I found really surprising the port of this city. The city is built around it. However, at first I thought it was a bit small but, one must know that it is an ancient Atlantic port, so you can’t really compare it to other Mediterranean ports (like I did at the beginning).
The city receives a lot of tourism, but if I closed my eyes I could imagine galleons making a stop on its way to America. In the port’s surroundings there were many places where one could drink an aperitif under the warm sun of Canarias. You could also see the remainders of some festival. It was, without a doubt, a special day.
Garachico is a very nice visit and a stop you must make if you are in Tenerife. It is a town with a long history, very marked, since it was buried by a volcano close to Teide.
The original birth of the town was at the end of the 15th century (like many of the towns in Canary Islands). At the beginning of the 18th century, a volcano erupted and buried the whole town and it had to be reconstructed from scratch, from a black and rocky landscape.
Today, it is known for its rich architecture, with a great variety of sights. The town is located between the sea and a long slope that ascends in a vertiginous way and where there are a small number of houses and buildings. This has favored the preservation of those already built, and it stops the expansion and the creation of touristic complexes, etc.
Inside the town we find various restaurants that offer fresh fish and seafood, as well as other famous local dishes. Among the main attractions are the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the Ayuntamiento (city hall) which is an ex-convent and which also serves as the Casa de la Cultura (Culture House) that houses books about the culture in Canarias; the San Miguel Castle which used to be a small fort and is now a mini museum that is well preserved; and to spend a nice morning (or day), the natural pools. When the sea is calm, it is the perfect place to bathe in crystalline waters between the lavas that formed curious irregular formations. There are various long pools where the water comes in with almost no waves, making the water renew itself.
Also, there is another “conventional” pool, also salt water, but whose bottom is made of cement and that the octopuses and crabs cannot reach. But, obviously, you have to pay to get in.
Masca is one of the most colorful parts of the island, and the northeastern point covered by the Teno Mountains. Its steep ravines are intertwined with lush green vegetation that accompanies the roads. The road that goes from Buenavista del Norte takes us along narrow and closed curves. Until recently, it was a virtually unknown land, but now it has become an attraction center for those visiting the island.
The landscapes in this town are magical, and the houses hang precariously from the narrow ravines with dramatic rock formations.