Tenerife shopping in Garachico, absolutely, had to be part of our private Tenerife tours, when my kids were on the island for the first time, some time ago.
Please, look in the map below to find locations of Garachico...
To shop in Tenerife was not the only objective. It was essential to get the Tenerife feel for this tiny town or, rather village with all the history of a once leading port and its Guanche past. A tour of its special shops was a bonus, while memories and photos to take home were most welcome.
Admire the tiny town's Garachico panorama as a preview.
Opposite, Tenerife' most spectacular seashore was created by volcanic rocks when Mount Trevejo erupted in 1706 over a period of about an entire month.
This so called rocky Caletón offers more than a romantic frame for a drink and to watch the sun set not far away over la Gomera.
Mind, Spain's highest peak above Garachico had snow on it, as happens often in January. This made my kids think of the cold British capital, where they came from.
And you know what?
There were people swimming in a Garachico rock pool at the time.
It had very clear water where fish may be easily seen. Good for snorkeling is needless to say.
In fact, this black sand beach at the end of the rock pools near a big parking ground on the way to Buenavista is not very big, while the exact beach size depends on the season. It also can't compete at all by beauty with the pools. It has no amenities, such as toilets and not a single bar or shop.
There, the seashore is rather close the mountains forests. All the town's residents hold their breath whenever a fire breaks out there.
Our shopping spree to Garachico started off in Los Realejos with the mountain bus (por la montaña) #354. However, I would always recommend the coastal road for driving yourself. Reach it from the TF 5 by following the signs to Icod de los Viinos and Buenavista del Norte.
The mountain road by bus rewarded us with tremendous views from the height of the bus. However, the hairpin bends are not ideal for sensitive stomachs.
A stopover allowed us to see the Icod de los Vinos Dragon tree where we could have bought Malvasia wine nearby. However, our mind was set to get a bus to Garachico quickly.
We arrived late in the morning for our Tenerife shopping stroll in Garachico. Time enough though, to see its few shops before Siesta. You shouldn't forget that most of them are closed between any time from 1.p.m. to 5 p.m. every day. This break may be used on the Caleton rockpool shore in Garachico, instead. There, you can take refreshments or, sample the Tenerife cuisine in form of delicious little Tapas.
Tenerife history of Garachico was greeting us right by the seashore. It was the Castillo de San Miguel. It was built to fend off pirates.
Garachico's caves were occupied by Neolithic Guanches until the conquest of Tenerife when their territory called Daute became property of the Genovese Cristóbal de Ponte.
What a place for Tenerife shopping... You feel the history even more because, you are in a rather confined, provincial little town with breath taking olden days charm.
Look at the light clothes which we are wearing on that winter day of Tenerife shopping but we never felt cold. That's me and son Marc by the way in the photo.
My son in law Andrew even walked on the cool cobble stones without shoes.
We so much enjoyed to stroll through the Garachico old quarters. There was so much to explore, while we tried to find more shops.
Pot plants of red Geraniums lined the outside of houses which were pastel colored at that time. We arrived at the main Garachico Plaza which is the tree lined beautiful town square Plaza de la Libertad.
Only Tenerife shopping at a pavilion called Quiosco is possible there.
We walked all around the town center and searched for a market or stores. No street stalls that offer any merchandise are there. However, many an open door invited for a glimpse of a charming patio. You never expected it inside the almost humble looking townhouses.
Marvel at this rather typical Canary Island house of Garachico. However, picturesque dwellings like that are seldom for sale.
Contrary to it is the former Aristocrat Hotel Quinta Roja which has a much more Spanish kind of architecture, except for the elaborately carved window shutters and its red color.
It had been lovingly restored. We were still facing it when we sat down to eat by the Quiosco under the Pride of India Trees.
There, we had bought Cheese and Ham Bocadillo French loaves together with little Tapa salads and drinks.
Admire my pictures of 2011 of the said to be haunted romantic Quinta Roja hotel whose Portuguese name translates into Red farm or Red country estate, by the way.
We may have had a proper meal at the Garachico ocean view restaurant Restaurante Rocamar, if we had known about it with its good seafood and exceptional panorama of the Caletón.
Have you ever heard of Garachico's green oasis Parque Puerta de Tierra? (park of soil or earth gate)
This was actually some unattractive terrain which was reserved for authorized people only. It is now a botanical park of 5000 square meters of about 28000 square meters of Garachico's total size. The place isn't only a town recluse for poets. Its roses, trees and subtropical plants delight everybody. It dates back to century XVI when it had a gate made of earth. This was the heavily guarded La Puerta de Tierra. It prevented all public Tenerife shopping directly from the ships in Garachico's rich harbor before Mount Trevejo next to Teide changed more than all that.
Contrary to the charming double story Garachico townhouses are the elegant Iglesia de los Angeles, the adjoining former Convent San Francisco de Asís
and the much younger Neoclassic Townhall beside them. Those and the
Palace of Gomeran Aristocracy round off the set of historical buildings
together with today's Hotel Quinta Roja. All buildings have a character
of their own. Marvel at their photos of Garachico by moonshine that were captured when town folks love to gather by the town main Plaza.
By the way, today those buildings are not white washed any more but, still house art galleries, exhibitions, a library and other public amenities, but nothing can be purchases there. Only event space may be hired.
There were many
ravishing small shops in little, old buildings of Garachico, not that long ago.
Most of them were
in a narrow road running parallel to the sea shore, such as Calle
Esteban de Ponte. The latter which was painted red in 2018 used to be famous for its art inside. Ask if some of it is for sale or if they know artists who sell their works.
