Holidays in
Garachico

An idyllic town, full of history

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’.

Your Garachico questions, answered

Try Las Aguas Beach, which is a mix of sand and shingle – it’s located next to the new marina, so you’ll get sublime views out to sea.

The town lies just below Mount Teide, and it’s well worth the two-hour drive to the top. The park surrounding the summit is great for hiking.

Mid-August’s ‘romeria’ harvest festival has decorated ox-carts filling the streets. The five-yearly Fuegos del Risco sees fireballs thrown from the cliffs to commemorate the 1706 eruption.

Best things to do in Garachico

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.

Dive deep

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.

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