Gigantic mountains. Rugged, wild and powerful
The Teno Mountains
The Teno Mountains (Spanish: Macizo de Teno) is a mountain range in the north-west of Tenerife. Geologically, the mountain range is one of the oldest parts of the island and rises to a height of 1345 meters. It emerged as an independent island 17 million years ago, as a result of the erosion only the relatively hard rock layers of reddish trachite remained, some of which are interspersed with younger basalt veins.
The mountains are criss-crossed by a large number of deep gorges (barrancos) of volcanic origin, which slope steeply to the coast, with height differences of more than 500 m often occurring at a very short distance.
The mountain range extends between the towns of Santiago del Teide, Los Silos, El Tanque and Buenavista del Norte on the coast. Within the mountains there are various small towns such as Masca, Teno Alto, Los Carrizales, El Palmar, Las Portelas and Las Lagunetas, whose inhabitants mainly practice traditional Canarian agriculture.
The mountains are well developed through several country roads with intercity buses.