Vilaflor the rural pearl of Abona which has several beautiful Haciendas with terraced fields of potatoes, wines and a few other crops dates back to 1496.
1496 was the last year of the Tenerife conquest for Castilla. Then, Pedro Brocamente fell in love with a beautiful Guanche girl whom he dubbed "Vi la Flor de Chasna" (I saw the flower of Chasna).
However, Chasna was only added again to Vi la flor the metropolis in 2014.
It also tops by altitude and unexpected success all Spanish provinces as (DO) wine quality approved designation of origin.
Indeed, an important project to produce ecological varieties of Listin
White on extremely high slopes has already been awarded with a Madrid
gold medal for the wine Flor de Chasna.
The grey road the TF 21 goes via Vilaflor all the way to Granadilla de Abona. It leads from there via the TF1 by km 54 all the way to the capital Santa Cruz.
The gray road the TF 21 from Boca de Tauce down South is for cars, while the red one over the Pass Degollada de Guajara is a nature trail for mountain cyclists and pedestrians. This so called GR 131 a part of the ancient Camino Real from La Laguna is physically blocked for vehicles at some stage near the Paisaje Lunar. Hence, no point to even try a way around.
The lay friar Brother Joseph de Bethancur who had emigrated to Guatemala
City in his early twenties spent his life there educating and helping
the poor for free. The order of the Bethlehemites that he founded joined
him in his noble task until he died at age 42 in 1667.
The Saint's goat shelter cave from his youth which is by El Medano is now a place of pilgrimage in April every year.
The photo of this street restaurant opposite the Hermano Pedro Fountain was taken by the Tenerife holiday home insider. It depicts her dog Jesse together with her daughter and son in Law. In fact there, she learned much about the highest town of Tenerife of Chasna and its Saint.
Much is also displayed there on plaques by the fountain at the end of the small park. It also encouraged to collect more material about the legendary trail to the Paisaje Lunar at the town hall beside the restaurant. The maps for getting around from this main Chasna town were on sign posts. Unfortunately, they may not render big enough on smart phones.
Our lunch was simple but excellent. We had grilled Sardines, Mojo sauces, Wrinkled potatoes, Spanish Tortilla Omelette, French Fries and a Bocadillo Sandwich. Everything including drinks came to less than Euro 25. This included a few non alcoholic drinks. Service was not fast but we very much enjoyed sitting in filtered sun without traffic noise nearby. By the way, this street restaurant Fuente Hermano Pedro advertised for craft works which were sold inside.
I went to explore a little up and down the road while my companions relaxed and waited for the food. Next to the church behind the small fountain park was a beautiful, typical Tenerife house. It was ancient but in good condition. It had a for sale sign attached. It was the Casa de los Soler.
This restaurant is about 30 or 50 meters down the road from where we took our break.
I was so taken by a glimpse of a wine covered terrace at the end of the Casa Pana corridor that i walked straight ahead inside.
I landed in a kitchen first and had a very rude awakening. No, I had not seen the sign that pointed to turn to the right. Back I went to deviate and arrived at a terrace with vines overhead above rustic seating.
Then, my gaze was drawn from the balustrade over beautiful green fields to a pine forest on the horizon.It's the picture at the start of this article with the gigantic rain water tank in the front.
I had to check on our lunch by the Plaza but, was glad we never went to Casa Pan. There, our dog surely would not have been welcome. I showed this restaurant to my folks later on and we noticed that it wasn't cheap at all.
Casa Zaguan in Calle Castaños was mentioned with the photo of the fountain of the saint. There is also Casa Germán which is said to be cheap. A Spa Hotel with mineral waters is a little outside of town. Some holiday home apartments for self catering as well as three or four more smaller hotels are around. Prices range from about Euro 30/night to Euro 100/night.
There is no camping ground nearby.
16 are listed for Mountain wines with Abona quality designated origin (DO). By the way, Jables allow for good drainage. They are a mix of the porous volcanic material and normal soil.
This so called ecological vineyard has more than 36000 grape vines which produce 200 000 kg/a year on a 40 000 m2 terrain.