With a captive place on the list of top trekkings from Tenerife, the PR-TF 8 traverses part of the rapturous Anaga Rural Park, in the northeast of Tenerife. If done in its entirety, it is a very difficult pedestrian route; but it is absolutely stunning.
Officially, the trail begins - and ends! - next to the parking lot of the village of Afur. Being circular, it can however be started in other places, such as the village of Taganana or the main road through Anaga. I chose to make the PR-TF 8 rail from the official start in Afur (see map below, in the practical guide), even for the ease of leaving the car. And I went clockwise. Come on!
Trekking PR-TF 8 Afur - Taganana - Afur
The first section of the trail has been made continuously downwards, albeit slightly, from the village of Afur to the level of the sea. Without any problem with the marking of the route, we went down mountain tracks along the valley that would end at Tamadite beach.
The landscapes mingled the color of green slopes - though often with undergrowth and some catos - with the grayish imposition of the stone. All very, very beautiful!
Despite the very strong current advise against any attempt to bathe, Tamadite is a very nice beach. I almost put her on the list of best beaches in Tenerife; but I chose to leave it out precisely because it is very difficult to enjoy its waters. It is, in any case, a strategic stop!
For those who make the PR-TF 8 Afur trail, Tamadite beach is roughly halfway between the beginning of the trail and the village of Taganana. It is, therefore, a good place to stop, to rest a little and to comfort the stomach with something energetic. That's what I did.
Energies restored, I continued my path. And he quickly realized that from Tamadite beach there would be a change of landscape. The trail followed along the escarpment, by the sea but high up, winding the curves of the island to the vicinity of Taganana.
It was one of the most beautiful parts of the walk.
By this time, he was already surrendered. And with an annoying physical limitation.
With one knee showing signs of great discomfort - remnants of old problems - I made the following kilometers in difficulty. Arriving at Taganana, I looked for a place to drink anything and found the Bar Las Nieves cafe. I inquired about the options to return to Afur, where he had left the car, when walking companion Bruno Mendes wanted to proceed to the end.
Instead, I made the decision to terminate the trekking in the village of Taganana. From then on, it would start the hardest section of the track, with the highest ascents of the entire course; which is why I thought it wiser to stay there.
And so I stayed in Taganana, between the esplanade of Las Nieves and the central square of the village, waiting for Bruno's return. Even though I only made half of the PR-TF 8 track in Parque Rural Anaga, it was, without a doubt, one of the best walks of Tenerife.
Strongly recommend to all lovers of the trekking.
The PR-TF 8 Afur-Taganana-Afur Rail is circular and, if done in its entirety, has extension 14,3km (7 hours). Both the positive and accumulated negative gradients exceed 1.500 meters, with special emphasis on the second half of the trail, between the villages of Taganana and Afur.
More photos of the PR-TF 8 Afur Trail - Taganana - Afur
How to get to Tenerife
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How to organize the walk
Since the PR-TF 8 is a circular rail, you can start where you can; being sure that the official start is next to the small parking in the village of Afur. That's where I started the walk, and I think it's a good option (as long as you have transportation to get there).
If you want to avoid the hardest part of the route, you can only make the first half of the trail, between the villages of Afur and Taganana. It is a beautiful section of the trail, with about 7km in length. In this case, you will have to arrange transportation back to Afur - houting a car or paying the 50 € charged for a private transport. Ask at the AAVV Las Nieves Bar café - you might even find other hikers with whom to share the trip.
Where to stay
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