Isle of Tenerife

Vacation in Icod de los Vinos

Icod los Vinos - a centre for rick pickings!

The clue is in the name and Icod de los Vinos has certainly seen its fortunes over the years linked to the success of its annual wine harvest.

Icod was one of the first towns to be established on the island at the turn of the 15th century following the Spanish conquest of 1496. Its fertile valleys under the shadow of Teide ensured that the vines, bananas and other fruits flourished and the town quickly prospered.

The Denominacíon de Origen of Ycoden-Daute-Isora applies to wines produced in Icod and its neighbouring towns of San Juan de la Rambla, La Guancha, Garachico, El Tanque, Los Silos, Buenavista del Norte, Santiago del Teide and Guía de Isora.

A wide range of wines are produced in the area, from aromatic whites and rosés to robust, velvety and fruity reds.

Icod today is lively and bustling with a good range of shops centred around a cobbled main street offering plenty of choice for those in search of a real bargain.

Icod has one major and unique attraction, its magnificent Drago Milenario or dragon tree, said to be a thousand years old but in reality probably between 600-800 years.

Nonetheless, its claim to be the oldest dragon tree in the world is undisputed.

Worth seeing in Icod de los Vinos

Parque del Drago
Next to the parish church of San Marcos is the Parque del Drago, or Drago Park, home to Icod's main attraction, the famous Dragon tree (Dracaena draco canariensis). Measuring some 17 metres tall and 20 metres around the base, it is the focal point of a garden bristling with examples of the island's other species. A delightful square separates the church and park, offering plenty of shade for those seeking a relaxing stroll or somewhere quiet to sit and contemplate.

Also worth seeing in Icod de los Vinos
Close to Parque del Drago is Mariposario del Drago, a tropical garden where hundreds of exotic butterflies from all corners of the globe fly freely among the visitors.
Unfortunately it is closed!

Restaurant in Icod de los Vinos

Restaurant Carmen
A rustic restaurant that speicalises in Canarian dishes. Very popular with the local population.
Calle Hércules 2