Another circular walk from Arico Nuevo, in the south of Tenerife
This walk starts, and ends, like the short walk I described in my blog in January this year, but is extended in the middle by a walk into the beautiful, and botanically interesting, Barranco de Tamadaya, and a walk down the Lomo de Tamadaya with lovely views up to the mountains, and down to the coast.
So we set out from the square in Arico Nuevo, going westwards along the yellow’white signposted route towards Villa de Arico, the old Camino Real. We crossed the Barranco de los Caballos and headed up the slope till we hit a tarmac road, where we left the Camino Real and its yellow/white markers, and turned right up to the main road, passing the Bodega of the Cumbres de Abona label on our right. Farmers were starting to deliver their ripe grapes to the Bodega for this year’s vintage – let’s hope it’s a good one!
At the main road we turned right and continued on it for about 200m until we crossed the same barranco on the road bridge. Here, though, the barranco had narrowed to a dramatic gorge. Immediately after the bridge we turned off the road to the left onto a footpath which went parallel to the gorge for a short while and then went up a rocky slope towards a wooden cross. After the cross the path was parallel with a tarmac drive to a finca below and to the left, then the path crosses the tarmac to go up what looks like a house drive. It passes directly in front of the house which has a number of noisy barking dogs on chains. Shortly after the house a T-junction with a dusty track is reached and we turned left. We stayed on this track, ignoring a couple of turnings right, as it wound around the fields on our right with fine views over barrancos on the left till we arrived at the top of the village of La Sabinita.
On arriving at the tarmac we turned left to the junction a few yards away where the yellow/white waymarked route from Arico Nuevo passes. We went left uphill following the waymarks up the steep tarmac road, but we took a shortcut into the Barranco Tamadaya by turning right after a few yards onto a track with a chain strung between two barrels across it. If we had followed the yellow/white route we would have gone uphill further before turning right and descending to the track we took. It is a pleasant diversion, but this time we did not want to do that.
The track goes past some fields and then gently descends towards the streambed of the barranco. As we descended I was amazed how many flowers were out even after the long drought we have been experiencing. The Canary Islands candle plant or Verode (Kleinia nerifolia) was in flower everywhere, with its yellow tubular flowers which afterwards will disperse its seeds with hairy parachutes like the groundsels it is related to. It is a very common plant in all the dry areas of the island, especially in the south, but seldom gets a second glance. The flowers give it a short season to be noticed. There was also wild Jasmine (Jasminum odoratissimum) and Mosquera (Globularia salicina – Canary Islands Globularia) in flower, and lots of dark berries on the Spiny buckthorn bushes (Rhamnus crenulata).
After crossing the streambed, a few yards on we went right with the signpost for the yellow/white path, which we followed from now on all the way to Arico Nuevo. Only a few yards after that turning we had to turn left up a path that zig-zagged up the side of the barranco to the ridge. The plants on the way up merit a look, as there is a good mixture, but I did not notice any in flower. On the top of the ridge the path reaches a T-junction with a signpost, next to a threshing floor, on the edge of which is a Juniper bush.
We turned right on the ridge towards the old abandoned farmhouse, Casa Quemada, on its own there. Its water installations, including a cistern behind the house (beware of falling in!), washing place, terraced fields, etc, bear witness to habitation and hard work there in the past. The path continued along the ridge, falling gently, and then beginning to zig-zag as it descended more steeply towards the crossing of the Tamadaya Barranco again.
In the streambed we went to the left to find the path climbing out the other side. I took a little time to look at the cliff opposite which has some wild olives on it, as well as other plants typical of the thermophile (warm-loving) zone, but none are in flower at the moment.
Following the yellow/white markers we made our way to the road through the village of La Degollada. Before we got there we went past some houses and under pergolas draped with grapevines with ripening bunches of grapes above our heads. At the road we turned left, downhill, walking on the road, straight on, all the way to Arico Nuevo. The vehicles turn off left after a while and the path becomes a cobbled street, which then descends to cross the main road and continue down hill to the square in Arico Nuevo.
This extended circular walk took us 3.25hrs, was 10.1 km/ 6.3 mls long with 382m /936 ft of climbing.
Posted on September 13, 2012, in Botanical interest, South Tenerife, Walks in Tenerife and tagged Arico Nuevo, Atalanthus pinnatus, Balillo, Barranco Tamadaya, Canary Islands, Canary Islands candle plant, Feathery sow-thistle, Globularia salicina, hiking, Jasminum odoratissimum, Kleinia nerifolia, La Degollada, La Sabinita, Lomo Tamadaya, Mosquera, senderismo, South Tenerife, Tenerife, trekking, Verode, Walk, wild Jasmine. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.