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Real Tenerife Island Walks Discover Tenerife on Foot Into e Valley Santiago del Teide, Erjos
Real Tenerife
Island Walks
Discover Tenerife on Foot
Into e Valley
Santiago del Teide,
Erjos Pools & Arguayo
e Valley Santiago del Teide, Erjos Pools & Arguayo The Santiago del Teide Valley The Santiago
The Santiago del Teide Valley The Santiago del Teide Valley Located between 900 and 1200
The Santiago del Teide Valley
The Santiago del Teide Valley
Located between 900 and 1200
Located between 900 and 1200
metres above sea level in the sunny
metres above sea level in the sunny
southwest of Tenerife, the Santiago
southwest of Tenerife, the Santiago
Valley is a delightfully unspoilt
Valley is a delightfully unspoilt
rural area with the pretty hamlet of
rural area with the pretty hamlet of
Santiago del Teide at its heart.
Santiago del Teide at its heart.
One of the last preserves of the
One of the last preserves of the
Guanche (original inhabitants of
Guanche (original inhabitants of
Tenerife) and site of the last volcanic
Tenerife) and site of the last volcanic
eruption on the island, the Santiago
eruption on the island, the Santiago
del Teide Valley is dotted with tiny
del Teide Valley is dotted with tiny
hamlets where small communities
hamlets where small communities
continue to farm primarily by hand
continue to farm primarily by hand
and traditional crafts such as pottery
and traditional crafts such as pottery
still thrive.
still thrive.
Including the tranquil nature reserve
Including the tranquil nature reserve
of the Erjos pools, these walks
of the Erjos pools, these walks
also take you across the Chinyero
also take you across the Chinyero
National Park and the Corona
National Park and the Corona
Forestal to the
aint hamlet of

Forestal to the quaint hamlet of

Arguayo with its tradition of hand thrown pottery.

Trails pass through landscapes that move from fertile valley, through volcanic wasteland to dense pine forest and mountain path. And with changes in terrain come changes in climate, from the cool and humid Erjos to the hot, arid west facing ridges above the cliffs of Los Gigantes; it’s like walking on two distinct islands.

u can see the abandoned landscape is riddled with circular stone landscape is riddled with
u can see the abandoned landscape is riddled with circular stone landscape is riddled with
u
can see the abandoned
landscape is riddled with circular stone
landscape is riddled with circular stone
l;
an idyllic little place with
‘eras’ or threshing circles, now half hidd
ws over the south west coast
by overgrown weeds and grasses.
by overgrown weeds and grasses.
eed of a lick of paint. If you
The water pipe eventually crosses the
The water pipe eventually crosses the
plore it, watch for the killer
path and stepping over it, you leave it to
path and stepping over it, you leave it t
the entrance to the house.
go its own way as you continue ahead
the clearly defined path.
the clearly defined path.
les (1 hr 5 mins)
gs upwards from Casa
00 metres with the horizon

‘eras’ or threshing circles, now half hidden

go its own way as you continue ahead on

Opposite, you can see the abandoned

Casa Montiel; an idyllic little place with

stunning views over the south west coast

and now in need of a lick of paint. If you

decide to explore it, watch for the killer

rose bush at the entrance to the house.

3. Crop Circles (1 hr 5 mins)

The path slogs upwards from Casa

Montiel for 300 metres with the horizon

upwards from Casa Montiel for 300 metres with the horizon stretching further as you climb until

stretching further as you climb until

rther as you climb until ou can see all the way from o in the
rther as you climb until
ou can see all the way from
o
in the south to Varadero

eventually you can see all the way from

Playa Paraiso in the south to Varadero

in the west. The path levels out and begins to undulate and 10 mins or so after leaving Casa Montiel you reach a disused tank on the right side of the path, alongside a dried up fountain. The water pipe is now running along your right hand side. Ahead you can see your destination; Montaña Tejina with its small white shrine atop. The land here was formerly used for growing cereals; wheat, barley, lentils and chickpeas were all grown here and the

barley, lentils and chickpeas were all grown here and the Top: Abandoned houses of Las Fuentes

Top: Abandoned houses of Las Fuentes. Right: Prickly pear at Casa Montial

A Glimpse of Rural Life

La Caldera to Aguamansa (2 hrs

11mins)

This is a shorter, gentler walk which takes you through open countryside as

well as woodland. It may not have the spectacular views of the Los Órganos route but it traverses beautiful country meadows filled with wild flowers and gives you a glimpse into the stunning rural landscape of Aguamansa. With a

1. Stepping Out (33 mins) Follow the tarmac road which begins at the left hand side of the car park past the log cabin bar/restaurant La Caldera on your left and the picnic zone sitting in its crater on your right. At the corner, leave the tarmac road and continue straight ahead on the wide forest pista (path) signposted: ‘Pista Norte Del Pino’. Beyond the giant pines you can see the

trout farm and birds of prey sanctuary set

fertile ridge which you’ll be traversing and fertile ridge which you’ll be traversing and birds
fertile ridge which you’ll be traversing and
fertile ridge which you’ll be traversing and
birds of prey sanctuary set
below it, slightly to the left, the organ pipe
below it, slightly to the left, the organ pipe
nd gardens to throw into
rock formation known as Los Órganos.
rock formation known as Los Órganos.
akes for an interesting and
ramble.

in woodlands and gardens to throw into

the mix, this makes for an interesting and

varied half day ramble.

