The former Royal Finca Tenerife Hacienda de los Principes and what meets the eye..

Indeed, the Finca Tenerife was also the first Hacienda on the biggest Canary Island in 1496 . It has been a jewel of a BIC  monument of cultural interest since 2007.

However, most of its architecture dates back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centur.

The Adelantado  the conqueror of Tenerife built its forerunner on a Plateau between the gorges Barranco Godinez and Barranco de la Azadilla. He had views of mountains and ocean. He used much of the 166200 square meters of the very vertile land that had belonged to the Guanches to plant sugar cane. Prime water came from the nearby slopes of Tigaiga.

There at Lance,  Bentor the last king of the Guanches commited suicide and jumped into the abyss. He was also Mencey of Taoro today's Orotava Valley.

First Finca Tenerife Hacienda de los Principes in Calle Los Molinos

Calle Acequias runs parallel to Calle Los Molinos of the mills with its royal coat of arms.  Both streets give tribute to the water in this location. Mind that it was truly abundant for more than the farm of  the 16 hectares.

Initially, there was only a wooden aqueduct between the so called Parra Alta and Parra Baja. Both were important resources of the prime farmsteadt the Finca of the Adelantado. 

In 1512, the conqueror turned his property into a "Mayorazgo" which could only be inherited but not sold until its abolition in 1841. Banana plantations followed suite.

Check out this Santiago del Teide feudal estate of Mayorazgoes by a typical Hacienda of the era with a Lagar wine press and more.

Depicted above is the lush beauty of this subtropical Hacienda oasis, as it remained until now on the bottom of Calle Los Molinos.  

This former farm is in lower Realejo which was an  independent town until 1952 but is today a suburb of Los Realejos.  Together with Finca Tenerife it's a relic from way back of the century XV.

  Architectural details and more that meets the eye.

  • Pretty turrets of more than one free standing gable with bells adorning the bottom portal of Parra Alta
  • Typical Canary Island timber balconies and windows
  • A side portal to let through horse carriages.
  • A wooden gate that leads to the Parra Alta with its paradise garden behind it.
  • The chapel Ermita San Sebastian
  • A tiny altar with our Lady Virgin of Lourdes near a stone staircase
  • Comunal laundry basins which may be similar to those of El Sauzal that benefitted a fast growing village
  • Remnants of wooden aquaducts on stelts inside the finca grounds for water transport
  • The Parra Baja of former Lagares and stables
  • Tourist offices and a small children story museum at Parra Baja

Finca Tenerife Hacienda de los Principes chapel.

Initially, the chapel stood last by the convent San Sebastian for nuns at San Agustin.

The adjoining Plaza de La Parra  has magnificent, old shade trees where people may rest on benches underneath. Not to forget are public Titsa bus stops nearby.

Rustic entrance steps lead up to a garden on a higher level.
Lilac lilies are flowering there.

The section seems to be part of a well groomed small park whose adjoining building was up for rent. This was at the end of October 2011 for  200 m2 of luxury accommodation of the Finca de los Principes which included gardens. It was not for Tenerife holiday home accommodation. A good part seems to have been lovingly restored to judge by the interior photos which were in the Internet. Indeed, the asking price was justified.

More about the town that grew around the Hacienda de los Principes of Los Realejos with hotel, church, restaurant, tourist office and more

From Finca Tenerife back to Los Realejos

What Wiki says about the most ancient Hacienda of Tenerife here

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