(18) Arona-Tunez-La Hondura Circular (Arona)

Route Summary
feature-2This walk has a very rural aspect with great views in all directions. There is a steep 400 m ascent from Tunez to La Hondura.

Duration: 3 hours.

 

 

 

Route Overview
small-mapDuration: 3 hours
Transport/Parking: Titsa 480 from Los Cristianos. Parking in Arona side streets.
Length: 6.840 km / 4.28 mi
Height gain: 445 meter
Height loss: 445 meter
Max Height: 959 meter
Min Height: 592 meter
Surface: Rough
Child Friendly: Yes, if used to steep ascents and rough tracks.
Difficulty: Moderate
Dog Friendly: Yes
Refreshments: Cafes in Arona.

Description
feature-3The walk provides insights into rural life in the Arona area, past and present. It starts and finishes in the main plaza in Arona, with its shady trees, where you can admire the church of San Antonio Abad, sculptures of San Hermano Pedro, and other fine old buildings. On the walk, there are great views all around, with flowers along the path if the season is right. At over 3,000 feet above sea-level, at the return point on the walk, we find a shrine that marks a place where, during the 1700’s, funeral parties rested on their arduous journey up to the nearest consecrated ground for burial in the village of Vilaflor, another 1,500 feet higher. The walk is described by Arona Council as the “Walk of the Farewells”. The “farewells” being 1) farewell to the pine forests and the original Guanche people that were here when the Spanish arrived in the early 1500’s, 2) farewell to the dead whose bodies were carried to Vilaflor in the 1700’s, 3) farewell to the desperately poor farming folk who emigrated from here to South America in the 1900’s, and 4) farewell to more recent farmers who have given up their rural life to work in the tourist industry down at the coast.

All in all, an interesting, invigorating, and very scenic hike in the hills.

Links:
Photos from walk
Download GPX file (GPS Exchange Format)
Download Route Guide PDF (with illustrated Waypoints)
Access Walk on Viewranger
Access Walk on Wikiloc

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