Wonderful Tenerife – Part 4 – A mesmerizing journey through Anaga hills

day was reserved for wandering amongst the Anaga hills. The north-eastern hilly
region of Tenerife is known as Anaga. Of the triangular island this region
forms one of the narrow vertices that tapers into the sea. It has a unique
terrain that harbors an indigenous flora. Its main feature is the Laurisilva
or Laurel forest that is typically found in the warm and temperature stable
subtropical zones. The plants are broad-leafed and evergreen. In India, such
forests are found in the Western Ghats of Kerala and in the hills of the
eastern Himalayas. Amongst the Laurel forests in Europe, the forest in Anaga
has the highest plant diversity. To wander around in such a forest was an
activity I was eagerly looking forward to.

The laurel forest in Anaga
After looking up the maps
and bus timetables, I finalized my route.
attending to my growing hunger, I set off towards the forest. Cruz del Carmen
is a village located at an altitude of 900 meters in the Anaga hills. A path
from the village leads to the coastal village of Punta del Hildago. It was this
path that I had decided to tread. While having a conversation with my
co-passengers in the bus I realised that most of them were taking the same
route. Assuming that the place would be crowded like Mesca, I felt a bit
disappointed. However, I then remembered the incident at the gorge in Mesca
valley and perked up by saying ‘it’s always safe to have company’. Finally, the
trek started. The path through Laurisilva was uncanny. While there was a
blazing sun outside, the forest was a cool and humid. It reminded me of the
paths of the fort trails in Sahyadri (a mountain range in Maharashtra province
of India) during the monsoon season.

Anaga hills and the Atlantic ocean
The green valleys of Anaga hills

After some distance the
forest started thinning out. This was an easy walk. Although the place was
teeming with tourists, it was devoid of commotion. From the wilderness the path
led to a plateau on the top of the mountain. This was the most picturesque part
of the route. The green blanket of the forest covering the hills could be seen
sloping down gently towards the azure waters of the Atlantic. The quiet and
serene Atlantic Ocean appeared to lovingly embrace the gentle slopes. On the
other side, the peaks of the Anaga mountains were visible. The path now became
a steep descent down the slope. Every nook and corner presented an enchanting
spectacle of the peaks and the ocean at different angles. After walking for a
while, the village of Punta del Hidalgo appeared at a distance. The tiny
village located on the shore and its lighthouse appeared as custodians of the
surrounding natural beauty. Taking in the view, I moved on. The green hills
started to fall behind leading to a valley with dusty and rocky grey rocks. This
part of the route was lined with comparatively rough edges. Finally, we reached
the village. After a bit of photography around the beach, I boarded the bus for
my return journey.

Punta del Hidalgo as seen from Anaga hills
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