The north of Tenerife is swathed in a stately atmosphere and is characterised by its traditional architecture. This part of the island is well-known for the many villages scattered throughout the mountains under the omnipresent figure of Mount Teide. North Tenerife embodies the idiosyncrasy of the island better than anywhere. In this region, green is the protagonist, next to its rugged coastline and volcanic sand beaches. The north of Tenerife is a corner of the island that is full of symbolism. Here you will find the La Orotava Valley, with one of the best-preserved old towns in the Canary Islands; the Drago de Icod, a living witness to centuries of history; the village of Masca, which seems to hang from the mountains; the wildlife wandering through Loro Parque; the flora beaming in the Botanical Gardens, and the Punta de Teno lighthouse which marks the end of the island. The north of Tenerife is full of secrets to uncover, and its most popular towns are Puerto de La Cruz, La Orotava, Garachico, and Buenavista. But there’s much more to the north, as it contains 14 of the island’s 31 municipal areas: Tacoronte, El Sauzal, La Matanza, La Victoria, Santa Úrsula, Puerto de la Cruz, Los Realejos, San Juan de la Rambla, La Guancha, Icod de los Vinos, Garachico, El Tanque, Los Silos and Buenavista del Norte.