The Geography Department



Tenerife 13-20 March 2007



article on 'climate reversal' in 'Tenerife News' Jan 2008.



Tenerife Landscape - south coast

Tourism  - Los Christianos and the South Coast

Towards Buenavista - the North West coast

Teide Volcano - the National Park 1

Teide Volcano - the National Park 2  Snow

Northern Hills

ITEN Renewable Energy Centre






Tenerife - Northern Hills



San Andres is on the east coast to the north-east of Santa Cruz, which can be seen in the background of the right-hand photograph. An artificial beach has been imported, called Playa de las Teresitas, protected by an offshore reef  - and lined with palms.

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The tanker lies at anchor just off Santa Cruz harbour



The road continues to cling to imposing cliffs; the road is, like many others on Tenerife in rural areas, new and well-constructed. They were just finishing the concrete crash pillars when I visited.


The road climbs to the vantage point, where there is a house and two policemen admiring the view - and vulnerable to tourists posing with them for photographs - as did two bikers!

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A detail of the breakwater and reef.

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The end of the coast road was at Los Banquitos, a large village and one that occupied the meagre delta of a seasonal stream. The stream had cut a deep channel through the lava, which had been reinforced to keep it strictly in its channel.

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Besides the stream bed was the road, the end of the bus route, and small fields containing vegetables behind lava block walls.

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Also in these plots were bananas, and the chap on the right was opening an irrigation channel to water them as I watched.

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The stream bed showed considerable evidence of being volatile; from the sediment traps on the left to the smoothly-scoured bedrock on the right.

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The drive to the ridge was a long incline, but nowhere as steep as on the northern flank. The valley's agriculture petered out, even the extend of seeing abandoned areas (the tank on the left) before scrub, and eventually trees took over.

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The settlement at the end of the road was Chamora, which sits beneath the precipitous spine of the hills on the northern side of the spine of hills. I noticed this house, whose roof appeared to be designed to catch water, although this is a relatively green landscape, with small plots displaying good depths of soil.

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The northern coast was one of deep valleys, but much greener than further south or on the eastern side of the island. Communications were by narrow, but good, roads, even cutting through the spine of the hills to get from one side to another as here at Taganana.


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Returning to the more habitable parts on making my way completely around the island eventually, I wanted to see the agriculture of the northern shore - such as these shaded plots near Valle de Guerra.


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