Today, we basically spent the whole day travelling around the island in the car, whilst making a few short stops along the way. It was the ultimate road trip!

We first stopped at the city of Candelaria, and went into some of the shops for a look around. The most prominent building in this municipality is the Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria, as well as the statues of the nine aboriginal kings – the Guanches – of Tenerife.

Note: The pictures of the Basilica, and the Guanches statues, were taken from their respective Wikipedia page.

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Basílica Nuestra Señora de Candelaria (Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria)
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Statues of the nine Guanches

 

Next, we passed through the island’s capital city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where we caught a glimpse of the Auditorio de Tenerife (which, to me, looked very similar to the Sydney Opera House, though on a smaller scale), and the Monument to the Fallen Angel.

Note: The pictures of the Auditorio, and the Fallen Angel monument, were taken from Wikipedia and Google Images, respectively.

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Auditorio de Tenerife
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Monument to the Fallen Angel

 

From there, we visited the highest, steepest, and largest municipality of the island of Tenerife; La Orotava. Needless to say, we stopped for a few minutes at one of the vantage points, to just take in the wonderful scenery, and take pictures.

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La Orotava

 

After, we made our way through Aguamansa, and continued along the TF-21 which led us all the way up to Teide National Park once again. This part of the TF-21 road, however, having much more greenery, ascending slowly until you’re well above cloud level. The view makes it seem as if you are standing on some fantasy land, floating in mid-air with the clouds below. It is simply breathtaking.

Note: This picture, too, was taken from Google Images.

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Following an ear-popping one hour descent back down south, we returned home.

 

Later in the evening we went to a nearby restaurant called La Torre, where we had a pizza, accompanied by a glass of wine.

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– Preston Carbonaro

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