Walks Blog – May 2018

Cloudy Days …
Apart from a few days mid-month and a couple of days at the end, May was a very cloudy month in Tenerife … 🤔
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/EDu689 , 1st June, 2018

 

Click here for animated GIF – May 1 to May 31.

 

 

Gin O’Clock …!
After a day in the mountains, it’s G&T time … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/qH9VsD , 30th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up Above the Clouds …
After a strange few weeks when most of the island had been covered in cloud we decided to bite the bullet today and climb out of the cloud to the 2000 m Caldera level in the Teide National Park where the mountain landscapes are stunning and the sun (nearly) always shines …  
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/VT6Aic , 30th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Tajinaste Time …!
Bold, bright and beautiful Tajinaste Rojo in the national park today …   
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/4zw7VH , 30th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (103) La Higuera Ramble (Granadilla)
This short walk explores the hamlet of La Higuera and some of the surrounding area, characterised by productive rural terraces and open pines. The ochre coloured dry-stone walls, so familiar in this area, are pleasingly set against a green landscape, and there are marvellous views of the town of Granadilla … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/HxBwuR , 28th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Granadilla Streaming …
Granadilla’s gearing up for her Fiestas Mayores. New streamers this year. Better or not? The jury’s out.😁 One things for sure, a lot of hard work’s gone into it either way … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/v75tKd , 26th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

What’s in a Name …?
Red valerian, yellow poppies, orange poppies, peaches……and a pink flower (whose name I don’t know!) … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/7fbVuP , 26th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colour Combinations Win the Day …!
Ochre-coloured stone, greenery galore and oil rigs in the distance – it must be Granadilla! Walking near La Higuera today there was still lots of cloud around, but the sea of yellow wildflowers brightened the day …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/i3R774 , 26th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (102) Buzanada-Camino Luciano Circular (Arona)
This is a short walk in one of the most populated areas in the south of Tenerife, the valley of San Lorenzo, where the grandeur of the surrounding volcanic landscape is inescapable … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/b6d2wj , 24th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evening Sunshine
After the grey skies, always sunny evenings …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/9ikUV4 , 23rd May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Stormy Weather …
The last few weeks have seen unusually cloudy weather here and today, again, we found ourselves walking under grey skies and even catching a few raindrops. It was a good one all the same – from Buzanada towards Valle San Lorenzo, walking the Camino Luciano and up onto Montaña las Tabaibas … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/7p8y8j , 23rd May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Waterfall Wonder …!
Outside of water parks there are few waterfalls in Tenerife. The wondrous “Cascada Lomo Morín” at Tierra del Trigo is part of a man-made irrigation system, but is in a stunning natural setting. The first section of this short “there and back” walk in a hugely verdant setting is full of rural charm and interest. The waterfall itself is a splendid sight, and overlooks Los Silos and the North coast from a lofty position … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/kjgh9T , 20th May, 2018

 

 

Captivating Cascada Lomo Morín …
A great little walk in the north yesterday. From Tierra del Trigo to the water cascade on Lomo Morín …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/G699Gm , 20th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Fulfilling …!
The hedgerows around Tierra del Trigo are full of life. So many little birds, too – but they were too fast for me …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/SHwBZ9 , 20th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friendly People at Hotel Rural Finca La Hacienda …
As we ended our walk to and from the waterfall of Lomo Morín near Tierra del Trigo yesterday, we encountered the friendly owner of the Hotel Rural Finca La Hacienda and, seeing that Alison was interested in the flowers in his garden, he invited us in for a short tour of the pretty grounds. With our smattering of Spanish, and his of English, we managed to have a pleasant little chat. There are “Hotel Rural” and “Casa Rural” premises dotted about Tenerife, usually around and about traditional towns and villages. They are often in beautiful settings, and are always old buildings that have been converted to provide accommodation for travellers who want an authentic feel for the old culture and traditions of the island … 

https://www.fincalahacienda.com/EN

John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/jaUuPv , 20th May, 2018

Making Memories …
The seasons they are a’changing. Looking forward to going home to Scotland but we’re sure gonna miss these sunsets …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/4iKNB7 , 18th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Many Streamers …!
Alison’s photo, taken in Granadilla this time last year … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/fbPUCa , 18th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

A short and pleasant excursion, ascending into the pine forests and barrancos surrounding the rural hamlet of Ifonche at over 1000 m above sea level. The final descent is on a quiet rural road passing terraces, old houses, and farm buildings, finishing up close by traditional Canarian Bar/Restaurant El Dornajo … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/vfLCYd , 17th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friendly Faces in Ifonche …
Ifonche’s a pretty place, even on a cloudy day. It’s a friendly place too …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/pRzwAK , 16th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Perspective  on Playa de San Juan …
Over the banana plantations and down to the town and the sea. An unusual view of PSJ …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/aDa4hH , 16th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (100) Valle de Arriba-Vaguada de los Ovejeros Circular (Santiago del Teide)
Our 100th published self-guided route – this hike is highly recommended for an excellent half-day excursion. It combines many of the aspects we love about walking in Tenerife – amongst terraces and vineyards, with wild-flowers and swaying grasses at our feet, and fine wide-open views in all directions …  
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/TAHp7r , 14th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s Counting …!
Today we completed the 100th walk for our Tenerife walking website – partly in glorious sunshine (t-shirts!) – partly in the clouds (fleeces and rain-jackets!) – but since the island is effectively one very large mountain – that’s fairly typical of the ever-changing micro-climates once you are away from the narrow coastal strip. For a change, here are some “people” photos from today’s jaunt– more of me than I would have liked – but then Alison is the team photographer …! 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/e4KdbV , 12th May, 2018

