Take the exit from Los Cristianos, direction Arona. Before you reach the town, take the turn to Vilaflor. (the highest village of Spain) Situated on a wide plateau, this village invites you to stop here. You find yourself in the midst of vineyards, fruits, almond trees and potatoes fields. Try a glass of white wine, typical for this area.
Drive through the village following for Las Cañadas. Now you drive into the forests underneath the crater. Just after leaving the village you find on the right side, alongside the road, a huge pine tree known as the Pino Gordo. ( parking ) During the ascent, if the sky is clear, you have stunning views to the neighbour islands of Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. At Boca de Tauce you reach the plateau of Ucanca and the gigantic crater around Teide volcano surrounded by the walls of the ancient crater, called Las Cañadas. The road takes you to the bizarre lava formations of Los Roques and from here you have the classic view of Mount Teide !
El Teide, 3816 m
Nearby at the Parador Hotel you should have a coffee stop and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There is a cable car reaching till 3555 meters. The ascent to the peak is not allowed without certificate. You need permission from the “Ayuntamiento” to enter into the protected
area above this.
For more information: www.reservasparquesnacionales.es
After this unforgettable experience, pass the base of the cable car station and cross the crater on the northern side. Follow the road down to the Orotava Valley and futher down to Puerto de la Cruz.
The absolute must of the island is a visit to the Loro Parque, one of most important attractions in Tenerife. It is unique in the world and it is worth a minimum stay of 6 hours. In our office, Gooozy Travel is selling the tickets with a guarantee of not queuing outside the Loro Parque. Should you want to visit the park, we recommend to reserve the whole day by driving directly on the motorway to Puerto de la Cruz. In the evening you could visit the restaurants in the centre or the restaurants which are situated alongside the impressive coastline of Puerto de la Cruz. Other places worthwhile to visit are “Jardin Botanico”, the Casino and Hotel Botanico. When driving back to the south, take the motorway direction La Laguna and Santa Cruz. Pay attention NOT TO MISS the exit to the southern motorway ( Autopista del Sur ) . Remain on the right track of the motorway because the exit to the southern motorway can be easily missed !! If on your way back your schedule allows you to stop at Candelaria than we advice you to do so. This is the spot of the pilgrimage of the Canary Islands. In the basilica completed in 1958, you can see the black virgin, the main patron of the islands. On the square in front of the basilica, notice the huge stone sculptures of the Menceys, the ancient Guanche kings, the natives before the Spanish conquerors.