It’s almost as if Mother Nature had a calendar – one that you cross days off and take note of full moon dates, Bank Holidays and the occasional solar eclipse. Because for the past three years, to the day, as the clocks have gone forward to herald the arrival of Spring, so the weather has made a fundamental shift. Air temperatures have risen, sunshine hours have rallied strength and the earth has burst into song right on cue.
As it falls so late, anyone coming out to Tenerife for their Easter break this year can enjoy some of the warmest weather we’ve enjoyed at chocolate egg season for a few years, and after a wet winter, a proliferation of spring flowers into the bargain.
This is just a taster of some of the best places to enjoy Easter walking on Tenerife.
Teno National Park
Not easy to get to without a car but too good to overlook, the Teno Mountains are particularly splendid at this time of year as they’re carpeted in a riot of wild flowers. Beginning from El Palmar, a trail winds uphill to the village of Teno Alto before traversing climate zones from north west facing to south west facing. With spectacular views of the still snow-coated Mount Teide on the horizon, a rich embroidery of flowers at your feet and mesmerizing views over the mountains that bridge the gap between Masca and Buenavista, this is a stunner of a walk for anyone who wants to really stretch the legs after their winter lethargy.
Easily accessible by bus (the 493 or the 462) from the resorts of Los Cristianos, Costa Adeje, Playa de Las Américas and Los Gigantes, this lovely walk takes you from the town of Guia de Isora into the hills to discover the rural hamlet of Chirche with its quaint cottages and its gardens brimming with flowers. With the winter rains this year, the south of Tenerife is greener than I can ever remember so there’s no better time to get into the hills to enjoy it.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the very best of Tenerife’s walking is in the north, and one place that really comes into its own this Easter is the upper La Orotava Valley, beginning from La Caldera just beyond Aguamansa. For anyone staying in Puerto de la Cruz, the 345 bus takes you straight there. Perfumed pine woods filled with bright yellow broom and rock roses, and hedgerows brimming with wild poppies, forget-me-nots and scarlet geraniums await. You can choose between energy sapping climbs through the forest or gentle strolls through the woodlands and finish with a traditional lunch at a log cabin or a picnic in the caldera itself.
Teide National Park
Leave the tour buses behind and stride out on one of the many trails that criss cross Teide National Park to enjoy the fruits of perfect Easter weather. The Teide violets and white broom are in flower and the tajinaste are just beginning to blossom too so watch out for temporary hives as the bees get to work producing the tajinaste honey. You can pick up a routes map at the Portillo Visitor Centre.
Happy trails 🙂
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