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Parque Natural de la Corona Forestal

Parque Natural de Corona Forestal
Parque Natural de Corona Forestal
Parque Natural de Corona Forestal
Parque Natural de Corona Forestal
Parque Natural de Corona Forestal
Parque Natural de Corona Forestal


The Corona Forestal is the largest protected natural area in the Canary Islands, one of the most extensive forests on the islands, the lungs of Tenerife and the gateway to Mount Teide. 

As its name indicates, it forms a crown (“corona”) that encircles the whole of the island below the Teide National Park.

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  • #Fauna
  • #Monteverde
  • #Geology
  • #PineForest

Recommended time to visit: All year round.


The park runs along the three island ridges, and features fascinating geological phenomena that help us to understand the different phases of Tenerife’s formation over millions of years. 

The most ancient bedrock, on which the island is built, is found on the slopes of Güímar. 

In the Orotava Valley you can see Los Órganos, a dramatic rock formation that dates from a phase that came soon after. The rock that forms the foundation of the La Esperanza ridge also dates from the same period.

You can see the lava ejected during the following period in the area around Boca de Tauce. It was at the end of this stage that the valleys of La Orotava and Güímar were formed.

In the next phase, multiple lava flows covered both valleys and the La Esperanza ridge, giving it its current shape. The Abeque ridge and the pumice deposits (huge accumulations of volcanic ejecta) that you can see in Fasnia, on the edge of the park, also appeared at this time.

The final stage gave rise to the cirque of Las Cañadas, the current shape of the Teide-Pico Viejo volcanic edifice and the lava flows that run through the upper reaches of Chío and Santiago del Teide. 

In addition to all this history that has been carved into the landscape, within the natural park you can also visit the remains of the historic eruptions of Siete Fuentes, Fasnia and Arafo, which took place between 1704 and 1705.

Parque Natural de Corona Forestal

Flora and fauna

Since it encompasses a variety of ecosystems and covers such an extensive and mountainous terrain, the Corona Forestal is home to a great biodiversity, with many endemic species. 

It features a huge expanse of woodland, mainly pine forest, both natural and reforested, although there are also patches of fayal-brezal (Morella-Erica heath), high mountain scrubland and even some areas of laurel forest. 

The Canary Island pine tree is the dominant plant species, a symbol of adaptation to these volcanic lands, capable of surviving forest fires and resprouting thanks to its thick bark, which protects the wood from abrasion and heat.

However, other plants grow in this forest, such as codeso (Adenocarpusfoliolosus), tagasaste (Cytisusproliferus) and jara (Cistus symphytifolius), as well as sabina (Juniperus turbinatassp. canariensis), Mount Atlas mastic tree or almácigo (Pistacia atlantica) and acebuche (Olea cerasiformis) in some areas. There are also extremely rare species that have their last remaining refuge in the park, such as cabezón de Añavingo (Cheirolophusmetlesicsii), pico paloma or lotus vine (Lotus berthelotii) or jarilla de Agache (Helianthemum teneriffae).

Invertebrates are found in abundance, with a high proportion of species endemic to the island and the Canary Islands, as is the case in the island’s other ecosystems. These include species such as the Tenerife grayling (Hipparchiawyssii), a butterfly native to the island that is found in pine forests, and the Chío millipede (Dolichoiuluschioensis), a species found only in a cave in the park. 

You will also be able to spot three of the island’s four native reptile species: Tenerife skink, Tenerife gecko and the two subspecies of the Tenerife lizard. 

The six species of bats, the only mammals native to the island, flit through the night sky and often take refuge in the park’s caves and volcanic tubes during the day.

There are 37 species of birds that nest in the park, making them the most abundant vertebrates here. Of these, five are endemic to the Canary Islands: Tenerife blue chaffinch, Bolle’s pigeon, laurel pigeon, Canary Island chiffchaff, and Tenerife goldcrest.

