Monday, 10 January 2011

Tenerife's Almond Blossom Walk

If you are on your holidays in Tenerife during the months of January and February, you will undoubtedly notice that hundreds of almond trees start to flower around the paths created by the volcanic lava flow during the 1909 Chinvero eruption.  The white and blue almond blossoms are a unique phenomena which occurs during the winter.

On February 6th, the first walk will leave from Hotel Rural Senorio del Valle [located next to the Santiago del Teide town hall] at 08:30 and will pass through El Valle de Arriba and head in the direction of Los Baldios and reaching El Calvario where legend has it Cristo del Valle stopped the lava that threatened to engulf their houses.  After El Calvario, you will pass through the Reserva Forestal del Chinvero until finally reaching Arguayo.

This walk is a 6km route and last for approximately 4 hours, after which there is a conference which will discuss the need to maintain this kind of tradition.

If you would like to take part on this walk, it is recommended that you wear the appropriate clothing and walking shoes and to take water and food.  A camera would also be recommended - especially if you would like to take part in the photographic competition.

To register for the walk on the 6th, please telephone 0034 922 863127 [extention 234] - Registation is 5 euros.  Further walks are being held on the 7th, 13th and 14th [registration is on telephone 0034 922 127938.

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