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.

Igueste de San Andrés, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

You are driving alongside the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, lots to look at depending on the time of year, cruise ships, oil rigs in for refurbishing, tall ships, there is even a Steam Ship there that has been completely renovated over a number of years all worth looking at.

Continuing along the port road you arrive at San Andrés a typical fishing village, the front row has all the fish restaurants and cafe's but you need to park and walk into the village center, there you will find  places where the locals eat and drink and go about their daily life.

Just beyond San Andrés you will find Teresitas Beach one of the first man made beaches on the island, the sand was imported from the Sahar
The road straight on past Teresitas  beach continues on for another 6 kilometres and brings you to Igueste de San Andrés , where the road ends.

It is a little village at the foot of the Mercedes Mountains,it is made up of paths through the houses,you have to park and walk, the village was once only accessible via boat and they had to be self-sufficient, they still are today, there are allotments growing all kinds of fruit and vegetables.You will also find a stream running alongside the road fed from the mountains and even more surprising is that there are numerous ducks living quite happily there.

The beach is a pebble beach, there is a cafe but it's not always open, plenty of coastal foot paths to explore.

All in all it is well worth the drive, it's a rugged coast line but that adds to the character of the place.