Rambla de Castro
Protected natural area in Los Realejos on the north coast of Tenerife
Rambla de Castro is a protected natural area in Los Realejos on the north coast of Tenerife. It covers around 46 hectares and is one of the most spectacular spots on the island.
This natural paradise is home to lots of animal and plant species, many of which are endemic to Tenerife, including the Phoenix canariensis palm tree, tajinastes, and tabaibal-cardonal heathers. It is also important for local wildlife, as the ecosystem is essential for the survival of certain species, including the Gallot’s lizard, the West Canary Skink, and several birds.
In Rambla de Castro, several buildings stand out:
- Hacienda y Casona de Castro. Former farmhouse belonging to the Bethencourt y Castro family, built in the 16th Century. Today it is public property and operates as a visitor centre.
- Chapel of San Pedro (Ermita de San Pedro). 16th Century Catholic church belonging to the Hacienda de Castro. Inside, it holds the image of the Apostle Saint Peter, which is a work from the 17th Century.
- Fort of San Fernando (Fortín de San Fernando). Small 18th Century fort. Used to defend the north coast of Tenerife from the pirate attacks it suffered during this era.
- Elevador de Aguas de Gordejuela. Constructed in 1903 to pump water to the top of the cliff, where it would be primarily distributed to banana plantations.
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