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.

Beaches and natural pools

On the north coast of Tenerife, there are lots of wild beaches, where you’ll find neither services nor many tourists. Volcanic sand is common in this part of the island and waves err between moderate and strong. For the most part, they are secluded beaches, which can be difficult to access. This makes them ideal for anyone looking to distance themselves from the bustle of other parts of the island. They are perfect for anyone looking for peace and quiet. The most popular beaches in the region are El Bollullo and Playa Jardín, which are undoubtedly the most touristy beaches on Tenerife’s north coast. In addition, the north of the island has an impressive collection of natural pools, some of which are suitable for swimming, like the Garachico pools, while others are 100% natural and can be dangerous.