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Garachico is a very pretty town on the northern coast of Tenerife in a particularly unspoilt part of the island. The town sits nestled at the bottom of tree clad hills and is one of the most popular destinations for a day trip on Tenerife.

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There are no real beaches in Garachico but the rocks have been covered in walks made of crazy-pazing with open areas to sit and sunbathe. Sounds tacky but its really rather nice!

Several lovely sea-water swimming pools have been created in the volcanic rock - these are the safest places to swim as the sea here is rather dangerous for swimming.

Rock pools at Garachico

In Garachico town streets are often cobbled and narrow and there are lots of delightful buildings. The main square, La Libertad is very pretty with its lovely churches and attractive old monastery.

Much of the town dates after a lava flow destroyed much of the original town in 1706. This eruption lasted several days and filled the harbour of Garachico with larva making it unusable. Up until this Garachico was one of the most important towns and harbours on the island and was certainly one of the wealthiest.

Indeed Garachico has had a terrible history with bubonic plague, volcanic erruptions, swarms of locusts, fires and floods. However strolling around the calm and pretty streets today you would never guess at its difficult past. Indeed as it was bypassed as one of the main towns following the eruption this has led to its original character surviving the intervening years better than most. The harbour too which was destroyed by the larva flow is now very attractive with its lava rock edges and natural rock pools.

The Castle of San Miguel (Castillo de San Miguel) which survived the 1706 eruption and is one of the oldest buildings in the town. Inside there are displays showing the history of the town and local wildlife.

Garachico church

In August Garachico holds its festival of San Roque when locals don traditional dress and travel in carts pulled by oxen. It is a nice, colourful occasion and a very nice time to visit.

Garachico is particularly popular as a diving destination as there are volcanic columns under the water which add to the beauty of the prolific marine life that enjoys the warm waters of Tenerife.

Some photos kindly supplied by Turismo de Tenerife.

Places to visit nearby

Masca is considered to be the most beautiful village of Tenerife and is in a stunning location in the Teno mountains. It is definitely worth a trip.

For more stunning scenery head to Los Gigantes and the Los Gigantes cliffs which are huge cliffs which fall sheer into the sea. The best way to see them is by boat and as this part of the coast is excellent for whale and dolphin spotting it is possible to take one of the excellent whale watching tours and see the cliffs from the sea as a bonus.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Tenerife guide.

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Map of Garachico and places to visit

Places to visit near Garachico

Icod de los Vinos

Icod de los Vinos

Icod de los Vinos is home to the oldest dragon tree on the Canary Islands. It has some pretty squares and is close to the Cueva del Viento larva tunnels.

Icod de los Vinos guide

Los Silos

Los Silos

Los Silos is a pretty town with attractive traditional Canarian architecture. The Teno mountains form a beautiful backdrop to the town.

Los Silos guide

Masca

Masca

Masca is Tenerife's most beautiful village and set amongst superb mountain scenery.

Masca guide

Teno Alto

Teno Alto

Teno Alto has stunning views from its position high in the Teno mountains. The area is very popular with walkers.

Teno Alto guide

Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes

The Los Gigantes is a resort next to huge cliffs with a sheer drop down into the sea.

Los Gigantes guide

Teide National Park

Teide National Park

A stunning volcanic park with an active volcano, Mount Teide. Teide Park is in the centre of Tenerife and is a highlight of any visit.

Teide National Park guide

Loro Parque

Loro Parque

Loro Park is one of Europe's best zoos and also has killer whale and dolphin shows. Enter the 18 meter long shark tunnel.

Loro Parque guide

Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz is a lovely town with a pretty harbour and surrounded by lush tropical plants.

Puerto de la Cruz guide