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 should bear in mind that the Tamadaba Natural Park has one of the best preserved pine forests in the Canary Islands. Furthermore, this special protection area extends to the coast of La Aldea de San Nicolás, next to the Andén Verde or Mirador del Balcón, passes by the Risco Faneque (the 7th highest coastal cliff in the world) and reaches the beach of Guayedra 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. Llanos de la Mimbre is perched on one of the highest coastal cliffs in the world: Risco Faneque (just a few metres away) is the 7th highest cliff in the world, with a height of 1,027 metres above sea level. So you can imagine the views.
Hiking through Tamadaba Natural Park
If you are a nature lover, Tamadaba is one of the idyllic places for hiking in Gran Canaria. The park covers an area of about 7,500 hectares, so you can imagine the number of trails that run through this protected area. We used to have a published route (the one in the video), but it goes through private roads and we have removed it. When we did it, there were no signs indicating that it was forbidden, but now there are. Soon we will do another route through Tamadaba and we will share it with you here.
Camping area in Tamadaba, Llanos de La Mimbre
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 (only in Spanish).
Recreation Area Tamadaba Natural Park
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
Below we leave you with a video of the hiking route we did through Tamadaba, but we have stopped sharing it because the track went through private roads, something we didn’t know about. We will make another one soon, so subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss more videos from Gran Canaria. Don’t forget that you can activate the English subtitles!
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