2/5  Garachico

Garachico is one of the loveliest towns in Tenerife and the type of place where it seems

nothing bad could ever happen. But looks can be deceiving. In the past, this little gem of cobbled streets, pretty white houses and dramatic sea views has variously been cursed by streams of lava, plagues of locusts and even the bubonic plague itself.

Happily, the days of misfortune seem to be long gone, leaving only remarkable tales

which are well told in the small, but fascinating, local museum. If you’d rather explore Garachico’s natural heritage, time your visit for low tide and you can swim in the town’s stunning natural rock pools. Or, do nothing much at all, except stroll around, admire the prettiness and work up an appetite for lunch at a charming waterfront restaurant – Garachico’s fresh seafood is the stuff of legend.

Gentle, calm and unhurried is the style here, unless you’re around town in August. That’s when the normally peaceful streets are transformed into party central for the annual Fiesta de San Roque.

Where: Garachico is on Tenerife’s north west coast, just over an hour’s drive from Los Cristianos and 30 minutes from Puerto de la Cruz.

Find out more about Garachico with Thomas Cook

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