West Coast Of Tenerife

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Manol Donchev @manoldonchevSeptember 2019 · 5 min read
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Greetings, friends from all across the world!

It has been a busy month here and I needed to wait a little bit before continuing my report from my Tenerife trip but here I am again with a new story about...

The Western Shores of Tenerife Island


Punta de Teno. We'll return there in a short while.

In case you missed my previous posts, you can find them here:

Flying Over The Canary Islands

The Town Of Garachico

And a short collection of photos, called...

Crashing Waves
(not on TravelFeed)

...where we continue.

They were taken at the beach called las Arenas, near Buenavista del Norte, our first stop after leaving Garachico and heading to the south-west along the coast. It's only about 10 kilometers to Buenavista, driving near the ocean side, then going a bit inland between rows of tall palm trees and walls that keep all the banana plantations safe from tourists and other naval raiders.



You can never keep your potassium too safe. As the @bananafish would probably agree.


There, in Buenavista, I found the first wide-open space where I actually had a choice where to park the rented car. Well, I was doing it like a barbarian all the time, anyway, or at least I felt so — never absolutely sure if it was quite right. Mostly convinced it was, though. The mountains are high here, too, but they have retreated a bit further back from the sea, leaving enough space for said banana grounds, a golf course, even a town that looks mostly flat and spacious, as small as it is.

It is actually the largest town in the area, with a population a little below five thousand, and the center of a municipality.



Our Lady of Remedies or something similar would be the translation of the quite unusual name of this church.



Other urban decoration near the town square.


Right near my soon to become favorite parking place, and across yet another street, is the bus station.

Two things I shall tell you about it. There you can catch a bus an continue on a road, that is closed for random cars during the day. It leads to the cape and the lighthouse of Punta de Teno. And there is a mural exhibition of sorts, a series of mostly female characters, made by I presume the authors in the puzzle pieces on the left of the first image.



Looking this way, south, you can see the nearby mountains...



... But also Mount Teide standing far back, at the center of Tenerife Island, seen even from the shores. Another post will be dedicated to that highest of Spanish peaks.


Continuing west and out of Buenavista, we reach the local beach area, called Las Arenas. The first time we drove down to it, the weather was quite windy, as you can judge from the size of the waves. Or was it just the center of the Atlantic Ocean sending its regards?


Conveying the blackness of the sand on Tenerife's beaches was one thing I think I couldn't quite do. It's blacker than this but all the particles still reflect more light from close up.




Let's hit the road again and go to that cape. Punta de Teno. But on a bus. We thought who knows how much a ticket would cost but we had to try. It turned out the ticket was...One Euro.

Public transportation allowed only during the day. The road is so narrow you can't safely have two vehicles move in opposite directions.

Since we go through that tunnel over there...



And into Mordor, right? Something like that.



The Sun is kind of more up than over The Dark Land of The Dark Lord.

Otherwise, it's all volcanic grounds there and the lighthouse itself is surrounded by lava-formed rocks on all sides. And once on the other side of that narrow pass...

It's windy. Quite. Windy.



So they take advantage of it in a way, but they should also have a tourists' hats collecting organized since that's a lot of money in hats flying off the cliffs I would guess, after barely saving mine.


And there be the lighthouse's naturally protected compound. Plus some tiny steel gates. With some rust for camouflage.



A small fishermen's haven hides right next to it...


And a hundred or so meters to the south lie the sheltered bays where boats and people go to enjoy the relatively calmer water together.



Keep Calm And Build Another. Well, I did. It lasted enough to be shot once or twice.



Then a trail begins. For those who have the time and will to follow it south.



Us, being in a lazier mood than that, we would go south by car soon. Although, for me, it would probably have proven easier to just walk the path.


See you there next time!

Thanks for being here with me!

Yours,

Manol

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I am not able to travel (by plane) so seeing all these beautiful sights are amazing!
Thank you for sharing with us!


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Happy to do so :)


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Lovely photography, enjoyed seeing volcanic ruggedness of the region Manol.


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jaichai
JaiChai @jaichaiSeptember 2019

Fascinating place and beautiful images.

Namaste, JaiChai


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A gorgeous tour of the place and your photography is top notch. Must be fulfilling to visit such a place. I'm imagining what kind of life that fishing guy is living. I'm pretty sure he is happy living there.


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ReM @rem-steemSeptember 2019

That's a wonderful place. I really like the wall arts.


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Awesome journey through Tenerife. I haven't been before and only associated it with the party vibe seeing as that's where a lot of Brits go from 18-30 (and possibly beyond) due to it being a cheap place to get to.

However, seeing this side of it makes me wonder the hard and fastened party goers aren't making the most out of the island. Look beautiful and thanks for taking us on a little wander around it!


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Well, the island has a lot more to offer, for sure. I only came close to the volcanic peak and there were so many wonderful areas around it. Plenty to explore for a much longer period.


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It sure does have a lot more to offer, thanks for sharing these little gems. The volcano peak looks like great fun to wander around


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The grafitti art is beautiful


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What a facinating area @manoldonchev. Beautiful mountains and ocean side. I can see wind would definitely be an issue and hats difficult to wear, lol Beautiful black sand, you don't see that too often, its quite striking. Lovely post, I'm sure you had a fun day of it. :)


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Ultimately, yes, of course. I was there for the joy of natural wonders :)


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Awesome to see more of that trip! Such cool terrain. I've never been to a beach with black sand before, but I can imagine it looks really amazing in person. I would probably protect my bananas if I had a farm, too. Otherwise people get sticky fingers and try to steal your fruit... ;)


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Ruslan Bolgov @axemanSeptember 2019

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