It is located 1000 meters over the sea level, a very important neighborhood in the Municipality that shelters about 100 constructions, most of them traditionally built, in a surrounding that by history and settlement has always been related to Garajonay and the use of forest products. It is also remarkable the livestock in the grass that go down to the midlands in the south, the vines and the potatoes and vegetables crops. In some of the restaurants in the area we can taste different kinds of cheese, wines or the delicious goat’s meat.

The last weekend in the month of July, the celebrations to worship the Virgin del Pino take place and the village usually triples its inhabitants due to the attendance of families that live in Tenerife.

The most known product of El Cercado is undoubtedly the “Ceramics”, rustic pottery made with muds, sands and red-ochre from the area. It is important to mention that the techniques used date back to pre Hispanic times. The “Loceras”, women that work this pottery, usually work this traditional spatiality which is unique in the world, outside their shops by the road.

We can visit the “Centro Museo de Interpretación Las Loceras” located in the square of the village where a wide range of image galleries, ceramics finished and information about this art are shown. It is an art considered a real living heritage.

Through El Cercado some historically relevant trails connect the highest areas of the municipality with the National Park and the northern and southern valleys.

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As regards the fauna, the island has diverse endemic species which set a high value to the terrestrial and marine biodiversity. There are amphibians, reptiles, insects, a great amount of birds, fish of cold and warm waters, crustaceans, mollusks, cephalopods and a great amount of marine mammals in the island. It is one of the […]

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