Tacoronte and its name indeed date back to the Guanches a people with a neolithic cave culture.
The region was ruled by Mencey Acaymo at the time of the Tenerife conquest. However in those days over 500 years ago, neither sugar cane nor vineyards adorned its fertile slopes inland.
Neither the wheel nor nautical skills were known to
the legendary King Tinerfe's descendants. Almost wild goat herds reached the municipality's outskirts the Cañadas
del Teide which are now less than a half an hour's drive away.
The inicial Tacoronte settlers after the conquest by the Adelantado De Lugo were Portuguese. They were or men who aided financially or were very high ranking soldiers.
Don Diego who sponsored the settling of Agustine monks had first say regarding the estates of the convent.
Of course, much more land of the former King Acaima was assigned to important people from La Laguna and La Orotava later on.
The beautiful church Iglesia Santa Catalina with its outstanding sacred art was preceded by a chapel that was most probably built by Sebastián Machado and his farm workers.
Make out this white castle in the image below. The surrealist painter of La Laguna Oscar Dominguez spent many a summer vacation there when he was a mere boy. More about him here.
The Tenerife holiday home insider and author of this article learned this from a native. He is a descendant from the Mesa family like the father of the artist who owned the property on the green slopes above the ocean.
Several look-outs along a pristine hiking path allow contemplating wonderful wild cliffs and bays by the ocean as far as Buena Vista del Norte with a little luck. Mount Teide is also visible, often.
A 4 km long road departs in the vicinity of the municipal market and trails down to Mesa del Mar from there with invigorating views.
Acentejo has some of the most beautiful beaches of the region, indeed.
They are Playa de la Arena of Mesa del Mar and its two rock pools. Then there is also el Pris and the hard to reach beach La Garañona.
It takes the Public Titsa buses about 15 minutes to get you down to the seasides and the small tourist hamlet Mesa del Mar.
Mesa del Mar the coastal enclave of apartments may
not be to everybody's taste.
The building style spoils the breath taking natural beauty of this region.
A most amazing large, ocean pool, part of which is hidden in a cave is
found nearby. A man called Dahmen was raving about it in 2012. He never
mentioned the pool's total name. In fact, it's the 'piscina natural de
Tejina Jover'. It's off the beaten track to tourists. You find road
signs to get to it near a crossroad where an indicator points to the
Acentejo beach Guayonje and the other to Tejina. The TF 161 proceeds to
the Jover pool, later on. An alternative route is via the TF 13 via
Acentejo properties could be bought by anybody from the 19th century
onward. This was now possible thanks to the abolition of the Mayorazgo
law of forced inheritance by the new law the Ley Desvinculadora of 1820.
Therefor, the wine industry that had already become significant in the XVII century became even more prosperous. This was also politically important.
Not only the Acentejo coast
but all the rest of the region with equally green hills and a total of
30,09 km2 became a municipality of the
island in 1812.
By 2013, its population reached over 23000.
Talking of the Guanches, here a photo of a tiled mural painting of the battle of Acentejo where these indigenous people are depicted. More about it at the history of the biggest Canary Island.
Today, the most praised assets of Tacoronte are its certified quality wines of origin of Acentejo called Denominación de origen in Spanish (DO). Many are on offer together with excellent goat's cheese and other farm and imported products at its modern multistory Saturday market. The latter is by Plaza de Cristo on the old main road which leads to the capital.
This bird paradise with a remnant of prehistoric vegetation can even be partly reached by car via the TF 226.
Sports clubs for hiking, walking, sky and scuba diving,
work-out gyms as well as for golf have become trendy. Actually, the Acentejo Club Real de Golf has the oldest Tenerife golf greens.
I battled to find the small holding of a British lady outside the urban area. Farm roads were not marked well in those days by 2004. Also, properties were spread out substantially, contrary to the congested ones in town.
Her kitchen yard smelled of ripe oranges, lemons and lavender which grew outside the door.
The lady told me that too many had left the work on fields and in vineyards. They rushed into town to try their luck in the construction business, in tourism, real estate and in other service fields.
The relatively dry, sunny climate of Acentejo is most surprising. It starts at less
than 4 km from Tenerife's airport Los Rodeos but, is a world apart by