The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

This rugged, rocky headland ten kilometers from Buenavista is the most westerly point on the island and a great place to get away from the crowds and blow away the cobwebs with a bit of bracing sea air. Admire the active lighthouse perched precipitously on the rocks, or relax on the bay and enjoy stunning views of La Gomera, La Palma, and the Teno Mountains. A word of warning: Check the forecast before you go as the road there is closed in bad weather.

The Punta de Teno lighthouse is an active lighthouse in the municipality of Buenavista del Norte on the Canary Island of Tenerife. The current lighthouse was the second to be constructed on the narrow rocky headland of Punta de Teno, which is the most westerly point on the island. It is one of seven lighthouses which mark the coastline of Tenerife and lies between the Punta Rasca lighthouse to the southeast, and the modern lighthouse of Buenavista to the northeast.

The first lighthouse was completed in 1897, as part of the first maritime lighting plan for the Canaries. Built in a similar style to other Canarian 19th century lights, it consists of a whitewashed single story building, with dark volcanic rock used for the masonry detailing. The light was shown from a lantern room at the top of an eight-meter high masonry tower, attached to the seaward side of the house, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It remained in service until it was replaced in the 1970s by the new modern tower.

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The Pyramids of Güímar

The Pyramids of Güímar

The Pyramids of Güímar are six rectangular pyramid-shaped, terraced structures built from lava stone without the use of mortar. They are located in the district of Chacona, part of the town of Güímar on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. The structures have been dated to the 19th century CE and they may originally have been a byproduct of contemporary agricultural techniques.

Other pyramids employing the same methods and materials of construction can be found in various sites on Tenerife. In Güímar itself there were nine pyramids, only six of which survive.

In 1991, research by Juan Antonio Belmonte Avilés, Antonio Aparicio Juan and César Esteban López, researchers of the Canary Institute of Astrophysics, shown that the long sides of some of the terrace structures at Güímar marked the direction of both solstices. The main limiting wall points to the sunset in the summer solstice and the pyramids have stairs on their western side which face the direction of the rising sun on the winter solstice. Also, standing on the platform of the largest pyramid on the day of the summer solstice it is possible to experience a double sunset, as first, the sun sets behind a mountain top, then it emerges again from behind the mountain and sets a second time behind a neighboring peak. However, considering the room for interpretation, it is impossible based solely on these observations to conclude what was the intention of the builders or the building date.

Anaga Mountains

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like...

The Ancient Drago Milenario Tree

No trip to Tenerife would be complete without a glimpse at the Drago Milenario (‘Dragon Tree’), the national symbol of the island. So-called because of its red resin, which looks like ‘dragon’s blood’ and is reputed to have numerous medicinal benefits, it has been...

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Updated 7 February 2019: The Spanish Congress has failed to approve this legislation, and so all the law reverts to the previous measures. This means that there now will not be an increase in the period of residential rental contracts which will continue to be...

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Tenerife.Buzz App Update: Bus stops

Tenerife.Buzz App Update: Bus stops

We’ve teamed up with the Tenerife Bus Service ‘Titsa’ to help you find your way around the island during your visit, and we now have every single bus stop location for all of Tenerife on the app.

Follow this link for Bus Timetables and information.

Transportes Interurbanos de Tenerife (TITSA), a public limited company that belongs to the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife (Tenerife Island Council), has developed grown over the last 30 years is now one of the most important public transport companies in the country. Committed to facilitating mobility for the citizens of Tenerife, TITSA provides a full range of interurban transport services for road travelers on the island.

In addition to the important scope of the interurban transport service, urban services play a vital role in key municipalities because of the vast numbers of passengers they support. A clear example is the current provision of services in the capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, as well as in La Laguna, Los Realejos, Adeje, Guía de Isora. Moreover, TITSA holds collaboration agreements with the towns of La Orotava, Los Realejos, Arona, while also providing transport for schools in the private sector.

In 2012, TITSA covered 35 million a half kilometers through 160 transport lines, with a fleet of 526 vehicles, conveyed around 36 million passengers, in all, around 1.9 million trips.

TITSA buses run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; to ensure that buses reach travelers, there around 3,700 bus stops dotted all over the island.

Anaga Mountains

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like...

