Garachico & Icod: Tenerife’s Cloudy Side

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I never imagined that someday I could miss the rain! Spend two months on Tenerife island and you’ll have the urge to see clouds and feel the rain on your skin! ūüôā In this case the weather change came rather unexpected on the road to Icod de los Vinos

Icod de los Vinos

Driving from Los Gigantes to Tenerife’s north, the weather changed from one curve to another.¬†That’s when I understood why people from Tenerife always recommended to bring clothes for rainy AND sunny weather! This set the cloudy background to my day trip to Icod de los Vinos and Garachico. Both of them preserved the authentic Canarian essence and didn’t become victims of mass tourism.

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Icod is mainly known for one tourist attraction: the Dragon tree! This (supposedly) thousand-Year-Old tree gradually became the symbol of Tenerife. The Dragon is an impressive photo motive and you’ll have breathtaking views from its surrounding park.

Right next to the Drago park, Casa del Drago offers a drink to remember: the glaring red Dragon Lemonade made of fresh orange juice and dragon sap. It will give you all the energy you need to discover the small city centre.

Following ancient manors you’ll end up in front of the gorgeous town hall. Icod has also one of the prettiest Plazas I’ve seen so far on Tenerife: Plaza de la Constituci√≥n.

Garachico

Garachico is only a 10 min drive away from Icod. It’s the perfect place to have a bath with locals in the natural swimming pools.

Even though the weather is generally cloudy, it never gets really too cold for a swim. Garachico has the ideal size for daydreaming walks. It’s not too big and the colorful fronts and its Canarian balconies will let you forget about time. To recharge your batteries and taste delicious Canarian food, I recommend Bodeg√≥n Plaza.

The cloudy side of Tenerife definitely deserves a detour, but I can’t wait for the sun to show up again on the other side of the mountain! ūüėČ


If you want to put “the cherry on the cake”, I suggest you should visit one of my favorite places of Tenerife… PUNTA TENO! Only the braves will hit the dangerous road but they’ll be rewarded with the best views on Los Gigantes cliffs and Gomera island.



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The Gates of Icod – Las puertas de Icod
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Plaza de la Constitución: the prettiest of all! РLa más bella!
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Detail of Plaza de la Constitución РDetalle de la Plaza de la Constitución
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Town Hall of Icod – Ayuntamiento de Icod
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The famous dragon tree! – El famoso drago!
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Grey & Red! – Rojo & Gris!
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Hello Garachico! – Hola Garachico!
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A bit greyish, but still nice though! – Un poco gris, pero bella sin embargo!
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Plaza de la Libertad
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I am not the only curious here! – No soy la √ļnica curiosa!
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A true hidden gem: a rest home in Calle Santo Domingo – Una joya escondida: un asilo de ancianos en Calle Santo Domingo
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Totally in love with the water fountains of Tenerife’s north – Totalmente enamorada de la fuentes en el norte de Tenerife
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Roque de Garachico!
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Mandatory Tenerife Balconies! РLos bellos balcones de Tenerife también se encuentran en Garchico
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Urban beauty!- Belleza urbana!
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After visit, a bath in Garacico’s natural swimming pools! – Y tras la visita un buen bano en las piscinas naturales
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And a typical Canarian lunch in Bodegon Plaza РY después un buen almuerzo en Bodegon Plaza
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Everything tastes better with Mojo! – Con Mojo mejor!

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For more information about tourism on Tenerife, I recommend the following webpage: Tourism of Tenerife


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