An easy downhill walk from Trevejos (near Vilaflor) to El Roque (near San Miguel de Abona)
This walk starts from the TF-51 road between Arona and Vilaflor, just after the last bend before Vilaflor, if you are driving towards Vilaflor. There is space to park along beside the road, remembering you need to be completely off the road itself, and, of course, not blocking the track you are going to walk down. As it is a linear walk you need to have planned your return to the start, probably by leaving a vehicle at the end, on the edge of the village of El Roque.
The walk starts along a driveable dirt track between fields, and after about 10 minutes of walking it bends to the right and starts to go gently down hill. After a further 10-15 minutes walking with fields on the right and scrubby shrubs on the left a track joins from the right but we walked straight on. Here the path headed down more steeply and was quite rough and stony from erosion for the next stretch so we needed to walk carefully. Again after 10 minutes we came to a junction where a track went right with walls either side, and so we went right. We followed that track for about 4 minutes, 250m, where we turned left on a track heading downhill again. After a short while this track ended and there appeared to be no path continuing, but with a little effort we found the path through the bushes.
This section of path passed a cave below the path on the right which may have previously housed livestock, and we continued downhill beside a channel for water worn out of the soft pumice rock. The path then joined another track in an open gravelly area overlooking on the left a finca with neatly tended vines. The track continued through some pines and wound around, past the finca entrance till we arrived at the Parque Cho Pancho, San Miguel’s BBQ recreation area. Here there was a signboad describing the rest of our route down to El Roque which was waymarked with green and white paint lines at intervals.
The BBQ park is well equipped with tables and benches and fire places, which all can use, but you do have to bring charcoal. We had our lunch there, and then continued down the path, which after a little while beneath pines, came out into open country with fine views down to the Roque de Jama and the surrounding countryside. We passed a pretty, but dilapidated house, near a stone threshing circle and continued down. The path, although not easy underfoot, was well maintained, and easy to follow. There were occasional signboards with interesting information about the area.
Beside the path as we descended were plants and shrubs typical of the area, some of them in flower, including the Canary Lavender (Lavandula canariensis), Cornical (Periploca laevigata), and the ubiquitous Pitch plant (Psoralea bituminosa). After about 45 minutes descent from the BBQ park we came to an attractive crossing of the Barranco Rodrigo, after which we shortly joined a minor tarmac road continued down towards the village. We had parked a car not far from where we joined the tarmac.
The walk took only two and a half hours, including a stop for our lunch at the BBQ park. It was 6.5 km long and we descended 640m. There is a GPS track of the route which can be downloaded from the following link:
If you go to the site for the link you will also find another San Miguel area track which I posted:
You could combine the end of that walk with this walk to make a circular from El Roque. I would advise going up the path in this second link, and down the path from the BBQ site as described above, as it is easy on the legs, and safer.
Posted on February 12, 2015, in South Tenerife, Walks in Tenerife and tagged El Roque, hiking, Lavandula canariensis, Prickly pear cactus, Roque de Jama, San Miguel de Abona, walking. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.