Garachico, Cave of the Wind, Masca
Explore Garachicoâ€™s natural lava pools in this colonial port that was once home to the American colonists and gateway for trade between Europe and the New World in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is known for its many wine shops and also home to the oldest living Roca tree, just one of the many species of exotic and unique flora and fauna in this fertile Mediterranean climate.
Then off to the Cave of the Wind. Thought to be the largest volcanic cave in the world, the Cueva del Viento (Cave of the Wind) has a known length of over 17 kilometers. It consists of a complex lava tube with several entrances, is the largest lava tube in the European Union. It presents great internal complexity, a wide variety of geomorphological structures, and a unique fauna, both living and fossilized. Other caves, also very extensive, are found in other nooks of the town: these include San Marcos, Punto Blanco, El Rey, and Felipe ReventĂłn.
Next, we take the curvy road to Masca. At an altitude of 600 meters, Masca is a small village at the foot of the Teno Mountain range where Tenerifeâ€™s original settlers lived. The sight of Mascaâ€™s homes perched on narrow mountain ridges along with deep cypress and palm tree covered ravines make this one of the most picturesque parts of the island.