Vilaflor The village lies at an altitude of 1460 m above sea level and is the most high-rise settlement not only in the Canary Islands, but even in the whole of Spain. Vilaflor . Population - 1851 people (2008). The village was founded in the XVI century, several scientists and travelers. This place has attracted their proximity to the volcano Teide, as well as its pleasant climate. Thanks to an adjacent pine forests, in old guidebooks touted as the health resort for pulmonary patients. Zdes You tell a beautiful story of love between a young conquistador to the daughter of the leader Guanche tribe. At this time, between the Guanches and Spaniards it was a war, but it did not stop the young people, even though the story ended sadly - the princess died, and the young captain said - "I saw a flower." Translated from the Spanish "Vilaflor" language - "Village of Flowers". This is another version of the origin of the town name. It is interesting that in 1954 the Italian Moff took adventure film based on the legend of the love conquistador, played by Marcello Mastroianni (Princess Canary Islands / La principessa delle Canarie) .In its upper part, in a slightly sloping area, there is a small old quarter of the church of San Pedro Built in 1550, the statue of the patron saint of the church. San Pedro, born in Vilaflor was a folk healer and canonized after death. In Vilaflor born Pedro de San Jose Betancur, the first saint of the Canary Islands. Vilaflor - a quiet village surrounded by pine forests and almond trees plantations (especially beautiful in February and March during its flowering) with a lovely typical Spanish architecture. Also here is an ancient house-castle of the family Soler , the founders of Vilaflor. Near the lookout Mirador San Roque on the other side of the gorge there is a park of San Roque (Parque San Roque) - theme park about the life of the indigenous population. Glory of the village brought the local handcraft masters: lovely lace from Vilaflor already in the XIX century were exported to Spain and overseas. More and today some of the ladies in Vilaflore own this craft and offer their work for sale. In the vicinity of Vilaflor comes a lot of fans of hiking. From hiking route leads through the Canadas in "Moon Landscape" (Paisaje Lunar) - a kind of erosional landscape. Landmarks Vilaflor - freedom for hikers and hunters and of course for wild rabbits and mountain goats, mouflon. If you find yourself in these places in the spring, you will have a rare opportunity to see how the blossoms Tahinaste (Tajinaste) endemic to the island, whose flower height of a man's height. Nearby is the largest and oldest of the Canary Islands pine (Pino gordo).
She was already 600 years old, but it is a huge hollow of a mystery. It is said that those who throw a coin to make a wish and, certainly get the hidden. High 45.12 m and 9.36 m circumference. Also endemic, but the archipelago. These places are known for pure mountain air, golden wines and freshest cheeses. village economy is based on agriculture (potatoes and grapes). Tourism is not as important as on the coast, but many of the tourists visiting the Teide, stay in Vilaflor. Already at the entrance to the village green eyes features beautiful terraces. By the way, here are grown the most delicious "Canarian potatoes". Many fruit and vegetable crops yield 4 crops per year. Also, the village is famous svomi mineral waters from sources Agua Agria and Trust de Doña Beatriz (Traste de Dona Beatriz). In Vilaflor is known far beyond the island restaurant El Sombrerito, the famous traditional cuisine, goat cheeses, braised rabbit, wines and cocktails, which, according to local residents, are essential as a reliable means of vertigo on the mountain roads towards the Teide. Vilaflor - a paradise for botanists Here on the square in front of the church is divided alley, where rare plants are planted, imported or donated Vilaflor lovers of flora from other countries and regions. And every landing - a truly significant event, collecting all the villagers, led by the mayor and members of the clergy. Extremely touching sight! On weekends, the church has a small market where you can buy fruits and vegetables from local gardens and orchards, homemade cakes, local souvenirs. There are several cozy restaurants and cafes where you can get a snack or a cup of coffee while admiring the wonderful landscapes. Vilaflor The exceptional atmosphere is beneficial not only to the plants, but also human. After a few hours, you feel a surge of energy and vitality and at the same time feel a surprising peace.