Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife and the Cueva del Vinto

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Icod de los Vinos has a charming main square and is home to both the oldest draco, or dragon, tree and also to the Cueva del Vinto which is the largest volcanic cave in the world. Icod de los Vinos is in the north west of Tenerife close to Garachico.

Explore Icod de los Vinos

The centre of Icod de los Vinos is very pretty. The Plaza de La Pila, or Square of the fountain, is also known as the Plaza de la Constitucion and  is one of  the main squares and around its edges are some lovely old houses in traditional Canaries style. There is a stone fountain in the middle and hibiscus and palm trees and the square is considered the most beautiful in the Canaries.

One of the houses, the Casa de los Caceres, is now a museum  It has a beautiful three storey facade, a tall arched gateway and a lovely central patio with a wooden veranda.

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Another attractive square in Icod-de-los-Vinos is the Plaza Andres de Lorenzo Caceres which dates from the 16th century and has large Indian laures and palm trees planted adding shade and beauty. On the edge of the square is the lovely San Marco church with its tall square belltower which stands above most buildings in the town. Inside the San Marco church is an ornate silver altar.

Next to the San Marco church is the Parque del Drago which is where you will find the famous one thousand year old Drago tree. The drago, or dragon, tree is now officially thought to be 800 years old but is believed to be the oldest on the Canary Islands and is one of the iconic symbols of the Canary Islands. The tree is over 16 meters tall and its circumference is 20 meters.

A botanic garden has been created around the tree with species common to the area and lots more dragon trees.

Another building to look out for is the Monestery of San Fransisco which is now the town library and has a lovely inner patio complete with the wooden balconies typical of Canaries buildings. There is also a Neo Classical statue of Poseidon in the patio.

Icod de los Vinos dragon tree

In the Icod de los Vinos area and not far from the town centre is the Cueva del Viento, or Cave of the Wind, which is a huge lava tube system. It is the largest system in Europe and fifth largest in the world. The volcanic tube was created with lava flows from Pico Viejo next to Mount Teide. There are 17 kilometers of tunnels on three different levels and as well as the tunnels there are larva pits and terraces, lava stalactites, lakes and cascades to see.

The Cueva del Viento really is unlike anything you will have seen before. Visits start at the Visitor centre and from here you will be taken by vehicle to the entrance. The visit takes about 2 hours in total with 45 minutes in the tunnel. You need to be wearing suitable footwear - walking boots or trainers - and long trousers. It is not suitable for under 5s, people with reduced mobility or anyone who suffers from claustrophobia.

The caves are open every day from 9am and closing time depends on the season but varies from 16.30 onwards.

Places to visit nearby

The very pretty town of Garachico is close to Icod de los Vinos. The Teide National Park is stunning and should not be missed when you are visiting Tenerife.

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

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Map of Icod de los Vinos and places to visit

Places to visit near Icod de los Vinos

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