Garachico is on the island of Tenerife, one of the Western Canary Islands.
Garachico, Buenavista and Los Silos form what is known as the 'Low Isle' of Tenerife. Incredibly it is one of Tenerife's prettiest destinations. Incredibly because this town has suffered badly in the past. It has endured floods, storms, fires, plaques of locusts, bubonic plague and volcanic eruptions. It was the principle port of Tenerife until a major eruption in 1706 obliterated its harbour. Puerto de Cruz then became the main port of the island.
However the Garachico of today has cobbled streets, historic buildings, palm trees, and a backdrop of the imposing Mount Teide. Wandering around Garachico is a real pleasure as historic buildings and lovely, traditional, colourfully painted Canary Island houses line the cobbled streets. The architecture has won the historic town a Gold Medal for Fine Arts.
The churches of Santa Ana and Nuestra Senora de los Angeles which have been beautifully restored.
The Plaza of La Libertad with the Convent of San Roja, the Santa Ana church and other very attractive buildings is an excellent spot to stop and take in the atmosphere.
Take a walk along the coast and spot the tropical fish in the beautiful rock pools.
Swim in the sea water pools in the volcanic rock.
Visit the castle of San Miguel. This sits on the waterfront and was built to defend against the pirates. The castle of San Miguel was built in the 16th century and survived the 1706 volcanic eruption. From here you get great views of the town and the bay with the massive Roque de Garachico emerging from the water.
The seafront is the best place to head for for restaurants and obviously seafood abounds.
If you can visit during the San Roja festival which has been declared a festival of 'National Tourist Interest.
Map of Garachico and places to visit
Garachico places to visit
See more places nearby in the Canary Islands guide