Almost 15 years ago, the small shops in this cobble stone street sold exceptional handicraft or artwork of all sorts which serve as beautiful souvenirs or gifts. Candles, pictures, drawings, paintings, little sculptures, metal art works, pottery and jewelry excelled. No entrance fee was charged by a Garachico gallery at the time, either.
Much later, I returned to Garachico with my artist friend Anand Rubai who also greatly admired Garachico shops for their artistic bounty. We would never have believed that the Tenerife shopping qualities of Garachico could ever change. Mind that art and crafts for buying had been a symbol of the town. You most certainly will find this fact mentioned in Tenerife attractions Art Shopping.
Nevertheless, the situation with shops in Tenerife Garachico was very different by the end of 2011.
Our way back took us through more narrow roads.
There are not many.
We also passed by Iglesia Santa Ana or, church Santa Ana until we encountered the must see top Artesania shop El Limonero of Garachico. It is a branch of the one by Casa de los Balcones of La Orotava which is government owned.
Before I forget it: A big advantage with Garachico is that little shops and galleries are open at night. By Spanish custom 10 p.m. should be closing time.
Going back and forth in the little town is no problem at all. That way you can plan your whole Garachico Tenerife shopping well, beforehand. You may fit in as many other activities as you like.
There is a strong similarity between Garachico and the old part of La Orotava. Some of its charm can be seen in la Orotava townhouses.
La Orotava has excellent shops for gifts, handicraft and again attractions for art shopping, similar to Garachico, but is a real town. Not to forget are the Puerto Cruz shops, as well.
Garachico doesn't have the space for big clothes stores or many boutiques. It couldn't accommodate large supermarkets, either.
Anyway, check out Garachico for Tenerife shopping yourself. This includes the street stalls where art and crafts by local artists are sold on Saturdays. Not to forget is that Garachico has been awarded the fine arts gold medal for its valued historic heritage for a reason.
Then, there is the arts and crafts fair of Garachico by Plaza de la Libertad an event that is proudly presented by the Townhall.
The date for the 39th fair has not been set yet.
You may find things for your holiday home in Tenerife or a gift to take back overseas from your summer holiday.
Want a stall to exhibit yourself ? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 922 830 000 (Ext.2233)
Garachico had 5542 inhabitants in 2006. Just figure how small a place it is...
Also, you don't need street names to find shops in Garachico. They are all close to the beach and the town square and you will never get lost while browsing for Tenerife shopping in Garachico.
Depicted below is the Garachico beach veranda with bar. It's a romantic place by the rockpools for a long drink while watching Gomera sundowns.
In the past, all shop doors of Garachico were closed during public and all other holidays. This surely has changed like in all other tourist hubs on Tenerife. You are bound to find at least one souvenir shop that is open.
Mind that most shops may be closed during this important celebration with street parades in most parts of the town. This Romeria or pilgrimage takes place on August 15th and 16th. It was introduced after the archipelago's peste epidemic from 1601-1606. The days for the church procession may vary. Call the Tenerife tourist information Garachico for the latest fiesta schedule Telephone: 922 133461. There usually are some market stalls that sell artensania during Fiestas. However, Tenerife food during the processions is free of charge.
The innovative fashion boutique El Vestidor de Gara behind Iglesia de Santa Ana in Calle Martin de Andujar, 9 was recommended to me by a lady from the Puerto de la Cruz Dental Clinic Arte Dental. She said it has excellent service, interesting garments and good, free coffee on the premises. Unfortunately, they were closed for Siesta when I arrived there at 1p.m. However, exceptional trouzers were displayed in one of the shop windows that looked like designer clothes to me. Yes, this shop is online.
It was the little dog that drew my attention. I had made friends with it at the recommendable Restaurante Cosinera Candelaria nearby. The Artesania Garachico telephone is 922 830 876 or mobil: 647 885 805
Rich communities value culture with good art and handicrafts. Such tradition became an asset for Tenerife shopping when Garachico was wealthy. Now in 2011, business struggles a bit and is turning high shop rents into no-brainers. Nevertheless, good taste and creativity still meets the eye in Garachico. Mever mind how little is left of its souvenir shops as well as galleries.
Marine gear is not featured in Tenerife shopping Garachico. However, it will be.
There is a Garachico harbor and Marina again, but shops and all sorts of amenities for its vicinity are still in the pipeline.
Had there not been the fatal Trevejo eruption in 1706, Garachico might be a much bigger Tenerife tourist resort, such as Los Gigantes. There, many a private holiday home in Tenerife may be found.
However, rural accommodation is offered at ancient Garachico Haciendas at El Guincho which reminds huge Middle and South American banana plantations on first sight.
Bananas certainly come on the house if you vacation at El Guincho. No need to buy them there when ripe ones are available.
We took a direct bus Titsa 363 back that went mainly along the coastal road. We all arrived in Puerto de la Cruz tired but, pleased. The bus ride by the coast didn't cause any upset tummies. It also went much faster.
It is about 90 km from Garachico to the capital by the coastal road and the inland free way from Los Realejos onwards, later. It takes about 80 km to Los Rodeos North Airport. Count with 50 km to get to Puerto de la Cruz.
Look how to find the Garachico shop for buying hand rolled Tenerife cigars by Arturo while you watch how they are done by himself before lunchtime only...
When driving a little further in southern direction after the cigar shop, you most probably find parking on your right after 30 meters (about 100 feet). Parking could be a problem on week-ends in Garachico. I wouldn't recommend Saturdays and Sundays for Tenerife shopping in Garachico, anyway.
Something on history Tenerife which is more like a legend in connection with Garachico.
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