Thursday, 16 October 2008
During the summer months, the weather can be a little hot for walking so I have not had many bookings in this period. The summer is when the sun-worshippers head for the island and moving from the beach or the pool usually involves the odd coach-trip to Teide or Masca, or for the particularly laid-back, the bar. I took the opportunity during this period of relative inactivity to explore more walking routes to add more choice to my website. I found a number of routes in the Ifonche and Vilaflor area including one that is virtually all downhill and ends at a spectacularly sited restaurant and another one that starts in the huge crater at the top of the island and finishes in Vilaflor, Spains highest village. Probably my favourite of all of the new routes is the one to Montana Negra (pictured) in the west of the island. This is a trip to the site of the eruption in 1706 that destroyed Garachico on the north-west coast and is an amazing black-sand desert with fantastic views of Teide and Pico Viejo. The black ash and sand contrasts sharply with the pine trees and other greenery and the whole area is an amazing sight. Certainly a route not to be missed by the keen walker. I have added photo albums of shots taken on each of the new walks.