The east coast of Tenerife is the forgotten coast of the island and at first glance that’s hardly surprising: the landscape of the east is dry, dusty and sterile, but it is speckled with bright and colourful little villages, which bring life to the otherwise stark surroundings. If you have the time, then it pays to explore this region a little more. There’s some pleasant low-key beach towns and a much more local vibe than can be found in the international resorts of the south coast.
If you’re approaching the east coast from the southern resorts, do yourself a favour by taking the winding TF-28 highway, formerly the principal thoroughfare, which crawls along the scenic mountain ridge above the coast. The alternative is the very busy motorway (TF-1), which links the south to Santa Cruz in an approximately 40-minute easy drive.