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Paisaje Protegido de Las Lagunetas

Paisaje Protegido de Las Lagunetas
Paisaje Protegido de Las Lagunetas
Paisaje Protegido de Las Lagunetas
Paisaje Protegido de Las Lagunetas
Paisaje Protegido de Las Lagunetas
Paisaje Protegido de Las Lagunetas


The Las Lagunetas Protected Landscape is situated on the north side of the Pedro Gil ridge, in the north-east of Tenerife. 

This ridge was formed over the course of numerous phases of eruption less than 700,000 years ago, and is the largest of three ridges that linked together Anaga, Teno and Adeje; the three points at which the island first emerged. They were later connected by the Abeque ridge in the north-west, Adeje in the south-east and Pedro Gil in the north-east. 

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Recommended time to visit: Spring and Autumn.


Today, the Las Lagunetas landscape is dominated by forests with steep slopes, ravines, ridges, hillsides and pyroclastic cones covered with pine forest and monteverde. 

Located between 700 and 1900 metres above sea level, it occupies a large part of the island that is exposed to the trade winds. 

When it comes into contact with the sea of clouds, the large mass of vegetation traps the humidity in the ground, thus playing a key role in aquifer recharge.

Paisaje Protegido de Las Lagunetas

Flora and fauna

Some endemic, threatened and protected species thrive in Las Lagunetas. 

Almost the entire surface of monteverde in Las Lagunetas is located inside the Las Palomas Special Nature Reserve. This includes: 

  • Dry monteverde, with species such as the madroño (Arbutus canariensis), mocán (Visnea mocanera), acebiño (Ilex canariensis) and sanguino (Rhamnus glandulosa). 
  • Humid monteverde, dominated by species such as the laurel tree (Laurus novocanariensis), follao (Viburnum treleasei), viñatigos (Persea indica) and barbusano (Apollonias barbujana). 
  • Hydrophilic monteverde, in more humid areas like water courses and streams, where you can also find a less common tree, the til (Ocotea foetens), as well as mountain ferns. 
  • Morella-Erica heath, the product of human impact through logging, fires and grazing.

The rest of the landscape is full of Canary pine forest with an undergrowth of jaras (Cistus symphytifolius),  escobones (Chamaecytisus proliferus) and codesos (Adenocarpus viscosus). In some places the pines mix with monteverde of fayas (Morella faya) and brezos (Erica arborea).

The fauna in this area is mostly forest wildlife. 

As in the rest of the island, the majority of species in this region are endemic invertebrates.  These include some carabids, which are small predatory beetles that can only be found in Tenerife, such as the blind Vulcano carabid and the blind Chusy carabid. 

The Tenerife brimstone butterfly can also be found here, as well as two forest flies that are endemic to the archipelago; the Canarian cobriza fly (Calliphora splendens) and the marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus)

Reptiles include Gallot’s lizard (Gallotia galloti), the gecko, and the Canarian skink; as well as five species of bat, the only native mammals on the island.  Although the Madeira pipistrelle is more common, it is also possible to spot the Canary long-eared bat and the rare Canary barbastelle bat (Barbastella barbastellus guanchae) inside many of the galleries in the reserve. 

In terms of birds, some of the largest populations of laurel pigeons and Bolle’s pigeons can be found in the Las Palomas Special Nature Reserve. 
Certain species representative of well-preserved forests also reproduce here, namely the great spotted woodpecker, blue chaffinch, common chaffinch, Eurasian blue tit, Eurasian sparrowhawk and the Eurasian woodcock.

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Reyezuelo Canario

Interesting routes

Lomo de La Jara

BC-1.1 Lomo de La Jara

  • Las Calderetas

    BC-1.2 Las Calderetas

  •  La Vica

    BC-1.3 La Vica

  • Las Lagunetas

    BC-1.4 Las Lagunetas

  • Monte de La Esperanza

    BC-2 Monte de La Esperanza

  • La Esperanza campsite

    BC-2.1 La Esperanza Campsite

  • Las Raíces - Lomo La Jara

    PR TF 25 Las Raíces - Lomo de La Jara

  • Circular Las Raíces

    PR TF 25.1 Las Raíces Loop Trail

  • Las Lagunetas - Hoya del Abade

    PR TF 25.2 Las Lagunetas - Hoya del Abade

  • Las Lagunetas - Los Nateros

    PR TF 25.3 Las Lagunetas - Los Nateros

  • Circular Lomo La Jara

    PR TF 25.4 Lomo de La Jara loop trail

  • Enlace PR-TF 25.2 con PR-TF 25.3

    Trail connecting PR TF 25.2 with PR TF 25.3

  • SA GTE 01 Sendero accesible Agua García

    Agua García Accessible Trail

  • Sendero Los Nateros

    SL TF 26 Los Nateros - La Vica

  • Nateros Vica

    SL TF 27 Los Nateros - Morra del Pino

  • 1.- Pista de Fuente Fría

    VM 1. Pista de Fuente Fría

  • 2.- Pista de Siete Fuentes

    VM 2. Pista de Siete Fuentes

  • Lomo Atravesado

    VM 2.1 Pista de Lomo Atravesado

  • 4.- Pista del Rayo-pista del Fondo (1)

    VM 4. Pista del Rayo - Pista de Fondo (1)

  • VM 5.1. Pista Hoya Mona

  • Pista de la VICA, Las Aguilillas, Montaña El Pozo, Carril del Polvo

    VM 6. Pista de La Vica, Las Aguilillas, Montaña El Pozo, Carril del Polvo, Baja Camella y Las Calderetas

  • 7.- Pista de Las Goteras

    VM 7. Pista de Las Goteras

  • 3.- Pista del Fayal

    VM 3. Pista del Fayal

  • Technical information sheet

    Surface area

    3,800.1 hectares (1.8% of the island)

    Species of interest

    Acebiño (Ilex Canariensis), faya (Myrica faya), brezo (Erica arborea), pine, pastel de risco (Aeonium tabuliforme), retamón (Teline canariensis), codeso (Adenocarpus viscosus), jara (Cistus symphytifolius), escobon (Chamaecytisus proliferus), viñatigo (Persea indica), laurel tree (Laurus novocanariensis), barbusano (Apollonias barbujana), Naranjero salvaje (Ilex perado), Canary Island bellflower (Canarina canariensis), cresta de gallo (Isoplexis canariensis), madroño (Arbutus canariensis), sanguino (Rhamnus glandulosa), blue chaffinch, great spotted woodpecker, Eurasian sparrowhawk, common chaffinch, Canary long-eared bat, Eurasian woodcock, Bolle’s pigeon.


    Monteverde, pine forest.

    Places of interest

    Monte de Agua García, Pinar de Las Raíces, Pinar del Roque, Reserva Natural Especial de Las Palomas, Barranco de Bensa, Barranco de los Garabatos, Montaña del Cerro, Montaña Grande, Cabeza de Toro.


    To consult permits for use and updated regulations for this Protected Natural Area, visit the official website of the Government of the Canary Islands.

    Paisaje Protegido de Las Lagunetas


    • Candelaria
    • El Rosario
    • El Sauzal
    • La Matanza de Acentejo
    • La Victoria de Acentejo
    • Santa Úrsula
    • Tacoronte

    Places of interest

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


    Barranco de Toledo

    Small ravine in the laurel forest of Agua García featuring the famous caves from which trachyte...