Buenavista del Norte in the north of Tenerife is not a resort at all. Still, as it has the luxury 5-star Hacienda del Conde Hotel, and is being promoted as a holiday destination.
Buenavista is a small town in north Tenerife making no concessions to tourism at all. The town centre has a pleasant plaza with a tapas bar, bar-cafeteria and a bandstand with bar café. Local men gather in the plaza to put the world to rights in traditional Spanish fashion. The plaza is also home to the most important historical buildings in Buenavista, including the 16th-century church, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Los Remedio.
The town is very typical of the Tenerife style and clearly has its roots in Andalucia, where the first settlers came from. There are only a couple of restaurants in the town, and you will find they are not open every day. In fact, the ones we saw were shut Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The options for dining are limited in Buenavista, but if you have a car, you can drive to nearby towns for more dining options.
The excellent restaurant El Burgado, on the seafront just down the lane from the luxury 5-star Hacienda del Conde Hotel, is built on the shorelines rugged rocks. It is a perfect location to have lunch, dinner, or simply have a drink watching the huge waves crashing on to the rocks just yards away. This restaurant closes at 9pm though, so no late-night dining.Places to Stay in Buenavista
Where is Buenavista?
Buenavista is located on the northwestern coast of Tenerife at the foot of the Teno Massif Mountains. You can see the location of Buenavista on Tenerife on the map.
The small beach, Playa de las Arenas, is a lovely black volcanic sand beach which gets very busy at the weekends during the summer. The weather is too cold generally to use the beach during the winter. The sea can also get very rough this time of year, so it is not suitable for bathing at times. In the summer months though, the beach can get very busy as the locals like to bathe here.
There also some tiny coves with rock pools and small black sand beaches along the coastal footpath to discover. Be warned though, access to these is via rugged terrain and steps.
The only facility at the beach is a kiosk selling ice-cream, drinks and snacks. There are no toilet or restaurant facilities at this beach.
The area is perfect for golfers with an 18 hole, 72 par golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros opened in 2003, with well-kept greens and a luxury Hotel. The hotel itself is a lovely and well-kept 5 star and stands right on the Buenavista Golf course uphill from the ocean.
The municipality of Buenavista includes most of the Teno Rural Park which has been declared a protected area. The scenery is here is very dramatic, green and beautiful, with the backdrop of the Teno Massif Mountains, and the rugged coastline where waves crash into the lava formed rocks. There is a lovely coastal footpath that runs from the town, down past the golf course and on past Punta del Roque Negro.
The area is home to the Punta del Teno, a wild and windswept place at the foot of the Teno Mountains, and one of the places that you really must visit while on Tenerife. It is one of the most beautiful parts of the Canary Islands.
The historic towns of Garachico and Los Silos are a short drive away.
Also, you should be aware that Buenavista is in the north of Tenerife. As such, the weather can be unpredictable at times. In the winter months, the sky can be overcast, and with a stiff breeze coming off the Atlantic, it can be positively cold in the evenings with a chance of rain. So if you are particularly looking for some winter sun, our advice is to look elsewhere and head somewhere on the south of the island.
Having said that, this part of Tenerife is stunning, and we really love it. The best time to visit Buenavista for the best weather is in September when the warm summer sun is most evident in this part of the island.
Nightlife in Buenavista is non-existent save for the few bars used by the locals in the town.
If your idea of a break is doing very little in a non-tourist area, you will enjoy it here. It is also an excellent place to explore the Teno massif mountains. If you don't fancy an extended stay here, it worth considering a two or three-night visit to have a look around. The area is lovely, and we like it a lot.
Places to Stay in Buenavista