You’ll find Tenerife North Airport close to the city of Santa Cruz. Serving the most popular of the Canary Islands, this hub faces stiff competition from the much more widely used Tenerife South Airport at the opposite end of the island. Whilst Tenerife North Airport is further from the bustling beach resorts, it is a fantastic option for those wishing to explore Tenerife’s gentler, alternative side.
This area is far more traditional, with many great towns and areas of natural beauty to relax in. Hire a car when you touch down at Tenerife North Airport and let your imagination lead the way!
Sightseeing in the Towns
Venture to the town of La Orotava, a mere 20 minute drive from the airport. Nestled within a valley and overlooked by the impressive Mount Teide, it’s got an enviable location with a charming old town that is perfect to explore on a sunny afternoon. Be sure to visit Casa de Los Balcones whilst here too, a fascinating house known for its many balconies which dates to 1670.
Punta Brava, a little further on but right on the coast, is another spot you should definitely take the time to visit. Being a volcanic island, the sand here is black, but that doesn’t diffuse from the beauty of the beach and the village itself.
Naturally you will want to dedicate some time to Santa Cruz; it is the island’s capital after all. As a port city, going by the name of Muelle Ribera, there’s always some hustle and bustle. As with most cities, there are a variety of entertainment choices on offer. Consider visiting the Museum of Man and Nature which will take you on a journey through the Canary Island’s life, or perhaps the excellent shopping will be more your cup of tea?
Exploring the Rest of Tenerife
It’s no good seeing Mount Teide from afar; you have to get up close and personal to really appreciate it. The journey itself is just as magical and best completed in your very own hire car so that you can pull over to soak in the views as you ascend. Once you have overcome the lunar-like lava fields, take a trip in the cable car for views you’ll remember for years to come.
Venture north in your car to the Anaga Mountains. You won’t have to look too hard – they blanket almost the entire northeast of the island. Rugged and remote, it’s surprising anyone lives here but you will find tiny villages speckled among ravines and forests. This area is incredibly beautiful, so make sure that you devour the views from the twists and turns of the mountain roads.
It will take just under an hour and a half to drive to Los Gigantes. The cliffs here scale to massive heights and are a sight to behold. For the best views, head out on the water on one of the many boat trips from the harbour.