Icod el Alto translates as the high Icod, as it is located about 500m above sea level.
Icod Alto with its 3625 inhabitants belongs to the region of Icod de los Trigos.(Icod of the wheat) of Los Realejos.
But more than wheat is planted.
This wall art of August 2018 is dedicated to the town's cereal farmers. They deliver half of Tenerife's entire production.
Otherwise, papas (potatoes) and on a smaller scale wine also play an important traditional role in Icod's agriculture.So did pigs and turkeys. Read up the unique story of el Cochinero who used mules for transport.
This mountain village Icod of the Trigos was already famous in the past. Its historical country inn La Pared alias 'Casa de papas' is still talked about today.
The latter is related to its famous potato history. Besides, it was on Tenerife's vital road Camino Real which was important until real tourism took off. Today, many admire this country village because of its living folk dance museum, its folk dances of Guanche origin and because of the amazing Middle School called Colegio CEO La Pared.
It is about 400m above sea level and 6 km northeast from the Los Realejos Church Santiago Apostle. It is on the slopes below La Corona lookout and the 'Flypa' Paraglider piste on a plateau by the scientifically important gorge Barranco Ruiz. See it with its surrounding on the center area map by the education CEO La Pared of the 'Upper Icod'.
Icod de los Trigos works towards preservation of traditions of its community in an extraordinary way.
A sense of belonging to build something together is important in our days, where drugs easily make their way into school, as today's youth are so often bored and lack community sense, among other.
Young and old join hands in a shared passion. Just like the couple of wealthy landlords who are dressed in custom clothes.
Obviously an appointment is needed to see the unique collections of ancient customs of the mountain village of Los Realejos.
By the way, its historic, abandoned treasures also comprise a couple of rail wagons for traditional water mines of the biggest Canary Island.
Then, there's the antique mill grain grinder that's depicted above. It can still be used to crush Gofio coarsely.
One of the town's most loved people is the charming school teacher Carmen Nieves Luis Garcia. She is a Tenerife celebrity who is even known in academic circles on mainland Spain. Alzados for Folk dance with the Alzados of Icod de los Trigos became famous thanks to Carmen the musicology expert.
Mrs. Nieves Luis Garcia has a proper musical education and is a graduate in musicology as well as in history. Her passion and expertise makes her the perfect folk music coordinator together with the family Los Alzados to engage almost a whole town for folklore in one way or the other.
Then there are intriguing Guanche caves by Icod de los Trigos with information about the customs of this Tenerife people before they were conquered.
Indeed, Spring is more prominent in Upper Icod of Los Realejos, as temperatures are at least 5 degrees lower in Winter than by the coast. However, frost is unheard of. Fruit like peaches, abricots and plums grow there easily.
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As said, the country village of Icod de los Trigos is a good choice for a new life.
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The main town of Icod de los Trigos loves to party. There are 7 Spanish celebrations, some of which with Guanche influence.
The biggest fiesta besides Christmas holidays, Easter and carnival is at the end of summer. It takes place between the last week of August and the first week of September with a Thursday for free food and drink. In 2011, 700 kg of meat were fried and given out free together with potatoes, bread and thousands of liters of local red wine.
This festival of the town patron Nuestra Señora de Buen Viaje lasts for almost seven days.
Icod de los Trigos is an old farming community which dates back to the islands first settlers just after 1496. There, several wealthy people live. Some own hotels and apartment blocks in Puerto de la Cruz. The vice mayor of Los Realejos also has his home in Icod el Alto.
By the way, the settlement of Icod el Alto is not marked in one of my large Titsa bus maps. It should be just before La Guancha.
I have pinpointed it with a large red dot. Therefore just now, find two Tenerife maps where one includes my important scan of my corrected or extended Tenerife map for Tenerife transport Titsa. This map also pinpoints the highly interesting night bus nr. 391 via Icod Alto as well as the regular bus nr. 354.
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