Los Roques on the bill

Los Roques García is an emblematic spot in Tenerife. Located in the heart of Teide National Park, thousands of people visit them each day in search of the ‘perfect photograph’. A snapshot with Los Roques García in the foreground and Teide behind is one of the most sought after.

Although the spot was already one of the most visited and photographed, it became even more famous when the Bank of Spain decided to emit a series of bills dedicated to the Canaries. Between 1982 and 1987, the back of the 1,000 peseta note presented an image of Los Roques García, with the silhouette of Roque Cinchado in the foreground and Teide Peak in the background. The front of the bill featured a portrait of the writer Benito Pérez Galdós.

On the islands, a ‘roque’ refers to a vertical formation that extends up out of the landscape. Los Roques García are among the most interesting and famous examples of these geological elements. They form a line of dykes that are the remains of the ancient volcanic edifice in the centre of the national park.

They are a highly eroded cluster of volcanic plugs, skeletons of the magma that once protruded from cracks in a volcano that no longer exists. Over the centuries the wind and rain dismantled the volcanic edifice, leaving behind only these most resistant parts. 

Although volcanologists have found a different explanation for the origin of the most famous of ‘los García’: El Roque Cinchado. Experts say that this roque is not like its companions, but rather an ‘accumulation of successive layers of different materials that have been exposed through different mechanisms that have affected the different layers at varying rates due to the composition and hardness of the materials, what is known as differential erosion’.

If you want to learn about los roques in greater detail don-t miss our activity: http://www.telefericoteide.com/en/volcano_life_experience/hiking

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