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Founded in the 15th century by a Genoan banker, Garachico today is a tranquil marvel of beautiful buildings and fascinating rock pools – though its unique landscape and architecture is the result of a tumultuous past, the town having been partially destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1706. Once the most important port on Tenerife, its long redevelopment has in fact enabled it to maintain much of its traditional character and charm, making it a favourite with visitors.
Garachico holidays can be spent happily wandering its picturesque streets, which are dotted with notable historic buildings and tavernas offering menus of fresh seafood. Those rock pools – the legacy of the volcanic eruption – also make for a unique day by the water. Swim there, or at the Garachico beach, or visit the protected island in the bay with its important bird population. Holidays to Garachico are rather delightful, and a testament to the town’s motto – ‘Glorious in Adversity’.