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Tenerife is an island full of dream places. Places in Tenerife that ordinary travellers do not usually visit, because many places are not included in the main travel recommendations.

We want to show you some of the best-kept secrets of the island and we can assure you that it is worth venturing out to visit.

Coast gems of Tenerife

Tenerife is an impressive explosion of black, green and vertical land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Around this island, the sea draws two very different faces:

The beautiful north, with black sandy beaches with volcanoes, green valleys and traditional villages, and the desert south, with white sandy beaches and countless tourist attractions, full of beach bars, entertainment and many surf spots, such as Los Cristianos and Las Americas.

Here are some of the little-known spectacular beaches that locals love.

1. Los Patos Beach

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Los Patos Beach
  • Location: La Orotava. The north coast of Tenerife.

Situated in the spectacular Orotava Valley with the Teide in the background, the volcanic sand of this unspoilt beach grows in summer and at low tide, making it the largest bathing area in the north of Tenerife.

It has some access difficulties since it can only be reached on foot. However, every visitor who visits it falls in love.

2. Cliffs of Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes Cliff
  • Location: West Coast.

The "cliffs of the Giants" are one of the most spectacular landscapes on the island. The imposing stone walls leave you literally speechless. It is located in the westernmost point of Tenerife.

The Guanches (ancient aborigines of the islands) considered these cliffs to be sacred. For them, it represents the end of the world, and once you go, you will really understand why.

At their feet, the seabed, about 30 meters deep, is home to a great natural wealth that attracts enthusiasts of diving and deep-sea fishing.

3. Benijo

Benijo Beach
  • Location: Taganana. Northeast coast.

"If I had to decide on the most beautiful beach, without a doubt, I would choose the most beautiful beach, Benijo would say with my eyes closed.'' With this sentence, John Carrigan sums up what Benijo beach is all about.

Located in the natural reserve of Anaga and with one of the most beautiful sunsets we know, this place will transport your mind away from problems and day to day. We can only say that it is our favourite beach in Tenerife.

4. La Tejita

La Tejita
  • Location: El Médano. South coast.

Playa La Tejita is one of the most spectacular and beautiful beaches in the south of the island. On the beach, you can admire the magnificent view of the volcano Montaña Roja, there is a path you can climb if you feel like it. The view from the top of the volcano is worth it, and you can admire the beauty of the beach at a glance.

On La Tejita there are no restaurants and cafes nearby to walk, so I recommend you bring drinks and food to spend the day.

If you are going to visit Tenerife, this is one of the must.

5. Natural Swimming Pools in Los Abrigos

Los Abrigos natural pools
  • Location: Granadilla. South coast.

The natural pool of Granadilla is a unique place in Tenerife. The whimsical shapes of the volcanic rocks will form small pools in which you can lose yourself and disconnect from the tourist pace of the island. All around you, Tenerife's alpine landscape reaches for the sky while the waves break against the edge of the natural pool in which you float peacefully.

The Natural pools of Los Abrigos are the perfect place to connect with the sea. They are easy to access and highly recommended to go with kids and family.

Unique landscapes and viewpoints in Tenerife

6. Red Cave Viewpoint

‘Red Cave’ viewpoint
  • Location: Santa Cruz.

Mirador de Cueva Roja is a very unfrequented spot, it is located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and offers a capricious and atypical red rock landscape of Tenerife.

7. Viewpoint of La Cruz

Viewpoint of La Cruz

One of the best windows from which to enjoy beautiful views of the valley that makes up San Cristóbal de La Laguna, with a view of the downtown area of ​​the city and the nuclei of Mercedes, Canteras or Jardina and hopefully and if the day is clear even of Teide.

This viewpoint is essential in your visit to Tenerife. In addition, from it, there are several simple paths to cross.

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Don't miss the SnorkellingExperience with turtles and manta rays in Las Galletas

This signature senda has been painstakingly created by experts in native marine fauna with the aim of offering an unusualexperience for three hours.

Designed for small groups, lovers of flora and fauna, in particular sea turtles, and above all respectful of the environment, booking to swim with the turtles.

8. Viewpoint of Aguaide

Viewpoint of Aguaide
  • Location: La Laguna. North coast.

A route through the Degollada de Las Escaleras will take us to the wonderful Viewpoint of Aguaide in Chinamada.

The Mirador de Aguaide is, without doubt, one of the best viewpoints in Tenerife. An impressive balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the edge of a 500-metre high cliff, from which you can enjoy magnificent views of La Punta del Hidalgo and Roque de Los Hermanos.

An ideal place to enjoy peace and quiet in spectacular surroundings.

9. Viewpoint at Degollada de Cherfe

Viewpoint of La Degollada de Cherfe
  • Location: Masca, Teno. East.

Masca is one of the very special places in Tenerife. The volcanic landscape is unique and majestic.

