At no other place than the southwest, between the districts of Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide, does the sun shine with such splendour. Although you can also visit it from the north, the best way to Guía de Isora is along the road which prolongs the Southern Motorway once you have passed the tourist resort of Costa Adeje. The journey runs past extensive farms, the result of the enterprising character of the residents, who have been able to transform the original volcanic badlands into fertile soil.
From the centre of Guía de Isora, other roads lead to Playa San Juan and Alcalá, the holiday resorts of the district.
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After Guía de Isora, the route brings us to Santiago del Teide through the villages of Chío and Tamaimo. From Chío a road runs up through Boca de Tauce, to Mount Teide, while from Tamaimo you can go on down to the coast. After running through large agricultural plantations, the road takes you to the main holiday resort in the municipal district, in the shadow of the spectacular Los Gigantes cliffs, over 600 metres in height. From the port, boat trips set out to view the dolphins and the permanent colony of pilot whales that have their habitat between Tenerife and La Gomera. The same road also takes you to Puerto Santiago and Playa de la Arena, the other holiday resorts in the district. In the historical centre of Santiago del Teide, the contiguous buildings of the church of San Fernando Rey, built in the 17th Century, and the Casa el Patio are the two most emblematic structures. Very close by, the road that runs to the picturesque village of Masca (TF-436) starts off. A visit greatly to be recommended. A little further away from the town, another road leads to Arguayo (TF-375), where it is possible to visit an interesting museum of craftwork, which is a direct heir of the pottery made by the Guanche people and the rough landscape created by the most recent volcanic eruption on Tenerife, which occurred in 1909