Villa de Arico and Arico Nuevo are two little villages on the TF28, both are completely unspoilt and untouched by tourism, have a quiet, sleepy air about them, but are beautiful and well-worth stopping and spending half an hour in each strolling around.
We came to Villa de Arico first of all. We parked just outside, then wandered down a little side street until we came to the church. This 18th century church - San Juan Bautista is so beautiful. They say it is the most beautiful in Tenerife. I thought it was a little like the church in Granadilla, but the location here is much more impressive. The church has gleaming white walls, a lovely domed tower and a huge dragon tree right next to it. It stands on a little hill, looking over the valley and is so picturesque.
Around the church are lots of typical Canarian style houses with wooden balconies. There are also lots of lovely 17th and 18th century houses in the village, some have been beautifully restored, others need a little work but even they are extremely beautiful and well worth a photo.
As you drive away from Villa de Arico and on to Arico Nuevo, there are lots of vines growing. Apparently this area is where much of Tenerife's white and rose wines are produced.
Just a short way away is Arico Nuevo. This is a really quaint village, very picturesque and lovely to stroll around. We parked at waste ground at the top of the only street into the village.
This was a walled town, built in the 18th century by the wealthy landowners, the houses are very grand and reflect this wealth. We found the church - Nuestra Senora de la Luz, again gleaming white walls and stunning. The houses in this village are the main attraction though. There are crooked roofs and balconies eveywhere. You can't see them so well - most have walls around, but if you stroll around, it is fun to peek through any of the half open gates. Inside are patios, ferns and shady areas. Everywhere there is colourful and lush bougainvillea escaping over the walls and making the most colourful and spectacular scene.