Icod de los Vinos - under the sign of the thousand-year-old dragon tree
Icod de los Vinos is a small town on the north coast of Tenerife and is about 26 km west of Puerto de la Cruz. Besides viticulture, the main attraction is the dragon tree which is several centuries old. It is the oldest and biggest dragon tree of the world and is supposed to be one thousand years old. This impressive plant belongs to the survivors of the Ice Age. Nobody really knows its true age, because the dragon tree has not annual rings, but it is an agave tree. The dragon tree is certainly the oldest and biggest dragon tree of the world (6m girth, 17m height). Some years ago, a botanical garden with local plants and walks were created at the Drago de Milenario. Among other things, you can also visit a volcanic cave of the age of the Guanches, which is suppposed to be a former burial ground.
In Icod there is much more that is worth seeing. As far as architecture is concerned, the shopping precinct Calle San Sebastian shows many things from each century. The town hall is from the 18th century and the church San Augustin from the 17th century. The old country houses with their inner courtyards are also very interesting. You can also visit one of the wine bodegas and taste wine which is produced around Icod, away from mass tourism.
Above Icod de los Vinos you can see a big volcanic cave called "Cueva del Viento". Its branched passages cover several levels. Up to now, the wind cave was scouted out on almost 17 km in length. Meanwhile, the first 200m have been opened for visitors.
• Activities in the area of Icod de los Vinos:
- Black beach in Playa de San Marcos - swimming
- Sea water bathing pool in San Juan de la Rambla or in Garachico
- Tennis courts and sports facilities on a plateau next to the beach
- Dragon tree „Drago Milenario“ in the Parque del Drago
- Cueva del Viento – longest vulcano cave (14 km)
- Iglesia San Marco
- Butterfly park El Mariposario del Drago