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The road from Tenerife's Buenavista to Punta de Teno

Updated on June 22, 2013

Punta de Teno has a lighthouse

Punta de Teno has a lighthouse on it and is a remote and windswept part of Tenerife's north-west. It is where the south and north dividing line is placed.

The Teno region consists of many high mountains and farmlands. Much of Teno is known as "La Isla Baja" , which translates into The Low Island. Garachico, Los Silos and Buenavista del Norte are towns in the Low Island.

Teno photos

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Teno mountainsCairnRoad sign warningLight at the end of the tunnelTeno wind farmToldaViewing point
Teno mountains
Teno mountains
Cairn
Cairn
Road sign warning
Road sign warning
Light at the end of the tunnel
Light at the end of the tunnel
Teno wind farm
Teno wind farm
Tolda
Tolda
Viewing point
Viewing point

The road to Teno has tunnels

The only road to Punta de Teno is from Buenavista del Norte and is closed at some points in the year when there are storms or high winds. It has a permanent warning sign saying drivers use it at their own risk due to the danger of falling rocks.

The road leaves the outskirts of Buenavista above the famous golf course that was founded by legendary Spanish golf star Seve Ballesteros. It passes a large white-walled building known appropriately as the "Casa Blanca" (White House), and this is a landmark that appears on some maps.

Leaving the urban area behind and passing the warning sign the road climbs quite steeply on the cliffs overlooking the sea below and with mountains above it.

At one point by an unusual rock formation there is a small car park and viewing point at the end of a short tunnel.

The road passes through three tunnels in total and the last one of these is about 1 km at least in length. The tunnels have no lighting apart from what comes from cars.

After you have left the last tunnel the road takes you down towards the actual point of Teno, or Punta de Teno as it is known.

The whole area is a natural park and a wildlife haven. Many unusual plants grow there including some rare species.

The succulent spurge species Euphorbia aphylla is one plant that is mainly found in this part of Tenerife.

The equally succulent and strange-looking Cardoncillo (Ceropegia dichotoma ) is another endemic plant that grows in this unique location.

The ground is mainly rocky and dry and covered in scrub. At times strong winds blow across it and the sun beats down keeping it pretty arid but ideal for drought-resistant species, cacti and succulents.

Mountains border the road and there are couple of footpaths that will lead you to the equally remote mountain village of Teno Alto, which is famous for its goats' cheese. The ascent is quite tricky though as the incline is steep and the paths very rocky and rough in many parts.

Plenty of water and suitable footwear and clothing is needed if attempting the paths up and over the mountains.

At one stretch overlooking the sea on the coastal plain there is a wind farm with turbines. For some reason there is a cairn at the side of the road in front of this.

The actual point is rocky and looks out over the Atlantic and down the coast to the famous "Giant" cliffs of the popular resort of Los Gigantes.

Many people travel to Punta de Teno by car and on motorbikes but there are no buses so these are the only ways to get there or on foot.

It is a place well worth visiting for some of the most remote and spectacular countryside and coastline on Tenerife.

Copyright © 2012 Steve Andrews. All Rights Reserved.

Punta de Teno on the map

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      Ian Smitton 4 years ago from Valencia, Spain

      Hi, how would you rate the road for cycling?

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      Steve Andrews 4 years ago from Tenerife

      It would be OK but you would need light for the tunnel but otherwise it is just an ordinary road, steep in parts but nowhere near as steep as many mountain roads here.

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      North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

      One day, if God permits, I will visit Tenerife Island and it will be all because of you and your great hubs about the place. I can't say that there is another place that I would like to visit where the information is so readily at hand. You are like a virtual tour guide preparing me for the journey.

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      Steve Andrews 4 years ago from Tenerife

      Thank you very much for your very complimentary comments and I hope that one day you manage to get here!

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