ALONG THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN RANGE - Driving routes - Tenerife

Along the Central Mountain Range

A driving route around northern Tenerife
Route on the Central Mountain Range
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Most of this route journeys along the road that joins La Esperanza to El Portillo, which is lined with lookout points affording great views over much of the north and south of the Island. You might want to combine it with a trip to Mount Teide. Our route sets off from La Laguna at the Montaña Grande (Big Mountain) lookout point, on km point 11.5 of the TF-24 road that joins La Esperanza and El Portillo. The lookout point stands at an altitude of 1,200 m (3,937 ft)

and the panoramic view encompasses the entire Anaga mountain range, the cities of Santa Cruz and La Laguna, and further south, Malpaís de Güímar and El Médano.
Follow the road until km point 19.5 at an altitude of 1,650 m (5,413 ft), where you will reach the Ortuño lookout point. From here, you can enjoy views of the replanted forests in the high areas of Santa Úrsula and La Victoria, all the way down to Isla Baja. In the distance, you can see the silhouettes of Mount Teide and of La Palma rising over the sea. Remain on this road which leads to the National Park. It will constantly reward you with views of spectacular and diverse scenery. The next stop is at km point 26, where the diversion starts and ends. Here, 1,900 m (6,233 ft) high, the lookout points of Las Cumbres del Sur (known as Chimague) and Las Cumbres del Norte (Chipeque) overlook the towns of Valle Guerra and Tejina to the north and Candelaria and Güímar to the south. Climbing up towards Mount Teide along this road, we will make another stop at the Ayosa lookout point 2,000 m (6,561 ft) up, where the views over the Orotava Valley and vast expanses of pine forest await you. At km point 30 lies the La Crucita lookout point, where the path known as The Pilgrims' Trail starts. Looking south, the view from here stretches all the way to La Caldera de Pedro Gil. You will be surprised by the colour and seemingly smooth texture of the volcanic charcoal that covers the nearby mountainsides. Once you access the TF-21 road towards Mount Teide from the south, you will come to two lookout points known as Chivisaya and Montaña Colorada, offering views across the south of the Island. The former, in the upper area of Candelaria, is a great spot from which to view the Güímar Valley, from Las Calletillas all the way to Güímar itself. The latter provides great shots of the pine trees along the Barranco de Tapia ravine which runs towards the Güímar Valley.

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