Path through Laurel Forest on Anaga Mountains in Tenerife, Spain

Laurel Forest on Anaga Mountains | Tenerife, Spain

Walking in the Laurel Forest through Anaga Mountains is like going back in time. These various subtropical trees and plants on Tenerife, once covered the southern parts of Europe and northern Africa some 20,000 years ago. Unfortunately, the woodlands from the Tertiary period are very rare to find around the world.

Tenerife Bugloss on Teide Mountain with a view on La Gomera on a sunny day; Spain

Bugloss on Teide Mountain | Tenerife, Spain

Ever wondered what a bugloss is? A bugloss is a plant that is widespread on the island of Tenerife, in Spain. It usually grows up to approximately 3 meters in height and you can see it on Las Cañadas del Teide. I have always wanted to see them bloom in an inflamed red shade.

The Market of Our Lady of Africa in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (El Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África), Spain.

The Market of Our Lady of Africa | Santa Cruz, Spain

The Market of Our Lady of Africa, had three small squares with different groceries stalls, Canarias products, Spanish tapas, meats and many other local products. The whole design of the place had a very neoclassical colonial style. What I learned later struck a chord; that the architect of the Basilica of the Virgin of the Candelaria was also the exact same architect of this area.

Canary Islands - Taganana in Tenerife, Spain.

Taganana | Tenerife, Spain

Taganana is inhabited by the eldest residents in Tenerife. It is located in the northern part of the Anaga mountains and you can only get there by driving downhill and sometimes involves turning down a 180-degree street which is an adventure on its own. Once you reach the town, the view is completely worth it. The feeling of calmness is remarkably engulfing, and, in some way, a mystical impression is present.

Canary Islands Instituto Cabrera Pinto (previously University), San Cristóbal de la Laguna, Tenerife, Spain.

Canary Islands Instituto Cabrera Pinto | San Cristóbal De La Laguna, Spain

When we were passing one of the main streets in the center of San Cristobal de la Laguna, Tenerife – this ensemble caught my attention. The typical Canary Island building colours are quite intense and really contrasts the century old bricks of the tower. The Canary Islands Instituto Cabrera Pinto was previously the first University on the Island. Under the name, Sant Fernando Literary University, it existed until 1895 and after this date, it was transformed into a secondary school.

Iglesia de la Concepción in San Cristóbal de La Laguna (Church of the Immaculate Conception), Tenerife, Spain.

Iglesia De La Concepción | San Cristóbal De La Laguna, Spain

It is noteworthy that San Cristóbal de La Laguna, the previous capital of Tenerife differs distinctly from Santa Cruz. In our opinion, it is a much calmer environment, a little more historic and is a more popular destination for students. The remarkable thing is that these cities have buildings that are still identical to one other. Iglesia de la Concepción (Church of the Immaculate Conception) is almost alike to the tower of the Church of the Conception in Santa Cruz.

Auditorio de Tenerife on a sunny day, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.

Auditorio de Tenerife | Santa Cruz, Spain

The Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín is commonly known as Auditorio de Tenerife in Santa Cruz. This monument is also well-used as a joke named – “The Big Iron”. Despite many criticisms and change of names, it surely remains the VERY significant symbol of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the Canary Islands. In my opinion, it is one of the best representations of modern architecture and as a landmark, becomes real paradise for photographers.

Sunset over Las Teresitas and Anaga Mountains on Tenerife, Spain.

Sunset over Las Teresitas | Tenerife, Spain

On the many coasts of Tenerife, there are rocks, cliffs or black sand beaches and this is due to the volcanic history of this island. Here you see the view from the Anaga Mountains on the famous Las Teresitas beach – one of the few beaches with white sand on the Canary Islands. Fun Fact: Did you know they shipped the sand from the Sahara desert?

Tenerife Teide Observatory on a sunny day, Spain.

Teide Observatory | Tenerife, Spain

The Teide Observatory is located exactly 2,390 meters over sea level. Getting the right conditions at Teide in Tenerife can be very tricky. This is due to the fact that on sea level, you actually have no idea how it is up there. The best way is to check the webcam on the observatory, and if it looks good – you can get into your car and drive up to more than 2000m above sea level.