Nestled away in Spain's Canary Islands, the town of Arico on Tenerife has a long and fascinating history that's woven into the many attractions of the town itself. Between the town's charming sights, nearby natural wonders, and the other cities of this gorgeous Canary Island, Arico is one village you won't want to miss.
Arico (or Villa de Arico, as the locals call it) officially became a town in 1916 after a decree from King Alfonso XIII, but the humble village of less than 700 people has a history that stretches far beyond its initial founding. Historic buildings like Parroquia de San Juan Bautista, which was founded over four centuries ago, have compelled Spain to declare the entire village a site of cultural interest!
Arico isn't just about impressive ancient architecture and fascinating history, though. You can walk the narrow streets and admire views of rolling hills as you explore the town, stopping at local restaurants like Aznias or Bodega Pepe, or enjoying shopping at outlets like Tenerife Outdoor.
It wouldn't be a trip to the Canary Islands without some fun on the beach! The nearby beach town of Calle Abades is less than five miles away, and with it the soft sands, gentle surf, and bright sunshine of Playa Abades, as well as the gorgeous coastal views of Punta de Abodes. On the way home, stop at the majestic Montaña Centinela, which offers challenging hikes and a stunning view of the seaside and rolling hills from its summit. If that's not enough, Parque Nacional Corona Forestal has even more trails to explore just 13 miles to the north.
Arico is ideal for those looking for peace and quiet in their Canary Islands vacation, but it's easy enough to find excitement with so many great towns nearby! Year-round festivals in Fasnia lie just a short drive eastward, along with idyllic beaches and unique natural beauty. The windsurfing capital of El Medano is also nearby, which is sure to please any thrill-seekers in your group. Meanwhile, a trio of incredible beach towns to the west provide all the excitement and entertainment you need: between the vibrant nightlife of Playa de las Américas, the family-friendly resort attractions of Los Cristianos, and the gorgeous beaches of Palm-Mar, you'll never be bored during your stay!
Arico is perfect for any traveler, boasting charming sights, intriguing history, and a quiet, low-key atmosphere for those looking to relax in a convenient location near several natural attractions and bustling towns. It's hard to see how a stay in this charming Tenerife town could go wrong!