The Ancient Drago Milenario Tree

No trip to Tenerife would be complete without a glimpse at the Drago Milenario (‘Dragon Tree’), the national symbol of the island. So-called because of its red resin, which looks like ‘dragon’s blood’ and is reputed to have numerous medicinal benefits, it has been...

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Updated 7 February 2019: The Spanish Congress has failed to approve this legislation, and so all the law reverts to the previous measures. This means that there now will not be an increase in the period of residential rental contracts which will continue to be...

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Arona Ayuntamiento has announced the first ever “Sailing Living Fest” to be held at the Marina del Sur, Las Galletas’ sports harbour. It will be from 11am Tuesday and Wednesday 29 and 30 January, and it’s described as a pioneering festival dedicated to sailing. The...

Craft Beer Festival

Craft beer festivals are always popular and now another one has been announced for on Saturday 2 February. The usual range of artisan beers will be on offer from 1 to midnight in La Caleta.

Five Star Complex at Los Gigantes

Santiago del Teide Ayuntamiento has announced that after nearly ten years in the planning, building is at long last starting on the new 5* touristic complex Cristal Building right at the top of Los Gigantes. The apartments will naturally have the most stunning of...

Routes For Teide Walkers Published

Updated 19 January: The programme of almond blossom walks in the Santiago del Teide foothills has now been unveiled and is as follows: Saturday 26 January: – 9am: General Route ALMENDROS EN FLORa. long walk, 5 hrs, high difficultyb. short walk, 4 hrs, medium...

15th Anniversary Concerts in Full Swing

The International Festival and Academy of Music in Tenerife celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The festival was created in 1991 with the purpose of exchanging knowledge and musical experience between students and professors from Tenerife, and from all over the...

Anaga Mountains

Anaga Mountains

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like stepping back in time to another world. There’s even a village (El Bailadero) named after a coven of witches rumoured to have danced around fires there. Hike from Benijo to the Roques de Anaga, two rocky outcrops in the sea with geological and ecological importance, or try and find the elusive Roque de Bermejo boat community, only accessible by a three-hour hike.

Anaga Mountains

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like...

The Ancient Drago Milenario Tree

No trip to Tenerife would be complete without a glimpse at the Drago Milenario (‘Dragon Tree’), the national symbol of the island. So-called because of its red resin, which looks like ‘dragon’s blood’ and is reputed to have numerous medicinal benefits, it has been...

Cheaper Rental Property Fail

Updated 7 February 2019: The Spanish Congress has failed to approve this legislation, and so all the law reverts to the previous measures. This means that there now will not be an increase in the period of residential rental contracts which will continue to be...

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Arona Ayuntamiento has announced the first ever “Sailing Living Fest” to be held at the Marina del Sur, Las Galletas’ sports harbour. It will be from 11am Tuesday and Wednesday 29 and 30 January, and it’s described as a pioneering festival dedicated to sailing. The...

Craft Beer Festival

Craft beer festivals are always popular and now another one has been announced for on Saturday 2 February. The usual range of artisan beers will be on offer from 1 to midnight in La Caleta.

Five Star Complex at Los Gigantes

Santiago del Teide Ayuntamiento has announced that after nearly ten years in the planning, building is at long last starting on the new 5* touristic complex Cristal Building right at the top of Los Gigantes. The apartments will naturally have the most stunning of...

Routes For Teide Walkers Published

Updated 19 January: The programme of almond blossom walks in the Santiago del Teide foothills has now been unveiled and is as follows: Saturday 26 January: – 9am: General Route ALMENDROS EN FLORa. long walk, 5 hrs, high difficultyb. short walk, 4 hrs, medium...

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The International Festival and Academy of Music in Tenerife celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The festival was created in 1991 with the purpose of exchanging knowledge and musical experience between students and professors from Tenerife, and from all over the...

The Ancient Drago Milenario Tree

The Ancient Drago Milenario Tree

No trip to Tenerife would be complete without a glimpse at the Drago Milenario (‘Dragon Tree’), the national symbol of the island. So-called because of its red resin, which looks like ‘dragon’s blood’ and is reputed to have numerous medicinal benefits, it has been revered by the local community for centuries. This particular tree, rumoured to be 1,000 years old, is the oldest of the kind on the island. You can see it- alongside a collection of other endemic species- in the Parque del Drago Gardens (or stand in the square beside the Church of San Marco for a free vantage point). Dracaena draco is a monocot with a tree-like growth habit currently placed in the asparagus family (Asparagaceae, subfamily Nolinoidae) When young it has a single stem. At about 10–15 years of age the stem stops growing and produces a first flower spike with white, lily-like perfumed flowers, followed by coral berries. Soon a crown of terminal buds appears and the plant starts branching. Each branch grows for about 10–15 years and re-branches, so a mature plant has an umbrella-like habit. It grows slowly, requiring about ten years to reach 1.2 metres (4 ft) in height but can grow much faster.

