Icod de los Vinos is located in a lush valley dotted with rows of grapes a few miles from the coast and below the majestic presence of the Teide.

Famous for the presence of one of the oldest plants in the world El Drago milenario.


Geography

  

Icod de los Vinos 

is located in the north-west of the island. The inhabitants of Icod are known in Spanish as "icodenses". Icod has an area of 95.90 km ², is located at an altitude of 235 meters above sea level, and has a population of 24 179.

Icod de los Vinos is located on a slope continuous and regular stretching dall'estese Canarian pine forests to the sea, which has nearly 10 km of coastline.

The city is surrounded by a fertile valley, and its streets you can enjoy the view of the volcano Teide.

Dense pine forests descend from the peaks to the highest areas of Icod. Its banana plantations, orchards and vineyards give rise to a lively trade.

Icod de los Vinos is located about 80 km west of the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, north of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas, north-west of Tenerife South Airport.

History

Established in 1501, the city is a collection of stately homes, ancient palaces, churches and convents. The name comes from the former menceyato (Mencey is the name of a monarch or king of the Guanches of Tenerife, who was in charge of a territory known menceyato) of Icoden, with a reference to the local wine. The Spanish conquerors were quick to colonize this region fertile and well-watered, and introduced the cultivation of sugar cane and screws, which over the years has become predominant.



To visit

In Plaza de Lorenzo Cáceres, is the monument to General José Antonio Páez, advocate of the independence of Venezuela, whose great-grandfather came from Icod. The vicinity of the city are dotted with innumerable hermitages and other buildings of considerable artistic value and in the church of San Marco can be enjoyed the Museo de Arte Sacro.

El Drago Milenario
In Icod, near the Church of San Marcos, stands a famous dragon tree (Dracaena draco), 22 m high, with a trunk diameter of less than 10 m, and an estimated weight of 70 t, known to have a thousand years (hence the name, El Drago Milenario). Although no study seems to have confirmed the longevity of this tree (Dracaena draco not produce annual rings which date back precisely to their age, the tree is more likely to have an age of several hundred years), has long been the symbol of Icod.

Church of San Marcos
The Church of San Marcos is located in Plaza de Lorenzo Cáceres, the place where, according to tradition, the Guanches already venerated the icon of the saint "A pequeña talla Gótica-Flamenca", before the Spanish conquest.

Plaza de La Pila
The Plaza de La Pila, near the Parque del Drago, is bordered by large old houses, including the Casa de los Cáceres (Cáceres family home), now become a museum. The Plaza itself, with its small botanical garden, is considered the most beautiful square in the Canary Islands.

Plaza de Lorenzo Cáceres
The Plaza de Lorenzo Cáceres with its varied vegetation is located in an environment of the Parque del Drago. This is also the location of the parish church of San Marcos, a Canarian-style church built in the first half of the fourteenth century. The church has five aisles, three of them separated by columns, and two of them having side chapels. To see on the outside of the church there are the bell tower and stone facade. Inside are some important images and fine sculptures, among those that stand out are the statue of St. Mark the Evangelist and that of Our Lady of the Kings, in late Gothic style, and interesting paintings, including one of the Annunciation.

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