 

Walking in Shepherds’ Shoes …!
We completed our 100th (documented) walk today. We wanted it to be special, to reflect what we love about walking on this beautiful island. It was, and I think it does. My favourite part? Walking along the “Vaguada de los Ovejeros” (trough/pathway of the shepherds) and down the “path of the wet shoes” where farmers from Valle de Arriba, not so very long ago, herded their animals to water …   
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/XrWKH2 , 12th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hiking in the High Valley …
Lovely Valle de Arriba (the High Valley), start and end point of our walk today …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/XJ4zGV , 12th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montañeta-La Pajarera Circular 
As we think of them as “out of zone” for our website, walks that we do that originate in one of the Council areas in the North of the island are only published by us with a brief description, a link to the associated photo album, and a downloadable “GPX” (route-map) file. Here’s our blurb and photos link for yesterday’s walk …  

… an enjoyable walk that starts and finishes in the pretty village of Montañeta, high above Garachico. In Spring, the little settlement is almost overgrown with wild flowers! Most of the walk is in mature pine forest, with some very large pine trees, although a number of clearings are passed through along the way, where the old lava, and the hardy vegetation that grows on it, predominates. The focal point of the walk is a viewpoint that gives (we think, as it was in cloud the day we walked!) marvellous views across the sea to the island of La Palma. The “Parajero” (aviary/birdcage) of the walk title is a small stone forest building close to the viewpoint.

Link to photos: https://goo.gl/bj6uzs

John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/krya4T , 10th May, 2018

In the “Rain Forest” …
We walked in the north of the island today, on a route that took us into both El Tanque and Garachico municipalities. These are just some of the wild and garden flowers we encountered along the way …   
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/nGQHzu , 9th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sopa de Guisantes …!
It was a real “pea-souper” up near La Montañeta in the North today – cold, wet and misty. Still lots of colour around, though …   
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/e1cJca , 9th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (99) Granadilla-Ermita Santa Ursula Circular (Granadilla)
Climbing out of Granadilla to join an old stony camino, great views open up of the coast near El Médano before a change in direction reveals wonderfully rural views towards the San Miguel area, and up towards the pine-forested Montaña Colorada. As you descend back to the centre of Granadilla you encounter the charming little plaza of Ermita de Santa Ursula, and the Granadilla Gofio Mill …  
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/HDYu8a , 8th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dia de la Cruz
Dia de la Cruz (Day of the Cross) is celebrated on 3rd May in some towns and villages on the island. Granadilla’s floral creations continued to look good when we visited yesterday …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/d3pZUQ , 6th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday Was All Yellow Poppies, Today It’s All Red …!
We were high in the hills this afternoon to check out a future walking route. In between spells of light drizzle … we came across some very pretty wild flowers … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/uJY1w5 , 6th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just in Time –  Plan B …!
It quickly became clear as we neared our planned route on Montaña Colorada today that we’d be walking in cloud. Not our favourite…! But a hastily thought up Plan B near Cruz de Tea turned out to be a cracker.😊
We’re walking on an Emerald Isle at the moment …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/g9v4RX , 5th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poppie Power …!
Poppies, poppies everywhere walking above Granadilla this afternoon …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/3xwYd5 , 5th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Top Viewranger Publisher 2018 …!
We are surprised and delighted to be named as one of the Top Viewranger Publishers for 2018. Viewranger is the software we use to plan, map out, and document our walks, and we also use it whilst we are out hiking to help as take the correct route …! 

http://www.viewranger.com/en-gb/toppublishers

You can see all our walks on a Viewranger map: https://goo.gl/9CXbv4

And, of course, on our own website: www.walktenerifesur.eu
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/eYg64E , 4th May, 2018

 

Walk (98) El Jaral-Las Tres Cruces Circular (Guia de Isora)
The focal point of this short circular walk from the pretty hill village of El Jaral is an imposing set of three wooden crosses on a hilltop above the deep and rugged Barranco Ramallo … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/s7hDGo , 4th May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Hill Town Hit …
El Jaral, the start and endpoint of our walk today. There are so many pretty little hill towns here and this is (yet another!) of my favourites …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/jfDqQc , 2nd May, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temperature Inversion …!
It was a cool and cloudy 14 degrees C walking above El Jaral today.  How strange that, a week ago, we were walking in Scotland at 18 degrees. Unusually, it has to be said … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/dJPtbj , 2nd May, 2018

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