Icod de Los Vinos is located inland on the north-west coast of Tenerife. Home to an ancient Drago (dragon) tree, which has become the focal point of the town, Icod de Los Vinos provides an excellent half-day out, exploring rolling hills, its bustling agro-industry and its pleasant main square, Plaza San Marcos. Not far from the Playa de San Marcos Beach or the larger and more bustling town of Garachico, Icod de Los Vinos is ideal for a base or a day trip.
The Drago Tree, located close to the equally charming and important Church of San Marcos, is perpetuated by residents of Icod de Los Vinos to be a thousand-years-old. Although there is no actual scientific study - as the trees do not produce age-rings - it’s generally thought that the tree is much younger than that. However, it is the icon of Icod and worth a visit if you’re staying in the town or passing through.
Other attractions include the astoundingly gorgeous Plaza de La Pila, generally considered one of the most beautiful in all of the Canary Islands. Bordered on each side by grand old homes, there’s a lovely atmosphere here and a museum in the ‘House of the Cáceres Family’ or Casa de Los Cáceres. Lorenzo Cáceres was a colonel of engineers and built a 3-story classical house with a lovely garden.
Most of the top restaurants in Icod de Los Vinos are traditionally Canarian. Expect a delicious mix of Canarian cuisine, Spanish twists and a little dribble of Mediterranean flair. The much larger town of Garachico, around 2 miles away, offers up a whole new selection of restaurants and bars. As Garachico is larger than Icod de Los Vinos there’s a wider range of International affair on offer, too.
Kid’s will love the historical allure of the town and will enjoy exploring the quiet, fragrant streets. This will take up a good morning or early afternoon. Heading down to Playa de San Marcos is a good idea, too, as the sheltered bay is perfect for children, as the waters are calm and the wind low. If you're looking for a peaceful family holiday away from the buzz, but with decent connections to local popular attractions, Icod de Los Vinos is not a bad idea.
Excepting San Marcos Beach, there isn’t much in the way of action beyond the hikes and walks you can take that will lead you through fragrant vineyards and rolling hills. If you’re looking for a laid-back day out or a quiet base to explore the often overlooked north-west corner of Tenerife, Icod de Los Vinos is for you.
Nearby Playa de San Marcos is a beach at the foot of San Marcos village, less than a ten-minute drive from Icod de Los Vinos. Steeped in historical and strategic importance, this once crucial sheltered-bay now provides an excellent place for beach-based recreation and enjoyment of the fresh fish delivered each day to the sands by the host of fishing boats that use Playa de San Marcos as a harbouring spot.
The nightlife isn’t nonexistent in Icod de Los Vinos, but it is certainly quiet. There are a few bars and pubs to visit, but not many. If you want nightlife Icod de Los Vinos is not the resort for you. Generally, the northern coast of Tenerife isn't nightlife heavy. For the big contenders, head south to Playa de las Americas.
The romance in the air is heavy in Icod de Los Vinos. Old buildings, quiet squares and the presence of history are enough to get anyone’s heart beating. Check out some of the lovely Canarian restaurants, head down to the village of San Marcos or visit the Drago Tree. Perfect. This relaxing destination is ideal for a couples holiday which offers a quiet place to lay heads, a few romantic moments wandering the old streets, but with access to a range of activities, including hikes, walks and adventure to local Garachico.
An iconic Drago Tree, the Church of San Marcos, the beautiful Plaza de Lorenzo Caceres with its old buildings and lovely gardens - what more could you need from a culture-packed day out? If you’ve got a lazy moment or two, or if the rain is coming down, check out the Icod Public Library, which is surprisingly large and comprehensive. There’s a number of Canarian based books inside.