Barranco de Ruiz

Natural area covering over 95 hectares in the north of Tenerife

Barranco de Ruiz is a natural area covering over 95 hectares in the north of Tenerife, spreading over the municipalities of San Juan de la Rambla and Los Realejos.

The area has been designated a Site of Cultural Interest, due to the large number of species living side-by-side, especially endemic flora and fauna, such as the ecosystem that transitions from tabaibal-cardonal heathland to laurel forest.

Barranco de Ruiz Recreational Area

The Recreational Area is open all year round, and has picnic tables, a children’s play area, BBQs and restrooms. It is situated on the final section of the area known as the Protected Landscape of Los Campeches, Tigaiga and Ruiz.

The location is popular for the fantastic views that it offers over this landscape. It’s an ideal setting to spend a special day in this part of the island, whether you bring your own food or eat in one of the many restaurants that specialise in traditional Canarian food in the area.

You’ll also find the starting point for various hiking trails here, which climb into the Barranco de Ruiz and lead you towards the coast.

How to get there

To get to the Barranco de Ruíz Recreational Area, you will need to take the TF-5, a highway that connects Santa Cruz with Puerto de la Cruz, and then come off around kilometre 44 towards Icod de los Vinos. There is parking at the recreational area.

You can also get there by taking the following TITSA bus lines:

  • Line 108 (Santa Cruz – Icod de los Vinos)
  • Line 366 (Puerto de la Cruz – Buenavista)

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TF-5, 1, 38414 Los Realejos
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