Tamadaba is a Natural Park of Gran Canaria located in the northwest of the island. Specifically, it takes part of the municipalities of Artenara, La Aldea de San Nicolás and Agaete. Likewise, since 2019, Tamadaba is part of the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Below we are going to give you more details about this protected area so that you can enjoy nature in its best.
Tamadaba Natural Park
The Tamadaba Natural Park is one of the most extensive virgin areas of the island and, given its characteristics, it is also a Biosphere Reserve. In this environment, the Canarian pine reigns among many other plant and animal species, some endemic to Gran Canaria. For example, this pine forest is home to the Gran Canaria blue finch, an endemic bird to the island. The highest point of the Park is the Pico de La Bandera with 1,444 meters of altitude.
On the other hand, you must bear in mind that the Tamadaba Natural Park is not just pine forest. This extends to the coast of La Aldea de San Nicolás, next to the Andén Verde or El Balcón viewpoint, which passes through El Risco, Faneroque and reaches Guayedra Beach in Agaete.
Llanos de la Mimbre viewpoint
Another of the best-known viewpoints in Tamadaba is that of Llanos de La Mimbre. From here you will have spectacular views of Puerto de Las Nieves, Tenerife and La Aldea de San Nicolás. Next to the Mirador del Balcón, it is one of the essentials for nature lovers visiting Gran Canaria.
Hiking around Tamadaba Natural Park
The area of Tamadaba is about 7,500 hectares, so you can imagine the number of trails that run through this protected area. We want to share with you a circular route that passes through the Llanos de La Mimbre viewpoint, the camping area, the picnic area and the reservoir that we showed you previously. Below we summarize the main characteristics of the route.
|Estimated duration||3 and 30 hours|
Practically the entire trail passes through wide and easy tracks, except for two steps between ditches where you have to be very careful. Therefore, we could also recommend this hiking trail for children (not small children given the duration). At the same time, almost the entire trail is flat, the accumulated unevenness is around 400 meters. Moreover, we recommend that before going you check the weather forecast and prepare your basic hiking kit. Do not miss this route in the video at the end!
Track of this hiking route
Next we leave you the track of the hiking route that we did in case you wanted to do it on your own. If you want to know how to download it and follow it from your GPS or smartphone, here we explain it to you. If you want to support us so that we continue to create content for you about Gran Canaria, we will appreciate if you purchase one of our tracks, either to enjoy incredible routes or as a donation. And don’t miss the video we have prepared for you below!
Camping area Llanos de La Mimbre
Although for the moment the access is closed for vehicles (we understand that due to COVID19), here there is a wide esplanade equipped for camping. It is called Llanos de La Mimbre, like the viewpoint. It has bins, drinking water, a camping area and parking for caravans. As a general rule, the access is only allowed with authorization that you can request here.
Recreation Area Tamadaba Natural Park
Although it is currently closed due to COVID-19, the Tamadaba picnic area is one of the best known in Gran Canaria. Here practically all the locals have come as children to spend time with the family. A recreation area with picnic tables and a barbecue area under Canarian pines. In addition, it has public toilets, drinking water and a parking area.
Video of the hiking route
Then we leave you with a small video about one of the hiking routes that you can do in Tamadaba, the route that we told you before. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here so you don’t miss more videos from Gran Canaria. Don’t forget that you can activate the English subtitles!
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