Montaña de Tejina

Natural Monument

The slopes of Montaña de Tejina are a landscape of huge geological value thanks to their volcanic composition made up mostly of phonolites and trachybasalt rock, which were subsequently buried under layers of lava. Persistent erosion gave rise to the ravines of Guaria and Cuéscara on either side of the monument, both of which have a considerable depth. Its mountainsides are adorned with farm terraces, which demonstrates the agricultural use that has been made of their soils.

You will spot unique plant species such as the balillo, jocamo and sow thistles. There are also a number of dragon plants, peralillos and junipers. Keep your eyes open because there are a variety of birds that choose to nest in the area's hidey holes. Fluttering all around you are rock doves and Scopoli's shearwaters, as well as free-tailed bats, the largest on the Canary Islands.

Municipality: Guía de Isora

Expanse: 169.7 hectares (419,3 acres)

How to get there:

Montaña Tejina can be accessed on the TF-82, linking Adeje to Guía de Isora. When you reach the town of Tejina on the TF-82, take the road that leads to the TF-465. A number of trails branch off from the road into this protected nature area.

Another alternative is to take the TF-82, past the town of Tejina and take the turn-off you will come to after 1 km (0.62 miles), heading up towards Acojeja. This is a paved road that then turns into an dirt track and leads you to the north of the protected nature area.