Cabildo de Tenerife

Tabaibal del Poris


What is it?

Tabaibal del Porís Site of Scientific Interest is a small, coastal strip of volcanic terrain that was formed by eruptions spilling out into the sea. Erosion by the sea has formed cliffs, which themselves house halophilous-aeolic habitats (environments characterised by exposure to salt and wind). The dominant vegetation is a species of spurge, Euphorbia balsamifera, with plentiful examples of accompanying species such as Ceropegia chrysantha, gorse and parrot’s beak; the most notable bird life in the area includes the trumpeter finch (Bucanetes githagineus) and rock sparrow (Petronia petronia), along with other species typical of the island’s drier, low-lying zones.

Getting there

Tabaibal del Porís Site of Scientific Interest can be accessed from the TF-1 via the exit for El Porís-Villa de Arico: take the TF-625 towards the village of El Porís and after approximately380 metres turn left at the roundabout to continue on through the village of Casablanca. The rear of the village is bordered by a dirt track, where you can park and continue on foot to the Site of Scientific Interest (located approximately 200 metres along from the track).

Total area

48.6 ha.



Governing legislation

Tabaibal del Porís was declared a Site of Scientific Interest and area of environmental sensitivity by Autonomous Region Act 12/94, which was later integrated into the Organisation of the Canary Islands Territory Act via Legislative Decree 1/2000.

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