Being a monocotyledon, it does not display any annual or growth rings so the age of the tree can only be estimated by the number of branching points before reaching the canopy. The specimen called “El Drago Milenario” (the thousand-year-old dragon) growing at Icod de los Vinos in northwest Tenerife is the oldest living plant of this species. Its age was estimated in 1975 to be around 250 years, with a maximum of 365 years, not several thousand as had previously been claimed. It is also the largest D. draco tree alive. Its massive trunk comes from the contribution of clusters of aerial roots that emerge from the bases of lowest branches and grow down to the soil. Descending along the trunk, they cling tightly to the trunk, integrate with it and contribute to its radial growth. There is considerable genetic variation within the Canary Island dragon trees. The form found on Gran Canaria is now treated as a separate species, Dracaena tamaranae, based on differences in flower structure. The form endemic to La Palma initially branches very low with numerous, nearly vertical branches arranged fastigately. There is a forest of such trees at Las Tricias, Garafia district, La Palma.

When the bark or leaves are cut they secrete a reddish resin, one of several sources of substances known as dragon’s blood. Red resins from this tree contain many mono- and dimeric flavans that contribute to the red color of the resins. Dragon’s blood has a number of traditional medical uses, although dragon’s blood obtained from Dracaena draco was not known until the 15th century, and analyses suggest that most dragon’s blood used in art was obtained from species of the genus Daemonorops.The primary and secondary plant body are the site of the secretory plant tissues that form dragon’s blood. These tissues include ground parenchyma cells and cortex cells.Dragon’s blood from Dracaena draco and Dracaena cinnabari can be distinguished by differences in 10 compounds and a dominant flavonoid DrC11 missing in Dracaena draco.

The Guanches worshiped a specimen in Tenerife, and hollowed its trunk into a small sanctuary. Humboldt saw it at the time of his visit. It was 70 feet (21 m) tall and 45 feet (14 m) in circumference, and was estimated to be 6000 years old. It was destroyed by a storm in 1868.

 

Anaga Mountains

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like...

The Ancient Drago Milenario Tree

No trip to Tenerife would be complete without a glimpse at the Drago Milenario (‘Dragon Tree’), the national symbol of the island. So-called because of its red resin, which looks like ‘dragon’s blood’ and is reputed to have numerous medicinal benefits, it has been...

Cheaper Rental Property Fail

Updated 7 February 2019: The Spanish Congress has failed to approve this legislation, and so all the law reverts to the previous measures. This means that there now will not be an increase in the period of residential rental contracts which will continue to be...

The First Ever Living at Sea Festival

Arona Ayuntamiento has announced the first ever “Sailing Living Fest” to be held at the Marina del Sur, Las Galletas’ sports harbour. It will be from 11am Tuesday and Wednesday 29 and 30 January, and it’s described as a pioneering festival dedicated to sailing. The...

Craft Beer Festival

Craft beer festivals are always popular and now another one has been announced for on Saturday 2 February. The usual range of artisan beers will be on offer from 1 to midnight in La Caleta.

Five Star Complex at Los Gigantes

Santiago del Teide Ayuntamiento has announced that after nearly ten years in the planning, building is at long last starting on the new 5* touristic complex Cristal Building right at the top of Los Gigantes. The apartments will naturally have the most stunning of...

Routes For Teide Walkers Published

Updated 19 January: The programme of almond blossom walks in the Santiago del Teide foothills has now been unveiled and is as follows: Saturday 26 January: – 9am: General Route ALMENDROS EN FLORa. long walk, 5 hrs, high difficultyb. short walk, 4 hrs, medium...

15th Anniversary Concerts in Full Swing

The International Festival and Academy of Music in Tenerife celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The festival was created in 1991 with the purpose of exchanging knowledge and musical experience between students and professors from Tenerife, and from all over the...

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