Vilaflor de Chasna
Vi la flor de Chasna (I saw the flower of Chasna). Legend has it that the origin of the name of this small mountain village is a statement by a certain Spanish gentleman at the sight of the beauty of a young guanche girl. Chasna is the name of the ancient guanche region and that remains to our days. Surrounded by mountains covered in pines, it is a scenery bursting with rural character and farming culture. Canarian houses with stone walls and tiled roofs surround the church and the public square of San Pedro overlooking the village. Despite its location in the middle grounds of the Southern side of the island, Vilaflor is a top town: with 1,414m above the sea level, it is the highest town in Spain. This is a must see for those driving towards Mount Teide from the South.
Vilaflor de Chasna has a total of 1,804 inhabitants divided in four hubs: Vilaflor, La Escalona, Jama and Ifonche. The region’s scenery is dominated by the Canarian pine, a conifer species endemic to the islands that is fire resistant. Some of the oldest pine forests in the archipelago can be found in Vilaflor, including the iconic “pino gordo” or “fat pine”. This is the thickest pine in the Canarias, nine people are needed to surround the tree completely and it is 45.12 metres high. This accounts to is botanical significance. It is believed to be from 700 to 800 years old.
Back in the mountains, at 2,405m of altitude, the visitor will find “el sombrerito” or ” the small hat”, a group of rock walls that stand tall in the shape of a hat. This rock formation is one of the flagships of the region. For those who love hiking, this is a highly recommended walking trail, although it takes from 3-4 hours to complete and is quite steep. Those who reach the end will be rewarded with beautiful views of Mount Teide National Park and the south of the island. But the most frequented walking trail in Vilaflor is that of the “moonlike landscape”: a series of volcanic rock formations that look like they come from outer space and that are in fact the result of erosion of a layer of white ashes.
This village is different from the others in that it still has a strong rural feel. Vilaflor has always been a farming village whose inhabitants still work in the fields, for the most part. The stepped orchards where locals grow potatoes and extensive vineyards in its southernmost part complete the picture of a village from another age. The climate of the region adds to the altitude of the crops give local produce is uniqueness.
Vilaflor offers varied accommodation opportunities in both hotels and rural houses as well as several restaurants offering local cuisine and produce. Visitors will be able to go hiking and also tour the area on a bike, on a quad or, for the adventurous, go hand gliding.
A quiet stroll around the cobbled town streets surrounding San Pedro square is most recommended. Visitors cannot miss the famous local white wines and pastries (tarts, almond pastries, …). It does not get much more rural than Vilaflor.
Vilaflor is accessible by car through TF-1 (South) motorway, junction 27 towards Arona. The main access road is TF-51, which is also the road leading to Mount Teide National Park. There are some alternative routes from San Miguel de Abona (TF-563) and Granadilla de Abona (TF-21). Titsa public buses also run to and from Vilaflor: 42 Costa Adeje – Las Cañadas del Teide – El Portillo; 474 Granadilla de Abona – La Escalona; 482 Los Cristianos – Vilaflor. A taxi ride will cost approximately €25 from Los Cristianos and €30 from Adeje.