Los Frailes is located at an altitude of over 900 m, at the upper limit of the Siete Lomas Protected Landscape, at the head of the Güímar Valley.
The evidence suggests that this large horseshoe-shaped landform was the result of a massive landslide towards the sea. Water then carved out deep furrows, especially in the area around this recreational area, where the gradient is steeper than in the central section of the valley and along the coast.
The vegetation that covers these hills comprises pine trees mixed with bushes, such as tagasaste (Cytisus proliferus) and a species of rockrose called jaguarzo (Cistus monspeliensis), which in turn provide shelter and food for a multitude of birds, such as chaffinches, canaries and chiffchaffs.
There is also a whole realm of invertebrates and insects hidden in the bark of the trees and under the blanket of dry leaves, including spiders, beetles and colourful butterflies.
- 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.