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The Canary Islands is an autonomous community of Spain, situated in the Atlantic Ocean in a distance of a couple 100 km of western regions of Africa. This is a region with one of the most fascinating atmosphere of the world. This is the home of never-ending spring. The seven islands showing a wide range variety of climate from desert to rainforest-like with lush vegetation. The seven major islands are the results of volcanic activity. All the islands have a unique atmosphere and mood. The seven Islands are in descending order of size: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro. The Creative Canary Studios chose Tenerife for its headquarter.
Creative Canary Studios/ Foto-Tenerife.com operates on Tenerife. This is the largest and most populated island of Macaronesia and one of the most popular destinations in the region. In serving of higher demand for inbound travelers, there are two airports. One is at least 13 km far from the capital, the Aeropuerto de Tenerife Norte, and the other is relatively close to southern parts. The northern coast’s biggest settlements are Santa Cruz de Tenerife, San Cristobal de La Laguna, Puerto de la Cruz, and La Orotava. The climate here is more humid than the southern part and because of that, the vegetation is prolific green mixed with a range variety of colors. The old towns of the northern parts are especially good for taking photos of families, romantic parks are giving unique places to capture moments of true love for couples and the colorful streets are ideal for friends to get taken excellent shots to keep the memories forever.
Foto-Tenerife.com takes all the opportunities to donate travelers with those moments, that should last forever.
The southern coast is more cosmopolitan. Los Cristianos, Playa las Americas and Costa Adeje give the main tourist destinations of the island. This part is almost always full of sunshine. Pubs and restaurants are ready for the traveler’s invasion. In the heart of the Island the Teide is the highest mountain of Spain, an old volcano with a special atmosphere, some days closed behind curtains of clouds, others full of burning sunshine and sometimes covered in white snow – that gave the original name of it (snow-mountain). The Creative Canary Studios – Foto-Tenerife. com choose this location for one of the main regions to produce never forgotten memories for travelers. This unique place with its special energy also amazing for more advanced, less touristic photography like glamour fashion and action shots, just like the location of conceptual portraits, fantasy, and composite photography materials.
Creative Canary Studios – Foto-Tenerife.com is up to these kinds of challenges. Teide National Park is part of the World Heritage Site. There are no words to describe this place, even hard to tell it visually with a higher quality camera.
Above the description of Tenerife is way far from complete, in the following, we will discuss a couple of various locations with more detail.
Roques de las Bodeguitas from the viewpoint of the ocean. Cute restaurants and the most compelling ocean side of Tenerife.
Blue Ara in the ‘Mercadillo de Adeje’ at the parking lot in Costa Adeje. You can visit it every Thursday and Saturday.
Viewpoint in Guarachico. In the picture, you can see the mystical old town of this marvelous icon of Tenerife.
Teide National Park
The Teide National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional del Teide) is a national park on the Spanish island of Tenerife, which includes the highest peak of the country, the 3718-meter high Teide volcano. Since 2007 it has been a World Heritage Site. The 18,990-hectare Teide National Park is the biggest and the oldest of the four National Parks in the Canary Islands. It was founded in 1954. The 3718 meter high peak is surrounded by a 17-km-long oval, non-closing caldera, called Circo de Las Cañadas. In the southern part, you will find spectacular rock formations called Roques de García, including the most famous: Roque Cinchado. The national park is almost at least 2000 meters above sea level. As a result, temperature fluctuations are high, sunlight and winds are strong and dry. The humidity is very low in this area. The Sun shines about 3000 hours a year. The flora of the park is the most valuable. A total of 139 plant species have been recorded in the area. 50 of them live exclusively in the Canary Islands, 21 are endangered. Animals are most likely to be raised, of which more than 1,000 are known here, but since they are constantly discovering new ones, this number may rise. You can often meet reptiles and 5 species of bats are living in the region. Rabbits and mouflons have been settled in, but they are a constant danger to the flora.
Magical Golden Hour at the Teide National Park, next Roques de García. These remarkable forms and shapes of the cliffs make this place one of the frequented sights of the island.
Nice view to the Pico del Teide. You can see how wild and beautiful this World Heritage is.
Ancient volcanic rock. I created this nice close-up in the Black Lava Field of the National Park.
