Visit Icod de los Vinos (Tenerife) to see the 1000 years old Dragon Tree, then continue to Los Gigantes – where the gigantic cliffs reach the waters of the Atlantic ocean….
Dragon Tree - the symbol of Icod de los Vinos.
The Dragon Tree is native to the Canary Islands (also Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde). Its characteristic “muscular” branches fanning-out from a trunk create a very powerful image of the twisted in everlasting convulsions crown ending with the layer of thick leaves.
The Dragon Tree in Icod de los Vinos is claimed to be thousand years old although there is no scientific data confirming its age.
Strangely enough, the dragon tree does not grow the same way as normal trees so the annual rings cannot be used to estimate its age. Instead the number of branch forking occurrences can be used for that purpose as they indicate the number of flowering events.
The name “Dragon Tree” certainly reflects its strange, imagination capturing appearance and feelings of respect for its muscular body.
The Mighty Dragon Tree.
Some associate the name "Dragon Tree" with the reddish resin from its bark or leaves. Some look for an inspiration from the tale of Hercules and his journey to the Garden of Hesperides (possibly located on Canary Islands ?). According to the myth, the dragon tree sprang from the blood of the hundred-headed dragon killed by Hercules.
Actually I like this version because to me Tenerife seems to be a perfect and “natural” location of the ancient paradise garden!
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On the left - "Walking Trees".
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Casa de Lorenzo Cáceres.
Engineering Colonel - Gonzalo de Lorenzo Cáceres build this house in the beginning of the 19th century. This three-story building designed around the central courtyard is a beautiful example of the neoclassical architecture in Tenerife.
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Thanks to the good climate in Icod de los Vinos everything thrives and flourishes as you can see on the left photo.
Icod de los Vinos has more to offer than just the Dragon Tree (undoubtedly an important attraction!). The city, thanks to its location on the north-western part of the island, seems to be a one big garden with abundant sub-tropical vegetation (in contrast to the south-eastern rather arid part of the island).
No wonder - it is also the home to the “Butterfly Garden”.
For watchers of these flying fairy-tale's beauties it is the part of the island’s paradise – but please be careful – quite often at the entry you will find a “watchful” although seemingly lazy guardian – Lizard (probably a property of the owner).
I was not sure – if he was watching visitors, or just taking an afternoon nap?
Go to: Butterflies Garden - as part of the Icod de los Vinos tour.
And very important – as you may guess, the full Icod’s name makes the reference to the “godly elixir” mostly known under the name of wine. According to connoisseurs and persons close to the “well informed circles”, the quality of Icod’s wines regained the ancient prestige, so please do not loose the opportunity…….
If you want to make a tour of the Tenerife's El-Teide National Park, get friendly with animals in the Loro Parque, experience the bird's view of the island when paragliding, visit the secluded village Masca, taste local potatoes or witness the unique whistling language in La Gomera then click any of the following links:
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