Taganana is one of the oldest settlements on the island of Tenerife.
Taganana is one of the oldest settlements on the island of Tenerife. And being quite difficult to reach it became a favourite haunt of nature lovers and walkers alike. The town is located within the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and is connected by road to Las Mercedes and the village of San Andres. The tiny and picturesque town of Taganana, is located some 13km north of Santa Cruz and once the local centre of sugar cane production, later turning to wine production.
The town is impressive in as much as it is sprawled over several ridges and steep hillsides, for many years it was cut off to the rest of the island and was only connected to the road network in 1968.
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Luckily though for the visiting tourists these days it can be reached by regular buses out of Santa Cruz, maybe not for the squeamish at they have to manoeuvre along a steep and narrow twisting road to reach the town.
Taganana is worth walking around to enjoy its narrow streets taking in the simple old Canarian houses, from here travellers like to carry on along the coast to the villages of Almaciga and Benijo, fro m there you can reach the Playa del San Roque and Playa de Benijo beaches, both of which are popular with local surfers and have a few little bars and restaurants.
For holiday makers visiting Tenerife wishing to explore first hand a sleepy Spanish island village then Taganana is the place for you , with its winding roads and stunning location high above the Atlantic ocean you will not be disappointed in planning a day trip to this sleepy corner of the Canary Islands.