The soul of Garachico is the main Plaza Libertad, with its towering palm trees, cafe tables and lively atmosphere. At dusk old men in flat caps play cards surrounded by sauntering couples, children kicking balls, and families. Nearby is the evocative Iglesia de Santa Ana, with a dominating white bell tower and original 16th-century doors.
Another rare remnant of the volcano is in the cute Parque de la Puerta de Tierra, just off Plaza Juan González (aka Plaza Pila), where the Puerta de Tierra (Land Gate) is all that’s left of Garachico’s once-thriving port. It was once right on the water but thanks to the eruption is now in the centre of town.