Taganana

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Taganana  is a small mountain village located in  Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the island of Tenerife — Canarias, Spain.
Taganana is a fishing village in the southern part of Anaga Rural Park, 24 km from the island capital. This is one of the oldest settlements on the island, founded by the conquistadors in 1501. Since 1813 Taganana has become a separate municipality.
Small white houses, built in the traditional style of Tenerife, are scattered over emerald slopes among ancient laurel forests.The village name Taganana comes from the Guanche language. There is the church of Our Lady of the Snows, whose patron saint’s feast day is August 5th. According to the story, the image of the maiden was found at the beach, abandoned by a ship.
The area of ​​the town is included in the Anaga Rural Park and like the other towns and hamlets of Anaga, Taganana is also included in the Macizo de Anaga Biosphere Reserve declared as such by UNESCO in 2015.

Access : Coordinates: 28.561667, -16.218333 / The Taganana can only be reached by vehicle via the TF-134 road, which descends with a gradient of up to 16% from the heights of the mountains to the sea shore. It can be reached via the TF-12 either from La Laguna or from Santa Cruz via San Andrés. / Public transport : From the capital of Tenerife there is a bus 946 of the titsa company that runs to Taganana village.

Highlights :

  •  The town  has a network of trails for hiking that connect with Afur, El Bailadero and Almáciga, as well as a self-guided route through the interior of the nucleus that makes known the ethnographic values ​​of the place.
  •  Hermitage of Santa Catalina :The hermitage of Santa Catalina Mártir de Alejandría also called hermitage of Santa Catalina Mártir is a Catholic temple located in the hamlet of Taganana in the Anaga massif (Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain). In it the compatrona of the town is venerated, that is, Santa Catalina Mártir de Alejandría.
  •  Roque de las Bodegas beach : Roque de Las Bodegas beach is one of the beaches located in the Anaga Rural Park, on the north side of the island of Tenerife
  •  Mount of Las Vueltas : Mount Las Vueltas is of great scientific interest, where a magnificent sample of laurel forest is preserved.
  •  La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves de Taganana , The Church is a Catholic temple whose origin dates back to the 16th century. / Roque Amogoje, known as “the lion of Taganana”.
  •  Almáciga beach with fine black sand. The entrance to the sea is shallow, almost without stones./  Benijo beach is considered the most beautiful. Like the other two beaches, there is black volcanic sand and quite strong waves.

Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities / Through Taganana, there is a network of hiking trails in the surrounding area. / Taganana is famous for its family-run fish restaurants.

Go next : visit the famous beach of Las Teresitas / San Cristóbal de La Laguna , the colonial capital of Tenerife with a historic centre that is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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