Garachico, Tenerife, Canary Islands

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A gracious and charming settlement located in a deep valley flanked by forested slopes and a rocky coastline, Garachico has successfully – and lucratively – managed to retain its Canarian identity. There are no big hotels, possibly because there is no real beach (though swimming in the natural, volcanic coves along the rocky coast is a rare delight). Handsome and historic, Garachico gets its name from the imposing rock outcrop just offshore (gara is Guanche for 'island', and chico is Spanish for 'small').


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