Pico Picapinos canario macho
Pico Picapinos canario macho

Interesting routes

BC-1.11 Las Hayas

BC-1.11 Las Hayas

  • BC-1.12 Arenas Negras

    BC-1.12 Arenas Negras

  • Ramón Caminero via Chimoche

    BC-1.6 Ramón Caminero via Chimoche

  •  La Orilla del Monte

    BC-1.7 La Orilla del Monte

  • Ramón Caminero via La Bermeja

    BC-1.8 Ramón Caminero via La Bermeja

  • Barranco La Arena

    BC-1.9 Barranco La Arena

  • Pinar de Chío

    BC-3 Pinar de Chío

  • Pinares de sur y volcanes negros

    BC-4 Pinares del Sur and Volcanes Negros

  • Pinares de Vilaflor

    BC-5 Pinares de Vilaflor

  • Camino a Candelaria (Aguamansa-Crucita)

    Camino a Candelaria (Aguamansa - Crucita)

  • 3.- Pista del Fayal

    VM 3. Pista del Fayal

  • La Fortaleza

    PNT 01 La Fortaleza

  • Sámara

    PNT 13 Sámara

  • Igueque

    PNT 17 Igueque

  • Corral del Niño - Yegua Blanca

    PNT 21 Corral del Niño - Yegua Blanca

  • Recibo Quemado

    PNT 25 Recibo Quemado

  • Degollada del Cedro

    PNT 29 Degollada del Cedro

  • Cumbres de Ucanca

    PNT 31 Cumbres de Ucanca

  • PNT 31.1 Ramal del Lomo Los Pegueros

    PNT 31.1 Lomo Los Pegueros spur trail

  • Ramal Degollada del Sombrero de Chasna

    PNT 31.2 Ramal Degollada del Sombrero de Chasna

  • PNT 34 Montaña Limón

    PNT 34 Montaña Limón

  • PNT 35 Boca Chavao

    PNT 35 Boca Chavao

  • La Caldera - Mamio - La Caldera

    PR TF 35 La Caldera - Mamio - La Caldera

  • Casa del Agua - Pinolere

    PR TF 35.1 Casa del Agua - Pinolere

  • Ruta del Agua

    PR TF 35.2 Ruta del Agua

  • Llano de Los Corrales - Pinolere

    PR TF 35.3 Llano de Los Corrales - Pinolere

  • Ladera de Tigaiga

    PR TF 40 Ladera de Tigaiga

  • Camino Punta del Risco

    PR TF 40.1 Camino Punta del Risco

  • Playa del Socorro - Pico Teide (Ruta 0.4.0)

    PR TF 41 Playa del Socorro - Pico Teide (Route 0.4.0)

  • PR TF 69 Chío - Vera de Erques

    PR TF 69 Chío - Vera de Erques

  • Guía - Tágara - Boca Tauce

    PR TF 70 Guía - Tágara - Boca Tauce

  • PR TF 70.1 Tágara - El Jaral

    PR TF 70.1 Boca Tauce - El Jaral

  • PR TF 70.2 Boca Tauce - Las Fuentes

    PR TF 70.2 Boca Tauce - Las Fuentes

  • Vilaflor - Paisaje Lunar - Vilaflor

    PR TF 72 Vilaflor - Lunar Landscape - Vilaflor

  • Altos de Granadilla

    PR TF 83 Altos de Granadilla

  • Las Vegas-Los Escurriales

    PR TF 83.1 Las Vegas - Los Escurriales

  • Camino de La Corredera

    PR TF 83.2 Camino de La Corredera

  • Fuente del Llano

    PR TF 86.6 Fuente del Llano

  • Camino de La Orilla del Monte

    SL TF 81 Camino de La Orilla del Monte

  • SL TF 81.1 Conexion Orilla del Monte - Pista de Benijos

    SL TF 81.1 Connection Orilla del Monte - Pista Benijos

  • 11.- Pista de Ramón Caminero a Izaña o Pista de Montaña del Limón

    VM 11. Pista de Ramón Caminero to Izaña or Pista de Montaña del Limón

  • 12.- Pista Chanajiga - Fuente Los Corchos

    VM 12. Pista Chanajiga - Fuente Los Corchos

  • 13.- Pista La Bermeja y Pista Almagre y Cabezón

    VM 13. Pista La Bermeja and Pista Almagre and Cabezón

  • 14.- Pista de Mataznos

    VM 14. Pista de Mataznos

  • 15.- Pista de Lolita y Caños Chingue

    VM 15. Pista de Lolita and Caños Chingue

  • 17.- Pista del P.K. 29, Pista de las Vistas de Sánchez, Pista Barranco de la Arena y Pista El Lagar

