Walks Blog – Apr 2017

Dodging Snow-Flakes …?
Thankfully, another bad forecast failed to materialise in this favoured south-east corner of the island. Whilst my partner in crime is still dodging unseasonal snow flakes in Scotland, it was a warm and sunny route-finding 9.5 km hike for me today, accompanied only by a lovely fresh sea breeze.

Kicking off at the Amarilla Golf club-house, skirting Montaña los Erales, before climbing to the trig point on the volcanic cone, Montaña de Malpasito, then heading back towards the sea, arriving at the dark sand, stony beach and pretty cove at Playa Colmanares, before finally returning to the green and heavily irrigated environs of the starting point. It shows that you don’t have to stray too far from a built-up area to get a decent walk with great views. A future self-guided walk to add to our collection, for sure …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/HxnD2g , 29th April, 2017


Checking Out Crab Point
Another trail-finding “recce” today, working out a possible route to add to our walks to-do list. From Callao Salvaje along the rocky coast to the Punta del Cangrejo (Crab Point), taking in a circumnavigation of the large Marazul apartments complex that sits just off the road to Playa de San Juan. Along the way I discovered a small harbour (Puerto de los Mozos), in a scenic cove, with an abandoned crane and industrial building. I’m guessing it had something to do with the fishing industry, possibly tuna canning? The return route was largely over abandoned agricultural terraces, not always the prettiest sight, but interesting in their way, all the same.

Although mostly cloudy, the temperature was a perspiration inducing 25°C over the 10km route. The highest point reached above sea level was only 89m, but the numerous ups and downs made for almost 400m in overall ascent! So, the large beer in the fine new Sansibar beach bar (at the fine new beach!) in Callao Salvaje slipped down a treat …

Again, the photos are from the Web! [Thanks to Tenerife Senderos for photos posted on Wikiloc] Memo to self – new phone request on begging letter to Santa Claus this Xmas …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/uEWD99 , 22nd April, 2017


O’er Vales and Hills …
On yesterday’s hike, “I wandered lonely as a cloud”, as my walk-buddy has, temporarily, decamped to a cool, green, faraway place! Unlike Scotland, no daffodils here, needless to say! There’s a bit of a heat-wave developing in Tenerife over the weekend, with temperatures rising more in the hills than on the breezy coast. So, my 12km yomp on a rocky path, at 28°C, with a 550 m ascent certainly gave the old perspiration system a good work-out …! Due to … erm … a technical fault, these photos are from the walk I did from Aldea Blanca … but taken by a previous walker on the route …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/VcqbDo , 16th April, 2017
[Thanks to Tenerife Rambler for photos posted on Wikiloc]


In Limbo …
Our Tenerife blog is a bit in limbo at present as Alison is back in the UK, dog and house sitting for friends in our old stomping ground, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire …   







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Calf and Thigh Muscles Put Through Their Paces!
So yesterday’s walk was tough going in cloudy weather but the villages of Tijoco Bajo and Vera de Erques are pretty, well looked after and have stunning views down to the west coast and on …  
Guide to the walk: https://goo.gl/yBXFZI
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Zafuup , 12th April 2017






Grasses Going By …
On the border between the Adeje and Guia de Isora council areas, the Barranco de Erques provides some mighty impressive views on the stony track up from Tijico Bajo to the many quaint little hamlets that make up the settlement of Vera de Erques. The flowers and vegetables there were in glowing health and abundance, and the path for our hike was still embroidered with wild flowers all the way. However, it’s clear that the grasses are calling it a day, as the warmth of Spring starts to give way to Summer heat …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/axFcws , 12th April, 2017





Fresh Flowers from Vera
Some flower photos from our “expedition” today … Tijoco Bajo to Vera de Erque … it was long, long, long and up, up, up, and I’m in recovery right now …    [A]
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/rDNocO, 11th April, 2017









Chilling at Amarilla Bay
After packing boots and body-warmers for my trippy home later this week … time to make the most of the warm sunshine and bright blue sea (and a couple of cool mojitos!) …    [A]
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/XuKdhl ,9th April, 2017






