Macizo de Anaga
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Macizo de Anaga is a mountain range in the northeastern part of the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The highest point is 1,024 m (Cruz de Taborno). It extends between the Punta de Anaga in the northeast and Cruz del Carmen in the southwest. Anaga features the mountain peaks of Bichuelo, Anambro, Chinobre, Pico Limante, Cruz de Taborno and Cruz del Carmen. The mountains were formed by a volcanic eruption about 7 to 9 million years ago making it the oldest part of the island.
There are no roads encircling the northeastern part of the island because the cliffs are treacherous for transportation, but a road runs along the mountain ridge as far as Chamorga and there is a coastal road through San Andrés in the northwest. After San Andrés the most important villages are Taganana and Igueste de San Andrés.
The relative altitude and the peculiar situation being at the passage of the tradewinds converting into a specially humid zone, which favored its existence of special diversity for the natural habitats, which features the laurisilva trees. Faunas also features on the island including Ceropegia dichotoma, Ceropegia fusca, Echium virescens and more.
The natural park was first founded in 1987, it later classified to this day as Parque Rural de Anaga in 1994 by the Law of the Natural Spaces of the Canary Islands. (Espacios Naturales de Canarias). Since 2013 is also Biosphere Reserve.
In this place there is a mountainous zone known like, The "El Bailadero" hall like that for which supposedly it was the place where the witches were doing practicing witchcraft and were dancing around a bonfire, of there it is supposed that it derives the current name of the zone, El Bailadero. Another legend says the pirate, "Cabeza de Perro" buried a treasure along the cliffs of Anaga.
The main celebrations are Anaga St. Andrew in San Andrés (November 30) and the Virgen de las Nieves (Taganana) on August 5. Also in the midlands of South Anaga mountains near San Andrés, a place known as "San Pedrito", where there is an altar to the saint for a miracle that did, about June 29 (day of the saint), is organized pilgrimages from San Andrés to that place.
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