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Roque de las Bodegas

Roque de las Bodegas Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands

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 place blissfully deserted.

The fish restaurants are no-frills, basic places but with a lot of charm and very unspoilt. We chose one of them, sat at one of their outside tables and enjoyed the views. We did not eat here, just had drinks, but were amazed at how cheap it was.

Just a little way out in the sea is the rock which gives the town its name. It is huge, there is a walkway right next to it, and you can walk right to the end. It is very scenic - a huge, lump of rock with the most spectacular waves crashing and breaking against it. We sat next to some little fishing boats and watched other people walking out to the rock. We were glad we had done this, we saw several groups get (unexpectedly) soaked when a wave crashed over them. We walked out to the rock, but not to the end - preferring to stay dry.

The beach is wonderful too. It is black, volcanic sand and was virtually deserted when we were there. We spent a while just walking along the beach, framed with the beautiful Anaga mountains. The huge Atlantic waves were mesmerising too - some of the biggest breakers I have ever seen, we stood for ages watching them too.

This is a very unspoilt, quiet place. The scenery and the views though, are amongst some of the best I have seen, making it an absolute must-visit destination on Tenerife.

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