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In present-day Tenerife, the representative in rural tourism is none other than Arico. Its historical and
natural splendors drape 179 km2 remarkable landscape. The municipality is also used to tourism, as it
has been impressing longer than the rest of the island. Needless to say, the islands title as a major
tourist destination in the world is in good hands.

Aricos terrains are pure delight. Interesting towns of great historical and architectural value are
sprawled in its hills. The wide and untouched expanse is open for exploration, and so are its rugged
but splendid coasts. With nothing but the sound of crashing waves and faint voices, its beaches are
among the most serene in the island. More than a rural tourist spot, it is a countryside perfection with
many facets.
The annexation of the Canaries was a bloodbath. No matter how disturbing that part of history was, it
did pave the way for beautiful things to happen. One of those is the architectural awakening of Arico
where the old structures still stand.

Around 1590 to 1610, the San Juan Bautista Chapel was built on what was a peaceful farmland of El
Lomo de Arico. Eventually, lovely stone abodes sprung around it until it became a small community.
Soon, El Ro and Old Arico settlements were built. And, by the next century, the New Arico was also
created.

Although the small towns were erected on what were initially farmlands, the municipalitys economy
still relied on farming. Thus, most of its expanse is still used for that purpose. Since the 18th Century,
its main crops have been potatoes and tomatoes. They also produced divine cheese and wines.
A harmonious mix of calm and thrill embodies the southeastern municipality of Arico. It has enduring
towns, unspoiled outskirts, and laid-back seaside. Here, travelers can avoid the crowd but still
experience island vacation at its best. They can relax without missing out on adventures. And, most
importantly, experience the almost untouched side of Tenerife.

Town-Hopping

Strolling around Aricos hundreds of years old towns is like traveling back in time. Its traditional white
houses, churches, and pathways transport people back to the past when everything was created with
beauty and function. These towns also have sublime surroundings which make them even more worth
the visit.
Arico Nuevo
Nestled between Villa de Arico and Arico Viejo is the lovely Arico Nuevo. Although its name means
new, the town has a rich heritage and is a certified historical site. Within its narrow alleys is a row of
well-maintained 18th and 19th-century white houses. Even older are the churches of Nuestra Seora de
la Luz and San Bartolom.

Arico Viejo
Many opt to stay in Arico Viejo as it is the nearest Arico to other attractions in the municipality and
the island. Aside from its location, it, too, has attractive white houses. The local church, Iglesia de Arico
el Viejo, is also a head-turner. Theres just something about structures of traditional Canarian
architecture that exude charm and exoticness. And, because they are in the fabulous Canary Islands,
they are in such picturesque setting too.
Villa de Arico
Villa de Arico is without a doubt the most economically successful in the Arico family. Although enjoying
relative prosperity, it had humble beginnings like most towns. Around 1590 to 1610, in the middle of
agricultural fields and nothingness, the beautiful San Juan Bautista chapel was built. Charming abodes
rose around the chapel which led to the formation of Lomo de Arico. Finally, in 1916, due to its financial
growth, the town earned the villa title (equal to the borough in the UK) from King Alfonso XIII himself.
And, the quaint little village has been known as Villa de Arico since.

Icor
What sets Icor apart from the other aged settlements in the island is its type of old rural architecture.
Instead of the typical one-story whitewashed houses, this hamlet has two-story stone houses. Its also
missing features common to old towns like cobblestone alleys and churches.
Go Seaside
Arico has the most undisturbed coast in Tenerife, and the best ones are Tajao, El Pors, and Abades.
These three, although practically neighbors are also different from each other. Thus, the activities
available differ. No matter which beach travelers visit, tranquility is a sure thing.

Tajao
Playa de Tajao is a black and pebbly volcanic sand beach with calm waves all year round. Because of the
high winds, tourists expect to see rough waves. Surprisingly, though, a peaceful rush of seawaters
welcomes them instead. Great for a refreshing swim, they may also sunbathe while enjoying the view of
the Atlantic. Powerful currents are rare in this area, but still be vigilant as theres no lifeguard around.

El Pors
The 200-meter long golden sand beach of Playa El Pors is beautiful and all natural. Hence, it is one of
the very few with such distinction in Tenerife. Its refined sand is perfect for pleasant walks or even early
morning jogs. For another postcard-perfect view, also visit the lighthouse of Pors. It is but a quick 5-
minute walk away from the beach.
Abades
A former leper colony, Abades is now a popular destination, especially for the locals. The seafront hamlet
is quiet and sleepy during the winter season. All that change on school holidays, though, when young
residents flock its shores. Scuba diving and snorkeling are also a huge favorite here. In fact, there are
dive centers in the area open every day. The little seaside town is also very convenient. It has nine
restaurants, two small supermarkets, and a fitness studio.

Hiking Trails
Arico has fascinating hiking trails to offer as well. For beginners, try the route from Plaza de Los Condes
de Santa Mara de Abona in Villa de Arico to the hamlet of El Ro. The engrossing stone pathways are
ancient, but still a slightly easy track to walk on.

