What to do in Tenerife: El Pijaral

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17 August 2022

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What to do in Tenerife: El Pijaral

The integral nature reserve of Pijaral in Tenerife constitutes a place with important environmental values, as it is home to one of the best samples of the laurel forest on the Island.


This place protected by regional regulations is located on the northern slope of the Macizo de Anaga. With an area of ​​300 hectares within the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, it is characterized by steep slopes and large slopes populated with a dense vegetation cover, mainly based on laurel forest. The aforementioned slopes have favored its exclusion from human use and have allowed the environment to maintain the state of conservation that it presents today.


The Pijaral Integral Nature Reserve sits on an area caused by the accumulation of many volcanic materials. These are essentially of the basaltic type, on which different salic elements are arranged. Among the latter, the salic rocks or pythons known as Anambro and Chinobre stand out, which establish the southern border of the reserve, and constitute two singular elements of the landscape, of scientific, geological and geomorphological interest.


El Pijaral is one of the protected natural areas in the Canary Islands with the greatest diversity of ferns and one of the best examples of laurel forest on the islands. One of the ferns gives the name to the entire Reserve, the Píjara. A giant fern whose fronds can reach up to 3 meters in length, forming huge carpets in our path.

Walking tour along the path of El Pijaral


As it is an Integral Natural Reserve, the regulations of the natural space only admit a limited public use. Therefore, routes organized by entities or legal persons or by individuals for profit are not allowed. The remaining visits are restricted to a maximum of 45 people per day. Due to this, those interested must previously obtain a reservation, which may include up to four companions.


The El Pijaral Reserve, and the paths it houses, are subject to the trade winds, characteristic winds that affect the north face of the island and leave constant humidity in the area, with a large presence of mist and clouds, such as occurs throughout the Anaga summit, and that play a very important role in the recharge of underground aquifers.


To make a reservation you can go to this link.


If you have any questions about how to get to this unique place, do not hesitate to contact the Hotel El Duque reception.


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