Tegueste is fairly small, and the most important sights can be visited in a single day, making it a great day excursion destination. The Tourist Information Office is the best place to start a visit.
Tegueste has been inhabited since the Guanche era, with archaeological remains of found in the Agua de Dios ravine, more specifically at Los Cabezazos. The town resisted Spanish invasion, but was eventually conquered in 1496, and the land divided among Spanish settlers. The city is constructed around the earliest cultural heritage of this period, known as the Tegueste el Viejo, around the Plaza de La Arañita.
From 1813 onwards, Tegueste has been an independent municipality. It has a steadily growing population which quadrupled in the 20th century to a total of 11,000 inhabitants. Its economy is traditionally agricultural, with a focus on vegetables and vineyards, and some livestock.
Tegueste is one of the highest municipalities on Tenerife, at 545 m above sea level. Its territory is completely surrounded by historical city San Cristóbal de La Laguna, being the only municipality with this feature on the island. It is one of only 3 landlocked municipalities on Tenerife, the others being El Tanque and Vilaflor.
The eastern side of Tegueste is very mountainous, with foothills of the northwest end of the Anaga massif. The central and western area is relatively flat and harbours the majority of the population in the valleys of the Tegueste and El Socorro. The highest point is 950 m above sea level.
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Tegueste enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm temperatures throughout the year and relatively low variations between seasons, providing a constant climate favourable for agriculture and vineyards. Nearly all rain falls in winter, whereas summers are slightly warmer but very dry. Despite its relatively high altitude, temperatures never drop below zero.
The 1 Tenerife North Airport (TFN IATA) is just south of Tegueste, and the historic centre of Tegueste is only 6 km away by foot from the airport terminal. The airport serves mostly continental connections with the Spanish mainland. Iberia and Air Europa have daily services from Madrid, Air Europa and Vueling also offer connections from Barcelona, Malaga, Valencia, and Seville. In addition, a fleet of turboprop aircraft is operated by Binter Canarias to connect the different islands by air.
There are 4 bus lines connecting Tegueste with surrounding points of interest:
- Bus San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Bajamar, and Punta del Hidalgo connects Tegueste with
- Buses and connect Tegueste with San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tejina, and Tacoronte
- Bus connects Tegueste with San Cristóbal de La Laguna with the Las Toscas and El Socorro districts
The easiest way to get around is by foot, the historic centre and side streets are pedestrianized and easily walkable.
- 1 Agua de Dios Archaeological Site (Barranco de agua de Dios). Archaeological remains of the Guanche culture, with historically important caves in the Agua de Dios ravine.
- 1 Restaurante Bodegon Casa Tomas, Antigua Carretera El Portezuelo 53, ☏ . M-Sa 12:00-23:30, Su 12:00-17:30. Road side restaurant far away from massive tourist crowds, specializing in Canarian food. Their typical dish is spare ribs with potatoes and sweetcorn, and white bean stew, all in very generous portions.
- 2 Tasca Fernando, Carretera General a Punta Hidalgo 194, ☏ .
- 3 Guachinche El Puchero, Calle Pobres 17, ☏ . Steak house and traditional Canarian food.
- 4 Tasca la Enredadera, Carretera General 273, ☏ . Not very spectacularly looking from the outside, but the food is authentic with a focus on Spanish cuisine.
- 5 La Bodeguita Del Colgadizo, Calle Jose el Rubiante 5, ☏ . Upscale restaurant in the centre of Tegueste, offering variety of foods with a kitchen open all day. Relatively expensive compared to nearby restaurants, but seating outdoor available.
For those looking for work in Tegueste, the Employment Office is the best starting point.