Guimar, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Located on the east coast of Tenerife, Guimar is a traditional Canarian town. It is set midway between the Teide National Park to it's west and the picturesque coastal resort of Pertito de Guimar to the east.
Guimar is one of the oldest towns on Tenerife, surrounded by Guanche caves and archaeological sites, fertile plantations and views to the Izana Mountains. Santa Cruz the islands capital is 25km and the nearest beach is just 5km.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Guimar Reviews
The beach at Puertito de Guimar is backed by a simple palm-lined promenade with shaded benches. There is a breakwater sheltering the waters from the beach by the town all the way up to the small marina.
Things to Do
Visit the Pyramids of Guimar. The Ethnographic Park is located approx 10 minutes walk from the town and comprises 6 pyramids built from lava rock, a small museum, a Poison Garden, a children's play area and a cafe with panoramic views to the pyramids.
Stroll through the Malpais nature reserve, the badlands of Guimar, which are just north of Puertito de Guimar and 5km from the inland town of Guimar. Following the paths through the cacti and lava beds, you will spot all sorts of butterflies and lizards and, once on the coastal path, you can watch a variety of wading birds on the rocks.
Explore the Teide National Park, whether on foot or guided sightseeing tour, the park is well worth a visit. It's centre point, Mount Teide, is the highest mountain in Spain and it's eruptions are responsible for much of the island's history and lava landscapes.
Out and About
The old quarter of Guimar is well preserved and you can stroll amid traditional Canarian houses, sit in the pretty town squares and browse the historic churches. Here you can enjoy typical Canarian cuisine in the local restaurants. For fresh fish restaurants, pop down to the coast to Puertito de Guimar.
The historic city of Candelaria (9km) is just 10 minutes drive north and home to the Basilica of The Virgin of Candelaria. The Basilica sits on a square fronting the beach and is watched over by 9 bronze statues of ancient kings. From the square you can stroll through the narrow shopping street to the promenade, where you can park up on a bench overlooking the boats in the harbour.
Head into the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife which is just 25km away (approx 20 minutes drive). Here you can shop at the African Market or the Cortes Ingles department store and see the cruise ships in the harbour. Relax in the Parque Garcia Sanabria and stroll along the tree-lined promenade which is lined with shops and cafes.
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