Tauro Mountain Natural Monument

Tauro Mountain Natural Monument

It is part of a large area that was not entirely protected in the law of 1987. It is of great geomorphological relevance and outstanding cultural value.

This monument is a large structure (its surface covers 1,256.6 hectares) on the summit of a larger mountain, and was formed by stacks of dry lava during the first volcanic cycle.

It is flanked by the great ravines of Arguineguín and Mogán, which enhances the structure. On both sides of the mountain there are minor ravines and trails, with some very steep ridges between them. The natural materials found in this area are part of the old mountain ranges of Gran Canaria which have significantly eroded due to the absence of further eruptions.

In the immediate vicinity of Tauro mountain there is an open pine grove surrounded by rockrose (Cistus monspeliensis) and Shrubs (Neochamalea pulvurulenta) as well as other species. The remaining space is occupied by tabaibas and cacti (teasels).

The area plays a specific role in the maintenance of essential ecological processes such as soil protection and groundwater recharge, especially in the higher part where the wooded communities are located. The mountain was once used for aboriginal ceremonies which enhances its cultural value.

The northern boundary of this area borders the Parque Rural del Nublo.

It is entirely located within the municipality of Mogán.

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