El Drago Milenario

El Drago Milenario

Few visitors to Tenerife miss the sight of the island's oldest and largest tree, called El Drago Milenario, or the Millennium Dragon.

Estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old, this impressive dracaena tree can be found in the northwest of the island in the town of Icod de los Vinos, which lies in a famous wine-growing area that produces excellent wines and delicious goat's cheese, which you can get from one of the local farms.

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This specimen is even the oldest representative of the Dragonfly in the world. It reaches a height of around 21 metres and has over 300 main branches. In spring it blooms with white and pink flowers. El Drago Milenario is one of the symbols of the Canary Islands and was even depicted on the 1,000 peseta note of the former Spanish currency.

The tree stands in the botanical garden of the Parque del Drago, where you can also admire hundreds of other species of plants. The park is open daily from 8:30am to 6pm and you pay to enter 5 eur. However, you can also see it for free from the little square by St Mark's Church (Parroquia San Marcos), about 100 metres away.

In addition to the car, Icod can be reached by bus lines 106, 108, 325, 354, 357, 358, 360, 362, 363, 364, 392 and 460, see the website of the transport company Titsa.

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