Worth a Trip: Exploring the East Coast

After visiting the pyramids at Güímar, continue on past El Escobonal to Fasnia and the tiny Ermita de la Virgen de los Dolores, a chapel perched on a hill at the edge of town (off the TF-620 highway). It’s usually closed, but is worth the short drive up for the panoramic views of the harsh, dry landscape. Keep on the TF-620 past the ermita to reach Roques de Fasnia, a little town carved into the volcanic cliff. There’s a tranquil black-sand beach that’s rarely crowded. A bit further south is Porís de Abona, a charming little fishing village albeit surrounded by new housing. There’s an attractive small cove here, complete with fishing boats and a dark sandy beach where you can take a dip.