If you are planning to visit Vilaflor, Tenerife, the following information may help by giving you an overview of the resort.
In a small basin in the south of Tenerife, peppered by volcanoes, pine trees, flower-filled hillsides, vineyards and potato orchards, you will find Vilaflor; one of the prettiest approaches to Mount Teide. About 300,000 years ago, a volcano erupted and started to throw a blanket of hot lava through the hills and valleys of the south of Tenerife. As a result the steep slopes around Vilaflor became known as the Banades del Sur. The attractive village of Vilaflor lies at a height of 1400m making it the highest settlement in Tenerife and also the highest point in Spain. Its population of 2000 makes it the islands smallest municipality
The healthy air and water quality in Vilaflor attracted many visitors going back to the 18th century and today is the prefect destination for visitors who are seeking a quiet retreat. Its clear air helps people with respiratory problems and the village has become something of a health resort. Vilaflor is also the starting point for hikes to the Paisaje Lunar [Lunar Landscape] which is an area of soft white rock that has been eroded into strange shapes.
With incredible views and pure upland air, it is easy to see how this former spa town’s charming old brick-and-tile houses once attracted those looking to improve their health. Though less busy nowadays, Vilaflor retains something of its appeal with a friendly, traditional Canarian atmosphere. In fact, Vilaflor lives up to its name, with flowers everywhere, in dooryards, along the top of walls and in little pots along Calle Santa Catalina. Quite unlike other settlement in the south, the prettily named “flower town” is the highest village in the Canary Islands. Although millions pass through Vilaflor on their way to the national park, few pause here, and it remains unspoiled.
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