(101) Ifonche-Barranco del Agua Circular (Adeje)

Route Summary
A short but satisfying walk from the highland hamlet of Ifonche with exposure to rugged barrancos, pine forest, and rural farm terraces. The mid-section includes a steady ascent of over 200 m through the forest. There is a handy traditional bar/restaurant at the start/end point.

Duration: 2 hours

 

Route Overview
Duration: 2 hours.
Transport/Parking: There is no Titsa bus service to Ifonche. Park on the verge of the road leading uphill from Bar/Restaurante El Dornajo.
Length: 4.220 km / 2.64 mi
Height Gain: 222 meter
Height Loss: 222 meter
Max Height: 1211 meter
Min Height: 1013 meter
Surface: Rough. Some of the route is on paved surfaces.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to hikes of this distance and overall ascent on rough paths.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Dog Friendly: Yes. On lead on public roads and at start/finish.
Refreshments: Popular traditional Bar/Restaurante El Dornajo in Ifonche at start/finish point of walk.

Description
This is a short and pleasant excursion into the pine forests and barrancos (ravines) surrounding the rural hamlet of Ifonche, perched high above Adeje. Starting and finishing outside the popular Bar/Restaurante El Dornajo, the route passes through agricultural terraces and open pine forest near to the Casa de Benítez overlooking the cavernous Barranco del Infierno (a short diversion is possible to a viewpoint). Departing from the busy hiking route to La Quinta, the walk climbs up through the pine forest, with some interestingly artistic stone cairns to guide the way. The overall ascent is just over 220 m, so be prepared for some exertion on the way through the forest to the highest point between the deep ravines of the Barranco Hoya el Pozo and Barranco del Agua (note that OpenStreetMap wrongly, in our opinion, identifies “del Agua” as Barranco Seco. The Canaries official map says “Barranco Agua”, and, following the line of the barranco back to Fanabe, that seems to be correct). The final 2 km descent leads you back through the pines to Ifonche, emerging at the Ifonche Deposito building (drinking water reservoir). From there, the route carries on down the quiet rural road past some terraces, houses and farm buildings towards your start-point outside the very traditional Canarian Bar/Restaurant El Dornajo where a cool refreshment, and maybe something more substantial, may await.

Links:
Photos from walk
Download Route Guide  (PDF with illustrated Waypoints)
Download GPX file  (GPS Exchange Format)
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