Places of interest in the town
Tiagua is a small town without many buildings, but with a lot of charm. Its traditional whitewashed houses and its quaint streets are well worth a visit. We recommend you visit the Nuestra Sra. del Socorro church, on the way into the town as well as the famous El Patio museum, of course.
El Patio Agricultural Museum
This is a must-see full of history, in fact, it is considered to be one of the best ethnographic museums in the Canary Islands.
El Patio is located on a farm that dates back to 1790, although it was not until 1845 when it was given the name Villa Agrícola El Patio. This farm was like a little village (“villae”, in Roman) which hand windmills, bread ovens, bodegas, stables, fields, a farmhouse, a chapel, and houses for the people in charge and workers. Here they worked the land and fertile soil which was a product of the volcanic eruptions of 1824. La Villa El Patio turned into the island’s largest farming area and continued to produce crops until 1949.
In 1975, the Barreto family bought the farm. Dr. Barreto Feo took on the project of restoring the buildings and preserving items which represented the island’s rural way of life up until 1996, when his sons, José María and German, first opened the museum to the public.
Today you can visit this ethnographic museum located in the old farmhouse, and you can see photographs and recovered tools and items, which will tell you more about the culture and the complexities of living in that era. Particularly impressive is how well maintained the press to make gofio (traditional Canary Island flour) is. The bodega, bakery, and chapel are also in amazing conditions. You can visit different areas of the site such as the farm workers’ old sleeping quarters, with huge bunks, and the large courtyard, which connects each part of the museum, as well as its beautiful gardens.
At the end of the tour, the El Patio Agricultural Museum offers visitors the chance to try some local delicacies washed down with some Malvasia wine.