Municipality: Arico About 11 km (6.8 miles) after turning off the motorway, you will come to Villa de Arico, not far from the hamlet of Icor. Despite its pre-Hispanic origin, it truly began to thrive in the 18th century, when most of its houses were built. Several more buildings followed over the ensuing centuries. The hamlet's main assets are its traditional Canarian houses, with their rectangular layout and inner patios. Some had two storeys with a wooden staircase leading up to the top floor, which was generally used for storing grain. They have masonry walls and gable roofs. Many of these houses feature a low wall at the front which the locals would sit on to chat with their neighbours. There are a series of other hamlets in the area, such as La Cisnera and Teguedite, which once contained an important pottery centre. Arico El Nuevo features several stately homes that are wonderful example of Canarian architecture, such as Casona Los Peraza de Ayala, Rodríguez de Acero or El Patio de Don Diego.