TREES are one of the most impressive natural wonders of our world and Spain has its fair share of truly exceptional ones.

The Olive Press takes a look at some of the most beautiful and interesting trees found throughout Spain.

The Sacred Chestnut of Istán, Málaga

Istán Holy Chestnut

The enormous and thousand-year-old chestnut tree known locally as El Castaño Sagrado is located in the area known as Hoyo del Bote in the Sierra Real de Istán in the province of Málaga.

Estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old, it is likely to have been a mere sapling when the Moors ruled Spain.

But its trunk now has a circumference of 13.5 meters.

Roblón de Estayala, Fuentes Carrionas Natural Park, Castilla y León

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This legendary oak is called “El Abuelo” by the locals and is believed to be the largest and oldest tree on the Montaña Palencia in the Castilla y León region.

Found in a forest near the town of Vañes, about 32 km from Brañosera in the province of Palencia, it is located right next to the Camino de Santiago in the Fuentes Carrionas Natural Park.

Estimated to be between 500 and 800 years old, it measures 9.8 meters around the base of its trunk.

Sabina Albar, Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park, Almería

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In the northernmost part of the province of Almería, on a windswept plateau 1,600 meters above sea level, stands an ancient juniper tree so special that it has been declared a ‘natural monument’.

Estimated to be around 1,000 years old, this variety of tree dates from the dense forests of the Tertiary period from 2.5 to 65 million years ago.

You can find this tree with its gnarled trunk and thick green crown at the eastern end of the Cordillera Bética in the Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park.

Dragon Tree, Tenerife

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El Drago or El Dragón is also known as Drago Milenario because it is said to be over 1,000 years old.

It is the oldest and largest living specimen of dragon tree (Dracaena draco), found in the Parque del Drago, in Icod de los Vinos, on the Canary Island of Tenerife, Spain.

It is one of the symbols of Tenerife and was declared a national monument in 1917 and appeared once on the 1,000 pesetas bill.

It is the only tree species in the world whose sap is red and what makes it more unusual is that the trunk contains a 6 meter high cavity accessible by a door, with a fan installed to provide ventilation.

Olive tree in Fuentebuena, Jaén

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The town of Arroyo del Ojanco is notable for little more than this impressive olive tree. Such is its size that it is registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest olive tree in the world and has earned the status of Natural Monument for Andalusia.

With a height of 10 meters and a trunk that exceeds 4 m in circumference, its crown measures 116 m2 and is believed to be over 1,000 years old.

Oak of the Pica, Olmeda de las Fuentes Madrid

Oak Olmeda De Las Fuentes

The small town of Olmeda de las Fuentes, just an hour’s drive southeast of the capital Madrid, is a pilgrimage site for tree lovers.

Because it is here where one of the most notable trees in the Community of Madrid can be found, an oak tree that is over 18 meters tall and is believed to be over 900 years old.

Giant sequoia, La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia

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Known as La Reina, this giant sequoia rises almost 40 meters high in the gardens of the royal palace of La Granja, in the province of Segovia.

It has stood at the gates of the Royal Palace with its partner, The King, since at least 1867 and is believed to be one of the oldest examples of trees imported from the Americas to Europe.

But she’s just a baby, as giant sequoias are among the tallest in the world, topping 1,000 meters in height and with a lifespan of up to 4,000 years.

Pino Castrejón, El Hoyo de Pinares (Ávila)

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This tree, a variety of stone pine (Pinus pinea), stands alone next to a stream in a stretch of grassland outside Ávila, in Castilla y León, and has been granted protected status.

It is said to produce over 2,000 pineapples each harvest and is a favorite for family picnics offering shade under its vast branches with a canopy that stretches for 25 metres.

Moreton Bay fig tree, La Orotava, Tenerife

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Ficus macrophylla, commonly known as the Moreton Bay fig or Australian banyan, is a large evergreen banyan tree in the family Moraceae native to eastern Australia. There are specimens found in public parks all over Spain, but nowhere is there a more impressive example than in La Orotava park in Tenerife thanks to its enormous crown and striking roots that extend from the canopy to the ground.

Ancient yew tree, San Cristóbal de Valdueza, León

Yew San Cristobal

This sacred yew tree planted next to a chapel in the Bierzo region of Castilla y León is said to have been standing even before the first stone was laid to build the cathedral of León.

Known as El Teixo, this tree provides shade over the cemetery and has grown to a height of 15m with a truckload circumference of 4.75m.

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