The archaeological map of Tenerife indicates some sites on the municipal boundaries, which testify to an aboriginal presence in the area.
Ever since 1587, there have been reports of the parish, and the fact that grape vines are grown there and Malmsey produced. Viera y Clavijo, when he illustrates the population of Tenerife, in reference to Santa Ursula, he says "It is half a league from La Victoria and 4 from La Laguna.. A scarcely populated place, healthy land, cheerful, clear, many vineyards, excellent water called Chimaque water, all kinds of fruit trees. The church is very clean (.....). It has three smaller churches: San Luís, in El Clavijo; San Bartolomé, in La Corujera; and San Clemente, in El Malpaís." Santa Ursula is one of the places that did not comply with the orders of Rome when, in 1958, a series of names of doubtful existence were deleted from the list of Saints. Local worship of Santa Ursula, a British Virgin, meant that she had to stay on the list.
The borough was officially created relatively late, in 1883.
The first banana trees were planted in the borough in the 1920's, when the Fyffes company arrived and galleries were opened up to supply the water needed for growing bananas.