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El Contador Recreational Area

Recreational area, Los Picachos , Arico

El Contador Recreational Area
El Contador Recreational Area


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Weekends and public holidays between sunrise and sunset.


El Contador Recreational Area 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.

There is a camping area for tents next to the recreational area.


  • 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 via this link for groups organised by associations, schools or businesses. This is to protect the natural environment and ensure that the maximum capacity of the recreational area is not exceeded.
  • Free access for all other visitors, no reservation required.
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  • Tables and benches.
  • Barbecue facilities.
  • Toilets.
  • Water NOT fit for human consumption.
  • Children’s area.
  • Waste containers.
  • Adjoining campsite.
  • Parking area with no reserved parking spaces for people with reduced mobility.
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Access El Contador Recreational Area

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. 

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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...