I’m going back to Tenerife for the first time in 24 years.
This time I’m avoiding the tourist traps of Playa de les America and seeking out the roads less traveled.
We’re starting in Santa Cruz the capital of the island.
From here we hop on the tram to visit the UNESCO world heritage city of Las Laguna.
Las Lagunas colonial style architecture and grid system earned it its heritage status and were the blueprint for many cities such as Havana.
We’re heading up the belltower of the church Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion.
There’s stunning views from the top of the belltower.
Religious iconography and colourful streets add to the delights of this pretty city.
It has a very cuban feel thanks to it influencing the design of cities such as Havana. (So they have a Spanish feel I should say)
Then we’re back on the tram to Santa Cruz.
I enjoy this whitewashed sqaure which has a Mexican fiesta feel about it thanks to the fluttering bunting.
Then it’s a quick visit to the most golden beach on the island – La Teresitas – which has a swathe of silky imported Saharan sand.