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The town of Tacoronte lies on the north coast of Tenerife and, up until the early part of the twentieth century, was the place where anyone wishing to explore the island would begin their journey; it being the last stop on the tram line from Santa Cruz.
Today, this is food and wine country. The heart of the Tacoronte-Acentejo region, it has the largest density of vineyards in the Canary Islands and its beautiful hillsides are cloaked in lush vines.
The municipality of Tacoronte was one of the original nine Mencey kingdoms of the Guanche; the natives who inhabited the island before its conquest.
Tacoronte was founded by Sebastián Machado, a Portuguese who had fought alongside Fernando De Lugo during the conquest of Tenerife. In 1508 he founded the small Ermita of Santa Catalina Mártir around which the settlement grew.
Today it is a bustling Canarian town with a wonderful agricultural market that doesn’t see many visitors to Tenerife despite its historic past.
Restaurants in Tacoronte
As befits the home of Viña Norte award winning wines, Tacoronte also reputedly contains the best restaurants on the island; locals will tell you “If the King of Spain comes to Tenerife, he eats in Los Naranjeros.”
Accommodation in Tacoronte
No hotels as such but a very good selection of great rural properties offering a good standard of accommodation, usually in refurbished traditional Canarian houses.
Beaches in Tacoronte
There's a long black sand beach at Mesa del Mar, separated from the unattractive mini-resort by a tunnel, and a sea pool at the little fishing hamlet of El Pris.
The Pick of What to do in Tacoronte
It's got to be a visit to the Bodega Comarcal which produces wine on behalf of 660 local growers in the Tacoronte-Acentejo area, including the award winning Viña Norte label.
The Real Tenerife Guidebook – in Print & on Kindle
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Walk this Way – Tenerife
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Town & City Walking Routes
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The Real Tenerife Hotel Reviews
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