Tenerife, Canary Islands

January 27-30, 2017 | Don’t be fooled – although the Canary Islands might seem geographically more African than Spanish, Spain’s culture and language are unmistakable. 

Arriving in Tenerife, the largest of the seven Canary Islands and one of 17 autonomous regions of Spain, we immediately sensed the unique mixture of Spanish accents and island air. The Canary Islands’ language and cuisine reminded us strongly of the mainland, while the speed of life and surfing culture made us think of the Caribbean. An excellent combination, if you ask me!

In order to avoid the touristy and resort-laden southern tip of the island, we chose to stay in a sleepy beach town, called Bajamar, on the northwestern coast. (I would highly recommend this strategy to anyone visiting Tenerife!) Our Airbnb couldn’t have been better located, and the owner, Alfonso, was a welcoming host and an easy laugher.

From Bajamar, we had convenient access to Anaga National Park, the historical capital of San Cristóbal de la Laguna, and the current capital of Santa Cruz. Each location had an entirely different vibe, so we were happy to experience various facets of the island during our time there.

– J

View to the north from our cozy apartment
Nice sunrise photo of our Airbnb (it’s the building next to the swimming pool)

Chillin’ outside a nearby breakfast café

Stopped the car to photograph the views; photographed Tim instead!
Exterior view of TEA (Tenerife Espacio de las Artes) museum
Taganana, an enchanting little village hidden in the heart of Anaga Park
Taganana + lovely ocean views

“Live life. May the sea guide you and the salt enlighten you!”

Magnificent exterior of the Auditorio de Tenerife

Cactus friend at Café Mundial in San Cristóbal de La Laguna