Tenerife is a beautiful island that is part of the Canary Islands. I have often heard that it is not the most beautiful of the Canary Islands, but I find it very fascinating as it is complete. Tenerife Photography offer completely different landscapes: desert and arid areas, mountains surrounding the volcano Teide, green forests, rocky coasts, sandy beaches both clear and volcanic, large cities and small villages that have remained untouched.
In addition, it suits every type of traveller: from the landscape photographer to the wild beach lover, from the lover of places full of history and local culture to the lover of nightlife.
Tenerife covers an area of 2034.38 square kilometres, making it easily accessible from one end of the island to the other. Generally, if you have planned to organize Tenerife Photography Tours, I recommend you renting a car to visit it all freely, with local companies having a much lower cost and often not requiring a deposit.
As I mentioned earlier, the landscapes are very different and if you are a visitor to this island and you are interested in Tenerife Photography Tours, you absolutely cannot miss these five places:
1. Teide National Park
First of all is Teide National Park, the largest of the Canary Islands and one of the most visited national parks in Europe, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Here you will find an incredible landscape, full of craters and petrified lava flows surrounding the imposing Teide Volcano and its 3715 metres. For landscape photographers, this is a playground where you can take pictures with the most spectacular compositions thanks to everything nature has to offer: from lava formations to flowers to Tajinaste.
I cannot fail to mention the night photography that brings many photographers under the dark night sky of the Teide park every year. In fact, here we find the Teide Observatory, which is considered one of the three best places in the world to observe the sky, along with Chile and Hawaii.
2. Anaga Rural Park
In the northernmost part of the island of Tenerife is the Anaga Rural Park, a large natural park that offers completely different landscapes to the arid, volcanic landscape of the rest of the island.
Here you will see cliffs, gorges, dams and laurisilve, which are the main components of Anaga’s landscape. An all-green landscape with a wet and humid climate that creates a very mystical and fascinating atmosphere.
Tenerife’s Anaga Rural Park was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 2015 for its great diversity of animals and plants. In fact, Anaga has the largest number of endemic species in Europe.
3. Benijo Beach
Between the rocks of Benijo and La Rapadura lies one of the most beautiful beaches in the north of the island, Benijo Beach. This beach, surrounded by a rocky landscape and black sand, is a place for true nature lovers.
Benijo beach can be reached via a short, well-marked hike with a wide, but steep path. The descent to the beach offers a breathtaking view of the landscape! Here you will not find any tourist services and in the evening you can enjoy a wonderful sunset with the sun’s last light on the rocks.
Benijo beach is also ideal for landscape photographers who can devote capture the sunset and long exposures of the waves crashing against the rocks, with the warm sunlight on the backdrop.
La Masca is a beautiful small historic village located in the north of Tenerife, in the mountains of the Teno massif. This small village nestled in greenery and surrounded by mountains, is located 750 meters above sea level.
This location can be reached via a narrow, steep and winding road between cliffs overlooking the road. The road is as difficult as it is beautiful as it offers a spectacular and panoramic view.
5. Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a lively and cosmopolitan port city located in the north-east of Tenerife and it’s the pefect place to complete beautiful Tenerife Photography Tours. It is the largest of the islands of the Canary archipelago and since 1833, it has been the capital of the Autonomous Community of the Canaries together with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife has one of the most important ports in the Atlantic Ocean and around its important port there are large avenues, squares, green spaces and some examples of modernist architecture.
With its 58 kilometers of city coastline, you can enjoy some of the most famous beaches on the island including Playa Teresitas, Playa Las Gaviotas, Playa Los Llanos, Playa de Anaga and the 2 Tabaiba beaches.
The city also offers a wide range of cultural attractions, such as museums, theaters and art galleries. The Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, for example, allows you to discover the natural history of the island, while the TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes hosts contemporary art exhibitions.
This city is also famous for its carnival. During this event, the streets are filled with colors, elaborate costumes, parades and parties that last for several weeks.
Tenerife is rich in natural landscapes, tourist attractions and culture, but here I have listed the ones that in my opinion are absolutely worth visiting.
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