For 91 Days in Tenerife

Adventures, anecdotes and advice from three months exploring Tenerife

For 91 Days we lived on Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands belonging to Spain, located off the western coast of Africa. Known primarily as a beach holiday destination for sun-starved Europeans, we discovered that Tenerife had a lot more to offer -- including some incredible hiking, a welcoming and laid-back populace, and surprisingly unique cuisine.
Whether you're planning your own journey to Tenerife, or just interested in seeing what makes it such a special city, our articles and photographs should help you out.

A Walk through the Malpais de Güímar

Tenerife isn't a massive island, so the sheer diversity of landscapes it contains is impressive, from lava-strewn volcanic wastelands, to ancient laurel forests teeming with life. During a drive along the southern coast, we stopped to explore an area that has nothing to do with the fabulous beaches the coastline is otherwise known for: the Badlands (Malpais) of Güímar.

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The Dolls of ARTlandya in Icod

While exploring our temporary 91-day homes, we're always on the lookout for weird and wonderful collections, whether that's parasites in Tokyo, fancy hats in Savannah, tobacco in Macedonia, or … umm … male genitalia in Iceland. So, when we learned about the private doll and teddy bear collection at ARTlandya, near Icod, we knew we'd be paying a visit.

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Juan Évora Ethnographic Museum

It's fair to say that we were fairly underwhelmed upon pulling into the parking lot, and casting our first glance upon the Juan Évora Ethnographic Museum in the Teide National Park. This had to be one of the smallest museums we had ever seen -- a stone shack with two rooms in the middle of a wasteland. But the price was right (free) so we decided to check it out.

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Taganana

The day after visiting Batan, one of the Anaga region's most secluded towns, we drove out to its most well-known. I mean "well-known" in sense relative to the Anaga forest; Taganana is still completely unknown by any other standard. The town lays along the northern coast of Tenerife; difficult to reach, but it's become something of a magnet for surfers, and people looking to get away from it all.

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The Linen-Producing Village of Batan

The mountains and forests of Tenerife are full of surprises. You can set out into the hills at random, and feel confident that you'll encounter something unforgettable, whether that's an unmarked trail leading to a glorious viewpoint, or a charming town you'd never heard of. We discovered Batan in this way, having set out in our car, without any itinerary... and it was among our best excursions on Tenerife. First, a quick (and unsolicited) plug for the…

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A Hike from Teno Alto

Despite its location on the other end of the island from our house, we found ourselves repeatedly drawn to the Teno mountain range. Today, we plotted out a hike which would take us from the highland village of Teno Alto, through strange, jagged landscapes, down to the coastal road that ends at Tenerife's westernmost lighthouse.

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