The Millenary Dragon Tree, Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife

Turismo Rural on 1 Jan , 2015

 

El drago milenarioIcod de los Vinos is a locality in Tenerife, known for its traditions and popular feast days but also for the millenary Dragon Tree of Icod de los Vinos, a widely known tree for its spectacular shape and huge size, which has become a true symbol of Canary Islands. There are very few of its kind but the longest lived of them in the whole world is in Icod de los Vinos. Legend has it that a strange seafarer arrived to Tenerife Island, near to Icod de los Vinos to extract blood from the Dragon Tree, which in that time was quite requested for preparing medicaments. When he reached the coast he encountered two women from the locality that, as was customary, were bathing alone. When trying to capture one of them, she escaped and sought refuge in the millenary Dragon Tree of Icod de los Vinos and the seafarer, aghast, walked away believing the dragon came alive to protect one of his Hesperides. This legend, which has been told through the years, does nothing but magnify the majesty of this imposing tree, measuring 17 meters high and 23 meters in diameter. Around this legend, the municipality has decided to create a botanical park which has been named as “The Dragon Park” and it has become another opportunity to visit Tenerife. The botanical park measures three acres, there fauna and flora, and folkways are recreated from immemorial time. This park is divided in several areas, each one quite interesting. If what is sough in vacation time is to know a little bit more of the locality’s culture, The Dragon Park is a good option. The amazing thing of Tenerife is that it is a marvelous island, as it combines a bit of everything a tourist can seek: splendid beaches, warm weather, attractions to visit as the millenary Dragon Tree of Icod de los Vinos, a delightful gastronomic culture and many other things to which a visitor may be interested in. This is why it is one of the Islands with the highest number of visitors. It was believed that the millenary Dragon Tree of Icod de los Vinos was 3000 years old, but the truth is that there is no research corroborating this. Recent researches indicate that its age is between 800 and 1000 years. In 1917 it was declared a national monument. Since Roman times, the millenary Dragon Tree of Icod de los Vinos was very exploited due to its resin, which when condensing, acquires a bloodlike color to which healing properties are ascribed. Nowadays it receives all the proper cares, as the Dragon Tree was so exploited that now is seriously ill and internally hollow. Those responsible for taking care of it have installed an internal ventilation system to eliminate possible infection problems. Farmers in the area consider the millenary Dragon Tree of Icod de los Vinos is a biological clock; they say that according to its flowering the Dragon Tree predicts good or bad harvest. Anecdotally, it is said that in years of good flowering it can bear up to 1.500 bouquets. If you are planning to go on vacation to Tenerife, you cannot miss the millenary Dragon Tree of Icod de los Vinos, that not only offers his majesty but also is surrounded by a welcoming environment you can enjoy. In addition to the flora, you can enjoy the historical and heritage richness as the chateaus and noble houses, that are representative samples of the seventeenth century. Interesting Article: The Planks Of San Andrés.