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Malpais de La Rasca Natural Reserve

Nature & Parks, Arona, Spain


Arona, Spain

Suggested visit duration:

3-5 Hours

Amission Fee:

Free-Of-Charge access

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24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round

Malpais de La Rasca is home to coastal and inland species of Canary Island as well as plenty of plant’s species. It is a protected area of 315.4 hectares situated in the municipality of Arona between Palm Mar and Las Galletas towns. Volcanic cones are noticeable features, specifically Montana Grande. Various endangered animal and plant species are there in the Malpais. If you are planning to visit this place, take a drive on TF-1 motorway and take a turn at Guaza and then continue driving to Las Galletas or Palm Mar.


Landscape and geomorphological structure of Malpais de La Rasca are some other areas of interest. The geological environment helped to shape volcanic cones made of basaltic magma. Cones have a height of approximately 153 m which makes it captivating for the onlookers. Moreover, species of halophilic vegetation, coastal thyme, and sea grape can also be found.


The significant presence of Guanche man can be located in the surroundings of Malpais de la Rasca Special Natural Reserve. Due to this, it is viewed as the main archeological jewel of Tenerife. Abundant remains of concheros, cabins, lithic material, and other structures witness the presence of activity over here in the past. Abandoned terraces, cabins, Salinas, the reservoirs, and caves are some highlights of the heritage. Punta de Rasca Lighthouse from 1898 inside this preserved area also show about the historical activities of this site. There some records that this place once has been used by the Guanche for their human sacrifices.


Curiosity to visit Malpais de La Rasca rise among the adventurers once they came to know such revelations about this place.

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