Tenerife is normally known for it's benign climate with blue skies and pleasant temperatures but in recent weeks, the weather has reminded everyone that we are actually in the winter season. The weather has been very cold by Tenerife standards with wind, rain and snow around the island.
This has translated into nothing more than cool, cloudy days with some wind and a few showers on the south and west coasts but high in the mountains, Tenerife has been transformed into a 'winter wonderland' with much snow in the Teide National Park.
A recent walk to the Cuevas Negras, a series of lava tubes below Pico Viejo, was greatly enhanced by the addition of a fair amount of snow still laying on the ground, although this meant we didn't really get to see into many of the caves as the entrances were blocked with hard packed ice and snow making it very dangerous to get too close. This certainly didn't detract from what was a stunning walk in some spectacular volcanic scenery with Teide and Pico Viejo dressed in their winter finery.
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'