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Excursions on Tenerife

Tacoronte: This picturesque village is located at the edge of an impressive steep coast is also famous for its excellent red wines.

In Candelaria, a well known place of pilgrimship, is located the church consecrated to the island's patroness, Basílica de la Virgen de la Candelaria Photo

La Orotava Photo is an extraordinarily nice town with manorial houses Photo in the island's traditional style. Particularly well-known are the Casas de los Balcones, 17th. century buildings with those typical balconies Photo of Canarian pine-wood. The best time to visit Orotava is during the celebrations of Corpus Christi, when the streets are covered with earths of six different colors which are found in the surroundings and ornamented with innumerable flowers Photo

The town is located in the really paradisiac valley Valle de la Orotava Photo. When the peak of nearby Teide is still covered with snow flowers are in full bloom here. Scientist Alexander von Humboldt, after whom is named a viewpoint here, reported that he was on his knees in front of so much beauty when he visited Orotava.

Güimar, located in a valley, is surrounded with breathtaking canyons and large plantations of bananas. Here we find the Ethnographic Park Pyramids of Güímar Photo a complex of six step-pyramids which are oriented astronomically to the summer and winter solstices. The pyramids have been discovered in 1987 and show great resemblance to those found in Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, Peru and Mexico. The origins of the pyramids are still uncertain and subject to discussion among archeologists. In the opinion of the great explorer and anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, who was involved in the early researches, they may have been constructed by voyagers who sailed the Atlantic in ancient times and possibly may have established a link with the pre-Columbian civilizations of Central and South America.

Close to Güimar there we find the small village Los Realejos, Photo with the island's oldest church and several monuments of interest.

Icod de los Vinos Photo is popularly called the "Town of the Mythological Dragon Tree". This mighty thousands of years old tree Photo was a sanctuary of the Guanches who believed it had magic forces. The town itself is a nice settlement with buildings in colonial style and is well known for its wine production.

Garachico Photo is a small village of unique beauty with a port that once has been the most important at the whole island. Close to it there are beaches of black sand with beautiful natural basins Photo

Santiago del Teide shows an extraordinarily nice landscape with an impressive steep coast, the so-called Acantilados de los Gigantes Photo

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