(65) Tamaimo-El Molledo-Degollada del Roque Circular (Santiago del Teide)

Route Summary
A very good half-day walk with a reasonably strenuous 435 m overall ascent on mostly very stony paths. There are great views, from very different aspects, in each section of the route. This is a highly recommended introduction to walking in the Tamaimo area!

Duration: 3.5 hours.

 

Route Overview
Duration: 3.5 hours.
Transport/Parking: We suggest Titsa 473/477 from Los Cristianos to Los Gigantes, then 461/462 to Tamaimo. Parking should be straightforward, on-road near the T-junction between the TF-454 and the TF-82.
Length: 7.170 km / 4.48 mi
Height Gain: 435 meter
Height Loss: 435 meter
Max Height: 886 meter
Min Height: 567 meter
Surface: Mostly rough stony paths (caminos).
Child Friendly: Yes, but only only if children are used to strenuous uphill hikes on rough surfaces..
Difficulty: Moderate.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: A number of choices in Tamaimo. We recommend the little cafe/bar on the right hand, north side of the T-junction between the TF-454 and the TF-82.

Description
A range of splendid views are guaranteed for any walk in the Santiago del Teide area and this walk does not disappoint in that respect. The first section of the walk ascends out of the eastern outskirts of Tamaimo and you soon feel that you are in a wild landscape, even though you cross the busy TF-82 road a couple of times and eventually even find yourself crossing the TF-1 autopista, under the village of Las Manchas, with a grand view of the El Bicho tunnels. The 1.5 km section after the village of El Molledo is on a good path that traverses the wide valley that lies before you. There are marvellous views on your left up to Las Manchas and Teide, and down to Tamaimo and Puerto Santaigo. Eventually, you will have spectacular, jaw-dropping even, views on your right too, of the unmissable Risco Blanco crag and down the indescribably rugged Barranco Mancha de los Diaz to the sea.  On the final section we take the old Camino Real (Royal Road) back to the pretty church and plaza in Tamaimo.

Links:
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