Route: Fleytas

Area: Western Tenerife

Date of walk: 5th February 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.2 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Mixture of sun, cloud, mist and rain

We’d planned a walk in the Orotava Valley for the first day of our holiday in Tenerife as this was close to our base, but low cloud was shrouding the area so we decided to stay a little nearer the coast where the skies were clearer. We headed to the west of the island and parked in one of several spaces near the Restaurant Fleytas. Our plan to avoid the mist wasn’t a success at first as we crossed the road to join a dirt track heading gently downhill

We were in a large bowl, surrounded by mountains, with several birds of prey working their way around the valley. We walked towards the hillside on the other side of the bowl and started the ascent, which was easy going. The clouds came and went and there were some glimpses of snow covered Mount Teide in the distance – a dramatic sight

After a while we entered an ancient laurel-filled rainforest and as we did so walked up into the clouds, at nearly 4,000 feet above sea level. Fine rain and mist gave this section of the walk a special atmosphere as we followed a narrow path in eerie silence through the forest

Eventually we arrived at the edge of the forest at and joined a quiet tarmac road. As we descended we emerged beneath the clouds with ever improving views of the surrounding countryside. We left the road to descend further along dirt tracks before ascending again back to the start

It was good start to our walking holiday and we look forward to tomorrow

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