For our fourth vacation day we wanted to do something special. Something big. A real road trip! But not just any road trip, we were planning to drive around the whole Tenerife island and make at least four stops on our way: Puerto de la Cruz, Mirador la Tarta, San Cristobal de la Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Spoiler alert, it didn’t go as planned.
We left our apartment around 10 A.M. And I guess it was our first mistake. Now when I think about it, it would be best if we started our journey already 8 A.M. So, keep it in mind if you decide to follow our footsteps. Or should I say tyre marks (although we haven’t left any)?
Our first stop was Puerto de la Cruz. Don’t know why, but I didn’t expect much from this city. And to be completely honest with you, I didn’t really want to go there in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, it was on my list but not on the “absolutely must visit” list. I was thinking to come here because of one reason – the black beach. Nothing else. And as you might imagine I wasn’t thrilled when my husband suggested to stay here longer than I anticipated. But I am so happy that he did! It turned out to be a huge positive surprise. First of all, Playa del Castillo is nice and clean beach. And volcanic sand looks pretty cool. Something what you don’t see every day. Unless you live here, of course. Secondly, panoramic view is stunning!
And thirdly, I was truly amazed by how colourful and vibrant this city is. It might seem very busy and overcrowded (mainly by tourists) comparing to the calm and relaxing atmosphere of Los Gigantes, which is more like a small village than an actual city. So yes, it was easy to see and feel the difference. Surprisingly though, I fell in love with Puerto de la Cruz because of all these differences. And that’s strange! In most of the cases I dislike overcrowded places very much and try to avoid them if I can… But not in Puerto de la Cruz. Here I wanted to be part of that crowd.
In the beginning of our trip I thought we’ll come here for an hour or so. I just wanted to have a short walk on the beach, dip my toes in the ocean and afterwards enjoy one glass of cold local beer. That’s it. And in the end, we spent here a couple of hours!
Half of the day was already gone and so far, we managed to see only one place from our short list.
The second stop supposed to be viewing point called Mirador la Tarta, located in the mountains. But halfway through we realized that if we want to drive around the island, we’ll have to ditch the original plan. There was simply not enough time. Even though the distance wasn’t that long, the curvy mountain road was an issue. It would take us at least forty minutes to reach Mirador la Tarta, plus the time to get back. So, at that point the wisest choice was to skip it altogether.
Luckily, we saw one viewing point on our way, where we could stop to make few shots. It might not be as mind-blowing view as Mirador la Tarta has to offer, but in my opinion it’s close enough.
Don’t know about you, but I have never seen the sea of clouds before. And it was such an incredible experience!
Next on our list was San Cristobal de la Laguna. Or to be exact, it supposed to be San Cristobal de la Laguna. But unfortunately, we didn’t get there either. The roads were closed due to some special event, and it was impossible to find any free parking place nearby. We had no other choice than to continue our journey. I feel a bit sad about it, because I really wanted to see this beautiful town. But no can do, sometimes things don’t go as planned.
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By the time we reached our final stop it was already quite late. Santa Cruz de Tenerife greeted us with darkness and cold weather. All the attractions were closed, and there wasn’t much to do. But since we were there and we had no rush to get back to Los Gigantes, we went to see the famous Auditorio de Tenerife, which in my opinion looks like a miniature version of Australia’s Sydney Opera House:
And the Castle of St. John the Baptist, a.k.a. the Black Castle:
Hope you enjoyed it!