Five impressive viewing points for you to visit in the south of Tenerife
Whether you are a resident of Tenerife with some time off over the summer, or coming here on holiday, there are some amazing viewing points around the island that you can visit to take pictures and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
As most Brits live and holiday in the south of Tenerife, we have picked five that are easy for you to get to and will give you some amazing photos and memories to take home.
This viewing point is found going down the road that leads to Puerto Santiago from Santiago del Teide and gives you magnificent views of the Los Gigantes cliffs.
It is worth going to see one of the spectacular sunsets, illuminating the islands of La Gomera and La Palma. On the right, you can also see the Punta de Teno lighthouse, the westernmost point of Tenerife.
Due to its location, it is an ideal place to go after spending the day in Puerto Santiago. Close to major tourist areas, but far enough away to get away from the hustle and bustle.
Mirador La Centinela:
One of the jewels of San Miguel de Abona, La Centinela offers impressive views of the southwest coast, Los Cristianos, and a formidable view of the Roque del Conde.
On clear days, you can even see the islands of La Gomera and La Palma on the horizon. As it is located in a mountainous area, it is a perfect place to take bird pictures as from here you can see different species of seabirds and birds of prey that fly across the sky. The sunset from here is breathtaking, and the sky is tinged with warm colours as the sun dips into the ocean.
The viewing point is easily accessible and can be reached by car from the town of San Miguel, and there is plenty of parking. Please note that the restaurant is temporarily closed at this time.
Mirador de Taucho:
The Mirador de Taucho is one of the most impressive located in the south of Tenerife. It is located in the small town of Taucho, on the side of the mountain, which makes it a perfect place to enjoy panoramic views of the volcanic landscape of the south of the island.
It is located in an elevated position, giving you an unobstructed view of the ocean and the surrounding volcanic lands. From here, you can see a large stretch of the coast and the nearby towns. Rock formations, volcanic cones, and cultivated land create a fascinating and surprising landscape.
It is a popular place to watch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. Every afternoon, when the sun begins to descend on the horizon, the sky is filled with colours that reflect in the sea, creating an impressive natural spectacle. Unlike some viewpoints, Taucho is usually a quiet and relaxed place ideal for those looking to escape the bustle and enjoy a moment of peace while admiring the views.
In addition, for lovers of nature activities, Taucho offers the opportunity to explore the surrounding nature by land and air. There are hiking trails that take you through the volcanic landscapes and allow you to discover the natural beauty of the region, but it is also the take-off base for paragliding in the south of Tenerife.
Mirador de El Puertito de Güímar:
The El Puertito de Güímar viewing point, also known as the Pájara viewpoint, is located on the left bank of the Carretera General del Sur at the entrance to the centre of Pájara in the Comarca de Agache. From here, you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Güímar Valley and the ocean.
As El Puertito is a popular spot for whale and dolphin watching, if you are lucky, you might see them swimming in the sea close to shore. From El Puertito, you can also take walks in the surroundings. There are hiking trails that lead to nearby places, such as Guaza Mountain, which offers panoramic views of the coast and volcanic landscape.
In addition, in the town, you will find some restaurants and bars where you can try the local gastronomy, especially fresh fish and shellfish, and take a walk along its promenade or even a dip on the beach.
The Punta de la Rasca lighthouse:
The Punta de la Rasca viewing point is located in the southernmost part of the island, near Las Galletas and Costa del Silencio. This viewpoint offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and is known to be one of the best places to watch whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.
Next to the viewpoint, is the Punta de la Rasca lighthouse, which is still active to guide boats in the area. It is a picturesque and photogenic place to visit and adds even more charm to the place. In addition, it is a starting point for various hiking trails that allow you to explore the natural beauty of the south coast of Tenerife.
The lighthouse was built in 1893. In the 20th century, this area of Tenerife was practically inaccessible by land, so the lighthouse keeper and his family lived in isolation. At the small pier, a ship regularly docked with supplies for them, such as food, water, or medicine.
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