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, while bananas date 200 years back.
The relatively dry, sunny climate of this part of Tenerife is most surprising. It starts at less
than 4 km from Tenerife's airport Los Rodeos but, is a world apart by
Make out a 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.
Then there is also el Pris with its town beach. Not to forget the hard to reach Playa La Garañona and the natural rock pool of Tejina Jover further on. Find the latter via cross road signs to Guayonje and to Tejina. The TF 161 proceeds to the Jover pool, later on. An alternative route is via the TF 13 via Tegueste.
The regions inicial settlers, such as Sebastián (Sebastiao)Machado from Guimeraes who founded an Agustine convent and his father Lope were Portuguese. So were Don Diego Pereira de Castro and his nephew. All had been connected financially or otherwise to the conqueror the Adelantado de Lugo.
Exquisitely carved woodwork adorns the church pulpit and its stairs.
Some of this temple's exquisite paintings are by the famous C.H. de Quintana from La Orotava. Church visiting hours are on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10.a.m. to 12.a.m. Not to forget is the large town square with Church Iglesia del Cristo and its ancient convent of traditional Canary Island architectural style.
The abolition of the Mayorazgo law of forced inheritance by the new law the Ley Desvinculadora of 1820 made it possible that properties could be bought by anybody.
This made the wine industry in the XIX century even more prosperous which led to sociopolitical changes.
In 1812, 30,09km2 from coast to mountain slopes became the Tacoronte municipality. By 2013 it reached over 23000 inhabitants.
Today, the region's certified quality wines of (DO) origin of Acentejo are an important asset besides its locally made goat cheese.
The photos of the growing vines were taken by an urban street
between Plaza del Cristo and Plaza de la Iglesia Santa Catalina of the old quarters of town.
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 always takes place after the Eucharist of 12 noon on Sunday.Example of festival program.
There in 2004, I once battled to find the small holding of a British lady. Also,
properties were spread out substantially contrary to the congested urban ones.
Her kitchen yard smelled of ripe Oranges, Lemons and Lavender which grew outside the door, while horses looked over her fence.
Why no entire bliss?
The lady told me that too many locals had left the farms and vineyards. The construction industry, real estate, tourism and related services lured them away.