Benijo to Roques de Anaga is a two-hours and 4.9 kilometers tour (in one direction), from the Benijo village on the north-east side of Tenerife island coast, to the northernmost point of the island, from where you will have two Roques de Anaga in front of you.
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The asphalt road ends in Benijo, but the road from there in the direction of Roques is still rather good, and you may continue for another 2 kilometers by car until you reach El Draguillo village which is high above the sea. This may considerably shorten the time needed to get to Roques de Anaga.
Regardless of the starting point, by walking the route you will be gaining the altitude up to the point of 338 meters above the sea (quite literally in this particular case). From this point, you will have Roques de Anaga all the time in sight and you will be descending toward them and toward the sea. This altitude change you may see from the Wikiloc map prepared for you by Angel de Vicente.
Roques de Anaga are a part of Anaga Country Park which contains the bigger part of the north-east side of Tenerife. The Roques are in fact two massive rocky structures separated from the island. You may enjoy their beauty from the photos given here. The rock closer to the island, Roque de Dentro or Roque de Tierra, is much higher than the other (Roque de Fuera), according to Google Earth its height is 179 meters, and its base is slightly larger.
Both rocks represent a bird sanctuary and the area is protected. At very low tide it may be possible to walk the passage from the island to the first rock. When we were there the waves were strong and such a passage was not possible. Information about tide you may find here and in the graph below you may see how it was on the day when we were there.
I walked the route from Benijo together with my friends Mitsuo Kono from Japan and Angel de Vicente from Tenerife. Some data about the walk you have already seen on the map provided by Angel. It was a perfect day, May 24, not warm at all, beautiful views all the way to the Roques and back. From the starting point in Benijo it was already possible to see the Roques and they looked close.
The route is not complicated, the direction of motion is obvious and the Roques are in sight most of the time. At several places, you will be descending and then ascending again. There are a few slightly exposed passages, and the terrain above the path is rather unstable at many places. In the case of a strong rain, there may be a lot of falling stones around.
We arrived at the Roques at low tide, but the passage to the Roques was under water, and big waves made it impossible to cross (this would be a bad idea in any case because the area is protected, as pointed out earlier). Admiring the Roques from such a close distance was already a great reward. Once you are in front of the Roques, the Anaga faro (lighthouse) is visible in the east direction and far above you.
See below a collection of photos from our tour.
After about 50 minutes spent enjoying the views and resting in front of the Roques, we set off towards Benijo. This implied climbing 338 meters from the sea level, not so easy after all the walk before that. But it was a great day in every sense.
So to summarize, the tour from Benijo to Roques de Anaga will take you at least 4 hours and you will walk in total about 10 km, in both directions. The views are spectacular all the time and you will not regret it. Take walking poles if you have.
You do not need any special equipment to do this route. Here is a short summary:
Tenerife has plenty more to offer. You might like to see my text about
- Walk from coast to coast,
- Masca valley tour,
- From Chamorga to faro de Anaga,
- My climbs to Teide, Guajara, and Pico Viejo
- Anaga mountains Tenerife.
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