The Charms of Las Vegas – the Granadilla one!
Las Vegas is one of my favourite places in South Tenerife to walk. The village itself is picturesque and crammed with little fertile fields rich in vegetables and fruits, and the area is green and varied with attractive barrancos and great vistas.
Today we walked up through the village, up the ridge above it on the yellow/white marked PR-TF 83.1 which eventually leads to the Lunar landscape. We followed this path into the Las Vegas barranco with its rich diversity of plants and on past the Risco de Muerte (‘death cliff’), used by rock-climbers.
Despite the recent warm dry weather the vegetation was quite green and a few things were in flower, including some surprising ones, like the palomera or flor de mayo (Pericallis lanata) which is not normally in flower in December. Other flowers were appearing in their usual season although possibly a little early, such as Asparagus (Asparagus umbellatus), Tasaigo (Rhamnus crenulata), Canary Lavender (Lavandula canariensis), and Bryony (Bryonia verrucosa). In addition I saw the first almond blossom of the season blooming in the Las Vegas barranco. The butterflies were also active with a Canary Blue and a Clouded Yellow. We also flushed out several groups of partridge as we passed.
After walking on the loop of path which goes directly under the Risco de muerte, where we saw Tree Houseleek (Aeonium arboreum) and Paniqueso (Lobularia canariensis) in flower, we rejoined the main path. Then we walked a couple of hundred yards further up and then turned right to go round behind the cliffs and join a track. Going left to climb with the track we joined a footpath going to the right to cross a barranco. We were delighted to find this path, which we had walked about a year ago, has been cleared and made easier for walking. Before it had been very faint and needed attention (and a GPS track) to keep on it. Now it is easy to follow. It led us to a rough track going downhill, and then we turned left to go up Mt Tames for lunch. Again we found the path had been renovated and made easier. On Mt Tames we had warm sunshine, and were protected from the wind so we could enjoy the panoramic views as we ate.
Returning to the rough track we continued downhill on it for a few more yards before reaching a cairn marking the continuing path, which again had been cleared and made easier to follow. The steep downhill passed by a huge and stately pine tree, and continued down to meet a track near an old roofless finca. We continued down the track, passing the first green/white signposted path to the right (part of the circular from Las Vegas PR-TF 242). When we met the next green/white signpost we went right onto the footpath and followed the signs back to Las Vegas. Entering the village I saw some Verode (Kleinia nerifolia) in flower beside the road.
Posted on December 29, 2011, in South Tenerife, Walks in Tenerife and tagged Aeonium arboreum, Asparagus umbellatus, flor de mayo, Kleinia nerifolia, Las Vegas, Palomera, Pericallis lanata, Rhamnus crenulata, Risco de Muerte, Tasaigo, Tree houseleek, Verode. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.