La Montaneta de los frailes or Montana del fraile is of volcanic origin. In 2016, it was about 600 years old, as per Guanche hearsay. It's part of the region of Los Realejos but almost borders Puerto de la Cruz as well as La Orotava.
It's a prominent focal point within the Orotava Valley.
It's a most unusual green volcano thanks to moist Elysian winds.
Depicted are its West slope which may be accessed from Calle La Higuerita of the hamlet El Jardin.
Ferns grow on it but also huge fields with the Paris daisy, wild Lavender and more.
The abundance of plants render the small mountain so pleasant for walking in Tenerife. This volcanic cone with its ellipsoid, closed crater has been a natural monument since 1987. Also, it's one of most unique world volcanoes, as it's privately owned. Its 25,7 hectares belong to Columbus S.A. of Puerto de la Cruz. However, it's free to visit for climbing for everybody. Read on to discover more of its surprises.
There are folk dances by this little temple during the Fiesta de la Cruz on May 4 followed by big fireworks. A Romeria with floats and horses also takes place.
The first owner of the mountain of the monks after the Guanches was the lay priest friar Antonio from La Gomera.
He bought it as Montana de la Luz in 1771. He built a small Monastery with a Bodega and wine cellars on its east side. He also added farm buildings for live stock. Friar Antonio who was friends or did business with Augustine monks of Los Realejos and La Orotava died in 1811.
In 1826, the farm of La Montaneta de los Frailes was a place of refuge to monks of the region as well as to others. This happened during the worst storm and floods of the history of the Canary Islands. Casualties of men and beast were very high during this fatal Hurricane Bethencourt y Gonzalez when the Montaneta with its Monasterio was a safe place.
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