Discover this authentic part of Tenerife

Our region is considered an insider tip, away from the mass tourism, where you can experience the real life of Tenerife with the locals. Secluded and well connected to the rest of the island, you can easily reach many interesting places and beautiful beaches without having to go by car.

Buenavista del Norte

Located in the most northwestern part of Tenerife, it is a mountainous area with lush vegetation, rugged coastline and picturesque villages. Its landscape is one of the most unspoilt in Tenerife. 80% of the municipality is a nature reserve, such as the Teno Rural Park, with 8,063 hectares of stunning rural and marine landscapes. The climate is ideal for outdoor activities. In summer, temperatures reach 20-25°C (rarely over 30°C), and in winter between 17 and 20°C. In contrast to the high summer temperatures of the Mediterranean, the weather here is mild thanks to the refreshing Atlantic breeze.

Buenavista del Norte is a beautiful and peaceful village where it is easy to get in touch with the locals and their traditions. Despite being a small village, you will find everything you need for your holiday: cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacy and petrol station. Charming streets and historic buildings invite you to stroll. The market square is a social meeting place for both locals and visitors. It hosts weekly farmers’ markets, musical performances and events of all kinds.

Click here to read our blog post about a beautiful walk in Buenavista del Norte.

Iglesia Buenavista del Norte

Masca

An idyllic mountain village in the heart of the Teno Rural Park. Famous for its ravine in a beautiful rural landscape with Canary palm trees, agaves and typical architecture. A dream destination for any landscape photographer. Enjoy a stroll through one of the most beautiful villages in the Canary Islands or a hike through the gorge between huge volcanic walls.

Click here to read our blog about the Masca Gorge.

From Buenavista del Norte you can reach Masca in 30 minutes by car or bus (lines 355 and 365). If you are fit enough, you can also get there by bike or on foot.

Places to Visit Masca Tenerife

Punta de Teno

Situated in the northwest of Tenerife, this is one of the most impressive and unspoilt landscapes on the island, with the best views of La Gomera, La Palma and the cliffs of Los Gigantes. Bring your swimsuit or snorkelling gear! As this is the place with the longest hours of daylight, you will enjoy unforgettable sunsets.

Access by private car is restricted. The public bus line 369 runs every hour between Buenavista del Norte and Punta de Teno.

Click here to read our blog on how to get around Punta de Teno.

Places to Visit Teno Lighthouse Buenavista

Beautiful north coast beaches for swimming and relaxing

Visit one of the beautiful coves and inlets that dot the north coast. Volcanic eruptions have carved unusual shapes and created beautiful seawater pools with crystal clear water, ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

Las Arenas Beach, Buenavista del Norte

Beautiful small beach located near Tabaiba Guesthouse. Its special microclimate means that this small cove only has black sand from June to November, and in winter it becomes a pebble beach. Popular with surfers for its nice big waves. Suitable for swimmers, but be aware of the currents.

It takes you about 40 minutes to walk there along an idyllic coastal path (2,7 km). You can find out how to get there by reading our blog post Trail in Buenavista del Norte.

Places to Visit La Arena Beach Buenavista

Los Barqueros Beach, Buenavista del Norte

A wild rocky beach popular with locals, this is the closest cove to Tabaiba Guesthouse. Some of our guests have jogged there in the morning to enjoy a wake-up swim in the crystal clear waters. Only recommended when the sea is very calm. The unguarded bay is about 1km from us.

Places to Visit Los Barqueros Beach Buenavista

Lava Pools, Garachico

The most famous sea pools in Tenerife, a series of lava pools and sea channels where swimming is a unique experience. There’s a pool for everyone, from shallow to deep, as well as a solarium, changing rooms and a wide range of food and drink options.

Bus number 363 runs every 30 minutes between Buenavista del Norte and Garachico (9km).

San Marcos Beach, Icod de Los Vinos

One of the most peaceful beaches in northern Tenerife, shaped like a shell and sheltered from the strong waves that typically hit most beaches in the north. It has black volcanic sand and all the facilities you need for a relaxing day at the beach, including showers, sun loungers for hire and restaurants with terraces overlooking the sea.

Bus number 362 runs hourly from the main bus station in Icod de los Vinos to the beach (10 minutes).

Places to Visit Playa San Marcos Beach

El Socorro Beach, Los Realejos

This wide volcanic sand beach is the most famous for surfers in the north of Tenerife. It has a restaurant and a surf school with board hire. Be aware of the currents at all times of the year.