Southmost Point?
Close to home for today’s walk. Las Galletas to Punta de Salema circular. The jury is out on whether or not Punta de Salema is the southern-most point on the island. I like to believe it is …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/6JJoLl , 8th April, 2017







Taking the Biscuit …
Marina del Sur and the beaches of our neighbour, Las Galletas (the “Biscuits” ), were shining by this afternoon …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/T7iTpl , 8th April, 2017









Close to Home
Close to home for today’s walk. Las Galletas to Punta de Salema circular. The jury is out on whether or not Punta de Salema is the southern-most point on the island. I like to believe it is …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/6JJoLl , 8th April, 2017








Detour by El Fraile
El Fraile, near Las Galletas, won’t be on most people’s “to visit” list, but we snuck it into our walk today for a bit of variety and interest … hidden in its grid of fairly nondescript, functional streets there is this church, plaza, gardens, sculpture, and a host of modern public buildings for council services, health, sport, and education …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Zp1VZ2 , 8th April, 2017


Blue Skies at Punta de la Salema
After a cloudy morning, the blue skies started to edge in, aptly enough, as we reached the southern-most point on the island at Punta de Salema, on our walk from Las Galletas, today …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/tEXy0l , 8th April, 2017







Montañas Amarilla and Roja from the Golf

Montana Roja

The landmark mountains east and west were looking good from Golf del Sur this afternoon …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/99Mc4R, 6th April, 2017



Montana Amarilla








Walking Lomo de Tamadaya, Arico

Back to the east today above Arico Viejo and La Sabinita, in perfect walking weather. This small island is so varied. I love it …    [A]

Our walk guide: https://goo.gl/2V90mS
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/rLPPBZ, 4th April, 2017






Pretty Old
The pretty wee town of Arico Viejo …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/rLPPBZ, 4th April, 2017








Head Turning Views in Barranco de Tamadaya, Arico
What we both love about the walks we do in Tenerife is that you turn your gaze one way and it often feels like you’re in the most remote landscape imaginable, and then you turn the other way to be reminded
that, actually, you’re never further than a couple of kilometres from the nearest village or farm.

A bit like the Yorkshire Dales (which we love) in that respect, but perhaps I’m stretching a point

Facebook post: http://bit.ly/2oCc7HQ, 4th April, 2017




Surrounding Silencio
Amazingly, this wild landscape is on our doorstep here in “suburban” Silencio … and we often take a pre-supper stroll around the back of Montaña Amarilla, and onto the top, where there are marvellous 360° views … as you can see in these photos …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/hByH7y , 3rd April, 2017








Under the Mountain
We had a stroll around Tejina de Isora this afternoon as it is the start point for one of the walks we have planned. It seems a pleasant place to live, in a largely agricultural area, although the streets connecting the different levels are very steep! Sheltered by Montaña de Tejina, this looks like a productive plot. We could make out maize, grape vines, potatoes, and onions, all flourishing at an altitude of 590 meters (that’s 1,936 feet in old money), just below the old church and plaza. And, could that be a covered banana plantation next door? It looks like it, and, if so, it’s at the highest level we’ve encountered so far …
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/7uaiOr, 2nd April, 2017

Hot and Dusty on the Trail

Calima weather made our walk hot and dusty today and my photos have a beige tinge courtesy of the Sahara desert …   … Cabo Blanco – La Camella circular, via a couple of “Roques”, was a hit all the same …  
Our walk guide: https://goo.gl/bZU2SU
1st April, 2017








Donkey Ears

I found out yesterday that calla lilies are known here as “orejas de burro”… so … “donkey’s ears”!  A perfect name for them …  

I was so chuffed to find some at a random doorstep in La Camella today …  
1st April, 2017







Strolling Through Cabo Blanco
We’ve only passed through Cabo Blanco in the car until today, when we walked through it as part of our hike around Roque de Higara and Roque de Chijafe. It’s an unassuming, workaday kind of place, that’s for sure, but as always, once you are out and about on your own two feet you get a perspective on things that you never do, spinning through, behind the wheel …
1st April, 2017









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