A view for the ages
This viewing point is very out of the way and other than the drive through a very long dark tunnel and the the road strewn with rocks at the bottom of a massive cliff face. To say this is eic is an understament. When you eventually get to the end of the road you will be greated with a new parking area and viwing point paths wrapping around the lava rock. The views from here back to los gigantes are simply without compare, it honestly feels like time travel and we highly recommend putting this on your tenerife itinary.
Can you still drive to the Punta de Teno Lighthouse?
From the North: If you’re coming from the north of Tenerife, such as from Puerto de la Cruz, you can take the TF-5 motorway and then switch to the TF-42 road, which will take you through the towns of Icod de los Vinos, Garachico, and Buenavista del Norte. From Buenavista del Norte, follow the signs to Punta de Teno.
From the South: If you’re coming from the south, like from Playa de Las Americas or Los Cristianos, take the TF-1 motorway northwards. Then, switch to the TF-82, passing through towns like Adeje and Santiago del Teide. From Santiago del Teide, you can connect to the TF-42 and then follow the directions to Punta de Teno.
Important Notes for Drivers:
- Restricted Access: Due to conservation reasons and to avoid congestion, access by car to Punta de Teno is restricted on weekends and holidays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. During these times, you’ll need to use the shuttle bus service.
- Road Conditions: The road to Punta de Teno is narrow and winding, with some sharp bends. It’s recommended to drive cautiously and be prepared for potential rockfalls.
By Shuttle Bus:
- From Buenavista del Norte: When car access is restricted, there’s a shuttle bus service that runs from Buenavista del Norte to Punta de Teno. It’s an affordable and eco-friendly way to reach the destination, and you can enjoy the scenic views without the stress of driving.
- Check the Weather: The area can be windy, and sea conditions can be rough. It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before heading out.
- Facilities: There are limited facilities at Punta de Teno, so it’s advisable to bring essentials like water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat.
- Conservation: Punta de Teno is a protected natural area. Please respect the environment, avoid littering, and stay on designated paths.
- Try and go at sun rise or sun set
- Be careful on the road, even google hasn’t been down the road yet!
- There are no amenities at the mirador
- Have an explore around the various viewing points