Garachico

Garachico is a town on the northern coast of Tenerife, approximately 52 km West of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the island. The town is nestled below a 500m cliff. Garachico and the surrounding areas ire the least exploited coastal places of Tenerife, so it’s perfect for someone looking for a non-touristy, off the beaten path kind of sightseeing. The village has managed to keep its typical Spanish character, so non-Spanish speaking visitors will not have the luxury to be spoken in English here. We advise you take a little phrase book if you want to interact with the locals!

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The village of Garachico

The village of Garachico

 

Garachico is not a beach town, the coastline is basically made of volcanic debris, but this does not mean you should not visit it. The town of Garachico has always taken care of its environment and has protected its most diverse cultural features. That’s why, in 1980, the Spanish government awarded the town the Gold Medal of Fine Arts, which was presented to the town by the King of Spain.

Garachico has a small heart shaped beach of black sand, which is quite popular in the summer months and enjoys very calm waters that are great for swimming.

 

Garachico’s rock pools

Close to the old marina, there are many paved paths and some natural rock pools that have been made into swimming pools. This is a must-see in Garachico. It’s bliss to spend some time in the sun in these rock pools. Outside the pools, it is not advisable to bathe, as the Atlantic waves make it very difficult. They have built a municipal swimming pool near the natural rock pools, as well. You can walk along the paths and see all kinds of marine life under the rocks.

For a small fee you can visit the ruins of the former Convent of San Francisco, in Plaza de La Libertad, dating from the 16th century.

 

The natural rock pools in Garachico

The natural rock pools in Garachico

A little history

The 5th of May of 1706 a lava eruption originating from the rift in the north west side of the island was a major event in the town’s history. Before then, Garachico had been an important port, which exported Malvasia wine and other local products. But the eruption, which lasted several weeks, poured lava into the old bay and totally destroyed Garachico’s livelihood.

 

Garachico in the Tenerife map

Garachico in the Tenerife map

Other interesting towns to visit in Tenerife: Icod de los vinos, Vilaflor village.