Showered in lava and pounded by the sea, Garachico has stood proud and prospered, it now boasts a new marina, a rugged beauty, and historical treasures galore, no wonder the BBC’s Doctor Who called in to film for the 2015 series.
The volcanic rock spat into the sea in 1706 will draw you to Tenerife’s north westerly coast but it’s just the start.
The coast road in boasts banana plantations, the 33 million euro marina, a water mill relic, and a choice of modern or natural swimming pools.
The El Caleton rock pools of churning fissures and channels are one clue to the volcanic past, look up and the 500-metre cliffs still show the marks of lava flows.
Dig deeper into the town and you find a shady plaza with fountain overlooking the famous rock. Enticing side streets opposite the pools lead to Plaza de la Libertad with its bandstand and the cultural heart of Garachico.
The ex Convent of San Francisco is well worth entering for a euro to see the cobbled corridors with their glass cases of shells and relics. Go up to the first floor and there are more exhibitions as well as rewarding views of the decorative courtyards.
Garachico may no longer be the important port it once was but the fish restaurants along the coast road are good value for the tastiest local catch.
A 90 minute drive from Los Cristianos or Playa de Las Americas up through Adeje and the mountain hugging roads above Santiago del Teide is a great way to unlock the west of Tenerife.
By the green TITSA public buses a 460 to Icod and a short 363 hop down to Garachico will cost just over five euros each way with a bono discount ticket.