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Tenerife. West and North-West. P.2

o_l_g_a_r_i • 5 minutes read • August 1st, 2016
After visiting 

the town of Santiago de Teide

, we went toward the north coast.
And here is the town of Garachico.
The most impressive thing was the drive to town. Or rather, the spiral road wrapped around the steep mountain :)
Here it is, below...
And here are some of the local views.
And the town itself was tiny and rather sleepy (or maybe we got there during the siesta?)
There were absolutely no beaches. Only cliffs and the sea, which was a deep blue color.
As you can see, there were even small platforms for lovers of rough seas. I don't know if it's possible to swim there, we didn't see anybody daring to try . . . or maybe the water was too cold for them :)
This town used to be quite a prosperous port, from which vessels with "Canary" wine departed in the 16th and 17th centuries. This is the famous Malmsey wine, also known as Sack; it was even mentioned by Shakespeare.
But a volcanic eruption in 1706, destroyed almost the entire town.
Only the fort and several houses were left unharmed.
Here is the Castillo de San Miguel fort.
And here are more pictures from there.
This is one the buildings preserved from that time. Now, it is a hotel.
By the way, if I'm not mistaken, the Canary Islands were named so because of dogs, met there in large numbers by an expedition led by King Juba. And the word dog in the Latin is "canis".
The dogs they met probably look like these ones. Below is a plaque in Garachico.
To my dismay, it turned out that dog fights were still allowed and held here :(
I wondered is the dogs in this car were being carried to a fight (?)
We should send animal activists here . . . 
It's good that bullfights are not popular here though . . .  
It was also interesting to find out that canaries live not only in the Canary Islands, but also on other islands, such as Madeira and the Azores.
But they are very popular in the Canary Islands. A lot of people have cages of them on their balconies.
I also discovered that canaries are raised not only for their ability to sing, but for other qualities. Such as their color and shape. So, they are divided into 3 categories.
And different countries have different preferences. For example, in Germany, they are bred primarily for their singing, and in England, for their feather colors and shape.
As I understand, this was the cage where they kept such birds . . . 
I read that there would be a monument to an emigrant with a suitcase, and a through hole on the statue's heart in Garachico, but alas, I did not find it. It was a pity, I had seen a similar monument in Puerto Rico.
But there was a monument to Bolivar :)
At Plaza de la Libertad (Freedom Square), of course.
By the way, this monument was a gift from Venezuela.
And here are views of the natural landscapes and the sea . . . 
Author: O_L_G_A_R_I
Source: o-l-g-a-r-i.livejournal.com
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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