Tenerife North – Discovering Garachico, La Oratava and more


Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, has a cultural, traditional side which is often overlooked but is well worth discovering. I fell in love with its authentic and wildly beautiful side.

The lava flows cooled and formed El Caletón, a series of natural sea pools which are now one of the town’s main attractions.

El Caletón natural sea pools, Garachico

Garachico is said to be one of the prettiest towns in Tenerife but also the unluckiest due to a series of unfortunate events.

Garachico, Tenerife

At the heart of Garachico, which has an authentic Spanish feel. The plaza is lined with palm trees and many of the town’s heritage buildings.

Plaza de la Libertad, Garachico

Visit Puerta de Tierra Park where you can still see the arch of the gateway to the old port where the sea once lapped the shore.

Puerta de Tierra Park

Set amid tall mountains you’ll wonder how people ever settled here but look at the dramatic scenery and lush vegetation and you’ll get an idea why they made it work.

The village of Masca, Tenerife

Hikers can take on the Masca Gorge hike to the Barranco which is 5 km each way or around 6-hours depending on fitness levels.

The Masca Gorge

The spectacular Mirador Altos de Baracán which looks over the lush rugged landscape towards the sea and the island of La Gomera in the distance.

Mirador Altos de Baracán

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