In fact, we met several married couples taking pictures! In any case, despite the fact that the road leading to the beach is steep, it’s still worth to go there. It didn’t take me a lot of motivation to enjoy the wonderful setting to do some yoga moves.

Le magnifique couché de soleil de la Playa Benijo
The beautiful sunset of the Playa Benijo
Petite séance de yoga sur la Playa Benijo
Small yoga session on the Playa Benijo

Jour 4 : Teide Peak

On the fourth day we went to the Teide Peak. We weren’t trained enough to climb the Teide from its base to the Peak so we climbed by cable car to a high point of the Teide. You should know that on foot you have at least 8 hours. Climbing by cable car costs 13.5€ per person. Once arrived, you have 3 paths of walks/hiking which start. We did all three. Two go around the summit of Teide, so the difference in altitude is quite small, even if there are some. The third hiking trail leads to the Pic. This path has a high altitude but is feasible, we have seen some children doing it with their parents elsewhere. A permit to practice this path must be in your possession. It is free, just ask for it on the internet directly. You can book it directly on this website href=”https://www.reservasparquenacionales.es/real/ParquesNac/index.aspx”>page.

Don’t forget to have a hat, sunscreen and warm clothes. At the top it is very cold at the same time, but the sun is near so burn the skin without being felt! Knowing that we went there in the middle of summer!

The Teide is really Tenerife’s must-have. We feel tiny, the landscapes are unusual, desert and magnificent, the views breathtaking. In short, don’t miss it!

Petite pause pendant les randonnées sur le Teide
A short break during the walks on the Teide
On peut voir à quel point le Teide me rend heureuse !
You can see how happy the Teide makes me!
Un des beaux panorama du Teide auquel on a eu droit
One of the beautiful panoramas of the Teide that we had the chance to see

Jour 5 : The trekking of Malpais

The day before, we were completely immersed in the greatness of a volcanic desert. Well, on the fifth day, we were also in a volcanic but coastal desert. The landscapes are also beautiful and unexpected! We had decided randomly to hike on the north coast of Tenerife and we found a nice route on this href=”https://www.webtenerifefr.com/faire/nature/randonnee/sentiers/malpais-guimar-1.htm”>site. A hazardous day that ended with wonderful memories.

Le désert de lave qui se jette dans l'eau
The lava desert that flows into the water

Jour 6 : San Cristobal de La Laguna

The sixth day was marked by architecture! We visited the city of San Cristobal de La Laguna. A very rich city from an architectural point of view. You can discover the Canarian culture, the very rich colours, the unusual plants and the charming imperial gardens! A city where he seems easy to enjoy life!

La verdure au coeur de la ville San Cristobal de La Laguna
The greenery in the heart of the city San Cristobal de La Laguna
Un avant goût de l'architecture riche de San Cristobal de la Laguna
A taste of the rich architecture of San Cristobal de la Laguna

What’s next?

This is where this article ends, the rest of our trip will be described in a second article. I hope you liked this pre-taste, the next article reserves you, more hikes, more Teide, and always so many beautiful places to visit!

If you have any questions about Tenerife, the article, or anything else, don’t hesitate! ♥

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