3 Best Hiking Trails in the Anaga Rural Park in Tenerife

3 Best Hiking Trails in the Anaga Rural Park in Tenerife

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When Is the Best Time

Anaga is a magnificent part of Tenerife, a hiker’s paradise in lush vegetation you won’t expect if you have visited the dry south before. What makes Anaga unique is the type of forest which occurs here. The inhabitants have a huge understanding of their environment; they do not lumber the valuable forests which develop clouds.

PF TF6 from Chamorga leading through thick forest.
All trails are well marked - PR TF6 primary forest at Cruz de Draguillo

These primary forests with laurisilva, savin juniper and other plants are endemic to the Canaries, Azores, and Madeira. 

Weather Anaga Rural Park

Roque de Anaga and the coastal hiking path in Anaga with blue sky
For excellent weather in Anaga, watch the weather forecast - Roque de Anaga in the back.

There is a saying, “Where there is rainforest, there is rain”, and so true, but this makes the difference in providing a unique landscape in the Parque Rural de Anaga. The cloud forest provides rain which made life possible in the mountains, and the fertile slopes were used for agriculture and in Taganana for viniculture in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Roque de las Bodegas shortly before sunset
Roque de las Bodegas - rock of the wine cellars because of the wine trading in former centuries.

You can hike in the Anaga Rural Park throughout the year. Summer can be hot, reaching almost 30°C, but it is the driest time. The winter is notorious for frequent showers and overcast days. It is the wettest season with the most precipitation in November, with day temps ranging from 10°C during rain to 20°C if it is sunny.  

Benijo Beach and Rocks at low tide during the colourful sunset
Benijo Beach next to Roque de las Bodegas - check out my Tenerife sunsets

The best time for hiking in the Anaga mountains and along the Anaga coast is in spring and autumn, from March until June and September and October. October is still a great month but expect increasing rainfall. 

A hiker is looking to the rugged wild Anaga coastline on a sunny day
Barranco de Palos Hincados a hidden gem in the Anaga Mountains close to Taborno.

However, we visited Tenerife and Anaga multiple times in the winter and checked the weather forecast daily to pick out the best days for Anaga. Therefore, we always had an awesome time with pleasant day temps and a blue sky for hiking. Weather forecast
 

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Location and Tips

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You can easily hike in the Anaga Park for weeks, but usually, the vacation lasts for one or two weeks only. I like to introduce you to the three most beautiful hikes in the Anaga Rural Park. Anaga became a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2015 because of its biodiversity in flora and fauna.

1 Chamorga – Roque Bermejo – El Draguillo PR TF 6 

View to the entire canyon and to the top where the trailhead is
The "Barranco de Chamorga" . the village is situated on the top of the mountain range.

For me, the most picturesque trail of all in the Anaga Massif on the eastern tip of Tenerife. I am always fascinated by the beauty on this trail. If you are limited in time, this hike is my top recommendation! It is a circular trail that starts in Chamorga, the biggest village in the northeast and a dead-end road. Locus Map Hiking Route

The village with its beach and few houses
The small village Roque Bermejo

Distance: 13 km 
Elevation: 815 m
Duration: 5-6 hours
Parking Trailhead Google Maps 
Because of the narrow roads, we parked a the entrance of the village.

Faro de Anaga next to Roque Bermejo
The picturesque lighthouse

Descending through a canyon parallel to a stream to the lovely small village of Roque Bermejo located at sea. The trail continues along this stunning coast, passing by the Faro de Anaga, which is not open to the public at 247 m above sea level.

The old hacienda is a natural heritage site overgrown by nature
The hacienda with exceptional location gets retaken by nature.

It is an exposed trail, narrow in some parts and offers breathtaking views of the coast. Another stellar picture stop is a remote village known as Las Palmas de Anaga, a natural heritage site since 2014. The inner courtyard of this old hacienda gets retaken by nature and two dragon trees. The former fields are transmitted into a forest of prickly pears.

Roque de Anaga and a dragon tree
This trail offers magnificent views.

Continue on the coastal trail, and soon after, you see some bigger rocks close to the shore. Roque de Anaga and the second one in 800 m distance are nature protected areas, and it is prohibited to access these rocks. They are the remanets of eroded volcanic vents and are inhabited by sea birds now. 

Hiking Sing in El Draguillo to Chamorga and the steep ascent in the back

The trail ascents at a dragon tree to the left in the village of El Draguillo. This small village has officially three residents, but lots of hikers pass by. It is a steep path leading through a thick cloud forest back to Chamorga. 

