Popularly known as Isla Picuda due to its particular mallard shape or as the Island of the Eternal Spring because of its magnificent climate, Tenerife is the most populated island in Spain and the most extensive and visited of the Canary Islands. Of course, it is also full of unmissable treasures.
If you are planning to visit Tenerife, start exploring at the capital of the island, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where you will find amazing architecture. One of the most impressive buildings in the city is the Church of the Immaculate Conception, with five naves exhibiting banners captured by Admiral Nelson during his attack on the capital of the island, in 1797, as well as the Cross of Alonso Fernández de Lugo who gave the city its name.
Near the church, there are several other places of interest, such as the tobacco company building “La Tinerfeña” (1880), the Museum of Nature and Man, located in a former civil hospital building from the 18th century. Also, don’t forget to visit the Castles of San Cristóbal (1570) and Paso Alto. The latter is where Admiral Nelson lost not only a battle but also his right arm in 1797.
As you see, the main administrative centre of the island is definitely one of the best places in Tenerife, so do try and visit.
However, there are many other places to visit in Tenerife. Drop by San Cristóbal de La Laguna during your Tenerife holidays and you will not regret it. The town located in the Aguere Valley, 9 km west of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The Laguna Cathedral, alternatively called the Cathedral of Our Lady of Remedies is a must-see attraction there. Dating back to the 16th century it is an astonishing example of neoclassical architecture. Also pay a visit to the Palace of the Marquises of Villanueva del Parado, where the founder of the Santa Catalina Monastery, Father Archiena, was born.
The same can be said about another Tenerife location, an old fishing village called Puerto de la Cruz with four centuries of history located in the beautiful La Orotava valley. Its exceptional architectural heritage creates a priceless colonial atmosphere permeating even the tiniest corners of the village.
Near Puerto de la Cruz is the town of La Orotava. Located in the heart of the valley on the slopes of Mount Teide, the town and its surroundings offer plenty of places to visit. While there, stop by the picturesque Casa de los Siete Balcones or take a tour to Los Realejos, a town that houses the oldest church on the island, the Church of Santiago. Finally, enjoy the views of the fantastic black-coloured Acantilados de Los Gigantes ("Cliffs of the Giants") and the Teide National Park declared a World Heritage Site in 2007, where the highest mountain in Spain is found.
Finally, discover Los Cristianos beach and Icod de los Vinos where the famous Drago Milenario (ancient Dragon Tree) stands.
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