By Senior Airman Areca T. Bell, 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 04, 2017
The first stop of our trip was to picturesque Masca. Despite a well-established road system, the windy road was a bit daunting. Unless you’re used to driving through mountains, I suggest taking it slow and steady. Once we reached the village, located at the foot of Teno Massif, one of Tenerife’s three volcanic formations, we realized the site’s beauty. In addition to the beautiful landscape, the village offers a variety of cafés and restaurants. If you do visit, I suggest trying their cactus lemonade.
Parque del Drago
Next on our itinerary was Parque del Drago located next to the Church of San Marcos in the municipality of Icod de los Vinos. In the garden stands a more than 16-meter-high dragon tree, referred to locally as “El drago milenario” or the “Thousand-year-old dragon.” Although you can pay an entry fee to get up close and personal with this giant, we opted to view the tree from the plaza besides the Church of San Marcos, where you can get a full view of the garden for free.
Playa de Almáciga
To complete the first day of our vacation, we visited Playa de Almáciga. Much like Masca, the drive to Almáciga beach was a bit scary, but was accompanied by the most stunning views. We caught ourselves stopping numerous times to take in the landscape and photos. After multiple stops we finally got to the beach. Unfortunately, the water was too rough to jump in so we took more photos and watched the sun set.
On day two we visited Mount Teide, an active volcano and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage site. Our heads were literally in the clouds during the drive there. It was amazing to see the large rock formations being eaten by the slow-moving clouds. It was both chilling and beautiful.
Unfortunately, the cable car station, meant to take us to Mount Teide’s peak, was closed due to current weather conditions. Our drive wasn’t in vain as, we spent a couple hours exploring Teide National Park, which surrounds Mount Teide. The park was unlike the other locations we visited because its scenery was made up mostly of rocks and shrubs. It was also much colder than the rest of the island because of the elevation, so dress warm.
Our final destination was to Los Gigantes, a town which features 500-meter-high cliffs known as “Acantilados de los gigantes” or the "Cliffs of the giants." The cliffs are a sight to behold and seem almost unreal. The town, has a city feel with its many restaurants and stores. You can find everything from clothing to food of many cultures including, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Italian and more.
It was a sad day when we had to leave this diverse island. If great weather and incredible scenery interest you, I highly suggest visiting Tenerife.