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The Northwestern area of Tenerife is fascinating to explore. The Teno Hills are stunningly beautiful and there exist charming towns such as Garachico and Icod de los Vinos.

Garachico is a small fishing port that was almost totally destroyed by lava flowing down to the sea in 1706. The lava solidified and formed a small peninsula upon which parts of Garachico were rebuilt. The most well known survivor of this volcanic outburst is the beautifully preserved Castle of St. Michael (Castillo de San Miguel).

Among the many wonderful places to explore along Tenerife's north coast is the quaint town of Icod de Los Viños. This is one of the Tenerife's oldest towns, with a famous dragon tree (Drago Milenario) as the main attraction. This tree is known to be over 1000 years old, although its real age remains a mystery. No matter what, the important thing about this tree is really its beauty.
Icod de los Vinos is famous for its more than 1000 year old dragon tree
Besides several attractions such as the convent of San Augustin, the church of San Marcos and the Mariposario del Drago (tropical garden with butterflies), as you would expect, just a few kilometres outside the town you will find a wonderful little beach - San Marcos.
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