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Santa Cruz and the Anaga Mountains

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An October 2012 trip to Santa Cruz by Joy S

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Santa Cruz

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Church Tower, Santa Cruz Photo, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
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Santa Cruz is the capital of Tenerife, and since 1982, has been the joint capital of the Canary Islands. We spent a very pleasant morning in this lovely city.It took us about 1.5 hours to drive to Santa Cruz from our base in Alcala on the south-west of the island. It is quite a long journey, but mostly motorway - the motorway is well-maintained and driving on it is pleasant and easy.The first thing we saw as we drove into the city was the unmistakeable Auditorio de Tenerife. This huge and impressive building looks a bit like the Sydney Opera House. It opened in 2003 and is known as the Tsunami Wave or the Trojan Helmet, depending on which angle you view it from. I couldn't...Read More

Playa de las Teresitas

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Attraction | "Las Teresitas Beach"

Playa de las Teresitas Photo, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
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We drove out of Santa Cruz and headed for San Andres, all the time keeping in the direction of the mountains. Not far from the centre of the city, there is a sign for Las Teresitas beach. We took this, planning to spend half an hour at the beach.There is lots of parking at the back of the beach - it is free to park here. It was quite busy the day we visited, but we had no trouble finding a parking space.Las Teresitas beach is a bit of a novelty in Tenerife, thanks to the long expanse of golden sand. There are no natural golden sandy beaches on the island, the norm is black, volcanic sand. The beach here is long, arching and was created with millions of tons of sand shipped...Read More

Playa de las Teresitas

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

Driving in the Anaga Mountains

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Igueste Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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The Anaga Mountains are right on the very north-eastern part of Tenerife. This area is completely unspoilt, not many tourists seem to venture here and when you are driving, you meet hardly any cars. This is as far from the beaches and tourist resorts as you can get, it really feels like you have entered another world.We left Las Teresitas beach and drove towards the village of Igueste. This is in the mountains, as soon as you start climbing, the scenery changes and becomes rocky and dramatic. Igueste is only 7 km away from Las Teresitas, but it takes a little while to drive there. It is worth paying a visit to this small and quiet village. You need to drive until you can go no furthe...Read More

Taganana

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Taganana Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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From Igueste, we carried on driving through the Anaga Mountains until we reached Taganana. It is only 13 km distance from Santa Cruz, but the drive takes a while because of the twisty, turning mountain roads. It is beautiful. It is easy to find your way - we drove on the TF12 following signs for Taganana, then turned right on the TF134, again following signs to the little town.Taganana is one of the oldest settlements in Tenerife. It is also one of the most peaceful and serene places you could visit. It is fascinating to think, that only since 1968 has it been possible to drive here. Up until that time, the only way in or out of the village was either by boat or on foot. They built ...Read More

Roque de las Bodegas

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Roque de las Bodegas Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Roque de las Bodegas is literally just down the hill from Taganana, along the TF134 and is right on the coast. We drove the short distance from Taganana and spent about an hour and a half in this lovely little place. It is stunning, the views are amazing and I would definitely recommend a visit.It is a quiet, small place which consists of just one street. We found parking on the roadside, and had a look at some of the little fish restaurants along the street. There are a few of these and not much else. Apparently this is a popular spot where coach tours come and unload their passengers for lunch. We arrived late in the afternoon, so did not encounter this. Instead we found the whole...Read More

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Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom