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.
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.
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 snap a few pictures.
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.
Following an hour’s ear-popping 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 delightful glass of wine.
Note: All pictures, except for the one of La Orotava and the one above, were taken from Wikipedia and Google Images.
– Preston Carbonaro