(53) Tajao-Barranco de Vijigua (Arico)

Route Summary
This short walk is based in the pleasant fishing village of Tajao, set within striking and unusual rock formations between El Medano and La Jaca on the east coast. At a mid-point in the walk there is a very large and evocative stone arch. Tremendous coastal views.

Duration: 2 hours

Route Overview
Duration: 2 hours
Transport/Parking: Titsa 111 from Los Cristianos followed by 1 km walk from TF-1 Autopista stop. Easy parking at the Hondo beach area on the southern side of the village.
Length: 5.000 km / 3.13 mi
Height Gain: 107 meter
Height Loss: 107 meter
Max Height: 38 meter
Min Height: 0 meter
Surface: Moderate.
Child Friendly: Yes.
Difficulty: Easy.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: Quite a few cafe/restaurants in Tajao. Seafood cuisine is characteristic.

This is a gentle little hike taking in a quick tour of Tajao on the windblown south east coast, popular for its fish restaurants, appealing harbour area, and striking golden cliffs. Central to the walk is a fascinating exploration of the quirky volcanic geology around and about nearby Barranco Vijigua. We were surprised and pleased to find that the barranco aspect of the walk was aided by a number of informative interpretation boards (Spanish, English and German) covering the geology and human exploitation of the surrounding rocky environment. The huge eroded stone arch at the return point in the barranco is stunning, and the presence of a threshing circle in this arid landscape is intriguing. The final part of the outward section of the route passes a pretty, secluded beach by a tidy campsite, before taking in the fine coastal views of the bay at La Jaca and La Listadao from the cliffs at the Punta de los Gomeros.

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