Piedra La Rosa – La Orotova

Natural sights, North Tenerife

Getting to the Piedra La Rosa

The Piedra La Rosa rock formation is located on the TF-21 road that connects La Orotava and Mount Teide. It is a large reddish rock formation that is shaped like a rose and is visible from the road. The rock formation is a popular landmark and tourist attraction, and many visitors stop to take pictures and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding landscape.  There are a couple of car parks with no amenities, the is no charge to view the formation.

In addition to its natural beauty, the Piedra La Rosa rock formation is also of cultural significance. It is believed to have been an important ceremonial site for the Guanche people, who were the indigenous inhabitants of the Canary Islands before the arrival of the Spanish. The rock formation is also associated with several local legends and myths.

Keep traveling down the road and you will eventually end up at the stunning town of La Orotava, which as you can see below is well worth visiting.

Other interesting features of Tenerife

Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is renowned for its diverse and stunning geological features, particularly its rock formations. These formations are a testament to the island’s volcanic origins and the various geological processes that have shaped it over millions of years. Here are some of the most notable rock formations and related geological features on Tenerife:

  1. Teide National Park:
    • Mount Teide: At 3,718 meters, it’s not only the highest point in Spain but also the third-largest volcano in the world from its base. The surrounding landscape is dotted with unique rock formations, lava flows, and pumice stones.
    • Roques de García: These are a group of iconic rock formations located near the base of Mount Teide. The most famous of these is “Roque Cinchado,” which stands apart from the main cliff and looks like it’s defying gravity.
  2. Los Gigantes (The Giants):
    • These are massive vertical cliffs that rise from the sea to a height of 500-800 meters. They form a stunning backdrop to the towns of Puerto de Santiago and Los Gigantes.
  3. Malpaís de Güímar:
    • This is a badland area on the eastern coast of Tenerife. It’s characterized by unique volcanic cones and solidified lava flows that have created a variety of interesting rock formations.
  4. Cave of the Wind (Cueva del Viento):
    • Located in Icod de los Vinos, this is one of the largest volcanic tubes in the world. The cave system stretches over 18 kilometers and offers a unique insight into the island’s volcanic geology.
  5. Anaga Mountains:
    • Located in the northeastern part of the island, the Anaga mountain range is ancient, with some rocks dating back 7-9 million years. The area is characterized by sharp peaks, deep valleys, and unique rock formations.
  6. Teno Massif:
    • Located in the northwestern part of Tenerife, this is another ancient geological formation. It’s characterized by rugged cliffs, deep ravines, and unique rock structures.
  7. Cañadas del Teide:
    • This is a massive caldera surrounding Mount Teide, filled with various rock formations, lava flows, and colorful minerals that paint the landscape in shades of red, brown, and black.

The diverse rock formations on Tenerife are not only a delight for geologists but also for tourists and nature enthusiasts. They tell the story of the island’s volcanic history, the forces of erosion, and the passage of time. Whether you’re hiking, driving, or simply admiring the view from a beach or viewpoint, Tenerife’s geological wonders are sure to captivate you.