For jaw-dropping vistas, explore the trail that starts in El Contador recreational area. It leads to the
Tamadaya ravine, the upper part of Villa de Arico, and lastly, in Arico el Viejo. Please note that this track
is for at least intermediate level hikers.
Climbing
Arico has the best and most extensive area for climbing in the whole Tenerife. Here, tourists can explore
fantastic landscapes through its more than 260 routes. Everyone, even beginners, can join in the fun just
as long as they are up for the challenge.

The El Ro ravine is the best place in Tenerife for steep climbing. There are also demanding routes in the
Arico Gorge, the largest climbing area on the island. As for those new to the sport, its best that they
start with Arico upper and Tejina.

After a long and exhausting day of hiking, climbing, or seaside tripping, tourists deserve to rest and
relax. Marveling at lovely views from the terrace while sipping local wine sounds fun. Admiring the
traditional Canarian architecture of the rental cant be helped. In Arico, lodging isnt only for sleeping.
Holiday Home for Two
The lovely one-bedroom Landhaus Lorena in Arico el Nuevo is perfect for couples. It has all the comforts
and amazing outdoor features as well. For guests who want to have fun while basking in the Canary sun,
this is the place. Its a holiday home with a private pool and an outdoor dining and barbecue area. If they
prefer to relax indoors, the living room has a sofa, satellite TV, and a rustic fireplace. They may also use
its fully-equipped kitchen that also comes with a washing machine.

Oceanfront Apartment
Situated in Pors de Abona, it is a mere 2-minute walk from the beach. Bars and restaurants are also
within a 5-minute walk. If staying in is their style, the living area with sofa and satellite TV will keep them
cozy. While the kitchen with an oven, hob, and fridge will surely make their stay comfortable. The
bathrooms also come with a bathtub, so relaxation is a promise.

Casa for Groups or Families


Situated in Arico Viejo, the Casa Abuela Mina is a 3-bedroom home that can house up to five persons.
Guests love that they can relax on the terrace and enjoy a barbecue with mountain and sea views. The
casa has great amenities to make sure guests will feel right at home. Theres a living and dining space.
Theres also a fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine. Truly, their guests
convenience is a top priority.
Most of the restaurants in Arico offer traditional Canarian cuisine. Although somewhat limited, most of
them provide top-notch food and service. They also add a bit of personal touch or twist to their dishes
to stay ahead of the food business. For fresh, flavorful, and tasty meals, Aricos menu is a must-try.

Tasca La Zurrapa Restaurant

A tiny restaurant that leaves a big impression to their diners, that is Tasca La Zurrapa. Locals sing
praises for this food haven. And, most tourists find their way here through recommendations from
them.

The restaurant offers freshly prepared Spanish and Canarian dishes at a reasonable price. The most
popular ones are the chicken in beer, ropa vieja (also chicken), any of the tapas, and bacalhau tipico
(codfish). Pair any of their dishes with either coffee or local wine.
Tasca Tierras del Sur Restaurant

One of the best restaurants in Arico, Tasca Tierras del Sur should not be missed. In fact, locals and
tourists even drive from other towns and municipalities to dine here. Their impressive menu is a mix of
International, Mediterranean, and Spanish cuisines. As in most Canarian restaurants, of course, tapas
reign supreme. In Tasca Tierras del Sur, the most popular tapas are the octopus, oven-baked fish,
banana croquettes, and spinach croquettes. Their other must-tries include tuna stuffed red peppers,
foie gras with fig jam, hake fingers, and tierras house salad.

Samelo Veg Restaurant

Samelo Veg Restaurant is the answer to the growing number of vegan and vegetarian tourists in Arico.
They arent just the best vegetarian option though. They are one of the best restaurants in the
municipality. Even non-vegans recommend this place. This is a truly family-friendly restaurant. While
waiting for their orders, tourists with kids can have fun in the fairly large play area. They may also
admire all the home-made decors in the establishment.
The public transport system of Tenerife is not only reliable but also cheap. Thus, many tourists take the
bus to go around the island. At the moment, two bus lines are servicing Arico from the islands major
towns.

Tourists can take bus line 711 from Santa Cruz to Costa Adeje. It covers plenty of other places, and one
of its stops is Arico. For those coming from Costa Adeje, take bus line 111. The whole trip lasts only 30
minutes, and the final destination is Santa Cruz.

To go around the municipality, tourists can hire a car, hike or go by bike.


Tourists go on vacation mainly to de-stress from work and daily routines. And, many find their way to
Arico when escaping the bustle of Tenerifes major towns. In this world full of skyscrapers, they find its
old towns new and refreshing. With so many coasts commercialized and enhanced, its rugged seaside
feels so pure and rare. Most of the activities available also connect and endear them to nature.

Why must one visit Arico? Well, why ever not? Through its narrow cobblestone pathways, people can
travel back in time. And with the sight of its picturesque mountains and coasts, their worries evaporate.
It is one of the very few places to rewind and unwind. Just exactly what visitors need before heading
back to real life.
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