The Anaga Mountain range, located in the northeast of the island is less known as the Teide National Park, but nonetheless it is a sight for sore eyes! Declared as World Biosphere Reserve by Unesco, the Anaga mountains are lush, green and still unspoiled by mass tourism. The Lauri Silva Forest has been around for ages and it was once home for the first inhabitants of the island, the Guanches. The best way to discover this beautiful part of Tenerife is through one of the many hikes. Check online for some of the trails in the Anaga Mountains or go to the local Tourist Information Point.
Location of the Anaga Mountains
The Anaga Mountains are a vast stretch of land located in the northeast of the island.
- If your accommodation is located in the south of the island and you want to rent a car, it will take you at least about 1 hour to get to the beginning of the mountain range. You can park your car at one of the starting points of a hiking trail, but always make sure to take all your valuables with you.
- If you are located in the northern part of the island you can take a bus to one of the starting points of a popular hike, or you can play it safe and rent a car so you do not have to depend on public transportation after a long and exhausting hike.
- When you want to explore the mountain range but you don’t want to go hiking and you do not want to rent a car, you can always book a guided tour with your local Touroperator or pass by one of the local ticket offices.
Important information before hiking
When you decide to go hiking on one of the many popular trails in the Anaga Mountain region, there are a few things to consider before you leave.
- Because the Anaga Mountain region is located in the northeast of the island, it tends to be colder and wetter than on the rest of the island. Be sure to come prepared for this. Always take a raincoat and an extra sweater with you.
- Wear suitable footwear on your hike. The footpaths can get slippery and sturdy hiking shoes are not a luxury.
- Carry enough water and some things to eat. Usually you will find small villages on your hike, but when the restaurants are closed, it always is a good thing when you carry your own snacks. Dining in one of the local restaurants is a must do, when they are open. This way you can discover some of the authentic Canarian food.
- Never go hiking alone unless you let a few people know exactly which trail you will be taking. The area is vast and covered with a lot of trees. Rescue operations tend to be more successful when the rescuers know the general region where to look .