    VM 17. Pista del P.K. 29, Pista de las Vistas de Sánchez, Pista Barranco de la Arena y Pista El Lagar

  • 18.- Pista de Fuente Pedro

    VM 18. Pista de Fuente Pedro

  • 19.- Pista Fuente Santa

    VM 19. Pista Fuente Santa

  • VM 19.1 Spur trail to Redondo (Las Hayas).

  • VM 19.2. Spur trail to Las Abiertas.

  • 21.- Pista Madre del Agua

    VM 21. Pista Madre del Agua

  • 9-. Pista General de Arico

    VM 9. Pista General de Arico

  • PR TF 70.3 Chavao

    PR TF 70.3 Boca Tauce - Chasogo refuge

  • Technical information sheet

    Surface area

    46,612.9 ha (22.9% of the island).

    Species of interest

    Canary Island pine, codeso (Adenocarpusfoliolosus), poleo (Bystropogonoriganifolius), tagasaste (Cytisusproliferus), jara (Cistus symphytifolius), sabina (Juniperus turbinatassp. canariensis), Mount Atlas mastic tree or almácigo (Pistacia atlantica), acebuche (Olea cerasiformis), faya (Morella faya), tree heath (Erica arborea), pastel de risco (Aeonium canariense), cerraja de risco (Sonchus gummifer), escarabajocanutoazul (Temnoscheilacoeruleapini), Tenerife grayling (Hipparchiawyssii), blue chaffinch, Canary Island chiffchaff, laurel pigeon, Bolle’s pigeon, goldcrest, great spotted woodpecker, woodcock, sparrowhawk.


    High-mountain scrubland, pine forest, monteverde, thermophilic forest, rock-dwelling communities, succession scrub.

    Places of interest

    Aguamansa, Los Órganos, La Caldera, Tigaiga, Abeque, Taucho, Madre del Agua, Las Vegas, Lunar Landscape, Barranco de El Río, Tamadaya, Fasnia and Siete Fuentes volcanoes, Barranco de Tegüigo, Barranco del Agua, Arafo volcano caldera.


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

    Parque Natural de Corona Forestal


    • Adeje
    • Arafo
    • Arico
    • Candelaria
    • El Tanque
    • Fasnia
    • Garachico
    • Granadilla de Abona
    • Guía de Isora
    • Güímar
    • Icod de los Vinos
    • La Guancha
    • La Orotava
    • Los Realejos
    • San Juan de la Rambla
    • Santiago del Teide

    Places of interest

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

    Monumental tree

    • Acebiños (Ilex canariensis) near los Órganos

    Several large specimens in an area dotted with old faya (Morella faya) and tree heath...

    Monumental tree

    Pino Lomo del Jaral

    Located about 100 metres above the PR 35.2 trail (Ruta del Agua), this pine tree forks into two...

    Montaneta Ermita
    Unique building

    Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi

    Small sanctuary built in the 20th century by State Forestry Workers with the help of the...

    Monumental tree

    Pino del Sendero

    Some branches of this pine tree nearly reach the hillside due to its enormous size. Three limbs...

    Monumental tree

    Eucalyptus El Convento / El Conventito

    The only eucalyptus tree in the area and one of the largest in the district.

    Monumental tree

    Pino Gordo

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

    Monumental tree

    Pino Camino de las Piedras

    Pine tree located on the edge of a ravine, above the Aguamansa forest house.

    Casa Marrubial
    Unique building

    Casas Marrubial

    Ruins of a stone building where the local livestock farmers used to live.