Tenerife is a volcanic island belonging to Canary Islands, which are part of Spain. It used be portugueese, then english, but in the end Pope Alexander VIĀ took the line and made them spanish spanish (further historical explanation in this article). šŸ™‚

TenerifeTenerifeĀ is the largest island of theĀ Canary IslandsĀ archipelago, but alsoĀ is the largest and most populous island ofĀ Macaronesia –Ā a collection of fourĀ archipelagosĀ in theĀ NorthĀ Atlantic OceanĀ off the coast of the continents ofĀ EuropeĀ andĀ Africa(Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde), created by volcanic activity.

I was fying from Brussels to Tenerife South. The flight was 4,5 hours and landig looked like this:

Landing next to Volcano Teide – 3,718 m

Upon my arrival, I noticed the pleasant 25 Celsius in December and beautiful vegetation around me. So let me show you the photos:


Dragon treeĀ  – typical of Tenerife


My hotel was in Santa Cruz de Tenerife – the capital of Tenerife island. I had views on the riviera so I walked every day next to cruise ships watching the mass people exchanging at the port on a daily basis.


But wherever you go, the mountains are always around you:


To get closer to the city center, you can walk or catch the bus – or how they call it here ”GuaGua.” Don’t ask why. I didn’t manage to discover that phenomenon.

Richard Westall: Sir Horatio Nelson when wounded at Tenerife, Oil on Canvas, 1806, Nationnal Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, UK

I walked around to explore the city walls famous for the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 18th century, when the british Royal Navy under the command of Rear-AdmiralĀ Horatio NelsonĀ attacked the then spanish port Santa Cruz.Ā Ā Having lost several hundred men, Nelson himself had been wounded in the arm, which was subsequently partially amputated: aĀ stigmaĀ that he carried to his grave as a constant reminder of his failure.


The city has an Auditorium, kinda inspired by Gaudi, if you ask me. The promenade there is nice and you can simply walk around enjoying the view on beautiful ocean.



As it was the time to explore the food, I made another walk through the park and couldn’t noticeĀ  theĀ  cross in the park which shows the etymology of the name of the city: “holyĀ crossĀ of Tenerife,” in memory of the foundation of the city, when aĀ Christian crossĀ was planted in the place that is now the center of town.

Plaza de Espana – where the holy cross used to be

The absolute fascination was the market: Mercado Nuestra SeƱora de Ɓfrica. It is a famous and imposing collection of market stalls, shops and eating places located on theĀ Avenida de San SebastiĆ”nĀ in Santa Cruz.

20171208_13535620171208_14013720171208_14020320171208_14025920171208_140216Talking about the traditional food at Tenerife, I ate madregal fish and typically oven baked salt potatoes and drank local wine.


The next day I visited San CristĆ³bal deĀ La Laguna cityĀ Ā in the northern part of the island ofĀ Tenerife. Actually, the city is just above Santa Cruz so you can easily take the tram and visit the city.


The city used to be the colonial capital so it forms the typical urban colonial style and architecture.

Today is the city of university with many students around forming the Univerisity of La Laguna.

La Laguna is considered to be the cultural capital of the Canary Islands. Also there is in the habit of being calling the “Ciudad de los Adelantados“, for having been the first university city of the archipelago.






As mentioned, the colonial style is still present and one can see small passages between houses with balconies and old, dark, wooden bars that bring you to the old times when important historical figures of the city likeĀ Amaro Pargo, one of the famous corsairs of theĀ Golden Age of Piracy, walked around.


TheĀ Catedral de Nuestra SeƱora de los RemediosĀ is a roman catholic church, of the 20th century. Not so old, but some interesting statues of the Christ can be found inside. You decide why:

Catedral de Nuestra SeƱora de los Remedios




And now the best part, the volcano Teide. šŸ™‚

Mount TeideĀ is aĀ volcanoĀ onĀ Tenerife, wwith 3,718-metre summit which is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic andĀ Earth’s third-tallest volcanic structure.

We started our climbing admiring the city that left below us and watching the nature.


The National Park Teide is fammous for its pine tree that can survive the fire and grow again.Ā The lava flows on the flanks of Teide weather to a very thin but nutrient- and mineral-richĀ soilĀ that supports a wide variety of endemic plant species.

As we were climbing higher, the city below us looked scary away and some other peaks of canary islands started to rise, not being sure where the ocean ends, sky starts or landmarks appear again. It was unreal…

The city below us, the ocean, the sky, the clouds and Canary Island peaks from clouds


I was mostly trying to adapt to this landmark not being sure why I felt so unreal…Ā Teide was aĀ sacred mountainĀ for the aboriginalĀ Guanches, so it was considered a mythological mountain.


The ore we were climbing, the vegetation was disappearing and landmark turned into beautiful colour representation of lava’s progress.


Finally we saw the peak from much clearer distance: from the astronomical observatory. But we decided to continue the way to reach it as possible we could. And then the fog came down and the magic started to be even more unreal…



WeĀ  enjoyed taking the photos around the volcanic structured stone and cliffs, shaped by the wind. When I wanted to pick the rock, I noticed it is quite light.


Interesting for us, there was a small church completely built of volcanic stones. šŸ™‚ Of course, with the Teide peak behind.


The last day, I visited the black beaches of Tenerife. Actually, I visited La Teracita.Ā The sand is black because it is actually made of lava.



  1. Iā€™ve never been to Tenerife, I have however been to Lazorote but only did an excursion up on the volcano and we certainly didnā€™t climb. Looks like you had a great time šŸ˜Š


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