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’.
Paddle in the pools
You’ll find the famous rock pools at El Caleton beach, where the formations created by the hot lava meeting the sea make for a unique swimming destination.
Explore the town
From Plaza de la Libertad to the fortress of San Miguel, and with many monuments to the town’s extraordinary past, let your feet guide you around the historic streets.
The lava flows changed the landscape under water too, and there are lots of amazing volcanic columns to explore on a dive, surrounded by abundant marine life.