Just about everyone knows Icod de los Vinos in the north west of Tenerife because of its famous Millennium Drago Tree which, like many stars, is coy about how old it actually is. But there’s a lot more to this traditional town than an ancient tree.
Green Scene – The Millennium Drago Tree
It could be 500 years old, it could be over 1,000 years old: it could be even more, nobody knows for sure. But the multi headed tree that’s not a tree draws visitors to Icod de los Vinos. And rightly so, the Millennium Drago is an impressive specimen.
Shopping in Icod de los Vinos – Chic and Cheap (ish)
The secret that lots of Spanish know but not a lot of Brits is that Icod de los Vinos is a shopper’s dream. Forget High Street brand names passing themselves off as designer and chain stores, you’ll find real designer wear from Italy and NYC in Icod’s independent shops.
A Natural Attraction – The Mariposario
Icod’s butterfly centre doesn’t get promoted by the powers that be in the town because of silly politics but it’s a tranquil place to see some seriously beautiful butterflies fluttering by. There’s also a huge specimen that you really wouldn’t want to meet on a dark night… or in full daylight for that matter.
I Like the Nightlife
It’s not exactly a party town unless it’s fiesta time like San Andrés when the local lads scream down the streets on trays. After dark, fuelled by vino, it’s the turn of the older boys – the ones in their 30s and 40s who should know better.
Food and Restaurants
It’s traditional Canarian or traditional Canarian fare in Icod apart from the odd little curio like Rosy Lee – a pretty slice of genteel England in a town that’s 100% Tinerfeño in character. It’s owned by a Canario by the way.
In the Dark – Cueva del Viento
Icod’s home to not one but two natural wonders. The Cueva del Viento is part of 17 kilometres of volcanic tube and you can explore part of it. The hard hat makes you look like a cool adventurer, the thing you wear under it though just makes you look silly – trust me.
There are pretty as a picture little plazas all around the old centre of Icod. Parque Andrés de Lorenzo Cáceres is part park, part plaza and boasts two bandstands. This is the one with the best views.
San Andrés is one of the best known fiestas but like all Tenerife towns, there are loads more and when there is the main plaza looks even more splendid than usual. Sunglasses are required even when the sun isn’t shining.
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