Teno Rural Park in Tenerife
A rural paradise in Tenerife
Walking through Teno is like finding an island within an island. This mountainous area, at over 1,300 metres above sea level, covers the extreme eastern part of Tenerife and is almost completely surrounded by the sea. In fact, in the distant past Teno was a small separate island, which then joined with other sections to become a single mass of land that is today called Tenerife. This relative geographic isolation has meant the ravines and narrow valleys have conserved a unique biodiversity, architecture and set of customs and habits, which you probably won’t find in the Tenerife of mass tourism and populated resorts.
Nature and traditions in the Teno mountains
Teno Rural Park sweeps from the leafy laurel forests on the Agua mountain to the impressive enormous cactus plant spreads in the Masca ravine, passing through the vertical cliffs of abundant plant life. The close relationship bond between the local communities and the surrounding nature is one of the themes focused on at the visitors’ centre, which is located in the village of El Palmar. There you can also find more information about the 13 different trails and pathways that are clearly signposted around the park as well as the best places to purchase some traditional local products.