Icod de los Vinos is a town located in the northwest area of Tenerife. It is famous because it is the home of the Millenary Drago, which was declared a National Monument in 1917. Another place of interest is the Cueva del Viento and its most famous beach is San Marcos beach.
The economy of the town is based on the cultivation and sale of wine, fishing and tourism. Its most famous dishes are potatoes with mojo picón, grilled meat, native wine and artisanal cheese, basic products of Canarian cuisine.
The Millenary Drago Park
The Drago Park is the main attraction of Icod de Los Vinos, located near the Church of San Marcos. Millenary Drago is around 800 years old, although its age n is contrasted. It is one of the symbols of the Canary Islands and the oldest tree of its kind that exists in the archipelago. The Draco measures more than 16 meters in height with a base of more than 20 meters in circumference.
But not only is Draco; in the Millenary Draco Park of Icod de los Vinos you will find more native trees and shrubs; beautiful views and a very curious cave.
There is an itinerary that you can follow through your mobile phone through QR codes. The price of the ticket is € 5. It is worth the visit.
La Cueva del Viento
The Cave of the Wind-Sobrado is the largest volcanic tube in Europe and the 5th in the world. It has more than 17 kilometers and inside there are many underground passages. It was originated by castings of Pico Viejo, volcanic cone located next to the Teide.
A volcanic tunnel is a cavity that forms inside lava flows. While the lava flows and when it comes into contact with the air, the surface of the cast solidifies, creating an insulator and continuing the flow of the lava inside it until it empties, thus forming the volcanic tube.
The tour begins at the visitor center, from where a vehicle will transport the group to a place near the entrance, continue on foot through an area of medium-sized crops, pine forest and an old royal road.
The visitor center and the interior of the tunnel are provided with bilingual panels that offer, along with the explanations of an expert guide, more complete information about the cave, the lava formations and the fauna that inhabits it.
This visit of medium difficulty lasts two hours from the starting point. Inside the cave will be approximately 45 minutes where you will visit 250 meters of development of it.
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Icod de los Vinos: Wine and Beautiful Beaches
It already says the name, Icod de los Vinos, in this area there are many vineyards and wine producers. You will find many bars, wineries and guachinches where you can taste the local wines.
As for the beaches, the most famous is the beach of San Marcos. It is one of the quietest beaches in Tenerife. Due to its peculiar shell shape, it has less waves than the other beaches in the north of Tenerife. Do not hesitate to visit this beautiful volcanic black sand beach.
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