During this week a very good friend of mine, Hildegard from Germany, was leaving Tenerife to go into an old peoples home in her native country. One of her last requests was to have a quick trip up to Mount Teide as she will probably not return to Tenerife. I took a few shots on the trip and have posted some here as a reminder of how dramatic and stunning the scenery in Tenerife can be.
This is looking down towards Los Cristianos from the fringes of the forest on the mountain road. We went up the Vilaflor road from Arona and from there right up into the Canadas valley. Mount Teide really is awesome when you get up close as you can see below. It was called "Echeyde" by the Guanches who were the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands.
At over 12,000 feet high it is the highest point in Spain and Spanish territory and the landscape is certainly very lunar. I would imagine that virtually all Club Olympus owners, guests and visitors have taken a trip up here at some point. It actually only took us about half an hour to get here from Club Olympus.
This is an iconic shot in Tenerife and everybody must have taken this photo! This famous rock has several names. It is known as "Roque Chinchado" or sometimes it is called the "Roque de Garcia" or even "Dedo De Dios" (God's thumb). Whatever it is called, this 90 foot high, beautiful, naturally carved sculpture is breathtaking up-close!
Driving on through the valley we came across a huge film set with trailers, gantries, lighting and all the usual paraphenalia of filming. Apparently some of the up-coming "Clash of the Titans" is being filmed here in Tenerife at the foot of Teide.
It is always spectacular driving back down through the forest, particularly on the northern side of the island because you just look down on a sea of cloud. It really is amazing.
Hildegard who is 85 (on the right for the sake of clarity) really did enjoy the drive out and is now back in Germany. She has tremendous memories of Tenerife and really didn't want to leave but sadly ill health forced the move. It was a great reminder to me too, firstly of how beautiful Tenerife is but secondly how grateful I am for a degree of youth and health.
When you next visit Club Olympus in Garden City, treat yourself to a drive up to Mount Teide, breathe in the clean mountain air and let Tenerife work its magic on you!