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El Contador Campsite

Camping area, Los Picachos , Arico

El Contador Campsite
El Contador Campsite


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El Contador Campsite is located at an altitude of 1,200 metres on the southern slopes of the island.

It is set in lush Canary Island pine forest, interspersed with shrubs such as tagasaste (Cytisusproliferus), codeso (Adenocarpusfoliolosus) and a species of rockrose called jarablanca (Cistus monspeliensis). Fauna includes blue chaffinches, great spotted woodpeckers, beetles, butterflies, etc.

Next to the recreational area the houses of El Contador are still standing, a group of traditional-style country dwellings surrounded by old, terraced fields that have been reclaimed by wild flora.

Vehicle access is via asphalt roads.

The camping area adjoins the recreational area offering a range of services.


  • Enjoy the local plant and animal life without disturbing it. Be curious but from a safe and respectful distance.
  • Follow the rules and instructions on the signs to avoid disturbance to people and animals.
  • Keep the environment clean and leave no litter behind. Rubbish and cigarette butts must be disposed of in the designated containers.
  • Travel in small groups to keep noise pollution and the impact on the environment to a minimum.  
  • Use the water in the toilets and taps responsibly. Water is a scarce and precious commodity on our island.

Recommendations and tips


  • Compulsory authorisation must be requested a maximum of 15 days in advance via this link.
  • Type of camping allowed: tents.
  • Types of camping not allowed: caravans, motorhomes or other adapted vehicles.
  • Check here for more details about permits for camping areas in Tenerife.
More information


The recreational area adjoining this campsite has the following services:

  • Toilets left open if there are people in the campsite
  • Barbecue facilities.
  • Water NOT fit for human consumption.
  • Tables and benches.
  • Children’s area.
  • Waste containers.
  • Parking area with no reserved parking spaces for people with reduced mobility.
  • The services are only available on week ends and bank holidays.
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Access El Contador Campsite

Access from the centre of Arico, taking Calle del Calvario and going up the asphalted road named “Subida al Contador”.

No public transport service in the area. 

Protected Areas


Parque Natural de la Corona Forestal

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Places of interest

These are some of the points of interest you can find along this route.

Monumental tree

Pino Gordo

The trunk of this pine tree forks at a height of 130 cm and has been used for signs indicating...