Another circular walk from Arico Nuevo, in the south of Tenerife

Looking back down into the Barranco de los Caballos which we crossed in the first half-hour of the walk.  Feathery sow-thistle in the foreground.

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!

Feathery sow-thistle (Atalanthus pinnatus)

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.

The barranco in a gorge where the main road crosses

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.

Verode or Canary Islands candle plant (Kleinia nerifolia) in flower at the side of the track entering the Barranco de Tamadaya

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).

Mosquera or Canary Islands Globularia (Globularia salicina)

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.

Wild Jasmine (Jasminum odoratissimum)

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.

The Juniper bush (Juniperus turbinata ssp canariensis) at the side of the threshing floor on the Lomo (ridge) Tamadaya

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.

 

Descending the cobbled path into the last crossing of the Barranco Tamadaya on the approach to La Degollada

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.

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About Sally Whymark

When I retired and moved out to Tenerife a few years ago, one of the things I really wanted to do was go walking in the mountains. The scenery is very dramatic, and varied. The views are amazing. The native birds and butterflies and other fauna are remarkable. But the flowers - they're just stunning. Little did I know how this would fire up my interest in plants. While living in England, I had always had an interest in flowers and plants, indeed I ran a plant nursery with my husband for many years, but had not spent a great deal of time pursuing botany. But when walking in Tenerife, I noticed all the unfamiliar shapes of the local flowers, and longed to find out more about them. There are literally hundreds of species endemic to just Tenerife (or even just one part of it), the Canary Islands, or Macronesia (the Atlantic Islands, including Madeira, Canaries and Azores). They are so exciting, and so many of them are really showy as well. So I have started this blog to share with you my excitement at all the great sights I see when walking in Tenerife. I hope you'll enjoy it - and want to come here and experience it for yourself.

Posted on September 13, 2012, in Botanical interest, South Tenerife, Walks in Tenerife and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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