In the northeast of Santa Cruz and La Laguna, curvy roads lead to the Mountain of Anaga. This romantic landscape is still sparsely populated today. Forests of bay leaves survived over millions of years and are still green today. Long branches hang from special shaped trees and absorb moisture from misty clouds. When the humidity in the air is lower, there is a great view of the endless ocean. The highest peak is Pico de Inglés with its almost 1000 meters. Taganana is the largest settlement in the area surrounded by rocks on the ocean side and bordered with lush hills on the other side. It is worth visiting Bodeguita de Los Roques and Benijo’s unspoiled wild coasts and cozy restaurants.
Adventure in the Anaga Rural Parque. In this image, you can see how difficult can be to build a house in this region. It’s wild, green and full of sharp edges.
A hidden secret of the island, close to the Pico del Inglés in the Anaga Rural Parque. These walls are at least 4meters tall.
Slipway in Taganana. You can see the enormous Anaga Mountain in the background.
Reni is creating an image of his man on the wild ocean side.
This place is full of little family-type restaurants. They inviting you with this big plate of fresh ingredients.
Candelaria is a pleasant town in the eastern part of Tenerife. It is situated 17 km to the south of Santa Cruz, the capital of the island. The main attraction is the Basilica of Candelaria (Basílica de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria). It is the home of the patron of the Canary Islands, the Virgin of Candelaria. Another attraction is the nine sculptures of the aboriginal Guanche kings of Tenerife. This area used to be the part of menceyato – kingdom of Güímar, and one of the earliest lived parts of the islands. This famous town gives us a great opportunity to take remarkable photographs of your friend, love, and family. The old town and it’s romantic sideways, the mystical atmosphere and never-ending ocean sounds make this place, one of the favorite locations to Creative Canary Studios – Foto-Tenerife.com. We wait to work with you there… Book us now!
The main square of Candelaria. ‘Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Candelaria. You can visit the ‘Patrona de las Canarias’. She is protecting the Canary Islands.
Such an early morning in Candelaria. The sun is getting higher at the horizon, but streetlights are still on.
Sculptures of the Guanche tribe chiefs. They were aboriginal leaders of the society of Tenerife before the conquistadores.
The most popular area for tourists in Tenerife is Adeje. Fun parks, golf tracks, water parks seaside restaurants and entertainment venues, shopping malls and gift bazaars dot this luxurious city. It is also rich in natural sights e.g. Barranco del Inferno is one of the most dramatic glans of the island, the “Gorge of the Devil”. The more adventurous travelers can see the countryside from the height of a paraglider that awaits the visitors all year round. It is not a surprise that Creative Canary Studios has designated this area as one of the main areas of photography. The neverending ocean and the remarkable cityscapes give us great opportunity to take pictures of couples, friends, and family.
Amazing blue hour at the Playa Fanabé. Beautiful colors in the evening hours.
Boats in the Harbour of Colón. (Puerto Colón)
Macil sunset at Costa Adeje. This a place where good to be.
Another blue hour picture of the ‘El castillo del Doque’. The castle of the Prince.
They are called giants. Huge 450 m high vertical wall cliff, located 1 km north of the area, and it is also called the special beach in the shadow of the rock wall. The most beautiful views of the rocks are from the large sports harbor. It used to be a small fishing village, but with the development of tourism the new settlements, Playa de las Arenas, and Puerto Santiago. One of the most exciting sights in the area is the beach of Playa de la Arena, about 300 meters of fine black sand. It’s not surprising, that this region with enormous rocks, black sanded beach, advanced infrastructure plays a huge role in the work of Creative Canary Studios – Foto-Tenerife.com’s job.
An image of Flipper Uno, one of the most frequented whale watch boats in the Harbor of Los Gigantes. The town is in the background.
Harbor of Los Gigantes. You can see the Giants at the background of the sports harbor.
The cliffs of Los Gigantes, one of the most compelling places of the Canary Islands. Pure natural highness.
Santiago del Teide
The 900 m high town with its unique atmosphere is one of the jewels of the island. Here, the road that comes from the southern holiday areas is divided by the way to Erjos to the north side of Garachico and Puerto de la Cruz. The landmark of the venue is the parish church covered with a dome, and La Casona del Patio, the museum croft that dates directly back in 1663.
A cultural festival in Santiago del Teide. The festival times always full of color in Tenerife.
Primary school performance in Santiago del Teide.
