Tajinaste Rojo del Teide

The red tajinaste, also called Sangre del Teide, is native to the Canary Islands, especially Tenerife. It is a shrub that forms a rosette of very dense, lanceolate leaves, the lower ones being longer than the upper ones and silvery in colour. The flowers are coral red, hence its name, and are pointed. It can grow up to 3 m high.

The red tajinaste is found in the Cañadas del Teide, La Fortaleza, Valle de Ucanca and near the Parador Nacional and is a locally common plant. It is the most representative species of Las Cañadas, one of the most interesting floristic areas in the whole of Macaronesia. It coexists with other tajinastes, such as the less common blue tajinastes, endemic to the area.

This plant is a very important species for honey production, as it is one of the favourite flowers of bees in Tenerife thanks to its great abundance of pollen and nectar. The honey obtained is monofloral and has a denomination of origin. It has a smooth, creamy taste and a crystallised appearance with a light white to beige colour.

Cueva del Viento

The Cueva del Viento-Sobrado is located in the municipality of Icod de Los Vinos, on the northern slope of Mount Teide.
The Cueva del Viento-Sobrado underground complex is the largest volcanic tunnel or tube in Europe and the third largest in the world, with a length of more than 17 kilometres. It was formed by lava flows from the Pico Viejo volcano, located next to Teide.

The Cueva del Viento is very complex inside and has three levels with different passages and several exits. It has various geomorphological structures, such as chasms, terraces and other lava formations.

The visit to the cave requires walking shoes (preferably boots), starts at the visitor centre, takes about 2 hours and the total walking distance is 1,200m. A vehicle takes the group (maximum 15 people) to the vicinity of the cave entrance. After a short walk through an area of low mountain crops and pine forests and along an old royal road, you reach the cave.

Drago Milenario

The Drago Milenario de Icod de los Vinos is one of the most important natural symbols of Tenerife and the Canary Islands. It was declared a national monument in 1917.

It is considered to be the oldest in the Canary Islands, but as dragon trees do not have a woody trunk (no annual rings), it is very difficult to date specimens. At present, the tree is estimated to be between 800 and 900 years old.

It is 17 metres high, has a circumference of 20 metres at the base and weighs 150 tonnes, not including the roots. The trunk has a huge chimney-shaped cavity, more than 6 metres high, in which a fan has been installed to facilitate air circulation and prevent the proliferation of fungus.

The Drago Milenario has given a great boost to the village’s economy. Every day, numerous tourists come to admire it and to taste the delicious wines and liqueurs on offer here.

For thousands of years, the mythical Drago de Canarias (dracaena draco) has been surrounded by a halo of mystery that still lingers today. Legend has it that dragons transform into dragons after they die.

There are several impressive dragon trees in the Canary Islands. The botanist and naturalist Humboldt observed a huge dragon tree in the gardens of Franchy (La Orotava) in the 18th century, 25 metres high and 23 metres in circumference, but it was blown away by the wind in 1867.

Dragon tree blood

The sap of the dragon tree, which is obtained by cutting the bark, turns red when it comes into contact with air, which is why it is also known as “dragon’s blood”. This sap has been highly prized since ancient Rome, where it was used as a dye and panacea for all diseases. Interest in “dragon’s blood” continued on the European continent until the Middle Ages.

Lago Martiánez Puerto de la Cruz

Artificial seawater pools surrounded by lush vegetation in Puerto de La Cruz, in the Orotava Valley in the north of Tenerife.

The 10,000 square metre complex was built on an inhospitable stretch of coastline called Llanos de Martiánez by the Lanzarote artist César Manrique, who succeeded in fusing art and nature to create an environment of singular beauty.

It consists of an artificial central lake with 27,000 m3 of salt water, around which there are four pools for adults and three for children, which simulate different natural Canarian environments and harmoniously integrate the sea and volcanic rock to create white sandy beaches, rugged coastlines, islands of native vegetation, geysers, waterfalls and underwater caves.

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