Garachico is a seaside village in the North West of Tenerife that is well worth a visit for any discerning traveler. In contrast to much of the south coast, you can enjoy views along a shoreline that has remained largely undeveloped as well as quiet streets, 17th century architecture and a lovely, sleepy town square. Just like the nearby towns of La Orotava and Icod de los Vinos, this is a town that practically breathes history with its cobbled streets, small fortress and fistful of churches.
The team here at Gusto Guides tend to walk in the opposite direction to most travellers (this has got us into a LOT of trouble once or twice) and that is how we ended up in a backstreet somewhere behind the seafront at Garachico. And that is how we wandered into the rustic Los Pinos, where we were treated like kings and served a great, local-flavoured menú del dia for €8.50. Los Pinos also has a good selection of tapas, with special emphasis on seafood from the Atlantic waters around Tenerife.
1 plate of fried sardines
1 roast chicken
2 desserts (fruit)
Fantastic service – the happiest waitress we have ever met (even though we turned up with a ravenous hunger before they had officially opened). Large portions too.