(61) El Retamar-Santiago Del Teide Circular (Santiago del Teide)

Route Summary
A short circular route on old caminos providing the opportunity to visit El Retamar, Santiago del Teide and El Molledo, high above the tourist hot-spots in Los Gigantes. Lots of great views, including an optional visit to the site of an old spring above Santiago del Teide.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

 

Route Overview
Duration: 2.5 hours.
Transport/Parking: Titsa 462 from Puerto Santiago. Easy parking by the large trees, just off the main road near the entrance to El Retamar.
Length: 5.740 km / 3.59 mi
Height Gain: 179 meter
Height Loss: 179 meter
Max Height: 791 meter
Min Height: 935 meter
Surface: Rough paths.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to hiking.
Difficulty: Easy.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: We can recommend the Bar Tropic II in Santiago del Teide, across the road from Waypoint 13.

Description
This is an undemanding walk following old paths between El Retamar, Santiago del Teide and El Molledo. Although never far from human habitation and busy modern roads, the route provides lots of marvellous scenic opportunities. There are great views down to the coast at Puerto Santiago, up to Teide, and of the southern flank of the Teno Mountains. A bridge over the main road beneath Las Manchas offers a unique perspective on the El Bicho tunnels under the towering mass of La Hoya. The walk also offers the opportunity to stroll around and get to know the hill settlements of El Molledo, Santiago del Teide and El Retamar, at around 900 m above sea level. In Santiago del Teide, we recommend a diversion to check out the Fuente de Chasonguayo, an ancient source of water high on the hillside above the town. In recent times the place has taken on a religious character, with large white crosses on the path and a representation of the “Virgen de Lourdes” installed in the little grotto. It is certainly worth the extra ascent for some very special views.

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Download Route Guide  (PDF with illustrated Waypoints)
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