A hamlet with the aroma of freshly milled gofio
El Palmar is found in the north-west of Tenerife, in a fertile valley from which it gets its name. You could say that it is the ‘capital’ of the Teno Rural Park and a starting point to explore the old Monte del Agua forest or climb the peaks of Baracán or Talavera cliffs. The local economy is based on agriculture, wickerwork and palm leaf weaves, and there is often a noticeable smell of freshly milled gofio - a local roasted grain flour that has been made in the Canaries for centuries.
Architecture and tradition in north-west Tenerife
El Palmar is not just the starting point for a walk through the Teno Rural Park; it has a character all of its own. Small houses are dotted around the rural landscape and the local restaurants offer a rich choice of local Canarian cuisine. El Palmar also has a number of important pieces of architecture, such as old ranches and the church of Nuestra Señora de la Consolación. Among the local traditions is the Baile de las Libreas (Dance of the Liveries), which has been celebrated every year at the end of September since the 17th Century.