Anaga is a place in Tenerife commonly underrated and not too known as others already mentioned in posts on this web.
However, it has a lot of secrets that are worth to be told, such as Anaga Rural park, which is one of the most important trekking routes in Tenerife, that also counts with incredible landscapes and views that make visitors fall in love with them.
Here we, tell you everything about this park and what do you have to keep in mind before going there.
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What is Anaga Rural Park?
Anaga Rural Park is a protected space that is located at Anaga’s massif. It has been declared in 2015 as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO and is the place that counts with the highest quantity of endemisms in Europe. It’s a good introduction to what it has to offer.
It occupies a big part of the mountainous massif in the island’s northwest. The park has approximately an extension of 14500 meters of hectares and extends by the municipalities of:
- Santa Cruz de Tenerife
- La Laguna
How to get to the park?
By going in a car, it’s possible to get to the park quite quickly from Santa Cruz, going for the TF-11 (that unites San Andres and Santa Cruz). Then, going by the TF-12 up to Igueste de San Andres and El Bailadero. From that point, the TF-134 until Taganana, Almáciga.
However, you can also choose to go to the park by bus from Santa Cruz with lines 945 and 947.
From La Laguna, there are various lines: 076, 077, 273, 274 and 275.
Going by bus gives the benefit of meeting part of the city on the ride.
What can you see in Anaga Rural Park?
When visiting the park just seeing its impressive mountains over the coast would be enough. However, to really enjoy all the landscape within it, you need to walk over its trails and get to any of the points with the fine and bright black sand.
It is defined as volcanic sand, where it is recommended to take your shoes off and walk on it, as well as taking a bath in the Atlantic waters.
In the highest parts, you can appreciate the whole island with amazing views. On the other hand, there is a wet forest (laurisilva) that has survived over 40 million years and is right now one of the main attractions of the park.
As one of the oldest geological areas in Tenerife, being in Anagas’ massif is like making a trip to the past with all the commodities that authorities have added to it, so you can enjoy your trip the most. Also, is possible to find a very varied flora diversity there, such as:
- Drago trees
- Cardonal-tabaibal zones
- Canarian palm trees
- Much more
Talking about the fauna in Anaga Rural Park, there can be found over a hundred unique species in the world, in addition to a lot of bird species like Kestrels, owls, shearwaters and others. In fact, the abundant presence of these little friends has made Anaga a specially protected zone for them.
There’s also a protected marine area found in this part of the park, which is also important for authorities due to the endangered species that live there.
Activities to do in Anaga
There are a lot of options available to enjoy this biosphere reserve even more. Some of them are:
- Horse trips
- Mountain bike
- Going on sailboat
- Water Skiing
There are other zones in the park that are protected, so their access is regulated by authorities. If you want to visit them is important to consult conditions through the Environment Area of Tenerife’s Insular Cabildo calling 922843097 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recommendations before going
If you’re interested in visiting restricted areas before going is important to contact authorities and to have everything clear about them.
On the other hand, everything depends a lot on the activity you want to do. However, in general terms we can recommend you to take to the park:
- Sport shoes
- Food and water
Other things you can do in Anaga
Going to the rural park is not the only way of enjoying what Anaga has to offer. Other activities you can do there are:
- Going to Aguaide viewpoint
- Visiting Benijo beach
- Taking a bath in wild beaches (Tamadiste, Antequera, Ocadilla, Roque Bermejo and others)
- Eating amazing in its restaurants (Casa Africa, Casa Nene, La Cueva and others)
Visiting Anaga in Tenerife is a must if you want to visit places on the island that is not what you’re used to hearing.
We recommend you visit Anaga Rural Park and enjoy everything that this magical place has!
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