Vilaflor

Vilaflor is the highest town in Spain

Vilaflor, the highest town of SpainAt over 1,400 metres, over 4,500ft, above sea level Vilaflor can claim to be SpainĀ“s highest municipality.

The town was founded by the Soler family and their fortified family home lies close to the church in the centre of the town.

Other features of architectural interest include the summer residence of the Bishop of Tenerife, the Case del Obispo.

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The saint Pedro de Bethencourt, founder of the Bethlemite order of monks and canonised by Pope John Paul II in recent years, was born in Vilaflor in the 17th century.

Surrounded by pine forests and set amid the purest and clearest air imaginable, Vilaflor makes an ideal base for those pursuing energetic activities such as hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and paragliding.

As well as being on the route from the south of the island to Teide National Park, Vilaflor has its own set of high peaks in Las Lajas at 2,165m, Guajara 2,715m and Los Retamares 2,534m.

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Not far from Vilaflor is the Paisaje Lunar, or Lunar Landscape, an area of rock formations with a definite 'other world' feel.

Worth seeing in Vilaflor

Churches in Vilaflor

Iglesia San Pedro
The 17th Century parish church has a number of interesting jewels and religious figures, including a statue of St Peter.

Music, art & culture

Center de Artesania
Vilaflor is home to some of the best known craftsman on the island. Popular locals crafts include embroidery, ceramics and pottery.