Linger A While In Santiago Del Teide

Mon, April 16th, 2012 - By Colin

It’s a shame that so many people just pass through Santiago del Teide, it’s a busy interchange for walkers on the way to the Chinyero lava trail and jeeps heading down into Masca. This west Tenerife village has plenty to say for itself if you give it a chance.

History oozes out of every stone, the neat and compact plaza unites the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) building built in a classic style with Canarian balconies, with the church of San Fernando Rey. There’s an immense pride in this village founded in 1879, the church pre dates it by some 200 years and its bell is often the only disturbance to the sedate charms in the shadow of the pine flecked mountains.

Make sure you tip your hat to the statue of Guanche Prince Alonso Diaz and pop in to the renovated Casa del Patio opposite the picnic and barbecue area. The old rural house has been tastefully restored and houses a museum to the Chinyero eruption of 1909. It keeps company with the modern rural Hotel Senorio del Valle and its riding school, add in a couple of wine presses, a duck pond and a restaurant terrace, and you have a pleasant area to explore while absorbing some history lessons.

Santiago del Teide may seem to be slumbering but it is a living village, the bomberos (fire crew) station tucked round a side street has an artistic tribute to the volunteers that paid the ultimate price to protect this area. Up in the easter hills the twin tunnels of the new ring road herald busier times as the short cut from Adeje tempts more people to stop off to enjoy a slice of old Tenerife.

The bridge and arch of Fuente de la Virgen could be taken as a self contained religious homage but don’t be shy, walk over and upwards as the white crosses beckon you to a fitting reward. Every step unlocks new outlooks over Santiago del Teide and even the plain white crosses aren’t that plain, each has a religious tableau sculpted at the base. At the top of a relatively short climb you will find a shrine partially covered in flowers and plants, where a statue of Our Lady Of Lourdes was placed in 1990 to watch over a spring that rarely babbles now.

An altar alongside the mini cave is kept polished and is used for sporadic services, the terrace where these artefacts reside is kept partially trimmed but still has a slightly wild feel that certainly suits the many lizards that call it home. Time spent in Santiago del Teide will add to your appreciation of the bigger players Masca and Chinyero and at the lower end of the village there are even some lesser used walks that will bring you out just above Los Gigantes.

Posted : Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 4:20 pm
Category : days out
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