Tegueste is one of those places that tempts people to stop for a quiet breather. The atmosphere carries a pure, traditional Canarian vibe dominated by farm crops, vineyards and historical buildings in the heart of the town. A walk along the road of Los Laureles rewards visitors with moments of peace and feeling at one with nature.
The town of Tegueste lies in the north-east of Tenerife, right on the edge of Anaga Country Park covering a surface area of 26.4 km2 (10.2 sq miles). Surrounded entirely by the municipality of La Laguna, there are no parts of Tegueste on the coast. In fact, it lies in a vast watershed, which is what creates its mild temperatures and luscious countryside. Although mankind has altered the area's primitive landscapes, there are still stretches of pine and laurel forests coexisting with eucalyptus trees and non-native species. The road of Los Laureles, for instance, is surrounded by laurels that belonged to the tertiary period. Tegueste is caressed by the trade winds, encouraging the growth of rainfed crops which is what the locals traditionally lived on. The municipality began to form in the early 16th century in the area known as El LLano, between the Las Tapias ravine and the Las Ceras ravine, which is where the first chapel was erected to worship San Marcos Evangelista, though that chapel was moved to its current location in 1701. Nowadays, the historic quarter of Tegueste, which was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1986, is the result of gradual urban transformations over the centuries.
Routes around the municipalityEvery week there are guided tours in several languages around the historic quarter of Tegueste, which add to the routes that visitors can take on their own and to the guided tours that are offered at specific times of year, enabling visitors to learn all about the idiosyncrasies of the area, particularly its cultural and natural riches and its local produce.Tegueste has several walking routes that have been designed for visitors to discover the aspects of the region they are most interested in, whilst getting to know the countryside, the local people and the area's great climate.
The trail of Travesía de los Viñedos and La Campiña de Tegueste has been designed to be taken by car, and there are several points along the way where it is safe to pull over and enjoy the scenery, which looks like a green sea of vineyards. Another option is a walk along Los Caminos del Agua, a circular route that is just 2 km (1.24 miles) long, making it great for exploring on foot. The route named Un Cauce de Historia (A Flow of History) is also a circular route and is equally as long, leading walkers to discover the cultural and historical identity of Tegueste, from the ravine of Agua de Dios to Plaza de La Arañita. (folleto: http://www.tegueste.es/dmdocuments/tur_mapa_itinerarios.pdf)
Approved trails in the municipalityThere are several approved trails crossing the municipal area of Tegueste, such as the PR-TF 12, which sets off from the Cruz del Carmen Visitor Centre to Bajamar, and branches off onto the PR-TF 12.1 and PR-TF 12.2 trails. These trails are a great way of exploring Tegueste's landscapes, countryside and surroundings, helping visitors to truly take in the agricultural essence of the region and understand the need to build good transport systems that would link it to the municipality of San Cristóbal de la Laguna.