Tenerife Journals

From Masca to Icod de los Vinos

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An October 2012 trip to Tenerife by Joy S

Masca Mountain Village Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands More Photos
Quote: A wonderful day out and an amazing drive - starting high in the mountains at Masca, dipping down to the coast at Garachico, a ride on a camel and finishing off at the dragon tree at Icod de los Vinos - full of fantastic things to see and do

Camello Center

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Camello Center Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Just about 15 minutes drive from Garachico and about 3 kilometres outside El Tanque is the Camello Center. This is a fun place to visit - you get to have a short ride through the countryside on a camel! It is quite easy to find - at the end of the TF1 you follow the TF82 to Icod and it is on the left hand side. It is open every day between 10am and 5pm.The Camello Center is quite small and a family run place. It seemed to be a bit off the beaten track, and when we arrived late afternoon on a Thursday, there were no other visitors. Another English family arrived and 2 French people, but we saw no-one else.There is a very large car-park, a nice cafe/bar where you can sit out...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2013

Camello Center
El Tanque
Tenerife, Canary Islands 38435

Garachico

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Garachico Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Garachico is a lovely town on the north-west coast of Tenerife. If you approach it from Los Silos, look out for an unusual statue just before you enter the town. It is a man, carrying a suitcase and it looks as if he has dropped lots of papers. This is a memorial to Canarian emigrants, but is also a perfect place to get a wonderful view of Garachico. Some say, this is Tenerife's most picturesque town.After taking photos near the statue, we drove into the town. There is parking just as you enter, at the small harbour. We set off and explored on foot. Garachico is an interesting place. It was once the principle port of Tenerife and in the 16th century, it was an extremely...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2013

Garachico

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Los Silos

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Los Silos Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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On the way from Buenavista to Garachico, we decided, on the spur of the moment, to take a short detour and explore the tiny, little town of Los Silos. This was an inspired decision - it is so beautiful, so peaceful and one of the most charming places on the island of Tenerife. Most people head for the well known Garachico - they just don't know what they are missing.Los Silos is right on the north-west coast of the island. We hadn't seen it mentioned in any of the tourist guides or books and there were no other tourists here! It felt like we had it to ourselves.We parked our car on the main street, got out and just wandered. The church - Nuestra Senora de la Luz is probabl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2013

Buenavista del Norte

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Volcanic cone with slices cut out Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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The drive out of Masca towards the town of Buenavista is a lot less stressful than the drive into the village. The road is still steep and winding, but much less so than the road which takes you down into Masca. Also it seemed like most people were going back the way they came, so there was very little traffic.Be sure to stop at the Mirador Cruz de Hilda, it overlooks the Masca Valley and gives you a different perspective of Masca itself. It is a stunning view. On the information board beside the mirador there is a little story about the life of a crow. It is interesting and explains that the existence of crows here proves the ecosystem is good. Amazingly there was a crow perched on ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2013

Masca Mountain Village

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Attraction | "Masca"

Masca Mountain Village Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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We had read a lot about Masca - Tenerife's Shangri La, nestled high up in the mountains. Despite everything you read, it still is a real thrill to visit this very special and beautiful place on the island.We headed for Santiago del Teide - watch out for the little trail of white crosses, just outside the town. They lead all the way up the slopes to an altar at the top. Watch out for the left-hand turn in Santiago del Teide signposted "Masca" and "Buena Vista del Norte." This is the famous, or infamous road to Masca.Masca is a tiny hamlet right in the Teno Mountains. It was virtually undiscovered until the road from Santiago del Teide to Buenavista was built in the 1970's. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2013

Masca Mountain Village

Tenerife, Canary Islands