Most years, one of the island's most popular walks during January and February is the Almond Blossom walk in the Santiago Valley. This year however, the blossom is very late in flowering and on a recent walk, there were a number of disappointed walkers as we walked the route and saw virtually no flowering blooms at all on the almond trees. Despite this, and a very keen, cold wind, there was still much to enjoy, including some stunning views of Teide draped in it's winter coat. Despite the almond trees not being in bloom, the buds were clearly in evidence and I'm sure it won't be long until the trees burst forth in the usual annual display to delight walkers in the area.
My name is Gary and I live in the hills of south of Tenerife, having relocated here in 2008 from the UK. I have many years experience of walking in hill and mountain country and have taken part in challenge walks, wild camping trips in the Scottish Highlands and multi-day hikes such as a 190 mile, solo traverse of the Coast to Coast walk across England in 1998. Since then, I have undertaken numerous long-distance walks, you can read about these on my blog, 'The Constant Hiker'