Given its good looks and charm, Garachico is unsurprisingly one of Tenerife’s most popular day trip destinations and the perfect venue for lunch…or is it?
Recent experience has suggested that restaurants in Garachico may be resting on their rock pool laurels and not putting enough effort into the quality of their gastronomic options. Our advice would be to give the mainly tourist oriented restaurants a wide berth and seek out one of these instead:
Opposite the bandstand of Plaza de La Libertad is Aristides on whose shady terrace you can enjoy good seafood and tapas – their chopitos (baby deep fried squid) are particularly good. In the streets that run parallel and behind the seafront is Los Pinos where you’ll find bags of traditional Canarian culture from the farm implements wall adornments and friesian cow looks (above), to the traditional tapas. Their chops or chicken and chips are legendary for their size and value and their home produced wine (vino del pais) is dangerously quaffable.
Also in the back streets is Casa Ramón where the mayor’s mum serves good home cooking which will leave the vegetarians in the household hungry but everyone else well and truly coddled. Legend has it that the El Lagar de Julio restaurant on the camera-hogging street that runs alongside Parque Puerta Tierra is a culinary cut above everything else, but as we’ve never yet found the place open, we can’t proffer an opinion on the validity of that particular legend. We’ve also heard that La Perla behind the plaza has good food and is good value so we’ll be checking that one out on our next visit.
Andrea (Andy) Montgomery is a freelance travel writer and co-owner of Buzz Trips and The Real Tenerife series of travel websites. Published in The Telegraph, The Independent, Wexas Traveller, Thomas Cook Travel Magazine, EasyJet Traveller Magazine, you can read her latest content on Google+