Roques de Anaga

Integral Nature Reserve

Two monolithic rock formations rise out of the ocean. They are in good condition, but can only be accessed by sea. Both the Roque de Tierra (or inner Roque) and the Roque de Fuera (or outer Roque) are constantly braving the Atlantic waves with their majestic presence.

These formations constitute one of the Canary Islands' most characteristic ecosystems and are particularly noteworthy for their huge scientific, geological, geomorphological and scenic interest.

The vertebrate species that inhabit these rocks include a number of endemic species and some that are not found anywhere else, such as the giant lizard on Roque de Fuera (Gallotia galloti insulanagae). The most common birds here are Bulwer's shearwaters (Bulweria bulwwerii), Madeiran storm petrels (Oceanodroma castro) and shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea).

The peak of Roque de Tierra is topped by a spectacular thicket of almost a hundred dragon trees.

Municipality: Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Expanse: 10 hectares (24.7 acres)

How to get there:

Because of the fragile nature and significant cultural value of the ecosystem on the Roques, access is restricted to scientific purposes subject to prior authorisation.