Set high above the glittering coast of southern Tenerife, Vilaflor (Spanish for “Village of Flowers”) is a stunning former spa town which has the accolade of being Tenerife’s highest village.
The alpine qualities of the town, the dense pine forests, pure air, and crystal clear springs for example, offer a breathtaking example of the diversity of Tenerife’s landscape.
The dramatic mountain setting offers a wonderful contrast to the beach resorts for those looking to experience all that the island has to offer. En route to Teide National Park, Vilaflor has some pretty impressive high peaks of its own in the form of Las Lajas at 2165m, Quajara 2715m, and Los Retamares 2534m.
This landscape means that the town is ideal for enthusiasts of energetic, outdoor pursuits. The fantastic scenery, clear air, and superb views make it a fantastic spot for hiking and mountain biking while there are also rock climbing and paragliding opportunities for those who like their sport a bit more extreme.
If you prefer to keep your feet well and truly on the ground however, Vilaflor still has plenty to offer its visitors. Take a tranquil wander around the village which consists of charming old brick houses and wonderful little artisan craft shops. Vilaflor is home to some of the island’s best known craftsman and a visit to the Center de Artesania will give you an opportunity to see some popular local crafts, including embroidery, ceramics, and pottery being made.
The area is also well-known for its production of wine and cheese. Take time to soak up the timeless atmosphere in the seventeenth-century Iglesia de San Pedro church which dominates the main plaza and houses some interesting jewels and religious figures.
Whatever you choose to do here, this delightful town, less than hours drive from Los Cristianos, is well worth a visit for those looking to explore Tenerife’s hidden gems.
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