Welcome to Taganana & the Anaga Mountains
There’s little to see in the small town of Taganana, but it’s only a few more kilometres north to the coast and Roque de las Bodegas, which has a number of small restaurants and bars. Local surfers favour its beach – and, even more so, the rocky strand of Almáciga, 1.25km eastwards.
For serious exploration of these mist-shrouded peaks, though, you need to leave the road behind and strike out on foot. The main visitors centre is the Cruz del Carmen, which sits a little under halfway between La Laguna and Taganana on the TF-12 road. Filled with tweeting birds you never actually see, the laurel forests surrounding the visitors centre are a jungle of twisted trees coated in moisture-retaining mosses. Through this forest wind several well-marked trails, including a five-minute one suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. Another easy 1.8km, approximately half-hour return walk is to the Llano de los Loros – a stunning viewpoint. The visitors centre can supply details of these and much more taxing walks around here.