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Playa de La Arena beach
Right in the middle of the small tourist town of Puerto de Santiago you will find Playa de la Arena beach. Situated along the west coast of Tenerife, its black sand is more than just a picturesque contrast against the white foam of the waves, but also absorbs the heat of the sun, which makes this a warm beach with a delightful temperature whatever time of the year you decide to visit. The volcanic rocks that flank the beach make this an excellent spot for snorkelling or scuba-diving to discover fascinating marine life.
A fully-serviced small urban beach
Playa de la Arena is a small urban beach with excellent transport connections via bus or taxi. Behind the beach is a large commercial avenue where you’ll find a huge variety of shops, bars and restaurants – one restaurant is positioned right on the beachfront. The beach has full access and a large ramp section and there is also a lifeguard service, showers, and sunbed and parasol hire, but it is advised to get there early if you want a sun bed as the best places are usually taken early in the morning.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Located in the north-east of the island of Tenerife, the capital bears the marks of the passing of time and a history spanning more than five centuries. Founded on May 3, 1494 by the Castilian, Alonso Fernández de Lugo, it soon became a key port on the trade route between Europe and the Americas. Lined with churches and historic buildings, the plazas Principe, Weyler, San Francisco and Candelaria are picturesque spots to visit.
Tenerife’s most important bay, with churches, markets and historic streets
The bay of Santa Cruz de Tenerife reflects its maritime past with historical buildings such as the Concepción Church and the Palacio de Carta. Dating from the early 20th Century is the García Sanabria Park, which borders the Toscal neighbourhood. The market of Nuestra Señora de África with its graceful colonial ambience, attracts visitors every Sunday, keen to explore its popular antiques market. Traditional bars and eateries can be found in the popular Calle de la Noria, which is also home to the headquarters of some of Tenerife’s most important groups of carnival street musicians.
Icod de los Vinos
Located in the north of the island of Tenerife, Icod de los Vinos is a town shaped by its relationship with the countryside and agriculture. Famous for its renowned wines in the 16th Century it also housed an important sugar mill. Partially destroyed by fire in 1798 the town was rebuilt with special care taken to maximise its green spaces. The old town is centred around the main church of San Marcos, the plazas of Lorenzo Cáceres and la Pila and the San Francisco convent.
Home to the famous thousand-year-old dragon tree
A stroll through Icod de los Vinos is not complete without a visit to the famous thousand-year-old dragon tree. A unique plant species of the Canary Islands and other islands in the Macaronesia region, the tree is actually estimated to be around eight hundred years old. An historic town with traditional architecture, Icod de los Vinos is a place where you can enjoy rabbit stew with Canarian potatoes, accompanied by a good, local red wine. For dessert, try traditional sponge cakes, pastries and rosquetes, a cross between a biscuit and a doughnut.