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Puerto de Santiago

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

North of Tenerife, near Puerto de la Cruz, the town of La Orotava is located in the fertile valley of the same name. Previously called Arauntapala, it was once the capital of the Guanche country. Today it has become one of the most beautiful towns in Tenerife, with a well-preserved old town and at its heart the church of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, recognisable by its characteristic dome. An emblematic monument of the city, this beautiful church houses a wooden altarpiece sculpted by Lazaro Gonzales. The old town is features various aristocratic residences of traditional Canarian architecture, decorated with sumptuous balconies that line the steep paths of the volcano. Some of them, like the Casa de los Balcones and the Casa del Turista, can be visited.

To see

The cliffs of Los Gigantes and the island of la Gomera facing them. The Playa Arena beach: a cove lined with rocks made original due to its fine black sand. Wooden walkways make it possible to avoid burning your feet on the sand.

To do

A walk along the sea under the impressive cliffs of Los Gigantes, close to the village of Puerto de Santiago, is an absolute must. The vertical view of the 600m-high rocks is simply breathtaking. If you're lucky, you may even see a few dolphins!


  • +  The views of the cliffs of Los Gigantes.
  • +  The possibility to see dolphins.


  • -  The lack of white sand.

To think about

The sand is black. It can be sizzling hot. Be careful of the waves and the sometimes strong current.

To avoid

If you are a fan of beaches with white or golden sand.

To try

The sea bream.

To bring back

The black sand.
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