Tenerife Journals

East Coast Exploring - from Arona to Guimar

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An October 2012 trip to Tenerife by Joy S

Canary Islands in miniature Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands More Photos
Quote: We drove along the TF28, starting at Arona and exploring the east coast of Tenerife

Aloe Park

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Canary Islands in miniature Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Agriculture has always been a traditional activitiy in Tenerife and banana production has been one of the most important parts of this. For that reason, I decided to try and visit a banana plantation during our trip to the island. After a bit of browsing on the internet, I finally found this place and we decided to go. It is not, however, a very highly marketed place. While we were in Tenerife, I did not see any mention of it anywhere in any of the tourist information.It is reasonably easy to find, but you would need a hire car to get here. It is just off the TF1 motorway at Junction 26 on the road heading towards Buzanada, near Arona. It is open Monday to Friday, between 10am and 4....Read More

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Driving Along the TF28

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Volcanic cones on the landscape Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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The TF28 road originally linked the south of Tenerife with its capital, Santa Cruz. This was the main road before the new motorway - the TF1 was built. They built the TF1 in the 1970's. It linked Santa Cruz with the south of the island, and thus greatly reduced the travelling time. The result of this is that now the TF28 is almost deserted. It is only really used by people travelling between villages or some more inquisitive travellers. We found it was a lovely, leisurely road to drive along and a great way to explore this part of Tenerife.We picked up the TF28 after we left Arona. We drove the whole length of the road, from La Camela to Guimar, stopping where the fancy took us to a...Read More

San Miguel de Abona and Granadilla

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Granadilla Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Our next stop along the "Forgotten Road" was San Miguel de Abona. This is one of the oldest towns in the south of Tenerife and it is definitely worth taking a short time to explore and stroll around.San Miguel was inhabited by the earliest settlers of Tenerife - the Guanche. It is fascinating that as recently as 1933, they found a Guanche burial site in caves in the hills surrounding San Miguel - 70 bodies were found.The little town is surrounded by vineyards and lots of volcanic cones on the landscape. Everywhere along the roadside, prickly pear and cactus plants are growing. The area is known for its agriculture, especially its vines and its tomatoes. Apparently there ar...Read More

Villa de Arico and Arico Nuevo

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Villa de Arico Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Villa de Arico and Arico Nuevo are two little villages on the TF28, both are completely unspoilt and untouched by tourism, have a quiet, sleepy air about them, but are beautiful and well-worth stopping and spending half an hour in each strolling around.We came to Villa de Arico first of all. We parked just outside, then wandered down a little side street until we came to the church. This 18th century church - San Juan Bautista is so beautiful. They say it is the most beautiful in Tenerife. I thought it was a little like the church in Granadilla, but the location here is much more impressive. The church has gleaming white walls, a lovely domed tower and a huge dragon tree right next t...Read More

Piramides de Guimar

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Attraction | "Guimar Pyramids"

Piramides de Guimar Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Guimar was our last stopping place on our drive along the Forgotten Road, and we headed here to visit the pyramids.Guimar itself is quite a nice place, it has a lovely old town area and was actually one of the first places to be settled by the Spanish during their conquest of the Canary Islands. We wanted to visit the pyramids - we found signs for them driving into the town, but found it very difficult to actually get to them - a lot of concentration was required!In 1990, a discovery was made in Guimar which appeared to be step pyramids. This brought the explorer and anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl to the area, and he believed the pyramids were the same as those found in Peru, ...Read More

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Piramides de Guimar
Calle Chacona, 38500
Tenerife, Canary Islands
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