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Nature

Flora

The springtime in Tejeda brings a universe of colours that decorates the mountain sides.

The medicinal properties of many of the flowers that grow naturally in this municipality have not been overlooked by the local residents.

At present, the "Medicinal Plants Museum" in Tejeda brings together the whole tradition and the healing properties of the endemic vegetation that many generations of Canarians have used and keep using as homemade remedies for health problems.

Fauna

The fauna present in Tejeda, as well as in the rest of the island of Gran Canaria, is not dangerous.

The "Lagarto Gigante de Gran Canaria" (Gran Canaria’s Giant Lizard) spends its days under the sun because its body cannot warm the blood.

At the same time, the kestrel, aware of this habit of the lizard, spends its day suspended in the air waiting for any opportunity to hunt down one of its favourite prey.

Protected Areas

The Parque Rural del Nublo (Rural Park of the Nublo) is a protected area not only because it establishes a natural reserve for the present flora and fauna, but also because it has vast pine tree forests, hiking trails and tracks where you can lose yourself, walk and feel near to the nature.

The people of Tejeda are especially aware of the necessity of the natural conservation and, therefore, 98% of the municipality’s surface is protected.

The Cone Sheet

Tejeda represents the lower part of a large Tertiary volcano. The following stages in its development are recognized: alkali olivine basalt shield volcano; caldera collapse and emission of large quantities of alkali trachytic to soda rhyolitic ash flows; building of a central volcano inside the caldera, and high level intrusion and resurgent doming of the central volcano’s substructure by thick trachytic sills, a central syenite stock, and numerous trachytic cone sheets. The syenite stock and the younger cone sheet system inside the caldera suggest that two stages of doming followed caldera collapse.