Scenic Drive: To the End of Tenerife

The northwest corner of Tenerife offers some spectacular unspoiled scenery. From Garachico, head west on the TF-42 highway past Buenavista del Norte and down the TF-445 to the wild and remote Punta de Teno (note that the road is closed on weekends and holidays).

You’ll have to return to Buenavista to then take the TF-436 mountain highway to Santiago del Teide. Curve after hairpin curve obligates you to slow down and enjoy the view. Terraced valleys appear behind rugged mountains, and Masca makes the perfect pit stop. When the highway reaches Santiago, you can head either north on the TF-82 back towards Garachico, or south towards Los Gigantes, where signs point the way down to Playa de la Arena, a beach that’s nearly as pretty as Punta de Teno, though more developed.

You’ll need at least a full morning to complete this route.