The drive through the ancient Anaga mountains which coat the North Eastern tip of Tenerife is a magnificent journey through time. You will discover small hamlets clinging to the rock faces as you travel along winding roads that go down between ravines. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes from the island’s capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The name ‘Taganana’ is derived from the Guanche name and means “surrounded by mountains” in the ancient dialect of Tenerife’s original inhabitants.
Taganana is drenched in cultural and historical importance and from a distance, it’s hard to miss the white-walled houses that stand out amidst its green surroundings. The name ‘Taganana’ is derived from the Guanche name and means “surrounded by mountains” in the ancient dialect of Tenerife’s original inhabitants. The Stone of the Guanches, is called as well Stone of Taganana. This is an engraved stone stele and can be found in the nearby village of Afur. The settlement dates back to 1501, and was originally referred to as the valley of Santa Maria de las Nieves. Their history and economic growth has been based on agriculture and rather isolated from the capital and the rest of the island until 1968 when the road was built. Prior to this, the only communication was by way of the camino real referred to as Las Vueltas, which has so many twists and turns it is said there is a bend for every day of the year.
Taganana’s agricultural history began with sugar cane planted by the Spanish conquistadores in the 16th century, and later vines. Today villagers still survive on farming, mainly vines, onions, sweet potatoes and potatoes – as well as tourism.
North Eastern tip of Tenerife is a magnificent journey through time
The church, Nuestra Senora de las Nieves dates back to 1515 and is the fourth oldest church on the island. Its famous triptych painted Flamenco style, it sits in front of a little square where you can enjoy the shade from the Indian laurel trees.