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GarachicoSpain

Wander along the cobbled streets of this charming fishing village, where whitewashed houses and brightly colored cottages belie a surprisingly turbulent history. 

Garachico in Tenerife is known for its natural volcanic rock pools and distinctly Canarian culture. Bordered by the rocky coast and packed with well-preserved colonial buildings, the town is remarkably beautiful in spite of the disasters it has suffered over the years.

The city was Tenerife’s most important port until it was struck with an unlucky series of floods, fires, storms and epidemics. Although Garachico managed to survive these initial calamities, it was then hit with a major volcanic eruption in 1706. The eruption destroyed the port and half the town, leaving it unfit for commercial shipping.

Today the natural pools, formed when the destructive eruption reached the ocean, are a major tourist attraction. Known as El Caléton, this beach and its pools are surrounded by walkways for sunbathing or simply enjoying scenic coastal views. Swim in the warm waters and watch fish swimming below the surface.

Next to the volcanic rock pools, find Castillo San Miguel. One of the few buildings to survive the 1706 eruption, this modest fortress was originally constructed in the 16th century to protect the city from pirates. Look for a crucifix attributed to Spanish sculptor and architect Martín de Andújar. Appreciate the picturesque views from the castle’s ramparts, noting the two solidified rivers of lava that cling to the mountainside.

Explore the small nature museum inside Convento de San Francisco. Constructed in 1524, this former Franciscan monastery is the oldest building in Garachico. Notice the old photographs and maps in the building’s House of Culture (Casa de la Cultura), which provide interesting insight into the city’s history.

Admire the intricate ceiling design in the nearby Church of San Francisco. Look inside 18th-century Church of Santa Ana to see its gorgeous Baroque altarpiece.

One of the most exciting times of year to visit Garachico is during the San Roque Festival in August. Reach Garachico by bus from nearby destinations like Puerto de la Cruz, La Laguna and Santa Cruz.

Top Hotels in Garachico

Boutique Hotel San Roque Adults Only
Boutique Hotel San Roque Adults Only
4 out of 5
Calle de Esteban De Ponte, 32, Garachico, Tenerife
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Situated by the ocean, this romantic hotel is steps from Isla Baja and Santa Ana Convent. Juan Gonzalez de la Torre Plaza and Playa de las Aguas are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)

"Liked the Courtyard and roof terrace. Didn’t like restaurant around the pool and thought our room lacked natural light."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2019

Boutique Hotel San Roque Adults Only
Hotel La Quinta Roja THe Senses Collection
Hotel La Quinta Roja THe Senses Collection
4 out of 5
Glorieta de San Francisco S/N, Garachico, Tenerife
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This family-friendly Garachico hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Isla Baja, Santa Ana Convent, and Juan Gonzalez de la Torre Plaza. Playa ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (142 reviews)

"Feb historic building. Good breakfast. Perfect location."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 5, 2020

Hotel La Quinta Roja THe Senses Collection
Hotel Rural El Patio
Hotel Rural El Patio
3 out of 5
Finca Malpais 11, Garachico, Tenerife
The price is CA $125 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Situated on the waterfront, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Isla Baja and Playa del Guincho. Playa de las Aguas and San Marcos Church are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (66 reviews)

"Such a peaceful and beautiful place to stay. So lovely and quiet, and gorgeous surroundings."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 1, 2019

Hotel Rural El Patio
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Vacation Rentals in Garachico

On the Finca Seguro With a Stunning sea View far From Tourism
On the Finca Seguro With a Stunning sea View far From Tourism
Garachico, Canary Islands

This family-friendly Garachico vacation home is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Isla Baja, Juan Gonzalez de la Torre Plaza, and Santa Ana Convent. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (24 reviews)
Paradiesisch

"Die Gastgeber sind superfreundlich. Der Ausblick ist schon vom Frühstückstisch gigantisch - durch hohe Palmen von weit oben direkt auf den Atlantik. Ein uralter Drachenbaum (der in seiner Schönheit den intensiv vermarkteten in Icod de los Vinos deutlich übertrifft) gleich um die Ecke. Bergige Spaziergänge ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2021

On the Finca Seguro With a Stunning sea View far From Tourism
Home2Book Roque de Garachico House
Home2Book Roque de Garachico House
Garachico, Canary Islands

Situated in Garachico, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Isla Baja and Malpéi. Playa de la Caleta and Juan Gonzalez de la Torre Plaza are ...

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Directly on the Beach with Palm Trees,  Bougainvillea, Banana Plantations
Directly on the Beach with Palm Trees, Bougainvillea, Banana Plantations
Garachico, Canary Islands

Situated on the beach, this condo building is steps from Isla Baja and Playa de la Caleta. Playa del Gomero and Malpéi are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Directly on the Beach with Palm Trees, Bougainvillea, Banana Plantations
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