Natural park of Betancuria

Surface: 3.054,3 Ha

This protected area was created so as to protect the environment of the Betancuria Massif, as well as to preserve the agricultural and livestock-based way of life of the villages within the park.

This park includes parts of five different municipal districts, with some 20% corresponding to the district of Pájara. From the geological point of view, its importance arises from the fact that it includes some of the oldest material in the Canaries and an exceptional morphology, with characteristic U-shaped valleys and ravines and uneven terrain greatly modified by the action of water and wind.

As regards fauna, it has one of the most varied arrays of animals anywhere in the Canaries, particularly among the birds with a broad wingspan. The ravines are a favoured nesting-place for several pairs of ‘guirres’. On the coast, there are ospreys and colonies of shearwaters.