This scenic mountain range on Tenerife is the oldest natural spot on the island. Formed more than 7 million years ago by volcanic activity, today the mountains welcome hikers from around the world. The recognized biosphere reserve and protected park is one of the most biodiverse forests in all of Europe.
The mountains are remote and known for their wilderness. There are many native plant species unique to the area. Several paths wind throughout, all reaching different viewpoints and parts of the forest. The coastline is particularly beautiful from many of the hiking trails as you go higher up. Small streams and pools add to the scenery along the way.
Many small, isolated villages with limited access also exist along the mountain, as do archaeological sites that have discovered the remains of ancient settlers here. Guided walks and tours to the small villages are what most visitors will do on the mountain. The range’s highest point is Cruz de Taborno, at just over 1,000 meters tall.
The Anaga Mountains stretch from Cruz del Carmen on the northern peninsular to Punta de Anaga in the northeast. Two of the best known villages, San Andres and Taganana, provide the most access to the surrounding lands.