Walks Blog – May 2017

Wow Spectacular!
We headed up to the National Park today to walk one of the Tajinaste Rojo trails. The Tajinastes were more elusive than expected – maybe because we’re a wee bit late in the season.

Perhaps we should have been disappointed … but the “wow spectacular” views everywhere more than made up for it.

It’s hard to describe just how beautiful, weird and captivating this part of the island is …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/KUL8Ee , 31st May, 2017





Tajinaste Rojo
The Tajinaste Rojo we did see today were as fascinating as ever. And the bees love them too!  It’s hard to believe these beautiful plants grow, flower and die over only two years.

The other flowers we spotted were pretty nice too …!  
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Sea of Clouds
Contrary to what you might think, Tenerife is not sunny all of the time, all over the island! Being a small mountainous island in the Atlantic, the moist sea air forms clouds most days on one slope or another between approximately 700 and 1,100 metres depending on the direction of the wind. But, if you get above 1,200 metres you are almost guaranteed to be above the cloud, with the amazing vista of a “sea of clouds” stretching out before you. So it was today, on our walk at the edge of the Teide National Park, at a height of 2,000 metres. The first photo shows the sea of cloud beneath us, the second photo show the clear blue skies above us, over the mountains of the Teide “Caldera” …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/En8sLr , 31st May, 2017





Oh You Pretty Things …
Colours and pretty things from our recent hikes …   #lovenature
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Variety …
Today’s walk from Amarilla Golf, via Guarguacho, was characterised by some very diverse images – green fairways and associated golf-course real estate, volcanic cones and Malpais (“badlands”), tiny Alpine-like flowers, abandoned farms and plantations, a little village church that was “closed for the holidays”, a trig point, a multi-coloured quarry, a hidden shrine, blue seas and beach-side weekend living, a little lagoon cut off from the sea, horses watching the world go by from their breeze-block stables …

It was also highly unusual to find a clutch of golf balls amongst the wild grasses, on the bed of a rocky barranco …
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/aF0gCi , 28th May, 2017



Visiting Friends in the North

Above La Victoria de Acentejo

El verde del Norte bonito. Gracias Gema, y tu mama y papa y bebe Aday, guapo …!   
[The green of the beautiful North.  Thanks Gema, and your mom and dad and baby Aday, handsome …!   ]

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Another Old Friend
Good to be back in the North today. La Orotava is a special place – even more so when the sun shines …  
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En Simpatía
La Orotava – old and new. It seems to me they work well together …  
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Paying Our Dues … And Our Respects!
It was third time lucky for us today in La Orotava, eventually finding the right Ayuntamiento office to pay our annual Road Tax before the doors closed at 1 pm! There is no equivalent of the UK’s centralised DVLC here … road tax is paid to your local Council where the car is registered. By next year we hope to have worked out how to change the car’s registration address to Arona Ayuntamiento in the South …!  

The beautiful old town of La Orotava was glistening like a jewel in the bright sunshine, as befits a place that is just a breath or two away from being declared a Unesco World Heritage Site …  
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Finding a Fuente!
It was refreshing (sorry!) to find a fuente, or water spring, close to La Hoya as we headed up the hill. We stuck to the water in our rucksacks, though …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/LLKkNM , 21st May, 2017


Eyes Wide Open …
We walked from Aldea Blanca yesterday. I hadn’t expected to see an awful lot in the way of beautiful scenery in this area. I was wrong, of course. Step out of the car and places mostly open up for you …  
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Appreciating a Familiar Landscape!
A few of Alison’s photos from our walk today particularly caught my eye. The walk started and ended in Aldea Blanca, a modest kind of place but with a history stretching back more than 500 years. Our hike provided some amazing viewpoints, show-casing some of the magnificent volcanic mountain terrain that it is so easy to take for granted in the southern part of the island …!  
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Friday Night in Las Galletas
19th May, 2017   

Pre-supper drinks
Pre-supper drinks


Booted but not suited
Booted but not suited
Dimming of the day
Dimming of the day









Ayuntamiento Approval!
Alison getting the recognition she deserves [from Ayuntamiento de Granadilla de Abona, for her photo of the church and streamers in Granadilla] …!    
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Wild and Wonderful
Just a few steps away from the pretty converted fincas and orderly terraces that surround it, Barranco Afife at Las Palomas, below Granadilla, is a peaceful spot, and a wonderful wild space …  
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Sunlight and Streamers
The starting point for our walk was the church in Granadilla. The town was looking good in the sun today. Fiestas coming soon … 
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Another Stunner …!
Just when we think we’ve walked the best walks and seen the best views, this island throws another stunner at us. Today was a circular from Granadilla through Las Palomas and El Salto areas. Tough going at times but so worth it …  
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Old Granadilla
Granadilla is a town worth taking a little time to wander about and get to know. It has its origins in the development of agriculture in the surrounding area after the Spanish Conquest in the late 15th Century. Down the side streets there are many interesting nooks and crannies showing evidence of its long history. The first picture in this set is of an abandoned tobacco drying building that was built in the mid-19th Century … the last photo is of a house evidently used by a military commander in the 17th Century …  
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Muy Bonito …
More from the beautiful Granadilla town and countryside … 
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To Punta del Cangrejo …
We walked a Callao Salvaje to Marazul circular this afternoon. In truth, once out of Callao, it wasn’t the prettiest of locations – tired and run down in parts. Always, though, there is something to catch the eye …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/a0YC1H , 13th May, 2017







