Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, is famed for its pristine beaches, dramatic landscape and unique history. Set in the northern part of Tenerife, Garachico (which was once nearly completely destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the early 1700s) offers visitors the chance to explore one of the oldest and most vibrant villages in the Canary Islands. If you’re looking for the perfect winter escape, Garachico is an unforgettable option.
What to Do
Glorieta de San Francisco: This town square is the heart of Garachico’s old town and is located between La Quinta Roja Hotel and the lovely convent of San Francisco.
Church of Santa Ana: The Parroquia de Santa Ana is the most prominent church in Garachico and its bell tower has stood sentinel over the town for hundreds of years.
Manor House of the Marquisate of La Quinta Roja, The Senses Collection (Casa Solariega del Marquesado de La Quinta Roja): The original building dates to the 16th century, but it was rebuilt in the 17th century by the first Marquis of the Quinta Roja. It was home to Franciscan monks and now operates as a hotel.
Casa Consistorial: This stunning 19th century neoclassical building is now the seat of the Garachico town council.
House-Palace of the Counts of La Gomera (Casa-Palacio de los Condes de La Gomera): This captivating historical building, reminiscent of a palace, now houses a fascinating selection of art and cultural exhibitions.
Garachico Natural Pools: One of northern Tenerife’s natural wonders, the pools were formed in 1706 by the solidified lava flows from a volcanic eruption that destroyed most of the town.
Where to Stay
La Quinta Roja: A stunning hotel that was once a beautiful 16th-century Spanish mansion, the property is the perfect getaway for visitors looking to unwind. It boasts a restaurant and a lovely indoor courtyard where visitors can relax to the sound of water fountains and lively outdoor music. Both the interior and exterior design reflect the Canaries’ distinctive architectural styles. By preserving the authentic elegance of the historic details, the hotel ensures a great stay and a genuinely remarkable experience.
Hotel San Roque: A fully restored 17th century house combines modern and unique styles with classical elegance to offer a tranquil haven in Garachico. This adults-only boutique hotel prides itself on its amenities and design. Any art lover would feel at home in this property given the fascinating pieces featured throughout the hotel. There’s even a heated pool carved out of volcanic rock in the center of the courtyard, as well as a sun deck where guests can relax.
Where to Eat
Aristides: The menu is dedicated to fish and seafood and fishermen in the area provide the freshest ingredients to the restaurant.
La Almena de San Miguel: This spot is popular with locals and offers a variety of Spanish dishes. Be sure to make a reservation on the weekends.
Casa Osmunda: An attractive Spanish colonial-style house located at a crossroads. The restaurant features traditionally inspired Canary Island cuisine with a modern touch, including seasonal dishes.