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From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife


Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
Journey to another planet at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
How to Enjoy a Unique Excursion Around Stunning Santa Cruz
El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
Swimming And Snorkelling At El Puertillo in North Gran Canaria
Enjoy a morning at the local produce Market in San Sebastián de La Gomera
A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
Betancuria, the ancient capital in the mountains of Fuerteventura
How to Enjoy an Easy Adventure from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero
A walk across Llano de Las Cuevas in La Palma
How to Enjoy a Superb Luxury Sailing Trip in Tenerife
From Jungle To Desert at Maspalomas In South Gran Canaria
The sweetness of La Gomera and the Canary Islands – Palm Syrup
Cycling on El Hierro is a great way to see the Island
Isla de Lobos, a natural Paradise
Volcanoes, wine and British history in Lanzarote
The mini-Volcano Route, La Palma
How To Try And Do Tenerife From Top To Bottom In Three Days
Playa Santiago – A glorious mesh of sleepy fishing village and luxury hotel complex
A Day at the Canaribbean In Gran Canaria
Hermigua, the beautiful tropical valley of La Gomera with a Gofio Museum
How to Enjoy Authentic Lanzarote at the Lovely El Charco de San Ginés
La Gomera’s longest beach in the Valley of the great king – Valle Gran Rey
The Charm of Vallehermoso – The Beautiful Valley in La Gomera
How to Discover La Gomera With an Amazing Jeep Safari Adventure
Calle Cano: A Las Palmas Street Where Old And New Blend Together
Three places off the usual tourist track in Tenerife
La Gomera one of the most gorgeous island for hikers, ramblers and casual afternoon walkers
Poema del mar, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
An ascent of Bejenado
Four best places to visit in Fuerteventura
Up The Monte: Exploring Gran Canaria's Wine Country
5 Excellent Experiences to Try When You Visit Tenerife
Exploring the Barranco de las Angustias
4 best places to visit in La Gomera, by a Canary Island resident
A lovely walk from Mirador de Jinama to The bell tower Joapira
Walk the beautiful arid landscapes of Fuerteventura – Betancuria
In Gran Canaria And Sick of Sand? Head To The Parque Sur For A Siesta
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16 Apr 2018

This is a fabulous drive that is perfect for anyone staying in the tourist resorts in the south of the island. I’d recommend allowing at least half a day to enjoy the route, it could easily be extended to a full day out if you take advantage of the possible stops along the way.

Apart from a view of the magnificent El Teide, we were also keen to spot the Tajinaste rojo which were just coming into flower in mid May.

After a short section on the TF-1 we took exit 72 onto the TF-28 where we started our ascent. If you fancy a camel ride, look out for the Camel Park coming up on your right, that offers 20-30 minute rides, as well as a farm with animals and café.

As you approach La Camella, look out for the turning onto the TF-51 to Arona where you can enjoy a fabulous set of switchbacks offering a taste of what’s to come, as well as views down to the coast, through the cloud. Sadly there isn’t anywhere to pull over safely to capture these views, so we made do with committing them to memory.

Vilaflor de Chasna, Tenerife, Canary Islands

We were almost at the historic town of Vilaflor de Chasna, which is generally shortened to Vilaflor, despite it’s original name being Chasna. The full name is believed to  have stuck after the Spanish Captain of the conquistadores, Pedro de Bracamonte exclaimed “Vi la flor de Chasna” when he caught sight of a beautiful Guanche woman. We seized an opportunity to pull over at the side of the road to gaze across the barranco at the town, when I spotted our first example of the Tajinaste rojo growing at the side of the road!

Tajinaste rojo, Vilaflor, Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Tajinaste rojo is part of the Echium family, this stunning red flower can grow up to 3 metres in height and can be found growing on the Cañadas del Teide in the spring. This emblematic plant of Tenerife was once under threat from extinction, so grazing was prohibited to save the species, which has since recovered and is out of danger. The flowers are very important to honey production in this area, these tall  and distinct blooms are a favourite for the local bees.