The beach can be reached by car from the main north road (C-820), where a signposted turn-off leads to the coast. Bus number 363 takes you from Buenavista del Norte to El Socorro in 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Places to Visit El Socorro Beach Tenerife

Sports & Active

Tenerife offers a wide range of outdoor sports and activities. For all ages, with or without children, and for all levels of fitness. We are happy to put our guests in touch with the best active tourism companies and help you organise your favourite sport.

Hiking with Sergio

Sergio, one of the partners of Tabaiba Guesthouse, is a qualified mountain guide and nature lover. He knows the natural treasures of the island of Tenerife and would be delighted to share them with you. Discover the ancient paths, the way of life and the traditions of the fascinating Guanche culture.

Great places to visit near Buenavista del Norte

Garachico

Once the wealthiest town in Tenerife, Garachico was covered in lava by an eruption in 1706. Walking through its cobbled streets and squares is the best way to discover this historic town. Garachico has many nice restaurants and terraces and from time to time there are colourful music or theatre festivals.

Bus number 363 runs every 30 minutes between Buenavista del Norte and Garachico (9km). A beautiful coastal path leads to the village, as does a cycle path through tropical banana plantations.

For more information see our blog post Cycling in Buenavista del Norte.

Teno Alto

An isolated hamlet in the Teno Rural Park, a relic of the customs and traditions of the past. Its traditional houses, small square and chapel are part of a vast landscape of farm terraces and fields with goat herds. Famous for its rural character, its gastronomy and its popular festivals. Taste its exquisite cheeses and goat’s meats with a wine from the El Palmar valley!

There is no bus service to Teno. You can reach it by car in 30 minutes, by bike or on a nice walk. For a description of how to get there, see our blog post Traveler’s Guide to Punta de Teno.

Icod de los Vinos

Here stands the millennial dragon tree (Dracaena draco), declared a National Monument in 1917 and thought to be 800 years old. From here you have one of the best views of the Teide, Spain’s highest peak. The historic-artistic heritage of the old town and a varied commercial offer make this municipality well worth a visit.

Bus number 363 runs every 30 minutes directly from Buenavista del Norte (16km).

Icod de los Vinos

La Orotava

Situated in the middle of the valley of the same name, the town stands out for its perfectly preserved buildings, which has led to the town centre being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its streets are lined with buildings of great beauty, the typical carved wooden balconies adorning the façades of its traditional houses. There are many terraces where you can enjoy tapas and local wines. Visit one of the 10 water mills from the 16th century, where the famous Canarian gofio (roasted grain flour) was made. Two are still in use today.

La Orotava is 39 km from Buenavista del Norte and can be reached in one hour by bus from Icod de los Vinos.

La Orotava

La Cueva del Viento, Icod de Los Vinos

Take a guided tour of the world’s largest lava tubes (18km). A vast labyrinthine network of underground passages, many of which are still unexplored.

The tour is of medium difficulty and lasts 2 hours. You will spend about 45 minutes inside the cave, exploring about 250 metres of tubes.

For information and bookings www.cuevadelviento.net

La Laguna

The former capital of the island is a perfectly preserved historic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, where palaces, old mansions and characterful buildings sit cheek by jowl with tapas bars, antique shops and bookshops. It is said that the Spanish practised and perfected their colonial architectural styles here before taking them to the New World, and it is certainly reminiscent of places in South America. Stroll around and eat some delicious churros with hot chocolate!

La Laguna is 65 km from Buenavista del Norte and can be reached by bus from Icod de los Vinos (1 hour 45 minutes).

La Laguna Tenerife

Discover the history and culture of Tenerife

Our favourite museums

Guachinches

Eat where the locals eat! Guachinche is a simple restaurant located in the former garage of a typical Canarian winery in the north of Tenerife. They offer traditional homemade food at an affordable price, accompanied by their own or local wine. We suggest you visit some in the Orotava Valley, El Sauzal, La Matanza de Acentejo, La Victoria or Santa Úrsula.

Click here to see the 60 Guachinches registered in Tenerife.

Explore unique places away from the crowds

Tabaiba Guesthouse offers you the opportunity to quickly reach the most beautiful and authentic places in the north of Tenerife. Choose Buenavista del Norte as your base to discover them.

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