THE HISTORIC QUARTER OF SAN JUAN DE LA RAMBLA - Historic quarters - Tenerife

The Historic Quarter of San Juan de la Rambla

The Historic Quarter of San Juan de la Rambla
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This is ranked among the most beautiful historic quarters in Tenerife, and was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1993 by the Regional Ministry of Education. Set between ravines and caressed by the fresh sea breeze, the town conveys an appealing beauty that is steeped in Canarian tradition. Just by looking at its squares, mansions and chapels you will soon notice its spectacular traditional architecture. The lush vegetation that surrounds it makes this town a great spot to take in on a leisurely stroll. Get lost down its charming alleyways. Feast your eyes on every pretty corner, every detail, and allow yourself to become enamoured by the blending of nature and historic buildings.

The church of San Juan Bautista has gradually grown thanks to the contributions of its churchgoers and it has managed to withstand the unforgiving passage of time and the fury of a hurricane. Inside you will discover the value of its altarpieces that are alive with colour. The church was the cornerstone for the municipality's development.

The austere but charming chapel and parish of San José, dating back to 1781, is a symbol for the locals. Visit the quaint neighbourhood of Barrio de los Quevedos, which comprises just over a dozen traditional Canarian buildings and a handful of more recent constructions. They are an example of typical country architecture in northern Tenerife. The neighbourhood is considered an Asset of Cultural Interest.

The house of La Alhóndiga would have been another great piece of old architecture were it not for the many refurbishments that have adulterated its history, with only its walls left untouched. The house has been used as a grain exchange, a meeting room and a prison, and was even the municipality's first town hall.

Located in the square outside the church of San Juan Bautista is the house of Casa de los Alonso del Castillo, another great example of period architecture. Enjoy the lovely wooden floors of Casa de los Delgado Oramas and its pretty balcony, covered with a typically Canarian cross-hipped roof. Dotted all over the town are magnificent family homes that are named after their first dwellers. Each makes its own contribution to the area's unique charm. A visit to the 17th century chapel of Nuestra Señora del Rosario is also recommended. It was built on private property after the owner was granted permission by the bishopric. The chapel has a small choir area, a pulpit and a painting of the Virgen del Rosario over the main altar.

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