Drago y Puerto Nest Hostels en Tenerife
If you re bored of only sun and sand…come to the north for a few days to enjoy the nature.
We organise activities from the hostel to do cycling or hicking to the mountains around. The hostel is 20 min by foot to Cueva de los vientos and drago milenario.
Garachico natural rock pools or San Marcos Beach are less than 10 min by car.
Masca, Teno or Anaga natural parks are 40 min by car.
We do hicking to the Teide mountain that is close as well and you can see it from our terrace.
We promote the local gastronomy such as cheese, honey, marmalades, chocolate and the gofio (corn flour).
It is in Icod de los vinos, a city in the middle of the mountain. So you have spectacular viewings, the mountain plus the convenience of the city such as coffeshops, bars or markets. Icod is well known for the Drago milenario tree and the Cueva de los vientos (both can be visited by foot from the hostel). Furthermore, to be a little bit more precise, our accommodation is near to several places such as Mariposario del Drago, Museo Guanche and Parque del Drago.
Our accommodation facilities are wonderful and marvellous. We have a big terrace with viewings to Teide and the Sea. Our swimming pool has a solar system to heat the wáter. There is a jacuzzi as well more private where you can see the mountains and the beach.
SURROUNDINGS (10 min by car from the hostel)
2.- Drago Milenario. it does not display any annual or growth rings so the age of the tree can only be estimated by the number of branching points before reaching the canopy. The specimen called «El Drago Milenario» (the thousand-year-old dragon) growing at Icod de los Vinos in northwest Tenerife is the oldest living plant of this species. Its age was estimated in 1975 to be around 250 years, with a maximum of 365 years, not several thousand as had previously been claimed. It is also the largest D. draco tree alive. Its massive trunk comes from the contribution of clusters of aerial roots that emerge from the bases of lowest branches and grow down to the soil. Descending along the trunk, they cling tightly to the trunk, integrate with it and contribute to its radial growth
3.- Cueva del Viento («Wind Cave») underground complex is the largest lava tube in Europe, and the fifth largest in the world, behind a series of lava tubes in Hawaii. It is also considered the most complex volcanic tube in the world, due to its morphology of several levels and passages.
It was created by lava flows from Pico Viejo, next to Mount Teide. The cave is located in the town of Icod de los Vinos in the north of the island of Tenerife, Spain.
It extends more than 17 kilometres (11 mi) and contains three different levels of passageways, each full of geomorphological phenomena such as lava pits and terraces.
The cave is rich in fossils of the «Canarian megafauna». Bones of Gallotia goliath and Canariomys bravoi, an extinct giant lizard and rat, respectively, have been discovered here.
Archaeological remains belonging to the Guanches, the ancient Berber native inhabitants of the Canary Islands, were found in several entries to the tube system.
At present, the Cueva del Viento is a tourist attraction of the island.
4.- Garachico natural rock pools. the coastline is essentially volcanic debris, but this does give the town its charm and a reason to visit it. Near the old port, there has been considerable recent effort to landscape the shoreline. Many paths have been laid as crazy paving, and some natural rock pools made into swimming pools. Rod and line fishing is also evident. However, outside of these rock pools, the Atlantic swell makes swimming inadvisable for all but the very brave. A municipal swimming pool has been built, next to the natural rock pools.
5. Charco verde y charco de Laja
Both puddles are made of volcanic roks and the color of the wáter is green. They are narural pools with amazing viewings.
ACTIVITIES (25 km to 60 Km. 1 hour by car from the hostel)
6.- Mountain Teide (Spanish: Pico del Teide, pronounced: [ˈpiko ðel ˈtei̯ðe], «Teide Peak») is a volcano on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. Its 3,718-metre (12,198 ft) summit is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic.
If measured from the ocean floor, it is at 7,500 m (24,600 ft) the highest volcano in the world base-to-peak outside of the Hawaiian Islands.[a] Its elevation makes Tenerife the tenth highest island in the world. It remains active: its most recent eruption occurred in 1909 from the El Chinyero vent on the northwestern Santiago rift. The United Nations Committee for Disaster Mitigation designated Teide a Decade Volcano because of its history of destructive eruptions and its proximity to several large towns, of which the closest are Garachico, Icod de los Vinos and Puerto de la Cruz. Teide, Pico Viejo and Montaña Blanca form the Central Volcanic Complex of Tenerife.
7.- Masca is a small mountain village on the island of Tenerife. The village is home to around 90 inhabitants. The village lies at an altitude of 650 m in the Macizo de Teno mountains, which extend up to the northwesternmost point of Tenerife.
Forests including cypresses and palm trees abound. The village lies at the head of the Masca Gorge. The trail from the village down the gorge to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean is a popular, though strenuous, hiking route, which takes about 3 hours each way
8.- The Teno natural park (Spanish: Macizo de Teno) is one of three volcanic formations that gave rise to Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. It is located in the northwestern part of the island between the towns of Santiago del Teide, Los Silos, El Tanque and Buenavista del Norte. The volcanic massif, emerged during the last 5 to 7 million years, is furrowed by deep ravines and ends abruptly in the sea, in an area known as Los Gigantes, a series of high cliffs that plummet over the sea. The villages known as Masca, Teno Alto, Los Carrizales, El Palmar, Las Portelas and Las Lagunetas preserve the old agricultural traditions of Canary Islands.
The Teno Rural Park is 8063 hectares its features are basaltic lava flows and its plant and floristic diversity that varies widely with each insular microclimate. The zones known as Monte del Agua and Laderas del Baracán are renowned for their forests of laurel typical of the vegetation of Macaronesia. Euphorbia balsamifera and Carthamus lanatus, a variety of thistle abound in coastal areas.
The Punta de Teno is the westernmost promontory of Tenerife. It is an area renowned for its marine wild-life offering the best areas for diving. The European Union has designated the Macizo de Teno as a special area for the protection and conservation of the large colonies of pigeons that inhabit the laurel. Ospreys, hawks, kestrels and barbary falcons are also commonly sighted. The area also contains archaeological ruins, with the stone edifices belonging to the ancient Guanche inhabitants of the island.
9.- Anaga natural park is a mountain range in the northeastern part of the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The highest point is 1,024 m (Cruz de Taborno). It stretches from the Punta de Anaga in the northeast to Cruz del Carmen in the southwest. Anaga features the mountain peaks of Bichuelo, Anambro, Chinobre, Pico Limante, Cruz de Taborno and Cruz del Carmen. The mountains were formed by a volcanic eruption about 7 to 9 million years ago making it the oldest part of the island. Since 1987 it has been protected as a «natural park», reclassified as «rural park» in 1994. Since 2015 it is also Biosphere Reserve and is the place that has the largest number of endemic species in Europe.
10 Parque de las arenas negras. En Chinyero. Is a special and unic landscape of volcano lava. In chiyero on the top of the mountain there are paths totally black with the Teide above. Amazing viewings!