Parque del Drago

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Drago Park
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Location Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife, Spain
Coordinates 28°21′58″N16°43′20″W / 28.36611°N 16.72222°W / 28.36611; -16.72222 Coordinates: 28°21′58″N16°43′20″W / 28.36611°N 16.72222°W / 28.36611; -16.72222
Created19972000

Drago Park (Spanish : Parque del Drago) is a park and one of the main visitor attractions in Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife. Created at the turn of the millennium, it contains El Drago Milenario, a dragon tree thought to be around 1,000 years old, as well as a variety of other native plants.

Spanish language Romance language

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Icod de los Vinos Municipality in Canary Islands, Spain

Icod de los Vinos is a municipality in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the island of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands (Spain), located in the northwest part of the island. Inhabitants of Icod are known in Spanish as "icodenses".

Tenerife Island in Canary Islands, Spain

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The park has an area of around 3 hectare s (7.4 acres). [1] It houses the El Drago Milenario, the oldest and largest specimen of Dracaena draco (Dragon tree) in existence, [2] and one of the symbols of Tenerife, estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old. [3]

Hectare metric unit of area

The hectare is an SI accepted metric system unit of area equal to a square with 100-metre sides, or 10,000 m2, and is primarily used in the measurement of land. There are 100 hectares in one square kilometre. An acre is about 0.405 hectare and one hectare contains about 2.47 acres.

El Drago Milenario giant tree in Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife

El Drago, also known as Drago Milenario and Drago de Icod de los Vinos, is the oldest and largest living specimen of Dracaena draco, or Dragon tree, in Parque del Drago, Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife, Spain. It is said to be a thousand years old, although the age is disputed. It is one of the symbols of Tenerife, and was declared a national monument in 1917.

<i>Dracaena draco</i> species of plant

Dracaena draco, the Canary Islands dragon tree or drago, is a subtropical tree-like plant in the genus Dracaena, native to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira, and locally in western Morocco, and introduced to the Azores. It is the natural symbol of the island of Tenerife, together with the blue chaffinch.

It also has a variety of other plants that are endemic to Tenerife and the Canary Islands, [3] including younger specimens of Dracaena draco, cardones, and tabaibas. [4] It also houses a winery and coal bunker, as well as a cave with a representation of a Guanche burial. [1]

Cardone is a surname of Italian origin. The name may refer to:

Guanches aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands that are no longer exist as a distinct ethnicity

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History

The park was created around the El Drago Milenario, [3] and is the main attraction in Icod de los Vinos. [5] It was designed between 1997 and 2000 by two professors of the University of La Laguna, Wilfredo Wildpret de la Torre and Victoria Eugenia Martín Osorio, and is in the Caforiño ravine, [6] next to the Iglesia de San Marcos. [5]

University of La Laguna university in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain

The University of La Laguna, also known as the ULL, is a Spanish university situated in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, on the island of Tenerife. It is the oldest university in the Canary Islands. It has six campuses: Central, Anchieta, Guajara, Campus del Sur, Ofra and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The erection of a stone wall between the road and the tree when the park was created was controversial, as it prevents the tree from being seen from the nearby Plaza de San Marcos; the compromise was that the stone wall was constructed but with a section of reduced height so that the tree could still be seen from the plaza. [7]

The Drago Milenario in the park has been considered for submission to UNESCO as a world heritage candidate since 2002. [3]

UNESCO Specialised agency of the United Nations

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter. It is the successor of the League of Nations' International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation.

Operation

The park is mostly visited by Spanish citizens, followed by German, English and French nationals. [8]

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