Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Tenerife - Or, How I Managed To Wear Out A Pair Of Walking Boots In One Week

I recently went on a walking holiday to Tenerife. It was not somewhere I would have previously chosen for a holiday, with visions of vast, sprawling resort complexes. The flights were pretty reasonable, hence the choice.

However, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that you don't need to go anywhere near those places, and it's possible to spend an entire visit among deserts, forests, mountains, ravines and beaches, all under the blue sunshine and stunning clear night skies.

I did a lot of walking, and the sharp, jagged rocks managed to wear through a pretty rugged walking boots in less than a week. I certainly don't recommend walking in Tenerife with anything like a sandal; you'd get pretty cut up feet very quickly.

Also, there is quite literally nowhere comfy to sit or lie in Tenerife, outside the beaches with their imported (from the Sahara) sand. All you can hope for is to pile up a mound of the giant pine needles and put something on top of them to avoid being spiked.

This first post is just a collection of some of the various places to be seen.

This clearing in the middle of the pines was once used for grinding crops.

The canary pines are only native to the Canary Islands.

Mount Teide sits in the middle of the island, at nearly 4000m.

A lot of the landscape is pretty rocky. Lots of lava flows.

That is a mainland pine. Much bigger than the canary pines.

This "soil" was actually small shards of very sharp black volcanic rock. It's amazing that the trees can grow out of it.

Some parts of the island look like Mars. Which I guess is why they test Martian rovers there..


The giant pine cones. I brought one back with me..

Enjoying a drink.

It's a lizard. Not a dinosaur.

Spring is a great time to go, with all the flowers coming out.

The view from Samara.

Looking from Samara across the Corona Forestal to the Atlantic.

Looking south from Samara.

Looking across the Atlantic to one of the other islands.

A very popular place for cyclists. I would enjoy cycling there..

Clouds moving through the mountains could be very beautiful.

There are year-round streams on the island. This is one of them.

The waterfall in Barranco del Infierno (Valley of Hell).

And, of all the places to find one, there was a pair of chickens strutting around the waterfall, miles from anywhere. I have no idea what they were doing there, but I did consider eating them for dinner.

Adeje seen from Barranco del Infierno.

The remnants of the Easter procession.