Buenavista del Norte is a small village with about 5000 inhabitants and is located 38 kilometers from Puerto de la Cruz. If you stay in our Apartments Ambassador you can reach it in 46 minutes by car or by bus with the line 363.
History of Buenavista del Norte
Before the arrival of the settlers to the Canary Islands and specifically Buenavista del Norte, the town belonged to one of the nine territorial demarcations in which the Guanches divided the island. The area in which Buenavista del Norte is located currently, belonged to the Menceyato de Daute.
It was in 1496 when the Guanches were finally forced to surrender the territory to the conquerors in the final act of submission called Peace of Realejos.
Later in 1513, Buenavista del Norte finally celebrated his own Founding Act.
Curiosities in Buenavista del Norte
The name of Buenavista del Norte was given by the conquistadors, since at arrival they were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful sights from the area. And its name is without a doubt a promise on what you will find here.
Places to see in Buenavista del Norte
Church: Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios
This church building started back in 1513 after the conquest of the Castilian settlers, but it was not until a century later that it was completed, since over time it underwent numerous expansions, like the side chapels, oratories, baptistery, choir and the bell tower. The current tower was not built before the year 1951. In 1996 a fire caused the loss of most of the artistic and historical heritage that was stored here, but it was later restored and is now open to the public. This church is one of the key points of the old town of Buenavista del Norte which was declared of cultural interest a decade ago.
Convento de San Francisco
This was the sixteenth convent of the Franciscan Order of the Canary Islands which was converted later in the mid-nineteenth century into a cemetery.
A reminder of the economic importance of the past in Buenavista del Norte are the manor estates that are found in the city, such as the Hacienda de la Fuente and the Hacienda de San Juan de Taco, formed by stone stairs, luxury windows and crenellated towers.
Chapels outside the main town
This applies to the chapel of San Sebastián and Hacienda de la Fuente which are located in direction to Punta de Teno.
Traditional canarian architecture
It is also worth mentioning that much of the charm of Buenavista del Norte Canary comes from his typical buildings which are to be found wherever you go. Especially those on roads and trails near farmland: they are usually made of stone, with tiles made from clay and wood. Some of them are uninhabited since currently the population of Buenavista del Norte is in decline.
Village of Masca (Cultural Interest)
This area declared of cultural interest are a group of houses that are situated on the ledge of some of the most dizzying ravines of the island and from where you can have a spectacular view that deserves to be enjoyed. This area of the island is so far away that until recently there was no electricity. The village of Masca, despite its location so far away, features a craft center and a museum. Formerly it was a privileged place as a hideout for pirates who came to the island and did not want to be discovered. A magical place indeed.
Celebrations of Buenavista del Norte
Dance: “Baile de las libreas”
This is an ancient dance which is still considering the fire as a symbol of purification with mystical properties to scare off demons. However, unlike many similar traditions, this time the dances are not performed in honor of any religious image, rather as a memento to the culture of the Guanches and canarian natives prior to the arrival of the Castilians.
Dance: “Baile de piñata” in Teno
It consists of a set of couples placed in a circle who dance the “la isa corrida” a typical Canarian dance. The purpose of the dance is that the women are pulling a tape until one of them gets to open the piñata. The dance of the piñata in Teno is one of the most anticipated events of Carnival.
Celebration of Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios
It is celebrated on October 25 with festivities for all ages and sporting events in honor of this religious image.
Celebration in honor of San Antonio Abad
A celebration that takes place on the last Sundays of January, celebrating the cattle fair, a procession and the dance of the pilgrims.
Do not miss out on Buenavista del Norte
A magical place definitely worth visiting. Buenavista del Norte transports you to other periods of the time, filled with stories, battles and hidden places. And with a landscape that despite the passage of time is still maintained intact to delight anyone wishing to visit it. As you have seen there are many things to do in Buenavista del Norte and would be a shame if you leave the island without having enjoyed it.