The entrance of the chapel of the old town.
Teno – Masca
The Teno Mountain was a separate island raised 7 million years ago from the sea and melted together with the “main island” due to the subsequent volcanic eruptions. 1110 m high, extremely harsh and inaccessible mountain. It is covered in wild gorges and cliffs, with some plateaus. Mountain villages have been cut off from the world for centuries. It’s only reachable by car since the early 1990s. Leading up roads makes a more accessible way to this strange landscape. These days it is a nature reserve, that offers beautiful views of the wild cliffs from Santiago del Teide. In the mountains, a village called Masca is situated. In this settlement, many of the houses are built from the mountains greyish-yellow rocks. This form of construction is typical of the whole Teno region, but it remained the most to the people of posterity in Masca. Until the end of the 19th century, the old trails of the Guanche shepherds were the only connection of Masca to the other parts of the Island. The paths snake on the hillside from village to village, until they reach Santiago del Teide.
The legendary pirate village in the Teno Mountain. Masca is a must in Tenerife. Although sometimes it’s hard to find a parking lot, it’s worth it to fight for your chance to see this “hidden” treasure of the pirates.
Hibisco in the village of Masca.
Teno Mountain viewed by the ocean. No doubt it’s a special place.
Frightening roads of the Masca Canyon. It’s getting even more tricky when two buses have a meeting in the corners. Sometimes it’s very busy, so it’s worth to try to visit in a less frequented period.
An old and a new lighthouse stand next to each other on the westernmost point of the island at Punta Teno. The road to this special place surrounded by exciting rocks through steep rock ramps is about 7 km long, this trip is already an adventure. The tunnels and tide curves road finally arrive at the flattering shore, which has no infrastructure almost at all, but it enchants us with its unique natural sights and the engaging view of the endless ocean. Provide clean weather in La Gomera and La Palma. Creative Canary Studios picked this point for one of the main destinations to capture special and unique moments.
Lighthouse at the Punta de Teno. This is the Northwestern point of Tenerife. In the background, you can see La Gomera and the wide ocean.
Boats at the Punta de Teno.
Kata is sitting in the walking path of the Punta de Teno. This is a very nice location to create beautiful romantic photographs.
Buenavista del Norte
The name is obligatory: Good view of the North. The westernmost area of the island awaits its visitors with a unique atmosphere and scarred beaches. In distance of 10 km to the west of Guarachico at the foot of the enormous Teno Mountain, a couple of smaller settlements are situated. Buenavista del Norte, Los Silos with its remarkable old town and San Bernardo. This part of the island is less of tourism but serves a lot of amazing unique spots of capturing great photos of friends, families, and couples. Creative Canary Studios – Foto-Tenerife.com take part in recording this special region.
At the feet of the Teno Mountain, there’s Buenavista del Norte. This place is not frequented touristic destination, although it has many interesting opportunities. Magnificent old towns, outdoor activities, and wild ocean sides.
High viewpoint to Guarachico and the northern coastline. In a distance, you can see Puerto de la Cruz, the home of the Loro Parque.
Cobblestone streets with old-fashioned houses, surrounding the cozy square, beside the old monasteries and temples. Right behind the town, the rock walls run almost 1000 meters up, almost vertically. The natural swimming pools of volcanoes on the lava stone beach invite to swim. The darkest spot in the history of this remarkable town is that in 1706 when the black volcano erupted and the huge lava flows made the city almost equal to the ground. The lava flowed into the Atlantic Ocean, then got cool in the cold water and created a new peninsula. That’s Isla Baja or the “low island”. Those residents who survived the disaster reconstructed and recreated their town. The destruction was enormous, miraculously, the church and some of the old town escaped the volcanic eruption and today resembles as a living museum.
The area’s attractions include the already mentioned El Caleton, which is a truly special experience of swimming in the calm water of the frozen lava pools. Castillo de San Miguel The fortress of St. Michael built-in 1575 defended the city from the attacks of pirates for centuries. Convento de San Francisco is the Franciscan monastery built-in 1524. Enter the romantic cloisters and admire the meticulous stone floor and the high wooden ceiling.
The viewpoint of the old town of Guarachico. It has a very rare history. A volcanic eruption destroyed almost the whole town. It’s a very beautiful and frequented touristic destination.
