After our first year of living on Tenerife we realised that this island of ‘perpetual spring’ actually changed character from month to month. November on Tenerife was nothing like July on Tenerife. Scenery, fiestas, weather, the people who visited – all different in one way or another.
Similarly, after dark in Tenerife’s towns and cities is a very different scene than during daylight hours. Even the island’s cities feel small and intimate thanks to lighting that is a) extremely dim and b) turns everything gold. It’s always interesting to explore places at night to get a fully rounded feel for a location.
Here are ten snapshots of some Tenerife locations after the sun has headed to bed.
Candelaria After Dark
The statues of the Guanche Menceys that add a noble air to Plaza de la Patrona in Candelaria become even more enigmatic after dark. Silhouetted by the setting sun, they can appear unnervingly lifelike.
Garachico After Dark
Bustling with day trippers during the hours of daylight, the sun going down brings about a radical transformation in Garachico.
La Laguna After Dark
The historic La Laguna streets lend themselves particularly well to the Victorian looking lighting. You could almost imagine a gent wearing a top hat and a black cape with scarlet lining striding down that street. Some swirling atmospheric fog would complete the picture perfectly.
La Orotava After Dark
Tenerife’s classiest town loses none of its gloss when darkness falls, if anything it is even more magical.
Los Abrigos After Dark
For me the little fishing village in the south of Tenerife is at its prettiest just after the sun drops below the horizon thanks to a beautiful partnership of golden lighting and the deep blue of the ocean.
Los Gigantes After Dark
Impressive by day, the Los Gigantes cliffs take on a mean and moody look as darkness falls.
Mount Teide After Dark
El Teide has a wow factor whatever the time of day… or night.
Playa de las Américas After Dark
Unlike Tenerife’s traditional towns where lighting is low key, glitzy Las Américas brings a touch of Las Vegas to Tenerife after dark.
Puerto de la Cruz After Dark
The streets of the Ranilla district; a difficult place to stroll after dark without being tempted to pop into one of the restaurants for some tapas.
Santa Cruz After Dark
The bus station might seem like an odd choice for an after dark shot. But whether we travel by car or public transport, every nocturnal trip into Santa Cruz goes through this place. I like the life of the place – except when travelling back from Tenerife Sur airport at some ungodly hour of the morning.
Jack is co-editor, writer and photographer for BuzzTrips and the Real Tenerife series of travel websites as well as a contributor to online travel sites and travel magazines. Follow Jack on Google+
Love these photos. Have seen some of them in reality but love La Laguna and Garachico. May have to give one of them a go next September when I shall be back in Tenerife. IN the meantime have shared on facebook.
Thanks Susan, sorry for bit of a slow reply (we’ve been in Lisbon). We never tire of visiting La Laguna or Garachico; always so much to see and great for photographing.