Visit Garachico in the Spain Travel Guide

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Visit Garachico

Garachico is on the island of Tenerife, one of the Western Canary Islands.

Visit Garachico

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.

Garachico Attractions

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.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Western Canary Islands guide.

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Map of Garachico and places to visit

Places to visit near Garachico

Masca

Masca

Masca is the most beautiful village on Tenerife. It is set in a stunning mountain location.

Masca guide

Park Teide

Park Teide

In Park Teide is Mount Teide, a dormant volcano and the highest peak in Spain. The park is a treat and not to be missed.

Park Teide guide

Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz is a lovely little harbour town situated at the foot of Mount Teide. It has colourful stucco buildings and lots of attractions nearby.

Puerto de la Cruz guide

La Orotava

La Orotava

La Orotava has wide streets, handsome squares and lovely churches and like Puerto de la Cruz is beautifully situated at the foot of Mount Teide.

La Orotava guide

Tenerifes Aqua Parks

Tenerifes Aqua Parks

Tenerife's Aqua Parks; Tenerife has two great aqua parks which are great for a family day out.

Tenerifes Aqua Parks guide

Playa de las Americas

Playa de las Americas

Playa de las Americas is Tenerife's biggest resort and well-known for its night-life.

Playa de las Americas guide