Realejo Alto and Realejo Bajo form the town of Los Realejos. Today it almost adjoins the western part of Puerto de la Cruz and was built on the slopes of the mountain called Teide. The “Iglesia de Santiago" in Realejos is one of the oldest churches of the island. There is no real town centre but there are, nevertheless, several buildings well worth seeing.
Los Realejos is one of the most privileged urban districts of the island, regarding its wealth, but there only used to be wealth for half of the town. Today, the town is no longer divided into poor and rich, and this is celebrated with fireworks every year on 3rd May.
Afterwards, the parade moves through the streets to the church, accompanied by fireworks.
The fireworks on 3rd May resulted from an old tradition – “the poor and rich part of the town”. The celebrations with fireworks take place in commemoration of the town which used to be divided into poor and rich. The streets “La Calle del Medio” and “La Calle del Sol” compete with each other by trying to present the more beautiful and more spectacular fireworks.
Here in Los Realejos, the visitors can enjoy wonderful hiking paths along the sea or in the mountains, and they can have fun and go bathing on the sandy beach or on secluded bathing bays nearby. The well-known swimming complex “Maretim” is also nearby. On the island there are many restored manor houses and monasteries with parks and romantic inner courtyards, which are unique. Here you can find a special flair. The Monasterio is worth a visit with its huge park, here they serve traditional Canary, Spanish and international cuisine.
• Activities in the area of Los Realejos:
- Hikes to the view point of Mirador de la Corona or into the Orotava valley
- Mountainbike tours
- Jumping-off point for paragliding
- Sandy beach El Socorro
- Surfspots at the beach
- Diving schools/diving lessons
- Stud farm - rides and riding lessons
- Church Santiago Apóstol
- Church La Concepción