Anaga Mountains Tenerife occupy the north-east part of the island. This is the greenest part of Tenerife, covered with rain forest at higher altitudes, roughly starting from about 600 meters above the sea level. The highest spot of the area is at Cruz del Taborno (1024 m). So this is a lower part of the island, as compared with the southwest part with Teide, Pico Viejo, Guajara and other mountains.
[ Silvius Leopold Weiss – Fantasie, Ciacona ]
Just a few days before starting writing this page, I was delighted to read about this news: by the decision of UNESCO, the Anaga area has been included into World Network of Biosphere Reserves. See what they write about Anaga:
Anaga is a region of exceptional natural beauties and this decision of UNESCO is fully justified. The climate of Anaga is very specific and affected by trade winds. They bring clouds from the northwest, which settle on the top of the mountain range and do not cross to the south. As a result, this is a wet and green area. You may walk through clouds for many hours and you will become wet without any rain, while the rest of the island is still completely sunny.
Anaga mountains contain several zones of special protection, and those are Ijuana, El Pijaral, and Los Roques de Anaga. Special permission is needed in order to visit these areas. In addition to these three, the area of Monte de Aguirre is also with controlled access because it contains rare ancient laurel forest. The addresses where the permissions can be obtained are:
- Área de Medio Ambiente y Paisaje,
Pabellón Insular Santiago Martín, Los Majuelos
C/ Las Macetas, s/n
38108 LA LAGUNA
Tel: 922 239 199 – 922 239 090 Fax: 922 239 174
- Oficina de Medio Ambiente del Parque Rural de Anaga (Environment Office)
Cruz del Carmen, Monte de Las Mercedes
Tel: 922 633 576
See the map below showing the location of these protected zones:
You may get some idea about this mountain range if you visit my texts here within the site:
- Benijo to Roques de Anaga tour
- From Punta de Hidalgo to Santa Cruz, and vice-versa
- From Chamorga to faro de Anaga tour.
Roads in Anaga mountains
Roads in Anaga mountains region are attractions for themselves, each of them separately. There is only one road in the west-east direction, starting at La Laguna and ending up at Chamorga. This is around 35 kilometers long attraction, which more or less follows the watershed ridge of the mountain. I walked it all the way from Chamorga and can say at many places it is breathtaking. There are places at the mountain ridge that are so narrow that there is space for the road only, and you can have a view of both the north and the south side of the island in the same time.
From the south side, there is one road from San Andres, it connects to the mentioned west-east road, but it also continues to the north coast to Taganana and Almaciga villages. There are also several other roads that split from the west-east road and continue toward the villages on the northern slopes of the mountain range.
Many parts of the region are accessible by public transport. Please visit the Titsa site to get the information about bus routes. Of particular interest are lines:
- From Santa Cruz to Chamorga, line 947
- From Santa Cruz to Igueste de San Andres, line 945
- From Santa Cruz to Taganana, line 946
- From La Laguna to Punta de Hidalgo, line 50.
Some hiking routes in Anaga mountains
There is a plethora of possible routes in every direction. Most likely the longest is the route from Chamorga to La Laguna, around 32-36 kilometers, depending on the variants you choose. I walked it in 8 hours from Chamorga. At many points along the route, you will have great views towards the coast, either to the north or to the south.
Note, you will need some very good hiking boots or shoes, see some possibilities below.
Another very long route, 22 km, is from coast to coast. You can start at any side of the island and walk to the other. The end point on the north side is Punta del Hidalgo, and on the south coast, this is either Santa Cruz or the end of Valleseco. So you start from zero-level at both sides, and the route will lead you to the highest point of Anaga, Cruz del Taborno (1024 m).
This is what makes the route demanding and you will need at least 6 hours from coast to coast, in any direction. I have passed the route in both directions, and in several variants. Namely, on the south side when you pass Pico del Ingles you can descend along three valleys, Tahodio, Valle Luiz, and Valleseco.
This north-south route crosses the road to Chamorga. Therefore you can make many possible variants. For example, you can take the bus from La Laguna and go to Cruz de Carmen and then descend to Punta del Hidalgo. From there you can either walk back the same way or take a bus to La Laguna. Another similar option is again by bus to Cruz de Carmen and the walk along the road to Pico del Ingles. After that, you can descend to the south along any of the mentioned routes, Tahodio, Valle Luiz, and Valleseco.
Yet another great route is from Igueste de San Andres to Chamorga. For this, you take the bus 945 from Santa Cruz and go to the last stop. You will need 4 hours to get to Chamorga, but you can make several possible variants of this route.
If you want to walk with the sea all the time in sight, then take the route from Benijo to Roques de Anaga. You will enjoy it for sure.
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Note, more than 5 million people visit Tenerife each year, there are many good reasons for that; Anaga Mountains Tenerife are definitely one of them.
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