Tacoronte has more than the wines of Acentejo.

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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.

After the conquest by the Adelantado de Lugo.

 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.

The Portuguese settlers.

  • Sebastián(Sebastiao)Machado from Guimeraes
  • His Father Lope from Guimeraes
  • Capitan Diego Pereira de Casto
  • Don Diego's nephew

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. 

Iglesia de Santa Catalina

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.

Oscar Dominguez at Tacoronte.

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.

Tacoronte Acentejo coast a pearl for tourists and locals.

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.

Tacoronte beaches of Acentejo.

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.

Most amazing natural swimming pool

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 Tegueste.

Tacoronto's end of feudalism.

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.

Municipal regional market.

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.

The Laurisilva Forest Agua Garcia.

This bird paradise with a remnant of prehistoric vegetation can even be partly reached by car via the TF 226.

Sports and outdoor activities at Tacoronte

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.

Club Real de Golf.

Calle Campo de Golf 1, El Peñón.
CP 38350, Tacoronte - Tenerife
Tel: +34 922 636 607 and Fax +34 922 636 480
mail= reservas@rcgt.es

Rural versus town life.

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.

Bananas in Tenerife by AcentejoBananas in Tenerife at Acentejo coasts, as early as 200 years ago.

Climate of Acentejo

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  weather change

Other town attractions.

  • Museum of the phenomenal Siervita a maid of God
  • Parque Hamilton
  • Three weeks of Acentejo grape harvest celebrations Fiestas del Santisimo Cristo de los dolores in September
  • Town Hall Art exhibition center
  • Restaurante China Town at Carretera General,61
  • Casa del Vino a museum at El Sauzal with best wine and good food

Fiesta del Cristo where wine and religion go hand in hand.

The photos of the growing vines were taken by an urban  street between Plaza del Cristo and Plaza de la Iglesia Santa Catalina. Indeed, Many sports competitions and concerts have been scheduled. Two day and two night processions with the Christ statue take place. Several Queens Reinas of art and of wine are an important part of the religious celebrations that stretch over a period of four weeks until October 30, 2017.

Note a main procession after the Eucharist of 12 noon on Sunday, September 17, 2017...

More about the agenda of the Fiestas in Spanish here.

From Tacoronte back to Tenerife towns.

All about the wine of the Acentejo region with its interesting future here.

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