Travel Agent's Viewan ideal holiday destination for those who enjoy walking and hiking and anyone wanting a quiet holiday in a picturesque setting
Situated to the south of the island, high on the slopes of Mount Teide, Vilaflor is an ideal holiday destination for those who enjoy walking and hiking and anyone wanting a quiet holiday in a picturesque setting.
Within the protected nature reserve, which is 1400m above sea level, Paisaje Lunar and the mineral springs of Fuente Alta can be found. The 17th Century Church of San Pedro is found in the main square. The village is a good place to buy arts and crafts.
There are a several restaurants within the village which offer superb local and international cuisines. The busy tourist resorts such as Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas are approx a 45 minute drive away and offer a wide variety of dining and entertainment options.
Vilaflor is located approx 25 km from Tenerife south airport.
Insider's Viewby Andrea Montgomery
Vilaflor feels more Alpine than sub-tropical with its pine forests and fir trees
If you're a lover of natural beauty, you'll fall head over heels with Vilaflor
I get an overwhelming urge to belt out 'The hills are alive... with the sound of music' every time I set foot in Vilaflor. No, it's not a nun obsession, it's the fact that Vilaflor feels more Alpine than sub-tropical with its pine forests and fir trees.
It's Spain's highest village and when the clouds descend and waft through its flower lined streets chilling me to the bone, I'm reminded of that fact. If you're staying here during the winter months, you'll need to pack a fleece.
Vilaflor's location is such that, when it's above the clouds it's picture-postcard pretty, warm and sunny but when it's in them it's distinctly chilly and looks like one of those horror movie towns where a zombie could lunge out of the mist at any moment. If the cloud rolls in, I head to one of the town's excellent restaurants, preferably one with an open fire like Rincon del Roberto, and order some hearty local food such as puchero, a traditional stew which includes everything but the kitchen sink. With a bottle of the local wine uncorked too, I could hope the cloud stays for ever.
If you're a lover of natural beauty, you'll fall head over heels with Vilaflor. I love picnic-ing at the forest site just outside town and showing friends the pino gordo pine tree which is the fattest on Tenerife. The night skies here are unbelievably clear with loads of shooting stars and it's a perfect base for some high altitude walking and for exploring the Teide National Park.
And the must-sees? The surreal landscape at Paisajes Lunar is one of the strangest on Tenerife and well worth seeing. But it's a three hour trek to get to it unless you've got a 4x4, or the bottle to test the hire-car's suspension on the dirt road which runs to within a more leg-friendly 45 minutes of the rock formations.
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