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5 Great Reasons Why Tenerife North will make you smile!


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
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20 Nov 2017

If you always head to the south of Tenerife for you holiday, I have to say that it is pretty amazing and packed full of things to do, stunning golden beaches and plenty of bars with lively entertainment. It offers everything for a fun holiday in the sun but what about the holidaymakers that like a different style of holiday. Not everyone likes the same thing!

I want to offer you a snippet of the different times I have travelled to the north of Tenerife, my experiences and what to expect. One of the times when travelling to the capital Santa Cruz with friends, I stopped off at the beautiful Cruz Del Carmen. This is a small village with scattered coloured houses dotted around and very green mountains, which is refreshing to see on the island.

Cruz del Carmen view, Tenerife, Canary Islands

REASON 1: The wild side of a ‘greener’ Tenerife

What I noticed when I visited the north of Tenerife is the greenery, wild flowers and palm trees which is so incredible in contrast against the volcanic mountains. It gives a sense of life, growth and warmth about the place and if you are into photography or just great walking treks, then this is a good place for visiting.

Palm Trees & Greenery, Tenerife, Canary Islands

With the blue skies, volcanic mountains, palm trees and spectacular shimmering coastline, there is so much to see and capture within your eyes, thoughts and camera lens. I really loved visiting the north and my only regret I have not visited it enough, even though I have been several times.

It is true, that this part of the island has more rain than the south but do not be put off by this! The sun shines regularly and it still has a great climate for sun lovers. There are some truly colourful flowers and plants to see which brings even more beauty and character to this part of the island.

REASON 2: The hidden gem of Santa Ursula

Heading back from Puerto De La Cruz and towards Santa Cruz, I was lucky to be taken to look at the view of Santa Ursula. Wow what more can I say! I would never have noticed this place if it was not for my good friends Nita and Ani who wanted me to see the stunning scenery from La Baranda café in calle Acevino. High up and looking down to the sea, it was so peaceful and unspoilt, natural and a great way to experience the ‘real Tenerife’. The day in which we visited was a little cloudy and so the skies were slightly greyer than I would have liked it to be but it was really warm and breathtakingly beautiful to me.

Santa Úrsula view, Tenerife, Canary Islands

This hidden little gem of a place is somewhere you can take yourself away from the crowds and create a different feel of holiday from the usual tourist’s sun loungers, cocktails and parties.

REASON 3: Local food at great prices

I feel blessed that I travelled with great local friends, so they know the good places to eat and of course, a lot cheaper than the tourist areas. Finding some good local restaurants for tapas or main dishes is really easy as there is plenty to choose from. Puerto De La Cruz offers some great fish dishes and lots more variety of food so it is worth putting this in your planner if you are wanting to eat out.

We stopped at a great little restaurant in Santa Ursula which was the perfect pit stop for me (Guachinche El Primero, calle Malpais) and it is a place where if you did not know it was there, you would drive right past it. The main room is painted terracotta walls with checked tablecloths, the thatched interior roof gives it that little more character.

El Primero is typical of a local style restaurant, simple décor, clean and delicious food. If eating out, think! Eat where the locals eat and you will get great value, excellent quality food and nice local wine.

REASON 4: Invitation to Puerto de La Cruz

My adventure to Puerto de La Cruz was an invitation to look around Hotel Botanico & Oriental Spa Hotel. I am so glad I made this journey as it put a big smile on my face, a sense of excitement and I think Puerto de La Cruz captured a bit of my heart!

As I stood on the balcony at Hotel Botanico (which once Michael Jackson had stood), I was overlooking the mountains. This hotel has been a favourite amongst many famous guests over the years, including Bill Clinton, Julio Iglesias and even royalty of the King and Queen of Spain. I had an amazing experience this day!

Me on the balcony of Hotel Botánico, Tenerife, Canary Islands

The balcony view was spectacular and I could see in the distance, Hotel Mirador Las Aguilas which is perched high on the hilltop.

Hotel Mirador Las Aquilas, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Puerto De La Cruz offers lots to explore, restaurants and bars. There is a good bus route from Santa Cruz which took me around 20 minutes.

REASON 5: The charming San Cristobal de La Laguna & Santa Cruz

You have it all here, the variety of the old town La Laguna and the more urban part of Santa Cruz. Both have lots to offer and to see so I made sure that I visited here on different days and spent a day in each area.

La Laguna has old style streets, quaint little shops and appealing buildings which gives you a real feel for a historical Tenerife. The different coloured buildings consist of yellow, terracotta, green, blue and creams and make up the character of this antique little town.

Street building of La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Strolling around the old town with my friends Nita, Ani, Guaci and Yara, we enjoyed peeping into the shops, eating hot chestnuts from the local seller and making the most of the day until darkness fell. Lots of places to eat and chill out and a really ‘lazy Sunday’ feel about this place.

Santa Cruz has lots of shops to visit, a University, and new science museum. The place is usually buzzing with commuters coming and going to work and it a nice vibrant city to visit. It might be worth checking out the bus tour that is available so that you make the most of the site seeing. It still has good places to eat, little hidden cafés to grab a coffee and cake so lots to explore in Santa Cruz.

So its not just the south that has great hotels, fine restaurants and holiday happiness.  You can get all this from the north too. Top up the suntan with plenty of places to sunbathe and you will be a lot closer to great places of interest to visit such as Loro Park, Botanic Gardens and the Auditorium.

There is so much to see, adventure and plenty to make you smile so don’t forget to check out the hotels and ensure your flight lands directly to Tenerife north (TFN).

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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
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
www.hellocanaryislands.com