Chamorga faro de Anaga Tenerife tour is a great walk tour from Chamorga village to the Anaga lighthouse on the north-east coast of Tenerife. You will need between 3 and 5 hours for the tour. Chamorga is a tiny village on the north-east side of Tenerife Island. It is at an altitude of 470 meters above the sea, and directly below the Anaga rain forest, which only adds to its beauty. It is very remote, and probably the most tranquil place on the island. Do not miss a chance to visit it.
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The access road to Chamorga
The road to Chamorga from Santa Cruz is one of the greatest attractions of the island, comparable to the most attractive roads I have seen in the Alps. It goes along the highest ridge of the Anaga park, reaching more than 800 meters above the sea. You may get some idea if you have a look in this map below which shows the road from the south coast to the main Anaga ridge, and then continues to the right toward Chamorga:
There is a public transport from Santa Cruz, a minibus line 947 which will take you from the city to the village in about 1 hours and 20 minutes. The bus goes only a few times per day, so better plan you trip carefully. The drive is breathtaking, with views sometimes toward the north and sometimes toward the south, and with many hard turns.
Chamorga – faro de Anaga tour
From the village, you will follow the sign toward faro de Anaga. The route starts directly from the village and it goes to Tafaga ridge. You will be gaining the height all the time and at its highest point, you will be above 600 meters of altitude. After passing ruins on Tafaga, you will arrive at a high point from where you will have your first view of the faro (lighthouse), which will be directly below you. On the left far below you will have beautiful Roques de Anaga described in my another post within this site.
I myself stayed there for some time enjoying the views. There was only a falcon making circles above and he was producing strong sounds, perhaps disturbed by my presence there.
Here are some photos from this part of the tour. There are no people in photos, I was alone all the time and no other hikers around. This was probably because it was late afternoon already. I tried to get the falcon on a photo, but he did not mind being photographed, I made many shots but they were of a very bad quality.
After enjoying beautiful scenery and tranquility of the east coast (only sound of the sea you will have here), I started my walk back. This was a walking path through a deep gorge and with a few abandoned old houses in the lower part of the route.
At the beginning of my walk back to Chamorga, I met 6 people carrying all equipment for sleeping in nature. I asked if it was allowed to camp, and they replied they would be ‘overnighting’ and not camping, so they were not concerned about restrictions. On the question where they would spend the night, I got the answer: “where we like the place”. I must say, I liked both the answer and the idea of staying outdoor.
Here are a few photos taken on my way back to Chamorga:
A few words about my timing. I came by bus (line 947 from Santa Cruz) and started my walk at 4:10 pm. I knew I had only one bus back to Santa Cruz, so I had to be fast. And I was indeed. After one hour I was at the Faro, although I spent some time on the peak above it. I was back in Chamorga at 6:45 pm, with plenty of time before my bus at 7:30. So this was a quick tour, 2 hours and 35 minutes, only half of the time which you will see mentioned in the WikiLoc map above.
I had 1.5 liters of water, just enough for this almost 9 kilometers tour. You will need ordinary hiking shoes, and walking poles if you have them.
You do not need any special equipment to do this route. Here is a short summary:
I hope you like my photos. Please leave some comment in the box below. And do not forget, read more about my other hiking tour on Tenerife:
Here is a YouTube video which shows the same tour I described here: