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Dream world of dolls and teddies 

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Tenerife is full of unusual and “hidden” attractions and a life-size dolls and teddy house is one of them. In fact, “Artlandya” is more than a house, rather a whole, small village. Situated at Santa Bárbara in Icod de los Vinos, it’s a dream world of dolls set in a picturesque and lovingly-restored finca which will appeal to children and adults alike.

More than 600 cheeky teddies and charming dolls are housed here, surrounded by a tropical garden with palm trees, flowers and fruits with stunning views of Mount Teide and the Atlantic beyond. The dolls are all shapes and sizes, made in various materials such as porcelain and wood, and are so life-like that you will sometimes have to do a double take. They live in a number of small, typically Canary houses and represent artists from Europe and the rest of the world. This very special venture was started by Ingrid and Georg Taupe who had their first museum in Carinthia and decided to do the same when they moved to the Canaries. Icod de los Vinos is best known for its ancient dragon tree but you will find Artlandya, a relatively new attraction opened just under a year ago, about three kilometres away. Disabled-friendly and with easy free parking, the museum is open 10am to 6pm each day except on a Monday when it is closed (as it is on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st). There is also a terrace cafe. You can find out more on www.artlandya.com