Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Two Canarian towns to be added to the list of The Most Beautiful Towns of Spain in 2021

Aerial view of Garachico

The Association The Most Beautiful Towns of Spain has just announced its new incorporations for the year 2021.

In total, there are eleven localities that have fulfilled the requirements established by the organization to be part of the network, which begins with the request of the municipal plenary session or the governing board, and which this year has been requested by numerous municipalities. As of January 1, 2021, the network will have 104 locations.

Among them are Garachico (Tenerife) and Agulo (La Gomera), which join Tejeda, on the island of Gran Canaria, which joined the network in 2015, and which in this time has seen the seasonal adjustment of tourism and the growth of visitors.

Garachico and Agulo thus join the Association that takes care of the most wonderful towns in the Spanish geography: Places of great beauty that treasure history, culture and traditions.

They will be officially presented at the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR) together with the other 8 municipalities that join the network and during the spring an important proclamation ceremony will be held in these beautiful towns. New Canarian candidacies are currently being studied, which in the coming years will join the list of the most beautiful towns in Spain.

New towns 2021

The towns that become part of the Association are Beget (Girona), Molinaseca (León), Baños de la Encina (Jaén), Genalguacil (Málaga), Nuevo Baztán (Madrid), Valverde de la Vera (Cáceres), Agulo ( La Gomera), Roncal (Navarra), Bulnes, Cudillero (Asturias) and Garachico (Tenerife).

These eleven municipalities have passed an audit during this 2020, with more than 40 criteria, in order to be part of this network, in aspects as important as the care of the heritage, the harmony of the municipality, cleaning, conservation of the facades, vehicle circulation, care of flowers and green areas, programmed cultural activity or attention to traditions, among many others

In the words of Francisco Mestre, president of the association, “today is a day of pride and happiness for the entire group of peoples that are part of this network, in which we welcome eleven new members to this quality network. For us, credibility as a brand is the most important thing, so our towns pass a rigorous audit that seeks to take the visitor to another time, where beauty, good conservation, harmony and other important aspects such as culture, gastronomy , tradition or folklore are indispensable. That is why our association does not seek to have many towns, it seeks to have only the best, the most beautiful, those that you cannot miss”.

Garachico from above

About Garachico

Garachico, a town located in the northeast of the island of Tenerife, has a rich architectural heritage in its well-preserved historic center, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, which is why it was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1994.

Its beautiful cobbled streets invite you to explore the heart of the town, its churches and historic buildings. Garachico was almost completely devastated in 1706, but many families of great influence decided to rebuild it, recovering its heritage and cultural beauty.

Some historic buildings were saved, such as the San Francisco convent, dating from 1526 and located opposite the central Plaza de la Libertad, or the stonework façade of the Casa de los Condes de la Gomera, in the Renaissance style. On the coast, next to the historic center, the Castillo de San Miguel, from 1575, and the natural pools of El Caletón stand out, highly appreciated by visitors and residents.

Garachiquense gastronomy participates in the Canarian gastronomic wealth. Its coastal and port enclave has traditionally made it a point of reference for tasting fresh fish and seafood.

On the other hand, the local traditional pastry has an outstanding exponent in the delicacies that the Franciscan conceptionist nuns continue to make. Garachico has also been famous for its good wines, included in the Ycoden-Daute-Isora appellation of origin.

View of Agulo Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

About Agulo

Known as the bonbon of La Gomera, for its beauty, Agulo is an immense viewpoint tinted by the green of its crops over the Atlantic Ocean, and by its cobbled streets, which lead us to the beautiful church of San Marcos with its white domes, in contrast to the reddish tone of the tiles of the houses.

Agulo is one of the smallest and oldest towns on the island of La Gomera, with privileged views of Tenerife and its imposing El Teide volcano, its old town is one of the best preserved in the entire archipelago, and is formed by narrow and cobbled streets that transport us to times gone by.

Among its heritage, the Church of San Marcos stands out, a primitive hermitage founded in 1607 that was transformed into a church years later. At the beginning of the 20th century it was demolished to build the current neo-Gothic style temple.

Agulo has a cuisine based on potatoes, yams or watercress, which have allowed the development of typical dishes such as watercress stew, or yam stew, goat or pig meat, accompanied by potatoes with mojo picón; not forgetting the Almogrote, which is a spread made mainly with cured and seasoned goat cheese.

View over Agulo