More than 40% of Tenerife is protected by nature. The most famous nature reserve in Tenerife is undoubtedly the Parque National del Teide. In the gigantic crater landscape around the third-highest island volcano the visitor feels moved to another planet.
The two largest natural reserves, the Teno and the Anagage mountains, are the geologically oldest parts of the island. In the deep gorges and wild heights, an archaic nature has been preserved, which are accessible only by a few small villages, which can often only be reached after an hour-long trip or hike.
The absolute highlight: the national park around the 3718 meter high volcano Teide, the highest mountain in Spain.
The volcano Chinyero
is located at the north-western hillsides of the Teide. In view of this unspoilt volcanic landscape, the last eruption of the Teide seems only a few years past.
The contrast to the adjacent sea and the view of the green island La Gomera is unique.
The Montaña Roja
As a landmark, you can see this mountain from the plane. At its feet is the famous surfer wave of El Medano.
Here you are in the heart of the Anaga mountain range. The humidity is so high that the terrain, although located on the hill, is almost marshy and lush vegetation.
Malpaís de Güimar
Hidden volcanic landscape with a well-known circular hiking trail. Here you have sun for sure!
The Corona Forestal
lays the whole national park with the Cañadas. Venerable pine forests, which even weather the dangerous forest fires, are very popular for mountain bikers.
Laurel forest – from the beach to the clouds
The Anaga biosphere reservation begins just a few hundred meters behind the Hotel OCÉANO.Here, the mediterranean laurel forest has kept its original form.
Numerous hikes lead to ancient Caminos (paths) with magnificent views into deep ravines (Barancos), through the large laurel forests (Laurisilva) of Tenerife. The cloudy and water-saturated trade winds meet the Teno mountain range in the north-west of Tenerife, at an altitude of 500-100 m, as well as the Anaga mountain in the north-east of the island.
Clouds create fog-like visions (Bruma), which give the laurel forests of Tenerife a very mystical character. In these very humid regions countless lichens grow up on the trees, ferns that transform the laurel forest into a jungle mood and ivy and lianas, which intensify the impression of a genial wilderness. There is a reversal of the water flow: the trees discharge the excess water, which they absorb from the air, into the soil.
On the way to the Mercedes forest at the entrance of the Anaga mountains, one stop at the Mirador de Jardina is worthwhile in one of the endless winding roads. Here you have a magnificent view on the Teide massif. Whether on foot, by bike or by car – you can reach places of great beauty and strength. Since 2015, the entire Anaga mountain range has been designated as a biosphere reserve.