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The gateway to Masca, Santiago del Teide still retains a very traditional feel and it’s not unusual to see elderly women of the village clad in their habitual black skirts, black blouses and straw hats, and elderly men in their felt fedoras.
Part of the ancient Menceyate (Kingdom) of Adeje, Santiago del Teide has a strong Guanche heritage. After the Spanish conquest the land in Valle de Santiago was of little importance to the new colonies, being unsuitable for the production of sugar cane, and so it was given to Diego Mencey, the former Guanche King, Pelinor and the Guanche. Some claim that the Guanche heritage is the reason that the are produces more than its fair share of beauty queens.
The valley hasn’t always been the tranquil place it is now. On the morning of the 18th November 1909, Chinyero erupted; the last volcanic eruption on Tenerife. A river of molten lava crept towards El Tanque and Icod, breaking off into two subsidiaries that threatened to engulf Las Manchas and Valle de Arriba. The two communities were only saved by divine intervention after villagers carried statues of Santa Ana, Christ and the Virgin Mary to the lava flows and stopped them in their tracks.
Santiago del Teide is a beautiful base for exploring the countryside around the Valle de Santiago and is especially suitable to those visitors who want to experience some great walking on Tenerife.
Restaurants in Santiago del Teide
There are only a handful of restaurants, all serving good hearty Canarian cuisine. Stews like puchero are popular and try anything with almonds as the area is famed for its almond trees.
Accommodation in Santiago del Teide
Like most countryside locations on Tenerife the main choice of accommodation is in casas rurales (rural houses). However, Santiago del Teide does have a rather wonderful rural hotel in the centre of town.
The Pick of What to do in Santiago del Teide
The 17th century Señorio del Valle visitors' centre is a gem of a place. A stroll around the grounds is rewarding enough but it boasts a wine shop, cheese corner, museum, exhibition centre, tasca and pony and trap rides.
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