Icod de los Vinos is located in the nothwest of Tenerife; it has an area of 95 square kilometres, in a site formed by a continuous bank of smooth slope from its vast expanse of pinewood to the sea, with nearly 10 Km of coast. With about 25000 inhabitants, the municipality has wonderful natural landscapes that begin in Mount Teide, as you can admire from Icod one of the best views of the highest volcano in Spain.
Trade in this municipality has been a typical feature from its origins and it has been developing
day by day.
Trade in Icod de Los Vinos began as a result of our wines’ exports towards the European Courts, Flanders and England, which subsequently reached the overseas Spanish colonies.
Thanks to the wine trade, different products were brought from other parts of the world to our lands and they were sold in our shops.
Nowadays there is varied trade in two shopping areas. The oldest one is the shopping area of the old quarter, and during the last years a new shopping area has been growing at the barrio de La Mancha, which is at the same time the expansion area of our municipality.
In the urban area over three hundred establishments open their doors every day to offer services to the inhabitants of Icod, its Region and all the Canary Islands.
“Culture makes progress and without culture it is not possible to require any moral behaviour of people.” José Vasconcelos
It is well known that culture has an important role in the complete development of the Community, in the promotion of the artistic expression, social cohesion, sensitivity and even the critical awareness.
Promoting culture is a duty of any municipality, and in Icod de los Vinos (town of great artistic value, thanks to both its great artistic heritage and the artists which were born there), culture is found in the plastic arts, shown in permanent or temporary exhibitions such as the Casa de los Cáceres, San Francisco Convent, etc or in the performing arts, related to the world of theatre, performances, etc.
This specimen of Dracaena Draco is considered to be one of the oldest living beings in the world, about 1000 years of age, a height of over 20 metres and it stands up on a base of 14 metres of perimeter, with a weight of about 140 tons, 80 of them belong to the top.
For the guanches, aboriginal inhabitants, the “blood of the dragon tree” had curative elements. There is a legend that tells about a young female guanche who ran away from a merchant, took refuge under the Dragon Tree and offered him fruits that seemed to come from the Garden of Hesperydes (In the past, it was believed to be the Canary Islands). Furthermore, it was immortalized by Bosch in his famous work: “The Garden of the Earthly Delights”.
The underground site Cueva del Viento-Sobrado is the largest volcanic tube in the European Union. It was created by lava flows of Pico Viejo, situated near Mount Teide.
Visiting Cueva del Viento allows us to understand the role of lava flows in the volcanism and to admire the special lava forms inside the earth. It is an example of geological complexity. In its length of over 17 Km you will find three different levels of passageways and beautiful geomorphologic phenomena such as potholes, terraces and other lava formations.