The Tenerife Island, of volcanic origin, emerged some 10 million years ago from the sea grounds. It is grounded on the vertices of the Anaga, Teno and Adeje, vertices where today a territory full of contrasts arises, that opens to us its spectacular nature.
It is an abrupt island, with irregular appearance that was formed due to the continuous volcanic eruptions.
It is a region full of forms, colours and thousands of contrasts, where we can find the protected Canarian pine tree areas and the exuberant Laurisilva Forrest, last reminder of the Mediterranean forrest of the Tertiary Era, up to the Acantilados Cliffs and the vertical walls of Los Gigantes, not forgetting to mention the rich and fertile Orotava Valley.
To get away from the touristic areas allows us to discover picturesque little towns, which still keep their old traditions and uses: Popular feasts and joyful Romerías, legends, handicraft, artisan and traditional sports like Lucha Canaria (Canarian Wrestling) or the Palo Canario (Canarian Stick).
We will find little places of typical food called “Guachinches” that arose as a consequence of the important wine activity in Tenerife, especially in the northern municipalities like Tacoronte, El Sauzal, La Matanza, La Victoria, Santa Ursula, La Orotava and Los Realejos.
Before the first origin denomination for Canarian wines appeared, Tacoronte-Acentejo, the “Guachinches” were placed in any room of the family house, where the spouse of the owner of the cellar offered some “tapas” (home made little snacks) from the family kitchen to have them with the wine.
Among the most popular feasts there are the famous “Chicharreros” carnivals, the Candelaria feasts, the Cristo feasts, the San Benito de La Laguna Romería, the Corpus and San Isidro in La Orotava. In the San Andrés feast the new wines are tasted.
The day for the wine´s lovers is the 29th of November. This day is the official Wine Party, the open day of all the wineries for testing the wine, and the tradition said that has to be drinking with baked chestnut and salty fish.
In Icod there is the table tradition, which consists in getting on a wooden table and slide down very steep streets, until one reaches a very considerable speed. From one to ten people get on a table and the operation does not always have a happy end. In La Orotava and el Puerto tin pieces are strolled round the streets making very loud noises.
The tradition in La Orotava & Puerto de la Cruz is „correr los cacharros“, this game involves to tie cans, pots all all kind of pans in a rope and dragged it throuhg the villages.
This island never ends to surprise its visitors; we find cities like La Laguna, declared Cultural Good and Human Patrimony by the UNESCO in 1999. This city is full of history, extraordinary architectonical monuments, palaces and traditional mansions of the XVII and XVIII centuries.
Nowadays the tourism sector holds a big part of the economic activity and the agriculture is kept thanks to cultivation of bananas, potatoes, flowers, vegetables and fruit trees.
The wine yards are a very traditional and settled activity, and thanks to them a wide exquisite diversity of wines are generated, that are accompanied with the excellent gastronomy of the island.
The identity seal of the island of Tenerife is, with no doubt, the Teide volcano, declared National Park in 1954, with the purpose of protecting a landscape of astonishing beauty, its rich flora and fauna and its richness in archaeological discovering. With an altitude of 3,718m over the sea level, it is the highest mountain in Spain.
The Teide National Park was declared World Patrimony by the UNESCO in the year 2007. The UNESCO has acknowledged the Teide National Park and its volcano ”one of the richest and diverse places in the world as far as volcanic landscape and spectacular natural values on the whole world is concerned.”
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