If you would like to visit one of the Island’s most unique gardens, don’t miss the Hamilton Gardens in the municipality of Tacoronte. This huge expanse of Canarian plant life is alive with different species present in the laurel forests and macaronesian heathland, the fayal-brezal. There is also an area dedicated to vines showing visitors a sample of the Canary Islands’ different grape varieties and crop systems.
The park opened in 2003 and was built on the slopes of a ravine, making it the ideal spot to unwind and enjoy nature. Information boards have been put up to enhance your visiting experience and help you spot the garden’s different plant species.
Opening hours: 10 am to 7 pm. All year round.
Entrance price: Free.
La Alhóndiga and El Calvario
The corn exchange in Tacoronte was built in the 17th century as a public granary. It now hosts all kinds of cultural events, especially farming-related events. Opposite the corn exchange is El Calvario, a 17th century building that was used as a resting station or half-way point during Holy Week processions.
The forest of Agua García
This forest was declared a Protected Landscape in 1994 and is one of the archipelago’s most important expanses of laurel forest. There is a Patrimonial Information Centre here with information on the natural treasures you will find in this unique setting.
The Parish Church of Santa Catalina
It was founded as a chapel in the early 16th century, but after several refurbishments it was turned into the church we see today. It is considered one of the most important churches in the Canary Islands.
The Santísimo Cristo de los Dolores sanctuary and the former monastery of Los Padres Agustinos Calzados
The unique figure of Santísimo Cristo de los Dolores is fervently worshipped in Tenerife and can be found inside this church, which was built over the old 17th century chapel. Beside it is the former monastery of Los Padres Agustinos Calzados, which was also founded in the 17th century and is now used as the Culture House.
Source: Tenerife Tourist Board