General features

The whole Island is defined by the continuous contrast of its landscapes and lifestyles, but that divide is most clearly evident in the Tierra de Contrastes (the Land of Contrasts).

The idea of transition is part of the essence of this territory, where the journey from north to south crosses the Island's highest mountains. That journey will reward you with sights such as vineyards growing at the highest altitudes in Europe and deep green pine trees that seem to be nailed into a black floor of lava. This is one of the Island's most fertile regions thanks to the varied chemical composition of its terrain.

This landscape is home to the ridges of Adeje and Abeque and is one of the most geologically active areas in Tenerife. Some of the Island's most recent volcanic activity was recorded here, such as the Chinyero eruption over a century ago.

Don't miss the chance to explore some of its walks, such as the one that crosses the summit of the Samara volcano, an important volcanic landmark in the area. Chirche is home to an old hamlet that belonged to the local Guanche people. It is a fine example of traditional architecture and every year hosts the Day of Traditions, displaying a whole array of almost-forgotten customs and ways of life.

Before you leave this Land of Contrasts, be sure to try its cheeses, sweet delights (truchas (almond and yam pastries), huesitos (chocolate wafers), almond cakes and rosquetes (ring-shaped fritters)), wines and spirits such as mistela, which are just some of the most typical local products.

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