It is located at the top of the Macizo de Teno and from this viewpoint you can immerse yourself in this sea of ​​ravines and vegetation.

The very unknown and special towns.

10. The Lagoon

Town of La Laguna
  • Location: northeast. Near Santa Cruz.

La Laguna is our favourite place to visit. It’s magical houses and historical buildings will instantly make you feel at home.

The gastronomy of La Laguna is of the best quality and there is no better place in Tenerife to enjoy the wine and food than this small town.

In addition, La Laguna has a wide cultural offer that will surprise you, there are always events that are worth our time.

11. Icod de Los Vinos

Town of Icod de Los Vinos

Icod de los Vinos is a town in the north of Tenerife. It is the home of the mythical Millenary Drago, National Monument of Spain since 1917 since it is estimated that this precious tree is almost 900 years old.

In this town vineyards are cultivated where renowned wineries make wine with this unique grape variety in the world. It is an extraordinary place if you want to know the local culture and enjoy a while with wine and good company.

12. La Orotava

La Orotava
  • Location: North.

The Orotava Valley is, with the forgiveness of others, the most beautiful place in the north of Tenerife. A beautiful valley that reaches the sea where the land has created a comfortable place of welcome for the town La Orotava.

This city breathes the essence of the Canary Islands in each of the stones of its beautiful streets. You can visit La Casa de Los Balcones, a museum of Canarian art and culture that will surprise you from the first minute..

Again, as in all places in the north of the island, you should be prepared for an exquisite meal and walks full of peace and tranquillity.

On clear days you will have a vision of the Teide in which you will believe that it protects the whole valley with its volcanic mantle, as the Guanches aborigines of this volcano, the highest peak in Spain, believed.

13. Garachico

Town of Garachico
  • Location: Northwest

In the Northwest of the island, we find Garachico, called the most beautiful town in Tenerife.

It is undoubtedly a special place. Few people know that more than 3 centuries ago Garachico was the main town of Tenerife, its port was the most important one and its streets were full of noble houses and citizens that showed prosperity.

Until 1706, when the eruption of the volcano devastated the port.

In a walk through Garachico you will be surprised by the number of noble houses such as the House of the Marquises of Villafuerte, the House of the Marquises of Quinta Roja, the house of the Counts of La Gomera or the Hacienda El Lamero.

It’s a wonderful place you should not miss.

Hidden places!

Tenerife is the most populated island in Spain, yet there are several hidden places which blow our minds every time go there.

Here are some of the best hidden places on the island.

14. El Tacón Cave

El Tancón Cave
  • Location: Puerto Santiago. South west.

The Cueva del Tacón is a natural pool that is secretly hidden inside a cave located in Puerto Santiago, in the south of Tenerife.

We can reach it by a walk along the coast that will not leave you indifferent with its natural pools and coves, and then descend through the rocks to the cave.

It is a truly magical place, its transparent waters that are surrounded by basaltic walls next to the correct light inside the cave, make it one of the best maritime caves in the Canary Islands.

15. Punta de Teno Lighthouse

Teno Lighthouse
  • Location: Teno. west

Teno is one of those magic spots you never get tired of visiting, and particularly this lighthouse of Teno which stands in harmony with the coast creating a very special feeling with the environment.

While your sight is in the Atlantic, you can take a majestic bath in the virgin and crystal coast of Teno.

The Punta de Teno lighthouse is one of the seven lighthouses that signal the coasts of the island of Tenerife, definitely a place to visit.

16. The Wind Cave

The Wind Cave
  • Location: Icod de los Vinos, Northwest.

The Cueva del Viento, located in Icod de los Vinos, is one of the largest volcanic tubes in the world.

This is one of the wonders of an island made up 100% of volcanoes.

The volcanic tubes are the result of a magma eruption that covers the surface of Tenerife with its mantle and random shapes.

Visiting it makes you feel like you're on another planet. Perfect for the most adventurous.

17. Pool of La Mareta

La Maceta natural pool
  • Location: Icod de los Vinos. Northwest.

Back in Icod de los Vinos, we come across one of the best kept secrets of the locals. Although this puddle is difficult to access, the reward is far greater than the effort.

You will find a magical place to spend the day enjoying one of the most relaxing and pleasurable baths you can find.

If you like mysterious and secret places, you should take a look at the abandoned places in Tenerife, which will undoubtedly surprise you.

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Roser Gomez Riu

A good article but you recommend to visit the red cave in Santa Cruz. Following your article we have visited it and the disappointment has been huge. It is full of garbage, broken bottles, dog poop, papers... On the other hand the views are not worth it, the city that lies at his feet is not breathtaking. Overall very poorly preserved.

Roser Gomez Riu

At the wind cave it is necessary to make an appointment well in advance.


Greetings I recommend you to edit the article or add a note, at the point of "Cueva el Tacón" it is forbidden to go there, there are fines of up to 300€ and there have been fatal accidents in the place. Thanks

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