A pleasant excursion through Rambla de Castro in Tenerife

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Sunny day during our excursion through Rambla de Castro in Tenerife

A pleasant excursion through Rambla de Castro in Tenerife

The weather wasn’t as wonderful as it had been on the other weekends in January, but after a moment of indecision most of our friends who were going to come together for a little walk through Rambla de Castro Tenerife decided to go for it and we set off – great!! In the end the day wasn’t good, it was better than good!!!

We could see the coast and the calm sea perfectly under an almost completely clear, beautiful sky, even though we were in the north. The conditions were perfect for walking without getting too hot.

We drove by car to Los Realejos and parked at the Mirador de San Pedro at the beginning of the trail of Rambla de Castro Tenerife, and then waited for everyone to join us for the excursion … In total there were 12 of us.

Family Travel Secret
This walk is suitable for all ages. We met parents of five-year-old children and others with children under three, as well as couples, a retiree and some dogs (one of them a six-month-old puppy named Ravel)

Our pleasant excursion through Rambla de Castro Tenerife

We started our route through Rambla de Castro Tenerife down a cobbled slope from where we got a privileged view of the great palm grove, the banana trees and the abrupt coast of Los Realejos.

Family Travel Secret
The Rambla de Castro is a protected nature area that extends to 45.9 hectares with a great variety of vegetation and rich landscapes.

After we’d walked along some wooden walkways under the trees and the children had played in the water in the streams, we arrived at a big house on one of the many edges of the cliff and from there we looked out over a beautiful part of the coast.

Even Noah stopped for a moment and started to behold the scenery during our excursion through Rambla de Castro de Tenerife

We continued our walk past the palm grove and then reached another beautiful, wide viewpoint. From there we could see the Fort of San Fernando (late eighteenth century), which still has three of the five canons that were used to defend against Pirate attacks.

The views during the excursion through Rambla de Castro Tenerife were simply amazing

The views during the excursion through Rambla de Castro Tenerife were simply amazing

Next we passed through one of the most complicated areas for children, because after crossing a bridge over a ravine we had to walk up a big slope. Nonetheless, our reward was the pleasure of another great view over the coast and that intense blue sea which is so characteristic of the northern part of the island. The vegetation in this area is very arid and typical of the Canaries.

We continued to walk through Rambla de Castro Tenerife along the edge of the coast, but at that point there were some urban areas closer by. When we reached the second and most impressive bridge, we passed very close to one of the iconic scenes of this walk: the hydraulic station of the Gordejuela Water Elevator.

Family Travel Secret
The Gordejuela Water Elevator is impressive, not only because of the location where it is built (70 meters above sea level), but also because of its interesting history (which dates back to 1906) and the fact that it had the first steam engine on the island. It served to drive the water that arose from the Gordejuela to irrigate the crop-growing areas in La Orotava.

The views during the excursion through Rambla de Castro Tenerife were simply amazing

After a while we continued our walk, which next took us to Playa de los Roques (Los Roques beach), which takes its name from its huge rock formations. As it was the middle of January the beach was full of stones, but in the summer it is covered with sand.

Just few of us finished the excursion…

The last part of the excursion through Rambla de Castro Tenerife – to the Maritim Hotel – was only done by the children, Ravel (the puppy), Nestor’s grandfather, Sandra and me. The rest of the group went to get the cars and picked us up a few minutes later when we arrived at the Hotel Maritim Tenerife.

As my car was at the Mirador de San Pedro, we went back there and had something to eat before everyone returned home.

The Rambla de Castro excursion is an exceptional walk and is relatively easy and simple for all ages. It took us about three hours, as the children were stopping every few minutes to investigate every detail along the trail, but we believe that at a light and unhurried pace this walk can easily be done in an hour and a half.

Ruth

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