Given its proximity to urban centres, this route through pine forests and monteverde has become a popular natural spot.
It follows the El Bailadero, Los Ovejeros and Escuela Hogar trails, part of the ancient “caminos reales” (“royal roads” or main island routes), built in the past to improve communications between the villages on the island.
Among the Canary Island pine forests that predominate along the route, you will find some large specimens mixed with areas undergoing regeneration after the great fire that devastated this area in 1995. Even today, some of the pine trees bear witness to the fire with their bark charred black.
One curiosity along this path is the “Pino de la Catadura”, a pine tree with a huge hole in its trunk, dating from the time in which the resin from these trees was extracted and applied to boats to make them waterproof.
In the undergrowth you will find tree heath (Erica arborea), fayas (Morella faya), escobones (Chamaecytisus proliferus) and codesos (Adenocarpus viscosus); and after the first autumn rains you can even gather mushrooms, an increasingly popular activity in recent years. If you look carefully, you will also see large piles of pine needles which are used as bedding for livestock.
IBP Index: 28.
- Always stay on the marked trail and do not enter private property, hunting grounds, water galleries, wells or caves.
- Be careful when walking along roads used by motor vehicles and hiking trails, and when crossing ravines with water courses.
- Avoid direct encounters with potentially dangerous animals, such as livestock, beehives, and dogs.
- Proceed with caution and watch for obstacles, loose rocks, uneven terrain or steep slopes to avoid accidents and falls.
- Consult our good practice guide and, if necessary, contact emergency services by calling 112.
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