Discover Tenerife With Arona Council Free Guided Walks

Mon, April 9th, 2012 - By Colin

Arona may be one of the most commercially developed municipalities of Tenerife but head up inland from Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas or follow the coastal paths and you will discover another world.

There are so many plants, flowers, and animals to see so those nice people at Arona council have set up a series of free walks with a multi lingual guide to unlock nature’s secrets. History and culture are also unveiled in these walks, old stone water channels that fed the cereal crops grown on terraces dug into the steep inclines, washing areas where clothes were beaten on rocks, and mills where bread was made from local grain.

Roque del Conde, the distinctive table top peak that dominates the Arona horizon is the highest point at 1000 metres and offers superb views over the coast. Ifonche is not as high but some partly preserved rural houses en route give a glimpse of the basic living conditions endured not so many years ago. Montaña Amarilla is another lesser slope but the yellow hues of the rocks are a sight to behold.

Groups are a manageable maximum of 25 so you get plenty of attention and education in the wildlife you pass. Bird species flock to Tenerife, Montaña Guaza, the ridge that rises from the far end of Los Cristianos, and Malpais de Rasca around the candy striped lighthouse, are noted for the Yellow Legged Gull, Southern Grey Shrike, Whimbrel, Spectacled Warbler and many more.

Seasons may not be as pronounced in Tenerife but subtle changes are always taking place. You may see the almond blossom in full pink bloom, the stark Mastic tree, or the fruit of the cactus plant – with or without the white coating of the cochineal beetle, a textile colouring that preceded bananas as a big earner for Tenerife.

If this all sounds a bit intense don’t worry, most walks are 4 to 5 hours and taken at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops to admire and top up with the water and snack that should be as essential as your sturdy footwear and a spare layer just in case a cloud shows up.

It’s important to register using your local details, or passport if your visiting Tenerife, this will then cover you for insurance. The Tourist Information Centres in Las Galletas (just along from Costa Del Silencio), Los Cristianos, and Playa de Las Americas have full details and booking forms, or you can call (0044) 922 761 600 for an English speaker or find more here.  Enjoy the experience.

April 2012 Walks

  • Tues 10th   –  Arona to Ifonche
  • Thurs 12th –  Los Cristianos to Montaña Guaza
  • Sat 14th   –    Las Galletas to Montaña Amarilla
  • Tues 17th  –   Las Galletas to Malpais de Rasca
  • Thurs 19th –  Arona to Roque del Conde
  • Fri 20th  –     Arona circular hill route for Mastic Trees

 

Posted : Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 10:03 am
Category : about tenerife
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2 Responses to “Discover Tenerife With Arona Council Free Guided Walks”

  1. ray abbott says:

    hi there
    I hope to be in tenerife from 15th jan’14 and like to do several
    guided walks on the island over 14days?
    would you be so kind to e-mail me relevant details
    many thanks ray

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