Vacation in Tacoronte

Home of some fine wines

Tacoronte in the green north of Tenerife is best known for its vineyards, which date back to the days when Canarian wines were among the most sought after in Europe.

Tenerife wine is now re-establishing itself among the elite of wines, with the locally-produced Viña Norte brand names, for example, winning medals and plaudits at wine competitions in France, Belgium and Madrid.

Tacoronte vineyards produce some of the best wines in the archipelago, with the Tacoronte-Acentejo certificate of origin, the first granted in the Canaries, guaranteeing the quality of these wines. Around 85 per cent of the wines produced in the area are red, noted for their rich and fruity characteristics.

The parish church of Santa Cataliana, built in 1664, contains the most important altar pieces in Tenerife, including several images of the Virgen del Carmen by the artist Lujan Perez. Another church, Cristo de los Dolores, has an interesting carved figure of Christ beside a cross, brought to the island from Madrid in 1662.

Despite being largely a rural area, Tacoronte is nonetheless close to the island capital of Santa Cruz, and only four kilometres from the northern airport of Los Rodeos.

A weekly farmers market is held in the town offering a good range of local produce, including home-made delicacies such as cakes, pastries and honey.