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Anaga Rural Park: Day Trips and Tours from Tenerife

The wild and mountainous Anaga Rural Park covers a huge portion of Tenerife's northeast corner. Discover the ancient and enchanting laurel forests and the unspoiled beauty of its rocky landscape on an Anaga Rural Park tour.

Spend an unforgettable day hiking the trails or exploring the numerous traditional hamlets and villages. Glimpse some of Tenerife’s most outstanding natural views and beaches just a stone’s throw from Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Where is Anaga Rural Park located?

The Anaga Rural Park is located in the northeast corner of the island of Tenerife. It is just a short distance from the main town and port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and can be reached within half an hour from the city.

The landscape of Anaga Rural Park was actually once its own separate island and is the oldest part of Tenerife. It is around 9 million years old and is a protected biosphere reserve.

It covers around 14,500 hectares and stretches from nearby the towns of La Laguna, Tegueste and Santa Cruz to the Roque Bermejo at the eastern end of the island.

What are the best things to do in Anaga Rural Park?

There is a lot to see and do in Anaga Rural Park, especially for those who enjoy adventuring in the great outdoors. The main attraction of the region is its outstanding natural beauty which is at once wild, undisturbed and diverse.

The best way to enjoy the calm and serene environment of the Anaga Rural Park is on a hiking expedition through its hills and forests. Traveling in this slow and quiet way, visitors have the best opportunity of seeing wildlife, such as the many lizard and bird species that call the region home.

Hike the “Enchanted Forest” trail to see some of Tenerife’s most incredible scenery and discover one of the few surviving laurel forests in Europe. Discover the agricultural traditions and culture of the region as you visit the small communities that still farm in the Anaga Rural Park.

See original Canarian architecture, including the cave houses of Chinamada, and discover the epic views of the island's volcanic landscape, deep and verdant valleys and sheer coastal cliffs.

What are the best tours to visit Anaga Rural Park?

There are many Anada Rural Park tours to choose from and most include at least some hiking or walking. Visitors who don’t have much time to spend but want to see the highlights have options for short tours. Full day tours are available for those who want to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the region.

2-hour hiking tours

These short hiking jaunts will take you to the must-see places in Anaga Rural Park. Discover the laurel forests, dramatic views and tiny villages in this wild corner of Tenerife.

Enjoy a guided tour and learn a little about the flora and fauna of Anada Rural Park and the island of Tenerife, some of which are unique in the world. Breathe in the pure air of this small island ecosystem as you enjoy its natural wonders.

Half-day tours

Discover Tenerife’s wild valleys and mountains on a half-day tour of Anaga Rural Park. See rugged gorges and volcanic hills covered in dense forest and unique trees and plant species. Learn a little about the history of the region from your local guide and visit some of the island’s most impressive natural scenery.

These four-hour tours include pickup and drop-off at your accommodation and transport to and from Anaga Park. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide to show you around.

Full day guided tours

Spend a full day exploring the volcanic landscape of the Anada Rural Park. Visit the rugged coastline and see the green mountains and valleys of this fertile region. Learn about the importance of the ancient laurel forests which are preserved only here and a few other nearby islands.

See the region’s villages, towns and cities and the stunning natural beauty of its mountains. Visit the coastal village of San Andres and the historic city of La Laguna which is a UNESCO World Heritage site recognized for its early adoption of a grid street plan system.

What are the prices of Anaga Rural Park tours?

The price of tours will vary depending on how long they are and the activities that are involved.

Two- to three-hour guided tour prices are around €15 to €40 per person. A half-day guided tour of between four and five hours costs about €40 to €60 per person. Full day guided tours cost from roughly €70 to €100 per person.

Where do Anaga Rural Park tours start?

The usual starting point for Anaga Rural Park day tours is in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife which is located at the foot of the park.

Visitors staying in the city will be picked up from their accommodation or a convenient central meeting point. Cruise ship passengers will be collected from the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

When is the best time to visit Anaga Rural Park?

Anaga Rural Park is great to visit at any time of the year. It is one of the least busy places in Tenerife, so if you are looking for some fresh air, peace and tranquility, Anaga is a great option.

If you are going specifically for the hiking, the months of spring and autumn might have the most comfortable temperatures. The weather in June, July and August is usually fairly mild though and hovers between 18 to 23 degrees Celsius.

Travel tips

  • Be sure to book your Anaga Rural Park day trips in advance to ensure availability during your stay in the region.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, as there will be plenty of walking on uneven trails.
  • Pack a jacket or sweater, as it can get chilly the higher you climb.
  • Don’t forget to charge your camera to snap some photos of the incredible views.