Santiago del Teide - Tenerife
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Santiago del Teide

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An unmistakable landmark stands out in Santiago del Teide: the cliffs of Los Gigantes, towering as high as 600 m (1,970 ft) above sea level. And the municipality has other attractions provided by the sea. There are boats leaving every day from the marina to take visitors whale and dolphin watching just a few miles out. On the coast, the beach of La Arena is one of the loveliest on the Island. The Chinyero volcano and the pottery and ethnography museum of Cha Domitila are two of the municipality's other unmissable sights. ​

Santiago del Teide is a municipality in south-west Tenerife that ranges from the coast of Puerto Santiago to the pine forests of Mount Teide, with a difference in altitude of 1,000 m (3,280 ft). The weather here is stable all year round, which adds to the beauty of its landscapes and the pleasant temperature of the water, making Santiago del Teide a great place to spend time in the countryside and by the sea. Up in the higher parts of the municipality, the scenery reveals a contrast between volcanic landscapes, vineyards, almond and fig trees. The Chinyero volcano, in the Special Nature Reserve of El Chinyero, was responsible for the Island's latest eruption, which took place in 1909.

Although today the economy in Santiago del Teide is largely reliant on the service sector, it was traditionally based on farming and pottery, as well as fishing. The seaside town of Puerto Santiago shares the coast with the cliffs of Los Gigantes. It has a marina and a very popular black sandy beach that has been awarded a European blue flag for its clear waters. In 1960, Juan Manuel Capdevielle discovered the scenery of the cliffs of Los Gigantes and promoted the area's urbanisation in order to boost tourism. A weather station was set up there and was used to measure a variety of aspects relating to the area's climate and sea for three years – the conclusion was that it has some of the best weather conditions in the world. Its wonderful coast welcomes several species of cetaceans to live in its waters, and visitors have the chance of seeing them on special boat trips.

Approved trails in the municipality

Trail SL-TF 60 sets off from the Pottery Centre on a 9 km (5.6 mile) walk that links Santiago del Teide to Arguayo. Along the way, hikers will see fields of almond trees, Bilma mountain and the town centre of Santiago del Teide. Although the walk itself is not too difficult, the ground is stony and considerably adds to the strain of the four-hour walk. The PR-TF 65 trail, on the other hand, journeys to Puerto Santiago starting from a broad pathway by the petrol station in Santiago del Teide. The trail leads walkers along a gulley and down a ravine near Tamaimo. The walk is intermediate in difficulty and covers 8 km (6 miles) across a very exposed landscape so be sure to take plenty of water and protect yourself from the heat and the sun.

There are other trails branching off from this route: PR-TF 65.1 (El Molledo-Risco Blanco), PR-TF 65.2 (Tamaimo-Cruz de los Misioneros) and PR-TF 65.3 (El Molledo-Degollada del Roque). Santiago del Teide's Tourist Information Office has maps available for visitors.

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