Ancient streets. I wish it could tell us a story.
Cathedrel in Guarachico.
This part of the island has a rich life. The air is more humid it gets the rains coming from the north. Comparing to the southern desert-like regions, this part is more like a jungle sometimes.
Icod de Los Vinos
It may seem excessive to go to a town only to watch a tree, but today many people do it. In Icod exists Drago Milenario, one of the most fascinating specimens of the legendary dragon trees. Its age is estimated six hundred years, making it one of the oldest dragon trees on Earth. The center of its trunk is 6 meters wide and 17 meters tall. Not just its age, but its size is also unique. Enclosed with a fence, it is located in the Parque del Drago, which has been expanded into a botanical garden in recent years. There is also a Guanch Trail that tells us about the island’s indigenous people. The historic center of the city, which began to be built in 1501, is also fascinating. Its agriculture is advanced. The streets of the old town are lined with elk in all directions.
The mythological Drago Millenario. Although they call itt the 1000 years old dragon tree, the first written memories about the Drago are at least 650 years old as a fact.
Inside the Drago Millenario bothanical garden in Icod de los Vinos. Old fashioned balcony made of wood.
Many secrets hiding from mass tourism in deeper layers of this cute town.
In the butterfly house of Icod de los Vinos
Amazing color and variety.
Playa de Las Teresitas
The beach that almost all tourists of Tenerife visit at least once in Playa de las Teresitas. It is an artificial seashore created in the 1970s. The originally black sand-covered beach, which is still typical at the northern and western parts of the Island, has been covered with layers of exported sand from the desert of the Sahara. Extended with breakwaters a relatively calm bay has been made for the tourists are looking for more common tropical style beaches. That makes this place one of the most frequented places for the tourists of summer. Ideal for families to enjoy the fun of the Atlantic Ocean. The length of the beach is about 1.3 kilometers and perfectly equipped with bars, restaurants, toilets, lifeguard stations and a center of the local police department.
The most famous beach of Tenerife from a viewpoint in the way of Igueste de San Andrés.
Massive transportation in the area.
Wider angle of the Playa de las Teresitas. San Andrés and the capital city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the background.
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Top 7 locations for landscape photography on Tenerife
Over the years, I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful island of Tenerife on multiple occasions. Apart from the usual beach activities, I spent a lot of my spare time exploring and photographing the island. And I got to say, it never disappointed. Today, I want to share some of the locations I enjoyed the most and that I consider the best for landscape photography in Tenerife.
Incidentally, most of these are well worth visiting even if you are not a photographer at all — for their sheer beauty and relaxing vibe. If you only have a few days on the island and want to explore it, this list is a great starting point.
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We start our tour of Tenerife with a small coastal village of Alcalá, in the western part of the island. I am sure that most of you probably never heard of it. And yet, in my personal list of photography locations on Tenerife, this little town scores pretty high.
Sunset action at Alcalá
What I love most about Alcalá is its beautiful seafront walkway. It is great not only for photography but also for calm ocean walks or having dinner while watching the sunset. And the best part — there aren’t many tourists around!
As for photography, the coastline in Alcalá is rugged and rocky, with lots of sweet compositions available. Be that calm mirror-like natural pools, raging waves, or spectacular sunset scenes, there is plenty of options to choose from.
Besides, the landscape here is never static. It shifts and changes with every tide. The features you see today are gone the next morning, never to be repeated. This makes it a perfect hunting ground for landscape photographers.
One of memorable Alcalá sunsets
I visited Alcalá on numerous occasions and always found something new and exciting to photograph. It is a location for repeated visits, especially as it’s only a 20 minutes drive from the popular areas of southern Tenerife.
All of this made Alcalá my default go-to destination whenever I had no better location in mind for the evening.
From Alcalá, let us head further north. There, just beyond the city of Los Gigantes, lies one of the most incredible places in Tenerife — the Masca Gorge. Whether you are a landscape photographer or just love nature, I can promise you that Masca Valley will take your breath away.
Over a kilometer deep, Masca valley is one of the deepest in Tenerife. And it is just gorgeous. For as long as the eye can see, there is stunning mountain scenery broken only by the occasional ribbon of the road zigzagging in between the cliffs far below.
