A land blessed by San Marcos, a vineyard full of colors, an incredible paradise hold between the sea and the sky, this and more is Icod de los Vinos. This iconic Tenerife city is located on a cliff 7,654 feet over the sea level. Dragon trees and vineyards intercalate with white stone houses that form the colonial core of the city. These snowy buildings adhere to the rock as if they were part of it, and seem almost suspended in space and time.
The steeple of Saint Mark’s church dominates the landscape and offers the best views over the blue waters of the Atlantic. This volcanic stone building kept inside the popular relic of San Marco. It is a small Flemish-Gothic carving piece that was worshiped by the Guanches –the local tribe that inhabited this islands– before the arrival of the Spaniards. This peculiar building was erected in the sixteenth century in a Colonial Canarian style; it figures in the list of National Cultural Interest Sites.
Walking through the old town of Icod de los Vinos is like traveling back in time to the era of the conquest of the Canary Islands. In the Lorenzo Cáceres square, the core of the town, the Millennium Drago stands. This thousand-years-old tree is the symbol of the city and a botanical specimen of great interest. The dragon trees populate this land since time immemorial. If you are interested to know more about this curious species, we recommend you visit the Parque del Drago, near the Plaza de la Pila.
In addition to the charming old town should, travelers should make a visit to the local wineries. Icod de los Vinos produced enough wine to satisfy the local demand. The wine produced in this volcanic and fertile soil contents a high alcohol rate and has a strong flavor. Also, Icos de los Vinos is famous for producing a spirituous beverage called “Malvasía”, a type of hard liquor make out of grapes. The local wines are ideal to accompany the exquisite dishes of the Tenerife’s gastronomy.
Outside of the city, La Cueva del Viento and San Marcos beach, provide the visitor the opportunity to feel the wonderful nature of the Canary Island. A visit to the longest volcanic cavity in the world (11 miles), known as Cueva del Viento, is a fantastic journey through the underground world inhabited by unique flora and fauna. Sheltered by cliffs, the beach of San Marcos is the ideal volcanic beach, it bright black sand and it turquois water inspire the deepest feelings.