Walk in Tacoronte

Walk in Tacoronte

[ Dec.2018 ] After visiting the wine museum in the north of Tenerife in Spain, we went back to the town of Tacoronte by bus.

According to the timetable at the bus stop, it seemed that we had to wait for about 20 minutes, but when I raised my face, the bus was just approaching.

How lucky!

The bus timetables are never reliable all over the world.

We arrived in Tacoronte in no time and started walking in accordance with the walking map we had received at the tourist office.

There are 7 things to see in this small town.

The first place we went to was Exconvento de San Augustin, facing the huge square called Plaza del Cristo.

The white simple building used to be the convent and there is a church made of stone attached to it.

This complex was built between 1661 and 1662, but in the 19th century the convent order was extinguished, so since then the building has been used for public purposes.

Currently, it is a House of Culture.

We went in to the church, whose ceiling was gorgeous, in the Mudejar style, the architectural style which is a mixture of Islamic and Christian designs.

From there, we walked on the street called Pseo Jose Izouterdo, which stretches out north of this square.

In the middle of the street, there is a botanical garden which has all the plants from the Canary Islands.

We stopped here to rest on the bench for a while.

Apart from us, there was no one in the garden and it was so quiet.

Then we continued on the same road to the crossroads, where a stone building called La Alhondiga is standing.

This was a corn exchange, built in the 17th century.

Apparently, from 1685 until the early 19th century, it was the most important building in the town.

It is built on higher ground to protect the grain from getting damp and from rodents.

They used a part of the ground floor as a prison, too.

When we were there, it was closed, but now they use this building for some agricultural events.

In front of La Alhondiga, there is a sort of small park, which is called El Calvario.

Apparently, this crossroads used to be on the main road to La Laguna, so El Calvario was made for people to have a rest during the processions of Holy Week.

From there, we walked quite a lot on the street called El Calvario to the west.

After a while, we saw the church with the long name:  Parroquia de Santa Catalina Martir de Alejandria.

It is a church built in the middle of the 16th century and it is the most important church in Tacoronte, but unfortunately when we arrived it was closed.

The information officer had informed us that this church was open from 12pm to 2pm only on the day, but when we arrived it was already 2:10 pm.

We had relaxed too much in the botanical garden earlier.

Next to this church, there is the oldest house in this town, La Casona, which was built in the 18th century.

It was built as a chaplaincy and then the ground floor was used as the courthouse.

This house was closed, too.

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