Category: Tenerife

Sitio Litre – The Orchid Garden of Tenerife

The oldest garden on the island of Tenerife. Not the biggest attraction but yet a very interesting one and a wonder for the senses too! If you are ever visiting Puerto de la Cruz in the North of the island then this is a recommended stop. It is hard to see in the modern setup of the city but this was once ‘the’ big private mansion of the area built in 1730 as a convent originally. The gardens are open to the public, full of history with famous names for visitors gone by, plus open to the public to...

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Tenerife – A Colourful Walk Around Puerto de la Cruz

It had been a wonderful week on Tenerife once more, hiking some magnificent trails as part of the Tenerife Walking Festival. I had a day for downtime before my flight back home so it was time to explore more of the city I was staying in, Puerto de la Cruz. Most people, I imagine, think of Tenerife as places like Playa de las Americas etc of Tenerife South. A very touristic part of the island, bars, hotels and more sandy and bare. Around to the North of the Island there is such contrast. A lot greener, a lot quieter,...

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Walking Tenerife – Above The Clouds Amongst Ancient Rocks

It was the fourth day of walking on this Tenerife Walking Festival and what a magnificent way to finish! Walking a route above the clouds amongst ancient volcanoes and volcanic rocks. Starting beneath the peak of El Teide on the South West side it was a shorter walk but absolutely no less spectacular. With much variety. Spectacular? Yes, this is the real Tenerife. Away from the small section of bars and pools. Volcano peaks in every direction you look. Rocks of ancient times beneath your feet and nature in all its colour fighting the elements. As it was my...

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Walking Tenerife – Across the Volcanic Ash of Chinyero Volcano

Tenerife, a land of many volcanoes. Most people, whom have not learnt about the island think of just El Teide. It is easy to assume the island was caused by just that one volcano chimney but over the last 10 million years or so, Tenerife has been shaped by many volcanoes and varying eruptions. You only have to walk around at all heights on the island like I have to appreciate this in great detail. Today was day 3 of the Tenerife Walking Festival and time for a new walk. A walk through the solidified lava and ash of...

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Walking Tenerife – Montaña Blanca to El Portillo

It was day two of the Tenerife Walking Festival and after the greenery from the first day’s walk it was time to head up higher to new terrain. Along ancient volcanic landscapes beneath the peak of El Teide and views above the clouds. The starting point for the walk, about 10.5 km, was the same starting point as if you are walking up El Teide itself. Beneath the gloriously coloured Montaña Blanca, the third highest peak on the island..  Up here amongst the highest peaks of the island you really do see the contrast of colours. Differing ages of volcanic...

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Walking Tenerife – Erjos to Masca

Tenerife, yes, it was wonderful to be back in Tenerife, hiking again! My favourite pastime in one of my favourite places to hike. Those that come to this island to drink and sunbathe may only see the sandy fraction of it in the South but those that wander see an island of vast variety, history, nature and culture. It was day one of the Tenerife Walking Festival and my first walk was to be Erjos to Masca, through the eastern Tuno Rural Park, along ridges and to see a beautifully green part of Tenerife. Let’s go! a 10 km...

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