It’s worth taking a break for a wander around the cobbled streets of Vilaflor, where you can find some lovely examples of traditional Canarian architecture. Look out for the San Pedro Apóstol church in the centre of the town and casa-palacio Los Soler (better known as the Casa del Marqués) situated in front of the church.  Plus La Casa Inglesa on Plaza de San Pedro by the three cypress trees.

Exit Vilaflor on via the TF-21, we stopped again within a short distance to visit the Pino Gordo, which after the drago tree in Icod de los Vinos, is the second most popular tree in Tenerife. This Canarian pine tree is believed to be between 700-800 years old, it stands at a height of 42 metres and takes at least 9 people to stand holding hands, around the trunk circumference of 12 metres. Nearby is the Pino de las dos Pernadas, if you want to see two more examples of the local pine tree.

Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands

We were now climbing up through thick forest, the road surface was fantastic, so smooth it really added to the pleasure of the drive. We passed warnings for ice & fire, then suddenly, as if by magic, we reached 2000 metres and the cloud disappeared. The trees started to thin, we had entered the Teide National Park.

Driving through Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Just before the junction with the TF-38 there are 2 places to stop and admire the view. The first is the Etnographic Museum Juan Évora which has information about the shepherds of Las Cañadas, and the second a small parking area at the crossroads of Boca Tauce.

Pico del Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands

It was a stunning day up here, not a cloud in the sky, with fabulous visibility we could even pick out the Teleferico del Teide cable cars in the distance. The park was in bloom, we had spotted more examples of the Tajinaste Rojo on the climb and the yellow broom offered a gorgeous contrast to the volcanic landscape.

The TF-38 was so straight after the twisty climb up the TF-21, slicing a smooth ribbon through the rough lava flow. If you missed the earlier viewpoints, or want to catch some more, there’s the Mirador de Chio and Mirador de Sámara in this area.

There are 37 trails available to hikers within the Teide National Park, so you have plenty of opportunity to park up and stretch your legs on this drive!

Before long the pine trees started and we began our descent into the cloud again. If you need a comfort stop for food or drink, there’s 3 restaurants within proximity, we decided to visit the Mirador de Chirche, however this one is closed on Saturdays.

At Chío we picked up the TF-82 and TF-454 to drop down into Los Gigantes. We’d left the pine trees behind us, now we were surrounded by banana plantations.

Mirador Archipenque Los Gigantes, Tenerife, Canary Islands

There’s a lovely view point of the magnificent cliffs of Los Gigantes as you approach the harbour town, called El Mirador Archipenque, with parking just before and after if you can find a space. 

Lunch was a guacadog from the craft beer festival which was taking place in Plaza Buganvilla. We allowed ourselves a single beer as we still had to drive back to the resort. It was a pretty tough decision which one to go for when there were 9 different breweries on offer including Tacoa, Tierra de Perros, Vagamundo, Chutney, Fiera, Jeito, Larrancadilla, Viva and Agüita.

Guacadog Craft Beer Festival, Tenerife, Canary Islands

It was a short 30 minutes drive back along the coast via the TF-47, this provided a fascinating contrast having old Tenerife and the banana plantations on one side and the ultra modern 5* hotels on the other.

This is a stunning drive and I’d encourage you to hire a car to escape the tourist resorts and discover the natural beauty of Tenerife. We covered 115 km on this route, it’s best enjoyed without any time constraints, so that you can stop at the many points of interest along the way.

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Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
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Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
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From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
How to Enjoy a Unique Excursion Around Stunning Santa Cruz
El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
Swimming And Snorkelling At El Puertillo in North Gran Canaria
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A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
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The sweetness of La Gomera and the Canary Islands – Palm Syrup
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Isla de Lobos, a natural Paradise
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The mini-Volcano Route, La Palma
How To Try And Do Tenerife From Top To Bottom In Three Days
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The Charm of Vallehermoso – The Beautiful Valley in La Gomera
How to Discover La Gomera With an Amazing Jeep Safari Adventure
Calle Cano: A Las Palmas Street Where Old And New Blend Together
Three places off the usual tourist track in Tenerife
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A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
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Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
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The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
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El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
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Betancuria, the ancient capital in the mountains of Fuerteventura
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