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The Trout Farm Not only a trout farm, but a nursery and wild bird sanctuary as well, this little gem of a place is hardly publicised, but is definitely worth a detour. Clear mountain water gushes through wooden channels into rows of troughs filled with speckled trout. There’s also a duck pond where a path leads beyond the nursery to the wild bird sanctuary in the centre of the woods. Amongst the rescued birds are a couple of permanently startled looking owls, a buzzard, an eagle and an incredibly vain raven which insists on telling you how ‘guapo’ (pretty) he is. It’s a treasure of a place in an absolutely delightful setting. (Immediately after the U bend just beyond the Aguamansa Restaurant; open daily 10.00 to 15.00)

5. Arguayo to Las Manchas (1hr) Turn right and walk to the tree in the middle of the junction, turn left up Calle San Agustín. Cross over Calle Candelaria and continue to the T junction with the road mirror. To the right you will see an

old wine press. Turn left, keeping the blue house on your left hand side, and drop downhill to the lovely pottery museum of

Cross the road at the sculptures of the women potters of Arguayo and climb the concrete slope and steps on the far side. At the top, follow the path to the left and revel in the fabulous views that

unfold as you traverse this beautiful path around the mountain. Below you lie the Santiago del Teide valley and the village of Tamaimo and on the coast you can see

Cha’ Domitila.

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to the pretty resort of Playa de la Arena.

Below: Potter at work

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Pottery making in this area is a tradition which stretches back to Guanche times. The post conquest settlers continued with the tradition and their descendants have similarly taken up the mantle, ensuring that the craft is kept alive. The little pottery museum is

right off the normal tourist track and deserves your patronage. Not only is it situated in

a

charming little building with a lovely leafy courtyard, it’s an interesting reminder of life

in

the area in the not too distant past…and you get to see potters at work.

(+34) 922 863 465; Carretera General, 34, Arguayo; entrance free; 10.00-13.00 &

16.00-19.00, closed Monday

Farmer’s Market

If you happen to be in the area at the weekend, there’s a farmer’s market in Santiago

del Teide; these are the best places to stock up on local fruits, vegetables, herbs and some of the valley’s quaffable wines. Open Saturday & Sunday mornings.

Tarmac Road Walking route Restaurant Picnic area Information Village Single House Route Difficulty: Rou Level

Tarmac RoadWalking route Restaurant Picnic area Information Village Single House Route Difficulty: Rou Level 3 Leve

Walking routeTarmac Road Restaurant Picnic area Information Village Single House Route Difficulty: Rou Level 3 Leve Good

Restaurant

Picnic area

Information

Village

Single House

Restaurant Picnic area Information Village Single House Route Difficulty: Rou Level 3 Leve Good thigh muscle
Route Difficulty: Rou Level 3 Leve Good thigh muscle Goo workout, but work within the
Route Difficulty:
Rou
Level 3
Leve
Good thigh muscle
Goo
workout, but
work
within the range
withi
of reasonably fit
of re
walkers. Adding
walk
on the Punta del
Hidalgo detour
brings it up to a
level 4 walk.

right hand side. Continue past the green

fencing until you reach a turning to the right where some derelict houses mark

the once abandoned settlemen the once abandoned settlement of La Hoya where now some renovation
the once abandoned settlemen
the once abandoned settlement of La
Hoya where now some renovation is
Hoya where now some renovat
taking place and people are mo
taking place and people are moving back.
The route turns right here, following the
The route turns right here, follo
sign for the casa rural with the old well on
sign for the casa rural with the
the corner, but just further alon
the corner, but just further along the road
is an old tile oven which you might want
is an old tile oven which you mi
to explore before you continue.
to explore before you continue.
Places to unlace the boots:
Places to unlace the boots:
On this route there’s the Mirador Centinela
On this route there’s the Mirad
restaurant at one end and a w
restaurant at one end and a wonderful
selection of good eateries at the other. We
selection of good eateries at th
recommend timing your walk to end with a
recommend timing your walk t
tapas lunch at the delightful former tobacco
tapas lunch at the delightful for
car parked at the entrance here so
storehouse and post office, La
storehouse and post office, La Tasquita de
reful not to miss it. A green dot on
Nino in San Miguel (closed Tu
Nino in San Miguel (closed Tuesday).
k shows that this is the start of the
tskirts of San Miguel (14 mins)
ld path zigzags along through
ant farmland past prickly pears

be a car parked at the entrance here so

be careful not to miss it. A green dot on

a

path.

rock shows that this is the start of the

2.

The old path zigzags along through

Outskirts of San Miguel (14 mins)

pleasant farmland past prickly pears

and tabaiba, passing a lovely new finca where purple clematis climbs the side of the building and vines hang over the top

of the wall. After 10 minutes you reach

a

the road quickly refinding the path on the right hand side and continue until you reach a fork. Take the right hand fork marked with green arrows on rocks either side of the path.

tarmac road, turn left and continue on

To the Abandoned Village (10 mins)

3.

The path zigzags down for 7 minutes until

it

and walk along the road with white jablé lined terraces to the left and a menagerie of donkeys, goats and chickens to the

reaches another tarmac road. Turn left

Left: Camino Real; Right: La Hoya; Top, Tile oven