The municipality of Los Realejos is another charming town located in the north of the island of Tenerife, which, like others, stands out for its attractive landscapes and great diversity in flora and fauna.
Some important data of Los Realejos
Los Realejos is located approximately 41 kilometres from the capital of Tenerife and very close to Puerto de la Cruz, with about 36,000 inhabitants who enjoy the quiet life and nature that can be seen in this area of the island. You should know that the inhabitants of Los Realejos are called Realejeros and, as in the whole island, they are characterized by the kindness of its people.
What to see in Los Realejos
Architectural, historical and artistic heritage
Los Realejos has an important historical and artistic heritage, where religious architectures such as the Churches of Santiago Apóstol and Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, both built between the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century, are particularly important. Likewise, a large number of chapels are distributed throughout the municipality, especially in the lower area, such as the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, the Chapel of San Vicente Mártir, or the Chapel of San Pedro Apóstol, among many others.
In addition, in the municipality of Los Realejos you can also visit historical centres located in the lower and upper area of the municipality that have been declared Assets of Cultural Interest in the years 2005 and 2014.
Viewpoints of Los Realejos, a treat for the eyes
To see the architectural and natural beauty of Los Realejos, there are some viewpoints you can visit from which you can enjoy an excellent panoramic view of the municipality.
- The Viewpoint of San Pedro, where you will mainly see two colours: the green of the palms and banana trees and the blue of the sea.
- The Viewpoint of La Grimona. This time the brown of the cliffs and beaches you can see from here will merge with the blue of the sea. From here you can see the beach of La Grimona and the coast of El Socorro.
- The Viewpoint of El Lance, from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Orotava Valley.
- The Viewpoint of la Corona, located at a considerable altitude of 750 metres, will allow you to see La Orotava Valley.
- Plaza de la Unión, where you can also find the Municipal Tourist Office of Los Realejos. We encourage you to visit this place, from where you can see the second oldest dragon tree in Tenerife and the ravine Barranco de Godínez, where one of the final battles to conquest the island took place.
Dragon tree family of Los Realejos
Not only the second oldest dragon tree of Tenerife is located in Los Realejos, but also an even greater variety of different longevity and the famous twin dragon trees located in the vicinity of the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción. These two specimens have a great similarity, hence their name. They are two 150 year-old dragon trees that welcome visitors to this emblematic Church of Los Realejos that we recommend you to visit.
For lovers of a good swim in natural beaches
The municipality of Los Realejos also has numerous beaches sheltered by cliffs and watchmen due to a sometimes rough sea. It is necessary to take some precautions when taking a swim.
The most famous beach in the municipality of Los Realejos is El Socorro Beach, an area frequented by lovers of surfing and bodyboarding, since it is a perfect place to play this sport. Particularly in the summer, sometimes championships are celebrated here. In addition, this beach has a European Blue Flag since 1999.
But Los Realejos has some hidden beaches whose access is a bit more difficult and for which you will have to walk on trails until your arrival. However, you will see spectacular black sand beaches perfect to get lost in the middle of nature. La Grimona Beach is sometimes only visible when the tide is low, but there are also other beaches such as Los Roques Beach, La Fajana Beach or Castro Beach.
The most important festivities of Los Realejos
Los Realejos has some of the most renowned festivities of the island, such as the those of May, where pilgrimages and tributes to Canarian folklore are held. After the pilgrimage of Tegueste, the pilgrimage of Los Realejos is one of the most important and there are many people coming to this place from all parts of the island. They enjoy typical costumes and gastronomy of the islands, while they see floats and carts distributing typical products among all the attendees. A perfect date to know the Canarian traditions and culture in its maximum splendour.
However, carnivals are also held in this town. Although they are not as important as those in the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, they also have a varied number of murgas, parades and shows that make the festivities of this municipality a special and outstanding date for all Realejeros.
Get to know Los Realejos for yourself
Now is the time for us to stop telling you about the most important things in Los Realejos, so that you can live your own experience in this famous and beautiful municipality in the north of Tenerife, adjacent to La Orotava and Puerto de la Cruz. We hope you like it and if you have already enjoyed a walk through its streets, tell us your experience and share it with all the readers of the blog.