Rambla de Castro

Route: Rambla de Castro

Area: North West Tenerife

Date of walk: 10th February 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.7 miles

Ascent: 1,400 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny

On our last day of our walking holiday in Tenerife we decided to stay close to the coast as once again the surrounding mountains were hidden under a cloak of ‘bruma’ (low cloud)

From our base in Puerto de la Cruz we drove to the start of the walk from a free car park near the Hotel Maritimo – a building which has nothing to recommend it from an aesthetic point of view, but on the positive side its height makes it a landmark, so finding the start of the walk is not an issue

After walking past the front of the hotel we joined the attractive and well waymarked coastal path to the journey’s end at the San Pedro Mirador. There were some lovely views along the coast, interrupted briefly when we had to head uphill and walk through a residential area named (inaccurately) ‘Romantica’

Beyond this point the walk gradually increased in beauty, taking us safely across the cliffs to our destination – the mirador, from where there are superb views along the coast

At this point we had two options – a taxi or bus back to the start, or reversing our steps. The weather was good, we felt fit and the scenery was first class and so we opted for the latter, varying the return leg by a delightful initial detour through the banana plantations before regaining our original path. It was a wonderful walk and a fitting end to our short break on this beautiful island  

SOME NOTES IN CONCLUSION

Our base for this walking holiday was the excellent and highly recommended Hotel Tigaiga in Puerto de la Cruz on the north of the island. We’d chosen the town as our base as it’s possible to access most of the best walking areas from here. As it happened, the weather prevented us from walking in the Orotava Valley behind the town – the hills were covered in thick cloud most of the time, although we did enjoy one magical misty walk in the pine forest on day 2

We used two guidebooks to plan our routes and navigate us safely along the way:

  • Walk This Way Tenerife by Andrea and Jack Montgomery, who live on the island and know its paths intimately
  • Walk! Tenerife by Discovery Walking Guides

There’s no point choosing between them, both are superb in different ways, and I recommend that anyone walking on Tenerife takes both

Discovery Walking Guides also publish the best walking map, though it only shows the walking areas and not the whole island, so we also purchased the 1:50,000 map by Freytag and Berndt. A good map but printed on totally inadequate paper and almost on first use tears appear and by the end of the holiday our copy was in tatters (unlike the DWG map which will last a lifetime)

The weather was particularly poor during our stay (by the normal standards of the Canary Islands) but we still managed a walk on every day bar one. We soon realised that the inland mountains were habitually covered in ‘bruma’ (thick cloud) but that the coastal areas were usually clearer. In consequence most of our walks were near the coast. We found the Anaga peninsular to be the most spectacular although there is a price to pay in the form of a tortuous car journey to get to this remote area

Anyone who hasn’t visited Tenerife may dismiss it as a hiking area, as images of sunbathing and sangria come to mind, but I hope that the photos of the past few days will persuade you otherwise – it’s a wonderful place, packed full of possible walking adventures

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