At great personal sacrifice I gave up valuable time in the office to walk in the mountains of Tenerife with my erstwhile companion Terry Tomlinson from Rochdale. Purely in the interest of gathering information for the Club Olympus website, we drove up to Taucho and spent several hours walking through forests and meadows in the dramatic scenery of the south of the island.
Tenerife is blessed with fabulously clean air and of course tremendous weather so hiking is just a pleasure. Because of the mountainous nature of the island there are spectacular views around every corner.
Here is Terry looking out over Playa De Las Americas from a ridge above the town of Adeje. This winter has had a slightly higher amount of rainfall in the mountains than usual so the vegetation growth has been vigorous, as you can see from this shot below. Here I am stood in a typical mountain meadow. Notice how the camera adds pounds to my physique!
An old football injury has been niggling my knee, hence the brace. However a brisk walk did me the world of good. Being up in the hills really does make you feel full of life and recharges the batteries. Here below is a mountain snack fit for a king!
Spicy Chorizo sausage, a bit of cheese and a tin of San Miguel, how good is that?
This particular walk takes us through farming communities and up through the tree line at about 3,000 feet. Terry is pictured above right on the fringe of the tree line and the terrain changes almost instantly. It is a walk of real contrasts and part of the beauty of it are the sudden changes round every corner. We walked right up into the forests of Canarian pine where all you can hear are birds singing, lizards scurrying, rabbits scrabbling, the wind in the trees (and Terry endlessly talking!)
Coming back down through the forest and back into open farming country, we often come across isolated little settlements where life has changed very little in hundreds of years. The locals are incredibly friendly and open and will stop and chat for ages and talk about what they grow, how they grow it and how much they enjoy life.
Many visitors to Tenerife just do not get an opportunity to see this aspect of the island but to me, this is really what Tenerife is all about!
If you get a chance, on your next visit to Club Olympus in Garden City, try and get up into the hills a little bit. This walk is literally a 15 to 20 minute drive away from the resort. There are stunning walks that begin directly behind Club Olympus. The photograph above shows the Tabletop mountain called "Conde" in Spanish and Club Olympus is not far from the bottom of that 3,000 feet high mountain.
We all enjoy doing different things on holiday and we know that Tenerife caters for all tastes. Have a wonderful time when you next visit this amazing island and we look forward to seeing you.
All the best - Ivan