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Buenavista Del Norte

Beunavista Del Norte, Tenerife

When most people think of holidays to Tenerife, they think of the lively resorts and busy beaches in the south. But Tenerife also has a remote, untouched side where you can get away from it all. If you want to experience this side of the island, holidays in Buenavista del Norte come highly recommended. This untouched town on the north-west coast will allow you to experience Tenerife's natural beauty and authentic Canarian culture.

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You'll be captivated by the views

Buenavista del Norte is located on the north-westerly tip of Tenerife – one of the most picturesque parts of the island. It was established by the Spanish conquistadores hundreds of years ago – their name for it, Buenavista del Norte, means 'good view of the North.'

It would be hard not to be captivated by what you see here. You'll find a charming town of brightly-coloured houses and honey-coloured churches, surrounded by terraced fields and the craggy Teno Mountains. Rugged coastline stretches out on either side of the town, lapped by cobalt blue seas.

On Buenavista del Norte holidays you'll be reaching for your camera again and again.

Quick Tips

  • Roman Catholic
  • Euro
  • Spanish
  • GMT +1hr

Take in the traditional Canarian culture

There are no high-rise apartment blocks here. Instead you'll find a village untouched by time, surrounded by several luxurious villas and heritage hotels. You'll love wandering down it's cobbled streets, past unique, tiled houses, and tree-lined plazas. Be sure to check out Plaza de los Remedios, which is surrounded with quaint cafés and a traditional church, lovingly restored after a fire in 1996.

You won't find any shopping malls in Buenavista del Norte. However, it is renowned for its local crafts, including basket-weaving, woodwork, carved bone canes. Head to the historic quarter of nearby Icod de los Vinos to shop for handmade souvenirs, like figurines and soaps. Meanwhile, in Buenavista del Norte, there are several small boutiques where you can buy artisanal foods and locally-made souvenirs.

There are several restaurants in the town, each serving delicious local cuisine. Tuck into freshly-caught seafood with papas arrugadas (potatoes cooked in salt-water) and a chili-garlic sauce, mojo rojo. If you head to the main plaza you'll find al fresco restaurants serving tapas and local wine.

A place untouched by time

You'll find numerous beaches and coves tucked into Tenerife's rocky shoreline. The closest beach to Buenavista del Norte is Playa de las Arenas, a black-sand cove surrounded by rugged cliffs and wild natural scenery. You'll love the unspoilt nature of this beach.

If you amble along the coast in either direction, you'll uncover a series of small coves, and some natural rock pools carved into the cliffs. These are the best places to go for a swim, as you'll be sheltered from the ocean's currents.

Go dolphin-spotting

On Buenavista del Norte holidays, there's lots of scope for exploring outdoors. The town is right next to the Teno National Park, a protected area of rugged mountains, lava rock, and forests. You can hike or bike the trails through the park, or try why not try abseiling and climbing?

An alternative is to take a drive along winding roads to a mirador – a viewpoint offering splendid vistas of mountains and ocean. And there are also opportunities for caving in the vicinity. Head to Icod de Vinhos to explore one of the world's longest lava tubes.

While you're here, have a go at watersports such as sailing, stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking. One of the best spots for watersports is south of Buenavista del Norte, in view of the huge Los Gigantes cliffs. You may even get a glimpse of dolphins and whales while you're there.

Explore the rugged landscape

There's a lot to see and do in the surrounding region. Take a 20-minute drive to Punto Teno, a rugged peninsula with a lighthouse at the tip. Here, on the most westerly point of the island, you have fabulous views of Los Gigantes and the vast ocean around you.

To really get away from it all, head to Masca, a tiny village that was only accessible on foot or by donkey until recently. It's surrounded by a plunging ravine leading down to a secluded cove with calm, lagoon-like waters.

There's also an intriguing local museum, and you'll find craftsmen working near the tiny church, as well as weavers and painters. This is a great spot for purchasing souvenirs, alongside local produce like handmade chutneys. It's also the ideal starting point for enjoying some wonderful hikes.

Once you've visited Buenavista del Norte, Spain, holidays will never be the same again. You'll be enchanted by the town's authentic atmosphere and its wild natural beauty. Whether you're browsing for handmade souvenirs or hiking the trails of Teno National Park, we're sure you'll be captivated by this intriguing and unspoilt area.