The Anaga Mountains lie in the northeastern part of Tenerife. This area is also a protected rural park. The mountain range is particularly popular with climbing and hiking.
Anaga Mountains & Guanche Settlers
Here the many hiking trails offer amazing views of the surrounding islands. You can also see more spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. The highest point is “Cruz de Taborno”, this peak stands at 1024 metres above sea level.
Anaga is by far the greenest part of the island and also the oldest. There are several small inhabited villages dotted around Anaga. Many of these tiny villages are inaccessible without direct access to the roads. The mountains contain many caves in which people still live up until this very day.
Anaga has also been the subject of many important archaeological finds. Many of these discoveries date back to the ancient “Guanche” settlers.
The Guanche Settlers of Anaga
The Guanche Settlers inhabited Anaga and much as the Canary Islands as early as 1000 BC. The Guanche’s are said to be from north African descent. They are also believed to be closely related or direct descendants of the Berbers of Africa.
The Guanche’s have their own whistling language. Known as El Silbo, this communication is still in use today on the island of La Gomera. The whistling was a form of communication across the deep ravines. This whistling sound can travel a distance of 5 km’s.
The Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre contains artifacts and information about the Guanche’. Our article about Santa Cruz de Tenerife goes into more detail about this museum.
Map of Anaga Mountains
The interactive map below displays this unique and ancient part of Tenerife.