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Natural sights, South Tenerife

Getting to the Arco de Tajao

The Arco de Tajao is a natural rock formation that is situated near the village of Tajao, which is known for its traditional fishing boats and seafood restaurants.

The arch is made of volcanic rock and is around 20 meters wide and 10 meters high. It is a popular spot for visitors to take photos and admire the stunning views of the surrounding coastline.

It’s very each to get to being only a very short walk from the rough parking spot at this location.

Apart from its natural beauty, the area around the Arco de Tajao is also known for its excellent seafood restaurants. Many of these restaurants specialize in fresh fish and seafood dishes, such as paella, grilled octopus, and shrimp in garlic sauces, and rich volcanic history make it an unforgettable experience that should not be missed.


Here are some othe famous rock arches in the world

Rock arches, natural bridges, and similar geological formations are some of the most captivating and photographed landmarks around the world. These structures are formed through various geological processes, including erosion by water and wind, frost action, and the natural decay of softer rock layers beneath harder ones. Here are some of the most famous rock arches from around the globe:

  1. Delicate ArchUtah, USA: Perhaps the most iconic arch in the world, Delicate Arch is the centerpiece of Arches National Park. It’s even featured on Utah’s license plates.
  2. Rainbow BridgeUtah, USA: Located near Lake Powell, this is one of the world’s largest known natural bridges. It’s considered sacred by the Native American tribes in the area.
  3. London Arch (formerly London Bridge)Victoria, Australia: This offshore natural arch formation in Port Campbell National Park was formerly a double-span bridge, but the inner span collapsed in 1990.
  4. Azure WindowGozo, Malta: A famous limestone arch on the island of Gozo, it sadly collapsed in 2017 due to natural erosion.
  5. Aloba ArchChad: One of the largest arches in the world, it’s located in the Ennedi Range of Chad.
  6. Tassili n’AjjerAlgeria: This national park in the Sahara desert is home to numerous sandstone arches, pillars, and rock formations.
  7. Arch of Cabo San LucasMexico: Also known as “El Arco,” this distinctive rock formation is located at the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.
  8. Natural Bridges State BeachCalifornia, USA: Located in Santa Cruz, this beach is famous for its naturally occurring mudstone bridge.
  9. Pont d’ArcArdèche, France: A large natural bridge located in the Ardèche gorge, just upstream from the town of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc.
  10. Pravčická bránaCzech Republic: The largest natural sandstone arch in Europe, it’s located in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park.
  11. KokinoNorth Macedonia: Apart from its famous rock arch, this megalithic observatory also has other significant rock formations.
  12. Durdle DoorDorset, England: A natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset, England.
  13. Landscape ArchUtah, USA: Another gem from Arches National Park, it’s one of the longest natural arches in the world.

These arches, apart from being stunning natural wonders, often hold cultural or spiritual significance for local communities. They’re also reminders of the power of natural forces and the passage of time, as they’re continuously shaped and, in some cases, eventually destroyed by the elements.