Icod de los Vinos

 Old town with rich history that is well-known for its 800-year-old dragon tree

Icod de los Vinos is located in the north of the island and its name suggests that the city has a lot in common with wine – and yes, there are large vineyards in the surroundings.

The thousand-year-old dragon tree

The oldest dragon tree in the world and the largest cave of volcanic origin in the world are the city´s main attractions.

Historic city centre

The city centre of Icod de los Vinos is beautiful. You should not miss Plaza de la Pila with its fountain, palm trees and hibiscus beds, which is considered to be the most beautiful square in the Canary Islands. The square is surrounded by nice old houses built in the traditional Canarian style. One of the houses in the square, Casa de los Caceres, is now a museum. It is a beautiful three-storey house with a large wooden porch. Nearby is another picturesque square called Plaza Andres de Lorenzo Caceres, built in the 16th century, with its picturesque church Iglesia de San Marcos, which has a high square bell tower that protrudes above most of the houses in the city. The church has a beautifully decorated silver altar. Next to the church is a park called Parque del Drago where you will find the oldest dragon tree in the world, which is about 800 years old, 16 meters high and its circumference is about 6 meters. Another building that you should see is the former monastery building, which now serves as a public library and has a beautiful inner courtyard with wooden balcony on which stands a neoclassical statue of Poseidon.

Cueva del Viento

Not far from the square is Cueva del Viento, a cave system created by lava flows from Mount Pico Viejo. Guided tours are organized in the caves and during the tour you will see various interesting rock formations. The tour starts at the Information Centre, from where you will be taken by car to the entrance of the cave. The tour lasts 2 hours and you will spend 45 minutes in the cave. You will need long pants and good shoes. The tour of the cave is not suitable for children under five years of age and for people with reduced mobility. The Cueva del Viento is open every day from 9 am until evening, the closing time depends on the season. Price: adults 20 euros, children 5-12 years 8.50 euros. You can find more information about Cueva del Viento and tickets here.