Burning sunset over Masca mountains
According to the legend, Masca Valley was once home to smugglers and pirates. Sometimes I wonder if a hidden pirate treasure still rests buried in those mountains, waiting to be found…
To that end, for those more adventurous, there is a hiking trail through Masca Gorge. Starting at the village of Masca, it ends at a lovely secluded beach, only accessible by boat otherwise.
In 2018, after a series of accidents, the path was closed for safety reasons. But, as of spring-2021, the hike is open again, albeit with some restrictions.
I have done the Masca trail twice, and it is a phenomenal hike that deserves a separate conversation. For now, though, let’s get back to the valley. After all, you don’t actually need to walk anywhere to admire its beauty.
Soft afternoon light in the Masca Gorge
The village of Masca can easily be reached by car. The road, however, is an adventure in its own right. It is a narrow and twisting mountain road that some even consider one of the most dangerous in Spain.
Quite an overstatement, if you ask me. Still, be cautious out there, especially if you have little experience driving in the mountains.
A little further north from the Masca Gorge, Punta de Teno is the westernmost point of Tenerife. Relatively unknown to most tourists coming to the island, it is a place that any landscape photographer needs to visit.
Getting there is somewhat tricky – you will be driving the winding road along the edge of a cliff, with a sheer dropoff to the side. You might have seen it in an opening sequence of Fast and Furious 6. Though safer than it looks, for less experienced drivers it can still be quite intimidating.
Sunset Panorama of Punta de Teno
A few years back, part of the road collapsed into the ocean during the storm. Repairs lasted a long while, but it is now finally open again. Private vehicles are still not permitted between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You will need to use a taxi or a bus if that is when you want to go.
I would simply suggest coming to Punto de Teno on a weekday instead. Or for sunset, which, unsurprisingly, is the ideal choice for a photographer anyway.
Punta de Teno is best known for its lighthouse. There’s also a small beach quite popular with the locals on a sunny day. The water is unbelievably clean and transparent, and lots of people (myself included) love jumping into it from the small ship dock next to the beach.
As for landscape photography, the lighthouse is an easy and obvious subject during sunset. I would also highly recommend taking a short hike along the coast. There are plenty of little bays and rocks with endless options for a good composition.
Punta de Teno lighthouse and the stunner of a sunset
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to get close to the lighthouse as the road is blocked by a massive gate. Your best bet is to shoot from the rocks next to it. Hardly ideal, of course, as quite a bit of stone is still visible in the foreground.
The only other option is to go around the gate by climbing the rocks to the right. Many locals do this, so it is perfectly possible, although definitely not easy and likely illegal. Though I doubt anyone in Spain will care much about the latter.
That said, I have never attempted it, so if you go for it, you do so at your own risk. Personally, I think it is much easier to fly a drone if you have one.
Benijo beach is probably the most popular place for landscape photography in Tenerife, and for good reason. Located in the remote north-eastern part of the island, this dark sand beach is famous for its huge waves and magnificent rocks.
Sunset is the best time for photography on Benijo, especially in summer. The sun is setting into the ocean rather than behind the mountains, and the sand strip of the beach is generally wider. But even in winter, the place is absolutely fantastic and well worth a visit.
Incoming tide on Playa de Benijo
There are, however, a few things to keep in mind if you want to walk away with a great image.
Firstly, finding a good composition here is not always straightforward. Sounds strange, as Benijo offers just about anything a compelling photo might need. There are crushing waves, smooth sand, huge rocks, and dramatic skies. And yet, pulling it all together into a clean shot definitely requires an attentive eye and a good sense of image.
It’s also quite tricky technically. The light on Benijo can come and go in a matter of moments. Often, you have seconds to set up the shot or fiddle with the filters.
And then there is the ocean to watch out for. A rogue wave that catches you off-guard can knock over the tripod and severely damage your equipment. Trust me, you don’t want that to happen.
Golden hour at Benijo beach
Secondly, the weather in Benijo is completely unpredictable. It may be all clear skies in the south, but come to Benijo, and it is overcast, misty, or even rainy. Worse, conditions change constantly, and no forecast can accurately predict what’s going to happen.
On my first visit to Benijo, the weather was perfect as I left the south, with the forecast promising prime shooting conditions. I drove for an hour and a half to get to Benijo, only to be greeted by mist and grey skies with absolutely no sun.
