Wednesday, 25 January 2012


It is always good to get back to your own home comforts after a holiday.  Particularly so when the holiday has not turned out to be the relaxing experience it promised to be.  So, it was in this spirit that Malcolm and I returned late last night, from our week in the resort of Los Cristianos on the island of Tenerife.
It is said that about five million tourists visit Tenerife each year and it seemed that they had all chosen to visit while we were there.  A more crowded, over-developed resort you wouldn't want to find.  We visited the area about ten years ago, that time staying at Playa de Las Americas.  That was a fairly alarming experience too, but Los Cristianos was supposed to be the quieter, more 'genteel' side of the tourist area.  Not so!  Malcolm and I found just two walks to try to get away from the congested roads and associated vehicle fumes.  The first was up the small volcanic ash cone known as the Montana Chayofita at 377 feet gave decent views across the island (avoiding the millions of buildings, roads and cars) toward the centre.
The second walk, involved a slightly more uneven scramble up the side of Montana Guaza at around 550ft.  A barren, rock-strewn plateau of grey.
More tomorrow...
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