Isle of Tenerife

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Vegetation and climate

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Tenerife is the biggest of the Canary Islands. 80 km long and up to 50 km wide. The surface area of the Island is 2.034,38 km². Tenerife is a volcanic island, situated infront of coast of Morocco and the Western Sahara. 1300 kilometers distanced from the Spanish mainland. The climate is very mild and pleasant all over the year.Palm Tree Tenerife

In the most sunny month of the year is July with an average of 10.6 hours of sunshine … Read the rest

Posted by Eddy
Categories: Flowers & Plants, Fuerteventura, Icod de los Vinos, La Palma, Lanzarote, Mount Teide, Nature, Weather

Farmers Market in La Orotava

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

farmers market tenerife, La Orotava

A new farmers market created in the heart of the traditional agricultural area on the island of Tenerife is proving to be a shrewd development.

In the heart of the Orotava Valley in the town of La Orotava, the unofficial agricultural capital of the island for centuries, the new purpose-built market opened last month and has already established a popular following with locals and visitors alike.

Nearly €300,000 was invested in a 1,500 square metre site to provide a … Read the rest

Posted by Mary
Categories: Flowers & Plants, La Orotava, Markets, Shopping

It’s Tajinaste time on Teide

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

tajinaste tenerife

Late spring and early summer is Tajinaste time up on Mount Teide, a time when the wild and rugged mountain landscape is briefly tamed by the blooms of a number of brightly coloured plants, most of which are endemic to the island of Tenerife.

Tajinaste rojo, or Echium wildpretii to give it its correct name, is the most spectacular, a species of bugloss which can grow to over 10ft tall.

Echium is a genus of around 60 species … Read the rest

Posted by Mary
Categories: About Tenerife, Flowers & Plants, Mount Teide, Nature, Photo-Blog

Dragon tree reputed to be a thousand years old

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

dragon tree tenerife

The Dragon Tree, or Drago, is one of the iconic symbols of Tenerife.

It is very slow growing, but when it attains maturity it usually has a thick trunk which is crowned by a thick umbrella-shaped canopy of dagger-like leaves.

It gets its popular name from the secretion of a reddish resin, know as dragon’s blood, which appears when either the bark or leaves are cut.

It is thought that the original inhabitants of the island, the Guanches, … Read the rest

Posted by Mary
Categories: Candelaria, Flowers & Plants, Icod de los Vinos, Nature, Photo-Blog, Science

Tenerife plans to plant a million new trees

Monday, March 26th, 2007

The north of Tenerife is renowned for its magnificent forests that start at altitudes of around 400 metres and climb to a level of 2,000 metres at the foot of the equally magnificent Mount Teide, at 12,194ft, the highest point on Spanish territory.

Mindful, however, that there aren’t nearly as many trees on the island as there used to be, the island authorities have announced a programme of reforestation that will see over a million trees planted in the coming … Read the rest

Posted by Mary
Categories: About Tenerife, Flowers & Plants, Nature, Science
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