Icod de los Vinos and the Millennial Dragon Tree

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25 October 2021

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Icod de los Vinos and the Millennial Dragon Tree

Today we propose the second entry about emblematic towns on the Island of Tenerife. Icod de los Vinos is known as La Ciudad del Drago, because it is home to the famous ancient Dragon Tree of Icod de los Vinos, one of the most emblematic symbols of the island of Tenerife. The old part of the city has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest due to its historical importance.

Icod de los Vinos and the Millennial Dragon Tree

NATURAL MONUMENTS IN ICOD DE LOS VINOS

Millennial Dragon Tree.

In Icod there is a specimen of the dragon tree Dracaena draco

declared a National Monument in 1917.

It is attributed an age of thousands of years although no study has been able to confirm such longevity, being more likely that the plant is between 500 and 600 years old. This dragon tree is the symbol of Icod. In the surroundings of the dragon tree there is a park that exhibits different plant species, and that provides an important economic resource to the local administration.

The dragon tree, whose weight exceeds 140 tons, is completely hollow, housing inside two fans that renew the air to prevent the formation of pests. The environmental constants are monitored to prevent any possible damage to this vegetal symbol of the Canary Islands.

Icod de los Vinos and the Millennial Dragon Tree

The Cave Of The Wind.

It is the largest volcanic tube in Europe and one of the largest in the world, in fact it is the fifth, after a series of volcanic tubes in Hawaii.

This volcanic tube was formed thanks to the lava flows from the Pico Viejo, which is located next to the Teide volcano. It has an extension of more than 17 kilometers in length, where we will find three different levels of passageways.

This cave is also a place rich in paleontological findings of fossils of extinct animals from the Canary Islands prehistory. Bone remains of a lizard and a giant rat that are now extinct, among other species, have been found. Archaeological remains of the Guanches, ancient aborigines of Tenerife, have also been found at various entrances to the volcanic tube.

Icod de los Vinos and the Millennial Dragon Tree

San Marcos beach.

It is a beach that is not large, but it is very good to take a quiet and safe bath since the location of the beach makes it sheltered and the sea is usually relatively calm, despite being located on the north coast where the sea tends to present higher currents.

San Marcos beach is a black sand beach, like the vast majority of the beaches in the north of the island.

This beach in Tenerife has a Red Cross rescue point, so it is a supervised beach with lifeguards. The beach also has showers, hammock rental service, restaurants with terraces overlooking the sea, cocktail bars …

Icod de los Vinos and the Millennial Dragon Tree

Come visit this authentic town on the island of Tenerife at the hands of Hotel el Duque. At the hotel reception we will give you all the information you need to spend a great day in Icod de los Vinos.

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