I recently heard some interesting statistics – that 35% of Brits and 41% of Germans like to go walking while they are on holidays – and last weekend, I realised just how easy it is for anyone on their Tenerife Holidays to do just that. With Easter falling so late this year, it merges with the May Day Bank Holiday; spring flowers are out in abundance and the air temperatures are at their balmy best – the ideal conditions to enjoy an Easter walking holiday on Tenerife.
An unfortunate incident with an avocado tree in the garden left me feeling so fired up with adrenalin last Sunday that there was only one thing for it, I laced up my walking boots and headed straight out of the door. It’s funny how I never begin a walk from my front door. Usually I drive somewhere to pick up a favourite trail or route, even if it’s only into the pine forest of La Orotava in the valley above where we live. But in fact, you really don’t have to go to a set trail to enjoy walking on Tenerife.
I left my house and was immediately strolling through banana plantations before reaching the road and heading towards our local beach of Bollullo. The quiet road to the headland is palm and finca lined and is a lovely walk in its own right. Once it reaches the headland it becomes an unmade single lane that winds its way down the cliff side towards the beach, with profusions of flowers bordering it and views across the coastline to Punta del Sol.
Half way down, the lane is joined by the coastal path that runs through from the La Paz district of Puerto de la Cruz and instead of continuing down to the beach, I joined the path and headed back in the direction of La Paz. The path skirts the top of the headland before dropping down into an anis scented barranco and climbing up again through deserted terraces.
Emerging on the other side of the barranco, I weaved my way past thousands of banana plants at whose feet lizards scuttled through the dry undergrowth, until I emerged at La Paz. Then I crossed the road to a path we’d discovered when we were playing surrogate parents to the dogs, which took me back to the banana road just above the house.
My walk was an hour and a half in total and it made me feel a million times better. So good in fact that yesterday evening I did the same walk again, only this time the other way round and the views were even better.
En route, I passed lots of British and German holidaymakers enjoying the coastal path from La Paz to Bollullo, so clearly those statistics are founded on reality.