Drive the North Coast of Tenerife
Day 4 of your Tenerife road trip takes you to some of the Tenerife’s most charming villages. You’ll follow TF-5 along the north coast. There are a few notable places to stop on your route, including Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava, and Icod de Los Vinos.
Puerto de la Cruz is the tourist hub of the north and it can easily be skipped. However, if you can look beyond the tacky tourist shops, Puerto de la Cruz harbors some of Tenerife’s most beautiful black sand beaches: Playa Jardin and Playa Maria Jiménez.
Eat Lunch in La Orotova
La Orotova is an exceedingly lovely town with beautiful architecture and a distinct local atmosphere. We recommend eating lunch at Bar Los Castillos (Address: Calle Cólogan, 10, 38300 La Orotava). Featuring Canarian homecooking, this authentic restaurant was one of the culinary highlights of our trip.
Stop at Mirador de San Pedro
As you continue west on TF-5, make sure to stop at the lookout point Mirador de San Pedro. You can take a walk through banana plantations and along the coast if you follow the Rambla de Castro walking path. Or, simply grab a coffee at Restaurante Cafetería Mirador San Pedro, the restaurant located at the view point. We don’t recommend eating here.
Visit Icod de los Vinos
The city of Icod de los Vinos is another worthy stop on your drive today. People flock here to see the famous thousand-year-old Dragon Tree, reaching a lofty height of 22 m. While the tree can be admired at a distance, there is a fee if you want to see it closely.
Beyond the impressive umbrella-shaped tree, Icod de Los Vinos is a tranquil destination filled with verdant plazas (e.g. Plaza San Marcos) and alluring places to eat. We had a delectable meal at El Mortero (Address: Calle San Sebastián, 7, 38430 Icod de Los Vinos).
Walk around Garachico
Your drive continues to Garachico, a picturesque coastal town known for its beautiful lava rock pools. The Piscinas Naturales el Caletón was formed as a result of a massive volcanic eruption that destroyed the town completely in 1706. When we visited in January 2020, the pools were closed (temporarily).
Visit Punta de Teno
Punta de Teno is a rocky headland that forms the northwestern tip of Tenerife. Marked by a lighthouse, this cinematic location in Teno Rural Park (Parque Rural de Teno) delivers godly views of the Los Gigantes cliffs (Acantilado de Los Gigantes). There are a few ways to visit Punta de Teno. We’ve outlined all your options in this guide to visiting Punta de Teno. Note: the road to Punta de Teno is restricted during most of the day. Depending on when you visit, you may need to take Bus 369.
Stay in Buenavista del Norte, or Los Silos
Budget | B&B Buenavista del Norte is a charming and economical B&B located in an 18th-century house in Buenavista del Norte. Guests have access to a shared kitchen and garden. Note: bathroom facilities are shared.
Mid-Range | Luz Del Mar is a lovely hotel in Los Silos. It’s nice to unwind in the hotel’s sauna or take a dip in the outdoor pool, before treating yourself to dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Luxury | Melia Hacienda del Conde is an adults-only, luxury hotel in Buenavista. When you want a peaceful place to stay with access to top wellness facilities (fitness center, sauna, Turkish bath, pools), this is the #1 place to stay in Northwestern Tenerife.