La Guancha, Tenerife

Holidays in La Guancha

In the north west 500 metres above sea level is the small town and municipality of La Guancha. Off the main tourist map, it is easy to find peace and tranquility here.

In earlier times La Guancha was much admired for its ceramics.

These days the village is perhaps better known for the quality of its white wine, which is produced under the Ycoden-Daute-Isora 'Denominacíon de Origen' and is noted for its golden colour and unusual taste.

The village church dates from the 17th century and is known for its Baroque altar and some fine religious relics.

The forest tracks around La Guancha offer some different views of Teide and a recently created recreation area at El Lagar includes barbecue facilities and a children's playground.

The big towns of Icod de los Vinos and Puerto de la Cruz are within easy reach of La Guancha.


Eating out in La Guancha

Casa Jorge
A typical Canarian restaurant with a rustic ambience and all at very civilised prices.

Art and culture in La Guancha

Casa Museo Taller de Artesanía
Casa Museo Taller displays traditional Canarian folk dress together with examples of the ceramics the area was once famous for. Here you can watch the work of those traditional craftsmen. The wooden door to the building is carved showing aspects of the agricultural life of the area.
Opening times: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm and 4-7pm.

Celebration in honour of the patron saint “Nieves“

Bajada de la Virgen de las Nieves

This celebration is unique in the isle of Tenerife, the locals call it "Bajada de la Virgen de las Nieves", finding place in June.

Indeed, it is celebrated only all five years, then, however, the whole island stands during two weeks under the sign of the celebration of the patron saint.

In a church parade the patron saint of the island, Nieves, is carried from the chapel into the city center.

Part of the celebrations are performances like the traditional minuet at the Plaza de Santo Domingo in the commune of La Guancha which aductes the spectator in the world of the 18-th century with original costumes, music and folcloric dances. The absolute climax of the celebration is the dance of the dwarfs.