I decided to stick around nonetheless, not expecting much. Then, just as the sun was about to set, an opening suddenly appeared in the sky, illuminating the beach with a magical golden light.
It only lasted for a few minutes, barely enough for me to set up and snap a couple of pictures. The bottom line is – going to Benijo is always a bit of a gamble. You need to be lucky, and there is a fair chance you might get skunked and need to come again.
Finally, check the tide schedule before heading to Benijo. The best time for landscape photography here is at low tide. More of the sand is revealed, which creates interesting reflections, sand patterns, and generally more compelling compositions.
Teide is the highest mountain not only in Tenerife but also in Spain, and undoubtedly one of the island’s main symbols. Interestingly, if measured from the ocean floor, it’s the highest volcano in the world outside of Hawaii.
The views from the summit are fabulous. Many hike Teide through the night to reach the top by sunrise and witness the famous shadow projection the volcano casts to the island in the morning.
A classical postcard view of Teide with God’s Finger rock in the foreground
An easier way to get up there is via the cable car. Unfortunately, it only runs between 9 am and 5 pm. By the time you arrive, the magic of the early hours will mostly be gone already.
Both the cable car tickets and the hiking permits (yes, you need one) are in high demand. If standing on top of the world is one of your priorities in Tenerife, I advise booking well in advance.
Luckily, the summit is not the only noteworthy location around. Teide national park is the most visited national park in Europe and easily accessible by car. Situated at an elevation of more than 2000 meters, it features a variety of unique and diverse landscapes.
The best time for landscape photography on Teide is probably late spring and summer. May is the blooming season for tajinaste, a unique Tenerife plant popular with photographers for its unusual shape and color. And sommer nights offer a perfect chance to photograph the Milky Way.
Atmospheric inversion at Mirador de Chipeque
But of course, Teide National Park is beautiful all year round. There are all sorts of incredible views around here, including the lunar landscape or the renowned God’s Finger rock.
My personal favorite, however, is the panoramic viewpoint called Mirador de Chipeque. Here, you can occasionally see an atmospheric inversion, with Tiede seemingly floating above the sea of clouds below.
To me, Tenerife is, first and foremost, a sunset photography destination. There are virtually endless locations here to capture the last light of the day in all its glory.
Still, there are a couple of options for those who prefer waking up early to shoot the sunrise. One, in particular, is La Tejita beach next to the coastal town of El Medano.
Sunrise behind the Red Mountain at La Tejita beach
There are both sand and rocks for you to experiment with here. And the silhouette of the Red Mountain (Montaña Roja) in the background perfectly completes the sunrise composition.
The beach is easy to access with parking close by. It may get busy in the afternoon, but in the early morning hours, you will pretty much have it all to yourself.
All of the locations above require a car to get to. But what if you’re just visiting Tenerife for a week-long beach vacation with family and haven’t rented a car?
No worries, you can still take great images. There are marvelous photo spots everywhere in Tenerife, including the main touristy areas.
In Los Christianos, I highly recommend a short 20-minute hike to the top of the nearby hill. At the summit, you will be treated to marvelous views of the southern coast, including the towns of Los Christianos, Las Americas, and Costa Adeje.
Los Christianos during blue hour
The city lights look especially splendid during the blue hour right after the sunset. Just make sure to take a tripod and a flashlight with you if you intend to stay until dark.
Las Americas beach (Playa de las Americas) is popular with surfers. So grab your long lens and head over there to practice some sports and action photography. It is also where I took the header image for this article.
And if you stay a bit further north, around Costa Adeje, I definitely recommend visiting the small village of La Caleta. It’s a great place to shoot the sunset or simply enjoy dinner in one of the many restaurants around, watching the sun go down.
A surfer at Las Americas beach
All in all, just make it a habit to take the camera whenever you go out in the evening. You never know what gorgeous scenery you might come across.
Now that we figured out where to take photos, let’s discuss the how side of the matter. After all, when doing landscape photography in Tenerife, there are some very important things to remember.
The principal rule of any seascape photography is to never stand with your back to the ocean. The sea may look calm and peaceful yet suddenly produce a violent wave just as you turned away.
Sunset at La Caleta
So be on the lookout whenever close to open water. Check the tide schedules in advance and be careful when stepping on wet rocks – they are often treacherously slippery. You don’t want to spoil your trip by falling and injuring yourself (or damaging your gear).
