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The Sunset Walk 

Now that summer is here the weather is warm and the views are unobscured by the cloud cover that we sometimes encounter in winter. So there is no better time of year to enjoy our magnificent sunsets.

Over the years, I have taken many photographs of sunsets from my balcony, a bar or restaurant with a view, or from the beach on a late evening stroll. However, there is no view so fine of our fabulous sunsets than from way up high in our beautiful impressive mountains.

Andy Tenerife Walker never ceases to amaze me. The other day he asked me if I would like to go for a short evening walk in the National Park. Of course, I readily agreed but I did not know that he intended to take me on his popular Sunset Walk, a walk I had never done before.

We drove through Vilaflor when all of a sudden, panoramic views exploded before our eyes as we saw the magnificent peaks of Pico del Teide and Pico Viejo. On driving to the start of our walk through the plains of the National Park, the landscape opened up in front of us. The “Finger of God” stood before us with its imposing shape, a very well-known and much photographed rock formation here in Tenerife. For years I have wondered if it will topple over as it seems to defy gravity itself. Further along the path we came upon the great vista looking over the Ucana plain. The colours on the plain were changing very quickly and becoming more orange and red as the sun slowly dipped towards the horizon. Off the path pahoehoe lava structures were in abundance as still more orange hues changed the colours of the landscape as our walk gently continued.

Our path then meandered steadily downhill amongst impressive rock structures including the famous “Cathedral” on our walk back to the car. I thought that was it, but not so; after a short drive we came to our final photography stop, another lovely surprise on Andy’s part. Then, more pictures of the red orb were taken as the sun dipped below the horizon setting a striking blaze of orange and pink against a now grey sky.

You know, Tenerife is like a pearl in an oyster. A delicate precious and beautiful jewel, however, unlike a pearl, Tenerife’s beauty is not hard to find, it’s all around us. So go on…. try it! I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

By Lynne Scaife