Casa de los Cáceres
This 18th century house has a central patio with a veranda held up by columns, and the various rooms branch off from it. There are said to be 365 openings including windows and doors – one for every day of the year.
Dragon Tree Park
Dragon Tree Park, near the parish of San Marcos, is the main attraction in Icod de los Vinos. The famous Millenary Dragon Tree (which is actually believed to be about 800 years old) is one of the major natural, cultural and historical landmarks in the Canary Islands. The Dragon Tree (Dracaena Draco Canariensis) in Icod de los Vinos is considered to be the oldest on the archipelago, towering over 16 m (52 ft) tall and measuring 20 m (65 ft) around the base.
A garden has been planted around the tree that is full of endemic plant species, creating an educational and entertaining attraction for tourists, including small dragon trees, Canary island spurges, tabaibas and more.
You will find other interesting botanical wonders in the square outside the nearby church.
Plaza Andrés de Lorenzo Cáceres
Although the original square dates from the 16th century, it has gradually been extended to become what it is today. In the 20th century it was fenced off with a Neo-Classical balustrade and Indian laurels were planted in the square.
Plaza de la Constitución
This square is more popularly known as Plaza de la Pila (the Fountain Square) and used to be surrounded by the stately homes of noble families in the 16th and 17th century. Some of those buildings still stand around it, representing the town’s wealth of architecture and heritage. There is a fountain in the middle of the square surrounded by hibiscus bushes, myrtles and palm trees.
The Chapel of El Calvario
This small chapel was completed in the 19th century. It houses a figure of Christ on the Cross together with Saint John and the Virgin Mary, which are all visible through the glass doorway.
The Chapel of Las Angustias
The figure of the Virgen de las Angustias you will find in this chapel was made in Mexico during the first half of the 17th century. Aside from its artistic relevance, one of the most popular appeals of this chapel is the stuffed alligator that can be seen resting inside its glass box. Legend has it that every day a shepherd used to feed a reptile he came across whilst tending to his flock until the creature grew so large that he began to worry. There came a moment when this giant lizard was not satisfied with just the cheese and milk that the shepherd offered it and so it would eat a goat every few days. This became unbearable for the shepherd’s modest economy and he decided to end the reptile’s life. However, the shepherd could not bring himself to kill it until he realised that the creature he had reared was going to eat him, and so he turned to Virgen de las Angustias for help. Miraculously, the shepherd managed to stab it with a lance and then decided to donate it to the chapel as a token of his gratitude for the favour.
The Chapel of Los Dolores
This chapel was part of the former Monastery of San Francisco, which was built in the 17th century. Its delicate cornice and rococo-style altarpiece give this lovely corner a beautiful touch.
The Chapel of San Antonio
The chapel was built as a sign of gratitude towards San Antonio for ridding the town of the plague in the 17th century. One of the most interesting elements inside are the wax votive offerings hanging from one of the walls in honour of Santa Lucía.
The Church of San Agustín
This 16th century church devoted to San Sebastián was built in the 16th century and comprises a single nave with two side chapels. It features two Baroque-style altarpieces and one rococo-style altarpiece. Another curious feature is the brick archways that were built using this material either because the Agustinian monks were poor or because of the influence of Portuguese people living in the area, who are used to using bricks as a building material.
The former San Francisco monastery
Founded in the 17th century, the building now houses the municipal library. Mention should be made of its beautiful inner patio with wooden balconies, presided over by a Neo-Classical figure of Poseidon.
The Parish Church of San Marcos
Legend has it that a statue of San Marcos Evagelista was found on the beach one day with his name on it, before the Spanish conquistadors reached the Island. Therefore, a small chapel was erected in his honour in 1500 and was soon extended to become a parish church. Today the church looks as it did after the refurbishment work it underwent in the 18th century. Inside, the church is adorned with images from workshops all over the world, such as the Cristo Naciente made of corn paste in Mexico, the statue of Santa Rosade Viterbo from the Sevilian school and the Gothic-style figure of San Marcos.
Sacred Art Museum
On display at this religious-themed museum is a variety of ecclesiastic clothing with gold embroidery, together with sculptures and paintings. It also contains the Cruz de Filigrana, which was made in Havana in 1665 under orders from the deacon of the Santiago de Cuba cathedral, and was then donated to the church of San Marcos in Icod de los Vinos. The cross is almost 2 m (6.5 ft) tall and weighs 45 kg (100 lbs).
Source: Tenerife Tourist Board