Tenerife's first port built in the 15th Century
Located in the north of the island of Tenerife, Garachico offers visitors the opportunity to explore one of the oldest villages in the Canary Islands. Founded at the end of the 15th Century by a Genoese banker, it was a key trading port for commercial traffic between Europe and the Spanish colonies in the Americas. Destroyed in 1706 by a volcanic eruption, visitors can now walk through Garachico's peaceful squares and along its pedestrianised streets near the seafront. The famous natural monument, the rock of Garachico, can be seen just off the coast.
A Site of Cultural Interest and Gold Medallist for Fine Arts
Garachico's past can be discovered by wandering around the old town's quaint streets. With its rich architectural heritage dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries it is one of the best preserved historical and artistic districts in the Canaries. It was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1994 and also holds the Gold Medal of Fine Arts for its artistic treasures. A visit to Garachico should be finished off with a walk around through the surrounding unspoilt landscapes of La Caleta de Interián, the Chinyero volcano and the cliffs at La Culata.