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The town of El Tanque in Tenerife. Crest (author Jerbez). Click to enlarge the image.The origin of this pretty town in Tenerife is very old. Mr. de la Torre, the chronicler of Garachico, we said that it contained dice 1605 a church dedicated to San Antonio which was built, according to Alfredo Reyes Darias in 1596. There was certainly before that a small hermitage, annex San Pedro de Daute from 1540, but we do not know the date of construction.

The people asked the bishop Francisco de Villanueva make this church a parish and obtained succeed April 16, 1642. El Tanque then became totally independent of Garachico in civil matters as it had for some time already its own mayor, appointed by the “Corregidor”, the royal magistrate of the island.

In 1706 took place the terrible volcanic eruption that was going to cause so much damage in the region of Garachico. After destroying the vineyards, wheat fields and the magnificent groves that grew green slopes from this desolate rock, after consuming all water, after reducing the entire region to a horrible fields slag, lava flows destroyed as the church, causing many casualties. A civilian building during dice is used for religious services, La Alhóndiga, the corn until the church’s reconstruction.

This town has experienced significant emigration, which is why she has another patron Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje.

The natural park of forest crown defines much of the south and east of the town which includes a small region of rural park of Teno. Included in this area many traces of recent and historical volcanism, especially in the footsteps of the volcano Chinyero (1909) and especially Arenas Negras (1706) with its lava flows.

Finally, El Tanque is the opportunity to admire the spectacular scenery as the laundries of Atalaya whose belvedere overlooking the cliffs of the Culata.


The town of El Tanque in Tenerife. Village location (author Jerbez). Click to enlarge the image.Garachico since we reached El Tanque amount by the TF-421 road.


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The town of El Tanque in Tenerife. Fire in Tenerife in 2008. Click to enlarge the image.The fauna and flora are also of great interest.

The Charcas de Erjos, which also depend on the neighboring town of Los Silos, represent a singular ecosystem. Due to the extraction of the earth, several lagoons have formed, and with the growth of vegetation, a site of great ornithological interest appeared. Many rare and threatened species in the rest of the island indeed find refuge in this ecosystem.

The northern tip of the town is included in the protected area of Acantilados de Los Silos, El Tanque, Garachico and Icod which is of great interest for its landscape and ecological value.

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