You should not leave the Island without knowing the charming places you can visit in the north of Tenerife.
Each town in Tenerife hast its charms and its peculiarities, they are a perfect example of the canarian identity. They are ideal places to take a walk, with their emblematic buildings of great cultural interest and with corners full of charm that are part of the islands and its people’s past. You should not leave the Island without visiting the charming places in the north of Tenerife. To relax there nothing better than to take a break and taste one the zone’s wines or a traditional dish surrounded by the beauty of this places.
Icod de los vinos
The prosperity that came from the countryside and the agriculture
In the north of the island of Tenerife, Icod de los Vinos is an example of a town that was created and developed from the use of the countryside and agriculture. Known for its famous wines in the XVI century, it hosted an important sugar mill inTenerife. Partially destroyed by a fire in 1798, it was carefully reconstructed to make the most of its green areas. The historical center grows around the main Church of San Marcos, and the plazas of Lorenzo de Cáceres and of La Pila, and the convent of San Francisco.
The town of the famous millenary Drago
A trip to Icod de los Vinos is incomplete until you have visited its famous millenary drago. It is a singular plant species from the Canary Islands and other Islands of the Macaronesia, and its age has been estimated in about eight centuries. The historical center, besides having a traditional architecture, also offers the possibility to try a stewed rabbit with potatoes accompanied by a good red wine from the zone. As a dessert you can try on of the traditional pastries available in Icod, like the “trouts”, “rosquetes” and homemade cakes.
San Juan de la Rambla
One of the most beautiful historical centers in Tenerife.
The road to the Northwest region in Tenerife has a mandatory stop in San Juan de la Rambla, a town with a coast in the pond of La Laja, and whose historical center has a rich patrimony that has been declared as a site of cultural interest. From the centric plaza of Rosario Oramas you can take one of the cobbled streets like the Alhondiga, where you can walk while enjoying one of the most beautiful historical center of the Island of Tenerife.
Get lost in streets that preserve a rich patrimony
The local historical ensemble is built around the church of San Juan Bautista, that was built in the XVI century. Around it, the first european conquerors built their houses, like the Oramas house, that has a beautiful wooden balcony with a latticework in its front façade. The heart of this village has a rich patrimony of stone houses with tile ceilings and beautiful wooden balconies.
Going up to the Teide from an ancient XVI century village
The Orotava, located in the north of the island of Tenerife, it is one of the oldest towns in the Canary Islands. It was founded at the beginning of the XVI century, once the Castilian conquest was concluded, and the village maintains a rich patrimony of architecture, gardens and traditions. The town takes its name from the big Taoro Valley, that it shares with Los Realejos and El Puerto de la Cruz. It is the entrance to the National Park of el Teide, with its 3,718 meters volcano.
Taking a tour through places that look like a movie set and the Corpus Christi
Due to its long history, the Orotava has religious and social buildings of great importance. You can visit the church of La Concepción, built in the XVIII century, several stately houses from prestigious families and the House of the Balconies, built in 1632, with a balcony and an inside patio made of carved wood. The Villa, that is very inviting to do some shopping and to enjoy its terraces, houses the annual party of the Corpus Christi, in which its main streets and plazas are covered with carpets made out of flowers.
Historical center in Puerto de la Cruz
The oldest touristic destination in the Canary Islands
In the north of the Island of Tenerife, El Puerto de la Cruz became, at the end of the XVIII century, one of the first places of interest for the emerging international tourism. The old port of La Orotava, treasures historical places like the House of La Aduana, that is now an art gallery, the surroundings of the plaza of El Charco, the promenade of San Telmo and the fisher’s neighborhood of La Ranilla. Between the beaches of Martianez and Jardín you find the Martianez pools, created by the artist Cesar Manrique in 1977.
Pioneer destination for naturalists and a place to spend quiet holidays.
With its long history full of famous visitors like Humboldt or Berthelot, with world renowned wines that were even quoted by Shakespeare, Puerto de la Cruz is now an ideal place for a quiet holiday. It also has many shops and a good reputation of international cuisine restaurants. It cultural route includes visits to the anglican church and cemetery and the churches of La Peña de Francia and San Francisco.