(30) Old Vilaflor Town-Pino Enano Circular (Vilaflor)

Route Summary
A fascinating walk through the flower-bedecked and historic mountain village of Vilaflor, also taking a short uphill hike into the surrounding pine forest to see a very special tree, the Pino Enano, and the marvellous views from the rocky outcrop it inhabits.

Duration: 2 hours.

Route Overview
Duration: 2 hours
Transport/Parking: Titsa 342, direct from Los Cristianos. Other options via Granadilla. Carpark in Vilaflor behind church.
Length: 5.600 km / 3.50 mi
Height Gain: 289 meter
Height Loss: 289 meter
Max Height: 1601 meter
Min Height: 1385 meter
Surface: Path to the Pino Enano requires appropriate walking shoes.
Child Friendly: Yes.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: Cafes/bars in Vilaflor.

Description
This walk captures the essence of the delightful and historic small town of Vilaflor. At an altitude of 1,500 m it is one of the highest settlements in all of Spain, and is surrounded by agricultural terraces and pine forests. On a clear day, there are marvellous views up to the mountains behind (you can’t miss El Sombrero), and down to the south-east coast of the island centred on Montaña Roja. Flowers, especially roses, seem to be a permanent feature of the pretty townscape. In Spring, brightly coloured wild flowers carpet the surrounding road verges and uncultivated areas. During the month of May, the imposing and magnificent Red Tajinaste, with its communities of buzzing honey bees, can be found growing wild all through the town, which makes for a fabulous sensory experience. In the first section of the walk, leaving the San Pedro church in the historic centre of the old town, we take a hike into the pines above the town to a stunning viewpoint where the highly unusual Pino Enano (dwarf pine) is found, clinging to life on a rocky outcrop, and overlooking its giant cousins, the Pino Gordo and Pino de los Dos Perales in the valley below. Returning to the town we take a tour of the most evocative sights, reminding us of the life and centuries old history of this special place.

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

Thanks to Vilaflor Ayuntamiento for these leaflets:
Old Vilaflor Town Guide
Pino Enano Walk

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