Island in the Sun – Roque del Conde   8 comments

More walking to be done. Down in the SW corner are a couple of prominent rocky peaks around 1000m high that dominate the skyline from PdlA. These clearly needed exploring. We dropped the Funsters off in town so me and TJS to hit the mountains. The really dominant peak is Roque Imoque – the pointed one in the photos. As it was a longer walk (we were late getting underway) and looks quite a tricky climb, so we opted for Roque del Conde

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Its quite prominent in its own right with a distinctive flat summit visible from much of this corner of the island

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We parked up in the lovely village of Arona and started the walk, initially along the road but then out into the open countryside. Rather than the semi-industrialised banana groves that pack this corner of the island this was much greener and pastoral. The landscape has been heavily terraced for growing cereal crops although the most abundant species now seems to be cactus. Whatever, it was a very green a lush environment under a dark blue sky and very fetching

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The route takes a nose-dive into the Barranco del Rey, a deep bone-dry gorge that must see some water from time to time judging by its depth

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Roque Imoque holds the attention pretty much all the way

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An easy path than twists through the terraces climbing up towards the higher slopes. and the views across the coast and the lower slopes expands

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Cultivated terraces give way to dense cactus. This variety seemed particularly common

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There is also a good deal of prickly pear. It grows like a pernicious weed when introduced in this sort of climate. I’ve read that it has a higher weight and mass by area than any other plant and is almost impossible to eradicate once it’s taken hold

I’m a particular fan of views from mountains down over towns and cities so I enjoyed casting my gaze over the densely populated coastal strip. Up here where it was peaceful, it’s quite a contrast with the massed ranks of hotels and apartments

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Its then a steep climb up to the top. The weather was just perfect for walking. Warm and sunny without being oppressively hot. It was a delight to stroll to the top in the sun rather than a dash between heavy rain showers that walking in the UK at Christmas normally brings

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The local wildlife came out to say hello

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The summit suddenly appears and it’s a wide expanse of level-ish ground heavily cultivated and terraced. It comes as quite a surprise after the steep rocky slopes to reach it. We found a quiet sunny spot overlooking the edge and El Teide in the distance and scoffed a hearty lunch of meat pasties

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A close up view of Roque Imoque shows just how sharp and rocky it is. If you look closely you can see a couple of people on the summit

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Like all sunny days on a nice mountain its hard to tear yourself away from the summit.

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We made our way down by the same route although a look at map later revealed there are other paths to make a nice circular route. One for the future and you can combine this with Roque Imoque for what would be a superb outing

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On the way down we passed this circular “era”, a threshing area for the cereals grown here in previous times

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It was a marvellous walk through a landscape different to the one’s we’d seen on other days. I just loved the contrast between the blue sky and green vegetation

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Roque Imoque still standing sentinel over the walk as we passed through the Barranco del Rey on the way back to the car

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Only one way to finish off a day like this in the mountains. Down to the coast to join the Funsters on the beach for a refreshing swim in the sea.

8 responses to “Island in the Sun – Roque del Conde

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  1. Looks impossibly hot, reading your post on a day like today!

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  2. Beautiful cacti pictures!

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  3. Gorgeous. Next time, if You have not been, is Madeira. It is hiker’s “Paradise”.

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  4. I see TJS was in shorts – the landscape looks a bit harsh/prickly were shots always OK. I remember the vegetation on Majorca occasionally making me doubt the wisdom of walking bare-legged, and also the sharp rocks tearing a new pair of walking shoes to shreds. How was Tenerife in that respect?

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    beatingthebounds
    • Majorca was more overgrown than Tenerife which was fine from that perspective. The higher mountains where the lava rock was did make my boots look a little worn but they survived ok. Twisted ankles is a bigger risk. I walked in shorts the whole time apart from the summit of El Teide where it was somewhat chilly

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