Buenavista del Norte


Buenavista del Norte's lighthouse marks the end of Tenerife, looking out over its spectacular crystal clear waters. Buenavista stands on the north-westerly-most point of the Island. The municipality's town houses plenty of beautiful and highly valuable buildings. Its landscapes and countryside are among the most remote and untouched on Tenerife.

The municipality of Buenavista del Norte, which was founded in the 16th century and is a proud preserver of its traditions, lies on the north-west edge of Tenerife. It is without doubt one of the most scenic parts of the Island and a wonderful place to live, as its more than 5,000 inhabitants will vouch for.

The town has plenty of unquestionable appeal, with its charming streets, its coast dotted with bays and its environmentally-friendly leisure activities.

80% of the municipality's land belongs to different protected nature areas. One of the most noteworthy is Teno Country Park, a natural monument covering some 7,500 hectares (18,500 acres) of stunning rural and marine landscapes, with spectacular mountains and ravines.

The Los Gigantes Cliffs, standing 300 to 600 m (985 to 1,970 ft) tall, plunge straight into the sea beside the Masca ravine. Following this somewhat tortuous ravine inland you will come to the hamlet of Masca, one of the finest examples of rural architecture on Tenerife, which has been declared an Ethnographic Area.

The last significant occurrence in the history of Buenavista took place in 1996 when the Church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios was destroyed by a huge fire, sending much of its artistic-historic heritage up in flames. The building has since been restored.

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Buenavista del Norte has various routes you can take to explore the municipality's cultural and artistic heritage. A walk around its historic quarter takes just an hour and a half. It sets off from the San Francisco convent, leading walkers to discover such significant buildings as the chapel of San Sebastián or the House of Culture, ending at the Triana bridge after visiting the old washing place in the ravine. There are shorter cultural routes that trace the most characteristic features of the hamlets of El Palmar, Masca and Teno Alto. These walks combine historic and architectural sites with breathtaking views of the ravines and the coast of Buenavista del Norte.

Trails around the municipality

The magnificent countryside in Buenavista del Norte is crossed by various trails ranging from intermediate to low difficulty. The easiest walk takes roughly 45 minutes and covers about 1.5 km (0.9 miles) along a promenade that links the beach of Las Arenas to the beach of El Fraile. Another route named Las Cuevas Ravine - Teno Bajo, starts at Los Bailaderos and ends at the lighthouse on Punta de Teno after a 4.25 km (2.64 mile) walk. There is also another trail from Los Bailaderos that is only suitable for the most daring hikers. Although it is just 4 km (2.5 miles) long and the walk itself is not difficult, you may get dizzy if you are afraid of heights.

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