Follow soft dirt trails up through shady woodland, whilst taking in the lofty views that expose themselves every so often before descending almost to the waters edge at Roque Bermejo. After a little rest it's time to tackle the final uphill section through a cactus lined valley back to Chamorga.
Your walk today has an “ends of the earth” feel to it, starting in the village of Chamorga in the far eastern tip of the Anaga peninsula. Narrow paths lead you along steep barrancos leading down to the sea, with colourful wildflowers and cactus trees lining the trail. Walk along an ‘airy’ ridge to a lighthouse and then to the tiny isolated hamlet of Roque Bermejo. Having descended most of the way so far, it is inevitable that a steep climb will lead back to Chamorga, where you can reward yourself with a refreshing drink in the village bar.
Pack a swimming costume.
If the water is calm enough then there’s a lovely small pool around halfway up the ascent to Chamorga, it’s a great size to cool off in.
There are a few things to be aware of during this hike.
-Being on a very remote part of the island means little to no phone signal for the entirity of the walk, if walking on your own be sure to let your accomodation know when to expect you back.
-There are many unprotected cliff edges, although the views from these are truly spectacular be careful not to stray too close to the edge.
- The valley from Roque Bermejo to Chamorga can be prone to flooding during or after heavy rainfall. If you reach a point where the water crossings look too deep or fast then we suggest you turn around and retrace your footsteps back to Chamorga along the trail you've just walked. It will make the walk longer but much safer.
A pair of sturdy walking boots are advisable for this walk as the terrain is quite rough and steep underfoot. Along with the rest of your usual gear for a day outdoors remember to pack sunscreen, insect repellant and plenty of water. A water/windproof is always a good idea to keep handy especially when walking on higher ground, and be sure to double check weather forecasts before heading out.
Food & Drink
There is a small bar in Chamorga but you may only be able to get refreshments here. We advise packing a picnic and enjoying it whilst sitting at one of the many lookout points along the route.
Points of Interest
Faro de Anaga
This lighthouse was constructed in 1864 and is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Canaries; Punta de Jandía on Gran Canaria was also opened in the same year.
Built in a similar style to other Canarian 19th century lighthouse, it consists of a white washed single storey house, with dark volcanic rock used for the masonry detailing. A twelve metre high tower, with a twin gallery is attached to the seaward side of the house, facing the Atlantic Ocean. Still working to this day it sits at the most northerly point of Tenerife.
-Follow the TF13 and the TF-12 to TF-123.
-Turn left onto the TF-123 and follow this for approx 12km to Chamorga
Follow the twisty TF-123 towards Chamorga. Park before the start of Chamorga village before the bus stop.