The first time we explored the Anaga Mountains we were completely seduced by their astoundingly dramatic beauty.
As we walked along narrow trails through a lush valley we passed a few goats then a lone cottage where a smiling old woman in a straw hat tended her flower-filled garden, a thought occurred. If you dropped someone who has never been to Tenerife (or even plenty who have, but have never made it beyond the beach) into this remote wilderness without telling them where they were, you could let them have a hundred guesses and they’d never get it right.
The Anaga’s are by far our favourite place for walking on Tenerife, but because of their location they are still too far off the tourist trail for most visitors, even those who enjoy hoofing it around the countryside on foot.
We’ve been banging on about how incredible the Anaga Mountains are for years. Even the walker’s paradise of neighbouring La Gomera can’t compete with what the Anaga Mountains have to offer in my opinion. And you’ve got the added bonus of having the wonderful cities of Santa Cruz and La Laguna within easy distance. These extreme contrasts found in the north east tip of Tenerife represent the best of the real Tenerife.
But we’re biased northerners, so it was with interest that we followed the British Guild of Travel Writer’s tweets on Twitter earlier this year when they held their AGM on Tenerife. They swapped the surreal luxury of the Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque and other 5 Star hotels in Costa Adeje, the newest part of Tenerife, for goat trails and laurisilva forests in the oldest part of Tenerife. Here’s what some of them had to say:
“Changed my mind about Tenerife. Stunning scenery & amazing downhill walk in Anaga Mtns & rainforest. Must go back.”
“Had a fab walk in Anaga’s laurisilva forest y’day. Robins and wagtails galore.”
“Magnificent walk in Anaga rain forest.”
“Loved today’s walk through the beautiful Anaga laurisilva in NE Tenerife.”
“Hike in Anaga was great yesterday, particularly views of sea and village towards the end. Bit steep for some though.”
“Very impressed with the hiking in Tenerife’s remarkable north.”
So there you have it, we’re clearly not alone in our views. The Tenerife Tourist Board pulled a master stroke by taking the British Guild of Travel Writers to a place where life continues much as it has done for centuries.
If you want to show visitors an area of Tenerife which is guaranteed to confound preconceived ideas, you couldn’t choose better than the Anaga Mountains.