Hello Trybe,

Welcome to my fourth entry in the Travel category. This time I invite you to this virtual tour around Tenerife, which is one of the main islands of the Canary Islands archipelago, belonging to the Crown of Spain. I had a pleasure to visit it in the Spring of this year, when it was still very quiet (in terms of tourism) but  also beautiful with all the vegetation returning to life after a short winter slumber. Flowers and fresh greens really added to the experience.

Tenerife is quite big in size so the best way to get around is by renting out a car. The fuel is quite cheap here – cheaper than anywhere in the European Union for sure. Thanks to low taxes on many things here enabled by a significant autonomy from Spain, Tenerife has seen tremendous growth for the last couple of years. Island is very clear and has amazing scenic road all around it. But I am not here to speak about those, and instead share some of my favourite shots I took during my 7-day long stay.

Starting with Acantilados de Los Gigantes cliffs, taken from the Punta Teno – the westernmost point of Tenerife. These cliffs are amongst the largest in the world.

Acantilados de Los Gigantes seen from Punta Teno
Famous cactus with Acantilados and Punta Teno in the background

Another amazing spot to check out when visiting Tenerife lies north off the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This place is a wonderful viewing point called Mirador de Jardina (The Garden View ). It is where I took the cover shot.

Mirador de Jardina at late sunset

ANother highlight of the visit for me was the Mirador Las Teresitas, with a  view on Las Teresitas beach, amongst other things. It is where I took a funny shot of a local guy relaxing on a bench outlooking the ocean:

Las Teresitas beach
Beach up-close

Tenerife should also be known for its might volcano taking up the majority of the island, called El Teide. It’s amongst the largest active volcanoes in the world, measuring 7500 meters from its base, the largest outside the Hawaii, and the third in the world. It erupted as recently as in 1909 year. Here’s a shot of its peak:

El Teide spread its lava far, creating interesting phenomena in the vicinity, such as forests growing in black lava fields high up in the clouds:

Other worth-noting places are:

Porto de La Cruz
La Quinta  Resort view over el Teide and the north coast
Masca Valley
Anaga massive highlands in the north-east
La Gomera nearby island seen from Masca
Violent Playa de Taganana when vine trading took place over centuries

That is it for now. Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour de Tenerife, and will  find an opportunity to get an experience like me.

Some of the shots are available in high-res at my professional profile, if you are interested.

My gear when travelling for these landscapes? Pentax K-1, D-FA 15-30 2.8 lens, FA-43 1.9 limited lens, FA-77 1.8 limited lens, DA* 60-250 4.0,, Marumi Super DHG circular polarizing filter, carbon fiber tripod. Editing: Lightroom.

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  1. DonkeysWorld

    Great post @indykpol!

    I stayed in Los Gigantes, Tenerife last March for a few days and I must say, from what I have seen of it, it is a very beautiful and clean island indeed.

    I definitely plan to return to Tenerife some time soon and possibly also visit the island named La Gomera, as I could see this island from the balcony of my room in Hotel Costa Los Gigantes which was not very far away.

    Your photographs are wonderful and have brought back some very nice memories to me.

    Thank you for putting a smile on my face and have a wonderful day!