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Once the richest town on the island and today one of the most popular destinations for people on cheap holidays to Tenerife, Garachico is blessed with a deep, natural harbour which, in the 16th and 17th centuries served as the gateway for trade between Europe and the New World. Populated by affluent merchants, artists, musicians, bankers and the inevitable posse of religious orders that accompanied them, Garachico’s streets were lined with fine Italian style mansions and a host of churches and convents.
But a series of disasters dogged the little town and, surviving bubonic plague, storms, floods and fires, the final straw came in May 1706 when Montaña Negra erupted and sent twin rivers of lava down the mountainside to engulf the town and clog its harbour, thus destroying its source of wealth.
Behind the town, the towering bluff of La Culata still bears the scars of 1706; two frozen lava streams, one to the harbour, the other to the town; a constant reminder of history and its ever present propensity to repeat itself.
Often overlooked by the scores of daily coach tour parties who opt to spend their allotted time at the admittedly enticing lava pools of El Caletón, the narrow streets that meander away from the seafront lead to where Garachico keeps her real treasures openly on display – arguably the most picturesque plaza on Tenerife, narrow cobbled streets lined with artisan shops, two fabulous boutique hotels and the architectural remnants of an immensely wealthy past.
Restaurants in Garachico
One or two culinary hot spots stand out from the traditional Canarian crowd in Garachico – seek and ye shall find. Clues are: park side and plaza facing.
Accommodation in Garachico
Housed in magnificent restored mansions from the 16th and 18th centuries, hotels in Garachico offer rural idyll, cloistered contemporary chic and harmony of tradition with taste.
Beaches in Garachico
Garachico's heart shaped, black sand and shingle cove may be small, but it's incredibly popular in summer and has the benefit of calm harbour waters for great swimming.
The Pick of What To Do In Garachico
There's a reason Garachico's rock pools are popular, they're brilliant fun. But don't miss the lovely Parque Puerta Tierra, the Convent of San Francisco, Plaza de la Libertad and the San Miguel castle.
The Real Tenerife Guidebook – in Print & on Kindle
For visitors to Tenerife who want to experience the best of Tenerife:- The 'Real' Tenerife guide to Tenerife's resorts, towns and villages is written with insight and passion by travel writers who have spent years treading the streets of every town and village, trekking along goat trails in the mountains and revelling at fiestas until dawn... [Find Out More]
Walk this Way – Tenerife
More than just a collection of the best walking routes for the island, Walk This Way Tenerife is a complete guide to self-guided walking on Tenerife. Available from Amazon. [Find out more]
Town & City Walking Routes
Tenerife has some fascinating towns, yet many visitors miss out on the best bits of them. But not those who have our Town & City Guides. With routes to our favourite sights, museums, galleries, parks, plazas, restaurants and more, these guides are your key to Tenerife towns & Cities. Routes for Santa Cruz, Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava now available.
Real Tenerife Island Drives
People in over 30 countries have discovered the best of Tenerife by car with Real Tenerife Island Drives, scenic driving routes through the best of Tenerife's countryside. On sale in PDF and Kindle formats. [More Information...]
Real Tenerife Island Walks
Discover verdant valleys, plunging ravines, sweeping forests, remote corners, tiny hamlets and vistas galore with our series of detailed walking routes, Island walks . On sale in handy PDF format. [More Information...]
The Real Tenerife Hotel Reviews
Our hotel reviews only include hotels across Tenerife we've stayed in. We haven't been paid to write them or to advertise any hotel and we don't earn anything if anyone books a hotel after reading one. These simply represent our experiences. [More Information...]