This quaint little village is truly unique, partly because of its privileged location in the highest part of the Island, surrounded by pine forests and just a short distance from Mount Teide. Its houses and cobbled streets are beautiful. Getting lost in them is always a pleasure as it means soaking up that peaceful country atmosphere that the town is draped in.
Vilaflor de Chasna is an essentially rural municipality located in the hillsides of southern Tenerife. It covers an area of 56.26 km2 (21.72 sq miles) and stands 1,500 m (4,920 ft) above sea level, making it one of the highest municipalities in Spain. It borders La Orotava, Arona, Granadilla de Abona, San Miguel and Adeje. Its scenic value is undeniable, and its economy relies significantly on potato crops, vineyards and almond groves thanks to the quality of its soils and the abundance of good water. Vilaflor de Chasna saw the birth of the first Canarian saint in 1626: the evangeliser of Guatemala, Santo Hermano Pedro.
Ever since the 16th century, Vilaflor de Chasna has welcomed visitors who arrived along the Royal Road of Chasna drawn by the town's proximity to Mount Teide and its pleasant climate, making it popular among botanists, scientists and also people with ailments looking to recover in this peaceful environment. These visitors would stay in the first hotel in the south of the Island: Hotel Vilaflor.
Trails in the municipality
El Sombrerito de ChasnaThe trail travels down for 600 m (1,970 ft) along a short stretch of path within the boundaries of Mount Teide National Park. It starts at km point 59.544 on the TF-21 road (Vilaflor-Granadilla) and leads to El Sombrerito de Chasna. The walk crosses the north of the municipality of Vilaflor.
The El Pino Enano PathThe route climbs upwards past a small threshing field, with several lookout points along the way affording breathtaking views over the rest of the municipality.At the end of the path is El Pino Enano, The Dwarf Pine, where the view over the town is beautiful.
Anaga - Chasna GR 131 Nature TrailThe route runs across some of the Island's nature areas and peaks from La Esperanza to Arona.
Lunar Landscape PR TF-72The trail sets off from the town of Vilaflor. Right from the very start of the walk, you will be surrounded by wonderfully diverse landscapes. You will venture through Canarian pine trees, one of the Island's most typical forms of vegetation, which are unique in the world. After roughly 6 km (3.7 miles), you will reach a beacon where you can look down over Los Escurriales and the Lunar Landscape. These other-worldly volcanic formations have been created by the gradual erosion of a whitish layer of molten ash.