Tenerife Water Supply, where does it Come from?

Where does the water come from?  Is the question that is  most often asked by the tourist and in fact some residents '

It seems strange to a lot of people that an Island as small as Tenerife, should have, what seems like a never ending flow of water, after all it doesn't rain very often.

'THE PINE FORESTS' that is the answer to the question.

The pine trees collect the water from the dew at night, the clouds that at times cover the mountains, the rain fall when it comes and the water from the melting snows during the winter months.

All this water passes into the ground via the roots of the pine trees, where it sits in natural underground reservoirs.

It was the Arab's, experts in transforming dry land into arable land, who introduced irrigation into Spain, the Spanish conquistadors passed on the knowledge to the Canary Islands , adapting to the conditions and materials of the Islands.

Villages grew around the natural springs, as villages grew the water had to be carried further afield for domestic and agricultural use.  This was achieved by the way of concrete and stone channels, directing the flow of water to the desired location.

As the population of the Islands grew, so the necessity for more water grew. So the search for more began.

The underwater reservoirs are found by boring deep into the ground, when the water reserve is found the boring stops and horizontal excavations  begin to reach the water supply, these excavations are known as galleries.

The water naturally flows to the exterior for domestic and cultivation use, sometimes depending on the location, the water has to be pumped.

Although it would seem that there is an abundant supply of water, great care is and needs to be taken in the amount of water that is used.

The pine forests are essential to the Island and have to be watched constantly to avoid any kind of fire accidental or malicious damage.

Hiking, Trekking and Walking Trails, #Tenerife - El Camino Viejo de Candelaria ( The Old Walk Way of Candelaria), Tenerife

El Camino Viejo de Candelaria (The Old Walk Way of Candelaria) corresponds in some  parts to the old road which connected The Old City of La Laguna to Candelaria, it has a wealth of history and culture.

It has  become an annual pilgrimage route, between La Laguna and Candelaria, the pilgrims walking to pay homage to the Virgin of Candelaria, which can be seen in the Basilica in Candelaria.

The starting point is from the Church of La Concepción, The Church dates back to 1496, has gone through numerous renovations, it is listed as a Cultural (BIC) with a Historic Monument. It houses important sculptures by  Luján Pérez and many more important artefacts.

Starting from the Plaza de la Conception  next to the Church, take a small tour along Calle Obispo Rey Redaondo, where before you will find  the historic building of the General Captains built in 1624 the main feature being the porch which is made of Red Tufa and the Canarian style court yard.

Adjacent to this you will find the Corn Exchange, built in 1705 which housed the administrative offices of the island. This leads you into the Plaza del Adelantado where you will find the Palacio de Nava and the Monastery of Santa Catalina, convent of nuns which opened in 1611.

The route from La Laguna to Candelaria can be found on 'Senderos de Canarias' , it is in Spanish , but if you copy and paste it into Google Translate, you will find the full route filled with lots of
interesting historical information, well worth looking at.

Whether you enjoy walking, hiking or trekking this route takes you through some beautiful areas of #Tenerife and is one not to be missed.

Other Links:-

Tourism de Candelaria 

Tourism de La Laguna