It is always a good idea to protect your camera and lenses from the ocean. I had an unexpected rogue wave sneak up on me in Los Christianos once. While I got off relatively unscathed (although walking around soaking wet is hardly pleasant), my camera caught some splashes and started behaving erratically soon after.
In the end, I had to send it off for repairs. Overall, saltwater is no friend to electronics, so don’t risk it. Something as unsophisticated as a plastic bag will go a long way towards avoiding unnecessary accidents.
A separate word of caution for those shooting with Sony cameras. Be absolutely sure to use the hot shoe cover! Any moisture hitting it could cause major problems – believe me, I know.
Other than that, just use common sense and always watch your surroundings. Although Tenerife is generally very safe, theft is sadly not uncommon. So don’t leave anything of value in the car and keep an eye on your belongings.
As the ultimate rule, don’t risk your life for a photo. It is never worth it.
If you decide to go to Tenerife, inevitably, the question arises – what is the best area to stay on the island? And while there are nuances, the discussion typically boils down to two major options – south versus north.
South of Tenerife (Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos) is where the best beaches, resorts, and entertainment are. The climate is warmer in this part of Tenerife, with hardly any rain. It is an obvious choice for the majority of tourists but is, therefore, more expensive.
North (Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz, La Orotava) is noticeably cooler. Overcast and rainy days are much more common, especially in winter. Mainly locals (and ex-pats) live here, which means lower prices and fewer crowds.
A rocky shore on the southern coast of Tenerife
The choice is yours. Personally, I have always preferred the south, even though the best landscape photography locations are arguably all in the north.
More specifically, Costa Adeje is a fantastic village to stay in. It is warm, cozy, close to first-class beaches, yet not as noisy as Los Cristianos. I enjoy the tropical, laid-back vibe I get there. And the main landscape photography locations are still mostly in the range of a comfortable drive.
Tenerife is a fabulous landscape photography destination. What I have covered in this article is merely scratching the surface of what this amazing island has to offer. Beyond every little side alley and every turn of a road, new beauty awaits.
So the best thing to do in Tenerife is to simply explore. Take your camera, and go on a hike or drive somewhere you have never been to before. The result will be worth your while and may genuinely surprise you.
One more burning sunset on Benijo Beach to wrap up the article
More importantly, though, enjoy your stay in Tenerife. Don’t get too caught up in chasing the best landscapes. Sometimes it is ok to put your camera down and just relax a bit, swim, and relish the sun.
I hope you found this article useful. If so, be sure to share it with your friends or whoever else might be interested.
I have a bunch of other articles about Tenerife and other lovely destinations that you might want to check out:
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- Three locations for wave photography on Tenerife
- Mallorca Best Photo Spots and How to Plan A Trip
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Tenerife (40 photos)
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Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean, near the Northwest African coast. Belongs to Spain.
Here are some of the most famous resorts in Europe – Costa Adeje, Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos.
The places visited by tourists in Tenerife are sunny beaches with yellow and black sand, the dormant Teise volcano – the highest mountain of the Canary Islands and all of Spain (3718 m above sea level), the Infierno nature reserve, the step pyramids of Guimar of unknown origin, cities with ancient history and rich culture.
The hallmark of the island is the annual carnival in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which lasts a whole week.
Vegetation in the Mask gorge
track to villa on the island of Tenerife
Gorka in the Siam Park in Tenerife
9000 House in the city of San Cristobal de la Laguna
House in the Canary Islands
Lizard on the island of Tenerife
City of La-orotava on the Canary Islands
Calcadera of the active volcano
Slavic on the beach Fanyab
El-Dyuk beach in the southwest of Tenerife
Blooming Plants on the island
Swimming pool near the ocean
Symbol of the island of Tenerife
Observation deck on the island of Tenerife
Calle Castilho on the island
Concert hall in the form of a billowing white wave
Fountains in the Garcia Sanabria Park
Killer in Loro Park
Observatory Teide on the island
View from the hotel for volcano
9,000 at sunset
Hotel in Tenerife
Palm trees in the Canary Islands
Tourist center on the north coast of the island
Hotel Iberostar Antelia
Beniho beach at sunset
View on the coast of Tenerife
View on the island
Green vegetation on the mountain slope
volcanoes Teide on the island of Tenerife
9000 island of Tenerife
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