Turning Tables
A recce today for a future walk on “Mesas de Guaza” (“Tables” of Guaza mountain) between Palm Mar and Los Cristianos found us high up and actually ON the “tables” I’d the wrong shoes on … but beautiful views …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/1HV5z1 , 11th May, 2017







A Bit of a Bummer!
Another little reconnoitre today, checking out a possible kick-off point for a walk we have planned around the “Mesas de Guaza”, above the high cliffs between Los Cristianos and Palm Mar. We had three possible start-points in mind. Palm Mar was my favourite, but an unknown quantity. Looking up at the steep, rocky hillside behind the beach at the west end of Palm Mar, the likely track of the path initially eluded us until a group of three rubber-legged trail runners obliged us by descending, at a startling pace, from the top! We enjoyed the steep ascent, part rock-scramble in places, although the sometimes slippery descent, easing bums over rocks when required, was more problematic. Despite the enjoyment we took from the challenge, and the attractions, for thirsty walkers, of a cool beer at the Chiringuito on the beach, we think that the path is not a suitable start and end point for the kind of walks we promote on our website … so back to the drawing board …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/XTa6dB , 11th May, 2017




Sea Squash!
Heavy cloud around Granadilla changed our plans today and we headed back to the coast at La Jaca to do a wee recce for a future walk. We didn’t expect to stumble across terraces of squash right by the sea …!?  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/5yjTBn , 9th May, 2017








Hard Rock Hike!
Although not so far from the South Airport, the little east-coast seaside towns of La Jaca and neighbouring La Listada, have a slightly forgotten feel to them, and are definitely not on the tourist trail. We are planning a “there and back” walk from La Jaca to Abades, so took the opportunity today to check out the lie of the land. We ventured out for a couple of kilometres to the headland at Punta de Los Jureles to catch a sight of Abades in the distance. The coastal path is very rough, and the track is not always obvious, but the prospects look good for an energetic hike with marvellous coastal views …  
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Flowery Crosses
Almost a week on from Dia de la Cruz (Day of the Holy Cross) these floral crosses are still looking good …  
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Flower Village
Still more from Vilaflor. The “flower village” sure lives up to its name …  
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Pretty Pueblo
Vilaflor pueblo is stunning. It complements the surrounding countryside perfectly …!  
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Floribunda …!
The countryside around Vilaflor …  
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The Sun Has Got His Hat On!
More from yesterday. El Sombrero shining above Vilaflor …  
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Pines of Vilaflor
Today, the turning point on our “town and country” walk, around the mountain village of Vilaflor, was an unusual pine tree – the Pino Enano (Dwarf Pine). Small in stature, with its unusual rounded shape, reminding me more of the profile of a crab-apple tree, it is perched on a rocky outcrop, enjoying a commanding panoramic view above Vilaflor, and down to the faraway south-east coast. Ironically, it looks down on its lofty cousins in the valley below – the Pino Gordo (Fat Pine), and Pino de Las Dos Pernadas (Pine of the Two Strides). These two giants have impressive vital statistics – being around 50 m (~ 165 feet) in height and 9 m (~ 30 feet) in girth …  
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Tangles of Tajinaste
It’s hard to capture just how stunningly beautiful the island’s Tajinaste flower is. You need to head well up over 1000 m to see them and, today, we encountered these around Vilaflor, the highest town in the Canary Islands and, arguably, Spain …  
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Deeply Disappointed!
She’s trying to come to terms with me being back on the scene …   





Facebook post: https://goo.gl/4T0CYW , 7th May, 2017


Fred-o-rific  …!
A lovely walk and stunning views today. But, best of all, a catch up with my ex-K9 chum, the fabulous Freddy boy. Oh, and his mum and dad too, of course …   
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/ZqLsU9 , 6th May, 2017








Hot Dogs!
I had an exploratory stroll along the coast from Los Abrigos to La Tejita earlier today. It being a public holiday, there were sprinklings of happy people, mostly young families, enjoying the warm sunshine at every rock pool, cove and beach along the way. Worker’s Day, or not, there were legions of pickers, many I guess from South America, in their wide-brimmed straw hats, within the huge enclosed tomato farm I passed at Punta del Horno. The beach there is one of the few in Tenerife where dogs are officially permitted, and there were lots of pooches exercising their statutory rights as I made my way across it! In fact, I almost got upended into the surf by a large brown Labrador as it powered past me at a speed that defied its portly dimensions, in wild-eyed pursuit of another, of course smaller, dog! I know that several of K9’s four-legged graduates live close to this stretch, including, most recently, the very special Fred, he of the half-docked tail, and goat-herding CV. A chance meeting with one of the crew was not to be today, however. Perhaps next time, when Alison is with me …   
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/91DaJX , 1st May, 2017






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