Buentavista del Norte in the north of Tenerife is not a resort at all, but as it has the luxury 5 star Vincci Selección Buenavista Golf & Spa Hotel, and is being promoted as a holiday destination, we have included it in our resort section.
Buenavista is a village in north Tenerife, and has made no concessions to tourism at all. The village has a small pleasant plaza where there is a tapas bar, a bar cafeteria and a bandstand with bar café underneath. The older local men gather in the plaza to put the world to rights in the 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 Andulacia, where the first settlers came from. There are only a couple of restaurants, and you will find they are not open every day as you would expect in the main resorts. In fact the ones we saw were shut Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The options for dinning are limited in Buenavista, but if you have a car, you can drive to the close by towns for more dining options.
There is an excellent restaurant, El Burgado, on the seafront just down the lane from the Hotel Buenavista, built on the shorelines rugged rocks, and is an excellent 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
The small beach, Playa de las Arenas, is a very pleasant black volcanic sand beach and gets very busy at the weekends during the summer. The weather is too cold generally to use the beach during the winter and the sea can also get very rough this time of year, so 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 very small coves with rock pools and small black sand beaches along the costal foot path to discover, bewarned 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 particularly good for golfers with an 18 hole, 72 par golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros and opened in 2003, with well-kept greens and a luxury hotel. The hotel itself is a very nice and well-kept 5 star and stands right on the Buenavista Golf course uphill from the seashore.
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 back drop of the Teno Massif Mountains, and the rugged coast line where waves crash in to the lava formed rocks. There is a wonderful coastal foot path that runs from the town, down past the golf course and on past Punta del Roque Negro.
The area is also home to the Punta del Teno, a wild and wind swept place at the foot of the Teno Mountains, and one of the places that you really must visit while on Tenerife, being 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, and as such the weather can be unpredictable at times. In the winter months the sky can be overcast, and with a stiff breeze coming of 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 really beautiful 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 on this part of the island.
Night life 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 may well enjoy it here. It is also a good place to explore the Teno massif mountains. If you don't fancy a long stay here, is it worth considering a two or three night stay to have a look around. The area is very beautiful and we like it a lot.
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