Las Mercedes – Our Home for Three Months

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Las Mercedes – Our Home for Three Months

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Jürgen and I are definitive city guys. We met in Boston and lived for years in Berlin, before moving to Valencia. We ride bikes, use public transport, and don’t even own a car. But for whatever reason, we wanted our stay in Tenerife to be more rural, so chose a house in a small village. Las Mercedes: are you ready to entertain us?

The Rolling Hills Of Las Mercedes

If this village of 1000 souls is known for anything in Tenerife, it’s as the doorway to the Anaga Natural Reserve — the gorgeous mountain range which dominates the northeastern tip of the island. Las Mercedes is the last stop before the truly tough and wild terrain begins, and is in fact so close that we can easily walk into the park from our house. The town is also known for its guachinches, which are small restaurants that serve up affordable Canarian cuisine.

Another great thing about Las Mercedes is its geographical location, midway through the valley which begins in Anaga and ends at La Laguna. From this slightly elevated position, we can step outside our house door for an incredible view — verdant valley in the foreground, the former capital splayed out in the near distance, and a backdrop of large hills, ruled over by the perfectly cone-shaped Teide, behind which the sun sets every night.

Alien Plant?

There are no sights, as such, in our village, but with the historic capital of La Laguna just five minutes down the road, not to mention the current capital (Santa Cruz) only a bit further than that, there’s no need for Las Mercedes to fulfill us culturally. We just want this town to be quiet, beautiful, and comfortable. So far, it’s fitting the bill.

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Sounds like a great base for exploring the iconic Anaga landscape. I might base myself there too the next time I am on Tenerife :) The photos look amazing.

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THANK YOU!!! Yes, we can only highly recommend this area. Anaga is our favorite. We're going on Sunday again for Saltor de Pastor and cheese making!!!

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Oh my, new location! Stunning! I hope you enjoy it as much as every other location you go to for 91 days.

How is the wifi around there?

Hey there - funny thing is ... we're moving out this Saturday but it has taken us so long to finally start posting about Tenerife :) But we loved our time there and internet and mobile data is spotless!!!

I have to be honest about this place. I feel that this is much more peaceful than living in the urban area. If I were to buy my own house, I would choose to be away from the city life. I like to live in areas like this, and it's so freakin' peaceful. It's great that you choose to live there for a few months. I mean wow, just wow! You guys are doing great! Fantastic photos! Cheers!

It's a great spot, one thing I don't understand is why so many people choose to place their house next to a street.

Same thinking like me as well. If I could afford to buy a house, I would choose to be away from the city life and see the beautiful nature. I’ve got to be honest with you. There was a time that I want to live in an urban area independently. Last year, I did that when I was given an opportunity to work in Makati that needs me to be away from my family. Been working mostly for months and some travel opportunities in between. The longer I stayed in Makati, the more I realized that living in urban life is quite boring to me. Now that I’m back in my hometown, I just don’t feel like going back to work in Makati anymore, because all I see mostly is full of buildings and less trees. And most especially, I really hate their super-duper traffic! One of the worst ever!