Hiking Map from Chamorga PR TF6
Map PR TF6 in high resolution

An alternative is; to continue from El Draguillo along the coast for 2 km to the exceptional Benijo Beach and then back to Chamorga – add another 4 km.

2 Afur – Tamadite – Taganana PR TF 8 or

The PR TF 8 hiking trail from Afur

The circular trail from Afur to Playa Tamadite and Taganana is one of the most popular trails, which we have already hiked several times. Locus Map Hiking Route

Basalt rock formation like pipes on the track from Afur
Very fascinating from Afur to Tamadite - trail marked with yellow-white to the left.

You can start the hike either in Afur or in Taganana. The slopes around Taganana have been traditionally used to grow grapes for viticulture in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The parking in Afur
Limited parking in Afur fills up quickly at weekends. Google Maps location

Anaga is wetter than the rest of Tenerife but experiences lots of sunshine, too. The wine from Taganana was traded from Almaciga.

Afur - Taganana hiking Map Anaga PR TF8
Hiking Map PR TF8 in high resolution

Roque Taborno - Playa Tamadite – Afur - part of PR TF 8

The Barranco from Taborno to Tamadite with lush vegetation.
This barranco can easily compete with Masca and is crowd and permit-free.

Therefore, we tried another route, a hidden gem in the Anaga Rural Park, which turned out to be even more spectacular than Masca. Locus Map Hiking Map

A narrow hiking path leading into the canyon on a sunny day
Shortly after the trailhead you get an awesome view to Roque de Taborno.

We started the round trail at Taborno village, direction Roque de Taborno. The village is located 589 m above sea level, and the view of the Anaga Mountain Range and Roque de Taborno is already worth coming here. We parked the rental car at the entrance of the village because of the narrow roads. Google Maps

A huge old tree in Anaga
There is a dense forest in higher elevation.

The pristine forest around Taborno and the vegetation in the Barranco de Palos Hincados are breathtaking, fantastic, and wild. This ravine can easily compete with Masca’s beauty, but beside us, just a group of young residents hiked this steep track down.

The narrow hiking path in the spectacular barranco
This barranco is spectacular.

When we reached Playa de Tamadite, it wasn’t any longer peaceful and tranquil; however, the walking path was awesome. From Tamadite, we hiked a while on PR TF 8 along the coast direction of Taganana, looking for a spot for our lunch.

Coastal trail PR TF8 Playa Tamadite to Taganana
What an exceptional viewpoint for a lunch break down to Playa Tamadite.

Afterwards, we went back to where the trail forks to climb up to Afur on PR TF8. This trail is very well maintained and wide because it is much more used. 

  PR TF 8 from Afur From Taborno
Distance 14 km  10 km
Elevation 800 m  600 m
Duration 5 h 4 h

3 La Punta del Hidalgo to Chinamada or Cruz del Carmen PR-TF 10 

The wild and rugged coast along PR TF 10 to Chinamada
This hike offers spectacular views a little bit like Kauai, Hawaii.

It is a fantastic hike, at the beginning along the wild and rugged coastline of Anaga later through the canyon. Locus Pro Hiking Trail

Chinamada hiking sign and yellow-white marking
Shortly after the trailhead, you find the first sign to Chinamada.

From Punta del Hidalgo, a steep and, in some parts, exposed hiking track leads through the canyon (Barranco del Rio) to Chinamada.

The ascending walking path through the canyon.
The hiking trail through the barranco to Chinamada.

The walking path is mostly wide and sun-exposed, offering magnificent views of the sheer dropping cliffs, the rugged coastline of Anaga and the sea. ‘The trail is well marked with a yellow and white sign.

The view back through the canyon to Punta del Hidalgo
The view shortly before Chinamada back to Punta del Hidalgo.

You can either walk to Chinamada, take an excellent home-style lunch in the “Restaurante La Cueva” and continue to Cruz del Carmen or walk the same way back. Another alternative is the bus line 105 back to Punta Hidalgo. The restaurant offers one of the best mojos I have ever eaten called “polvito”. It is definitely worth planning a break here.

Euphorbias growing along the canyon walls
Euphorbia a specific type of spurge are growing along the trail.

Distance: 5.3 km one way / 9.7 km
Elevation Gain: 600 m
Duration: 2 hours one way
Parking Trailhead: There isn’t any real trailhead parking – just onside road parking. Google Maps

I took all pictures in the winter. If you wish to use any of it, contact me!
 

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