Enjoy the island's considerable natural beauty from both mountaintop and coastal perspectives, and visit a rum distillery where you can taste its uniquely flavored spirits.
Setting off from the pier, you'll drive north, following a coastal route that leads toward a scenic lookout wedged between two deep-cut gorges. After taking in the stunning views, you'll wind through the mountains to Los Tilos, a UNESCO biosphere covered by the largest, most pristine laurel forest in the Canary Islands. You may also see indigenous plants such as the orange-blossomed Canarian Bellflower and Strawberry Tree, whose edible fruits resemble bright strawberries.
Re-boarding your coach, you will next descend toward the coast, passing several sprawling banana plantations along the way. Bananas flourish on the island and fuel much of the economy, as does sugar cane, which is used in the production of rum. At a nearby rum distillery, you'll see how the popular spirit is produced. You'll also have the opportunity to sample the rum, which has a distinct taste from the sugar cane, a variety that was introduced to the Canary Islands from India in the 15th century. The sugar cane is also used to produce brandy and liqueurs flavored with bananas, mulberries and loquat.
One of the island's most impressive natural wonders awaits you at Charco Azul, a cluster of clear swimming pools formed long ago by a lava flow that reached the sea. Here, you'll have time to walk along the coast or simply relax and take in the gorgeous scenery before it's time to rejoin your coach for the drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing and there is some uneven ground and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The walking at Los Tilos can border on strenuous. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.