Tenerife South- In The Hills

Tenerife South is drier and warmer than Tenerife North, taken as a average over a year.

Tenerife North is not by any stretch of the imagination cold and it does not rain all the time, it's just damper than the south especially during the winter months, which in Tenerife are from November to March.

The south of the island is a large area, the pictures you see here are more to the South East of the Island looking down from the mountains above Arafo along the south coast, with Gran Canaria being the other Island that you can see
When you think of South Tenerife you automatically think of Playa De Las Americas and Los Cristianos, these being the main tourist areas on the south of the island.

There is much to see and explore away from these tourist areas, please do not fall into the trap of thinking that it's where the youngsters come to drink the night away and then sleep if of on the beach during the day, Yes, they still do it, but it's confined to a very small area of Playa De Las Americas called 'Veronica's', even this area has been regenerated over the last few years and is not the eye sore that it used to be and at night there is a good Police Presence to make sure that there are no problems. 

The best way to explore is by car, there are always good Car Hire deals to be had, if you don't like or don't feel confident driving abroad, the Titsa bus service on the Island is excellent and covers most of the Island and it's not expensive. The alternative is to book your self on the Island Tours, which cover all the main attractions. 

There are plenty of Rural Hotels (Casa Rurals) on the Island , they can be found in many of the the local towns and villages and offer a good base for exploring, walking or just relaxing.

Remember you are never far from the coast on the Island of Tenerife, and you can get there easily by car or bus.

Güimar a Municiple to be Explored in Tenerife

The borough of Güimar in Tenerife has traditionally been divided into two similarly-sized areas: El Valle and Agache.

The wealth of the area is mainly due to the fact that it specialises in growing tomatoes for export, as well as exporting potatoes,  bananas, sweet potatoes and cut flowers. Avocado and grape vines are now booming crops. 

In the Farmer's Market of Guimaras you will find products that are not found in other markets that are  healthy, fresh and of a high quality. These products come from the farmers in the valley of Güimar
The Market is open every Sunday from 8 to 13h. It is an outdoor market located in the town hall square of Guimaras.

The diversity of farming activities here is because the borough has a range of climates and altitudes, from sea level; with extremely dry conditions and relatively high average temperatures throughout the  year; to the heights of the Badajoz and El Agua Ravines; with high rainfall and average temperatures.

Güimar is an undiscovered area of beauty and contrasts. El Puertillo is the sea-side and tourist district. During the festival of San Pedro Apostol, excellent folklore shows are usually held in Güimar. Apart from two very interesting old churches, Güimar also has an unusual museum of typical local objects.

The now disused Parador (Don Martin look out point) on the TF28 is the best place to view the Güimar Valley. It is an open balcony overlooking the southern countryside.

There are many walks taking you through the historic countryside of  Güimar, they are well marked out with lots of information to guide you along the way , the following   will give you more information.



Some info taken from :-  

                                                                                 photo by  Mataparda

The 2015 Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife runs from 21st January to the 22 February 

The provisional program con be found HERE

The welcome on the home page of the  http://carnavaldetenerife.com/en/ site describes the Carnival well.....

Welcome to the festivity where fancy dress costumes take to public places overnight. The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has no clocks to measure time because party endures as far as the body can stand it.

“To the sound of the orchestras playing Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms, to the rhythm of a predominantly latin music, Santa Cruz people give free rein to partying, spoiling their own bodies for non-stop hours from nightfall to dawn. “

Words and pictures taken from- http://carnavaldetenerife.com/en/

The Cueva del Viento - Largest lava tube in the European Union

The Cueva del Viento-Sobrado underground complex is the largest lava tube in the European Union. It was created by lava flows from Pico Viejo, next to Mt. Teide. 

A visit to Cueva del Viento gives you an insight into the role of lava flows in a volcanic eruption, and offers you the chance to see the whimsical forms sculpted by the lava in the bowels of the earth. Is a fine example of the complexity of geology.

There are three different passage levels in the more than 17 kilometres of tubes, together with beautiful geo-morphological phenomenon like chasms, terraces and other lava formations.

Geological and biological importance
The Cueva del Viento (Cave of the Wind) is a volcanic cavity located in the district of Icod de los Vinos bearing the same name. Formed 27,000 years ago in basaltic lavas from the Pico Viejo volcano during its first eruptive phase, it is located in the foothills of Mount Teide.

This tube is the fourth longest in the world (18 kilometres) and is a true labyrinthine network of underground passages, with many unexplored ramifications, which will permit the future expansion of its length as exploration continues. Apart from its size, the Cueva del Viento is noted for its unique geomorphology. Its network of galleries consists of three superimposed levels, a phenomenon that has not been noted anywhere else in the world. Its name is due to the significant flows of air that occur in its interior.

Biologically the greatest relevance of this tube lies in its subterranean fauna which provides a constant source of new findings. The cave has a total of 190 known species. Of these, forty-eight are troglobites, animals that can live only in the subsurface environment. Among these species doomed to live in the dark, fifteen are new to science such as the eyeless cockroach Loboptera subterránea or the ground beetles or carabids Wolltinerfia martini and Woltinerfia tenerifae.

From a geomorphological perspective, the Cueva del Viento features a wide variety of structures such as lava stalactites, lava cascades, side terraces and lava lakes among others, as well as exogenous concretions of different composition (calcium carbonate, cristobalite, and other silica compounds).

Inside are also lots of vertebrate fossils of extinct animals like the giant rat and the giant lizard, and other skeletal remains of extinct species in Tenerife such as the Rook and the Houbara Bustard.

 For guided routes through this tunnel, visit:-
Article and photo by - www.cuevadelviento.net 

Tenerife Water Supply, where does it Come from?

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

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.