Guachinches – Tenerife
Guachinches: Tenerife and the typical flavors of the Canary Islands; These wonderful and common "restaurants" are meeting points for tourists and all nostalgic for the tastes and flavors of the past.
The Guachinches are true inns located in the homes of anyone who wants to share the flavors of Tenerife and have the requirements for it, such as having homegrown wine. Often located in wineries, garages, caves or terraces, the guachinches are a great way to experience Canarian gastronomy at an affordable price. The fact that they are housed in private households does not make them less hospitable or "functional". It's not uncommon to find guachinches able to accommodate a few dozen people!
The name, in itself, means nothing, in fact there are different theories about the origin of the name. The most quoted refers to a deformation of the English expression "I'm looking at you." I mean, I'm watching you. Another highly cited hypothesis is a modification of "water and bedbugs" due to the ever more common use of the term.
The dishes that are served are homemade, but the most important is perhaps the wine, these places orbit around all that is the production of wine, until its consumption. Many guachinches remain open during the year only if they still have their own wine to serve. At that point, it's about waiting for the next harvest. In addition, for legal reasons, these facilities can only remain open for a maximum of 4 months per year.
Guachinches-How to find them?
These restaurants are often marked by small signs with the words "came here" or "Guachinche", but since they are not real restaurants, it can be difficult to find them; If this is the case, just ask any local person, they can probably indicate at least one. The oldest and most traditional restaurants are found in small mountain villages, especially in the areas of Tacoma and La Orotava. But let's talk about money: The guachinches are extraordinarily cheap: they usually spend less than €10 per person (including wine!). Obviously, when you cook at home, the portions are plentiful and the dishes are very tasty.
. Each restaurant can serve a maximum of 3 different dishes, but it is very common to find dishes made with pork, potatoes and chickpeas.
Tenerife Restaurants-Discovering the "gastronomic routes"
The gastronomic routes are gastronomic routes that allow the gourmets to try the island of Tenerife. There are no real rules to make your own gastronomic route, in fact it is not common to follow a predetermined pace, but some organizations design tours and guides that for sloths may be the best option. In Tenerife it is possible to make this way by savoring every step of the agricultural market with typical Canarian products (potatoes, bananas, mojo and tropical fruits) until arriving at the restaurant, obviously passing by tapas, Guachines and a frozen gold. The flavors of Tenerife are hidden, to be able to try them seriously you must find them and enjoy them in a corner of nature in the hills. A day trip will allow you to do so, why not visit us in one of the nest hostels and participate in one of the hostel's gastronomic activities? We're waiting for you!