Over thousands of years the top layer has been eroded to reveal the cinders and pumice layer beneath which, highly susceptible to erosion by wind and rain, has been sculpted into fantastical shapes.
At last, three years after Barranco del Infierno closed its gates, a new information panel near the Casa del Fuerte battlements and canon heralds four alternative walks in Adeje, the most immediate and challenging being the Camino del Teresme…
Watch the skies the man said, and sure enough down they swooped, Griffin and King Vultures, American Bald Eagles, and even scavenging storks. There was no fear though around the amphitheatre at Jungle Park in Chayofa, just admiration at the majestic beauty of the birds of prey show.
Lying on a beach in Playa de Las Américas or Costa Adeje it’s easy to forget that the land beneath your sun lounger is potentially unsafe and that Tenerife, like all the Canary Islands, has its roots firmly in a very violent past and for all we know, a possibly violent future.
In April, with the new growth on the vines in the valley just beginning to flourish, the place was deserted. Our visit began in the outside area, where anxious farmers deliver the grapes, all are thoroughly checked and analysed before being accepted and prices confirmed.
For three days in May artistic anarchy is the order of the day in Puerto de la Cruz as Mueca, the international festival of art in the street, transforms the town into a surreal wonderland.
The third of the defeated British invaders, Nelson was the most famous and he is held in an unusually high regard in Tenerife. His adversary General Gutierrez, the military commander of Santa Cruz, glares at him where their polished bronze busts adorn the wall but after Nelson’s defeat they dined together and parted as friends.
Some people like to spot trains; some prefer to sight rare birds and many worldwide visitors like to tick off their list of the biggest, highest and longest things to see and do. So, just for the record, here is Tenerife’s claim-to-fame list of attractions for you to boast about.
In December 1973 to January 1974 Santa Cruz hosted an International Street Sculpture exhibition featuring works of art from prominent artists such as Henry Moore, Joan Miró and local boys Oscar Dominguez and José Abad. Today those exhibits are still in place and form the basis of a pleasant city walk taking in art and scenery as you go.