Macizo de Anaga

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Anaga's mountainous zone is a place of some Canary legends.
Macizo de Anaga in Tenerife.

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 stretches from the Punta de Anaga in the northeast to 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. Since 1987 it has been protected as a "natural park", reclassified as "rural park" in 1994.[1] Since 2013 it is also Biosphere Reserve.[2]

It is a remote and wild area, characterized by humid forests, including laurisilva. Native plant species include Ceropegia dichotoma, Ceropegia fusca and Echium virescens. The Macizo de Anaga is also rich in archaeological finds, including the Guanche Mummy of San Andrés.

The main villages in the Macizo de Anaga are San Andrés, Taganana and Igueste de San Andrés. A place in the mountains which is called "El Bailadero" is believed to have been a place where witches were practicing witchcraft and dancing around a bonfire.

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Coordinates: 28°31′50″N 16°14′27″W / 28.53056°N 16.24083°W / 28.53056; -16.24083