From the 1st January 2021, two towns more in the Canary Islands have been added to the list of the most beautiful towns of Spain. Both nice places preserve history, culture and traditions. We are talking about Garachico in Tenerife and Agulo in the island of La Gomera. Come with us to visit these villages and will discover why they have received this well-deserved honour.

 

– Garachico:

Its beautiful cobbled streets, as well as its historical and cultural wealth, invite you to explore the heart of this town, with a quiet atmosphere. Garachico, located in the northeast of the island of Tenerife, was reborn from the ashes after the eruption of the Trevejo volcano in 1706, which almost totally devastated this area to rebuild it even more beautiful than before. In fact, many buildings could be saved and are well preserved today, which with more modern structures makes up the architectural heritage of this village, declared “Heritage of Cultural Interest” in 1994.

In its old town we recommend you to visit the San Francisco Convent in the central La Libertad Square, Los Condes de La Gomera House with a Renaissance style, or the San Miguel Castle, a fortified tower from the 16th century.

 

Another of the great attractions of Garachico is its coastline, with beautiful pebble and black sand beaches between small cliffs, and wonderful natural pools, El Caletón, one of the most popular bathing areas of the island, where you can take a refreshing and nice dip . 

If after that you want to go for a walk, you should know that Garachico has also an interesting network of trails. One of the best known paths, ascends along the El Lance road, crossing a spectacular landscape of volcanic flows, until reaching the Chinyero volcano, in which you can enjoy impressive views of El Teide.

And, of course, don’t leave the town without trying its tasty gastronomy, which stands out for its fresh fishes and seafood, a delicious pastries made by the franciscan conceptionist nuns, and its excellent wines, which will be the final touch to our visit.

 

 

– Agulo: 

Known as “the bonbon of La Gomera” for its pretty aspect, Agulo is a large viewpoint covered by the green of its crops, an open balcony to sea which gives us a privileged panoramic view of Tenerife and its magnificent Teide. Located in the north of La Gomera, between the the municipalities of Hermigua and Vallehermoso, just over half an hour’s drive from the capital, this town is one of the smallest and oldest of the island. 

As soon as you arrive, you will want to lose yourself among its narrow cobbled streets, charming white painted houses with red roofs and small gardens, which transport us to old times in a calm and peaceful environment. In its historic center, one of the best preserved of entire archipelago, are a must to see the San Marcos church, with a neogothic style and white domes, the painter José Aguiar House, a flat from the 18th century where this reference of the painting in the Canary Islands lived, or the Leoncio Bento Square, meeting point for residents and tourists.

Agulo also, just like Garachico, offers to its visitors several routes for hiking which connect the city centre with the highest areas and unique landscapes of the island, like for example the Roque Blanco Natural Monument, a place with a great scientific and landscape value, which is home to some specimens of strawberry trees.

After the tour, we recommend you to regain strength, a sample of the most typical dishes of this town, like watercress stew, goat meat, and “almogrote”, a spread made with cheese.

If your stay in the island is in spring, you can also enjoy the San Marcos bonfires, as every 24th April takes place this celebration which gathers crowds of people in its streets to jump over juniper wood mounds, turning the town into a magical setting of fire and religiosity which will make your visit here unforgettable. 

Now you know, if you choose Tenerife or La Gomera as a destination for your next holiday, these towns can not be missed in your list of attractions to visit. Garachico and Agulo are waiting for you to captivate you with its charms!!

 

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