The best part of the Rambla de Castro that entails 45,9 hectares looks very tropical on first sight.
A massive palm grove up front is the reason. However, much is hidden behind the San Pedro hill and on lower levels.
Also, there is sweet smelling wild Tenerife Lavender.
It's only to be discovered when you venture down the steep hill from the lookout.
How steep? Perhaps 130m and another 70m descent to get to the seashore. Not always at a scary height, of course.
Reach the heart of this Tenerife Rambla at Camino de San Pedro, 1, 38400 Los Realejos by the TF5 freeway at km 41.
This pearl of a nature paradise is below the Mirador viewpoint San Pedro and the other hill. It's by the best North Tenerife sunset bay next to a huge banana farm by the sea.
In 1994, this Rambla's valley and coastal area was declared protected space.
Many smaller gorges unfold undetected below the nature reserve that's visible from the Mirador above.
There, lush vegetation thrives thanks to permanent ground water. A dense plant canopy also protects birds when it rains. This is night owl habitat.
Everywhere, many sudden trails invite to go up and down or back and forth in between trees or endemic Tabaiba. Canary Island Phoenix palms are most prominent. Dragon trees are more scarce.
Admire the stunning spring splendor caught on camera.
Not all trails are perfectly marked, by the way.
One could say so.
Playa del Camello has a small stone island just offshore. The rocky isle resembles a camel that sleeps in the water of the ocean. This camel rock separates it from Playa de Castro. To the right is El Fortin the small fort of San Fernando with the long Playa la Fajana beach next to it.
Fortin San Fernando which once had five canons to fend off pirates, two centuries ago. Now, only two are left.
A narrow water channel runs along paved ground. It comes from Madre de Agua the source of which seems to be inside a tunnel. This blessing of nature keeps the space protected by permanent ground water.
Since 2011 the implementation of an educational and tourist center at la Casona has been much discussed at Casa de Cultura La Parra of Realejo Bajo. Tours were to be organized with emphasis on history, such as pirate threats on the coast by La Casona. The Tenerife holiday home Insider mentioned this in her page about Hacienda de los Principes, long ago.
However, there are not enough funds to finance this.
Meantime, the place has been vandalized and things of its infrastructure were stolen. A shame, indeed...
At least, three hours, as walking isn't always on smooth ground in the Rambla. Also, you may get lost at times.
This time means from the lookout via la Casona, Madre Agua, the Fortín and back without descending to seashores.
Generally, most think that the Rambla de Castro starts by Hotel Maritim. That means above the popular Longuera fishing beach Playa de los Roques. Then, it would normally end by La Casona de Castro after a 4km track.
However sometimes, it's even understood that Playa del Socorro is part of the general Rambla hike. "More than that?" That's an interesting question.
Get to the stairs of the hiking path below Hotel Maritim by passing its tall building called Residencial. You find the related Rambla signs by the very end of this one way road.
Start with the stairway by Hotel Maritim. This hiking track is also known as the Sendero del Burgao or del Burgado. Proceed up terraced slopes to the hamlet La
Romantica II and turn right by Casa Inge Martina. Take C/las Mimosas by
turning left at the shopping center. Turn right into C/ Los Claveles. At
indicators point point left to both La Casona and Mirador San Pedro. There, climb Calle Las
Rosas and look out for C./ Los Geranios on the left. Almost opposite
find the Rambla that runs along and high above the ocean for quite a while.
By the way, I find the Hotel Maritim Romantica track to be the steepest most of the way. Contemplate the inclination in its enlarged photo above with cobble stones that are often treacherous to walk on. Note that many elderly tackle this ground with their professional walking sticks.
Wear comfortable and best walking shoes and avoid the Rambla de Castro anywhere when the ground is slippery from previous rain.
there are signs pointing to a deviation by a tennis court on C/Las
Mimosas. It's a shortcut via C/Las Violetas to C/Claveles while you may
spot bungalows on the left. They had for sale signs outside in 2017.
Alternatively, take the Titsa bus 354, 353 or 381 until the curve by Banco de Santander on the top of la Longuera.
Getting off the bus turn left and then right after the next curve into C/ Las Rosas. Walk down, as far as C/ Los Geranios to get to the Ramble below Romantica I and San Pedro.
The last option is getting to Calle Las Rosas by car. That for example would be via the TF5 freeway from Puerto de la Cruz by taking exit 39.
Proceed toward the TF 320 after the second circle in direction la
Montañeta, as depicted. After a few meters turn left into C./ Castillo
by the pointer Puerto Cruz etc. On the bottom by Restaurante La Finca
turn right into C./ Monturrio which leads straight down La Longuera.
Take the first road C./ Tinguaro to your left until you reach its end by a tall wall of C./ Las Rosas. Turn right. Find the indicators to the Rambla opposite C./ Los Geranios at the end of the wall after about 40 meters. Park your vehicle.
The Sendero del Agua, as often called by locals also refers to a famous drawing of the Aguas the powerful waterfalls of Gordejueala by the French scientist Berthelot. The falls were still intact until 1903. Before it and further, the Rambla de Castro route leads safely along the coast on steep cliffs above the Atlantic ocean.
It's absolutely amazing to see how popular this coastal Rambla has become by 2017. So is the ruin of Gordejuela which is closed to the public now. Many rather elderly tackle the Rambla alone, besides other age groups. On weekends, the young guys seem to go there with their dogs to make friends. I am inclined to bet that the Rambla de Castro is now as much an attraction as the Puerto Cruz Jardim Botanico.
You pass some orchards after turning right by the Mirador San Pedro indicator on top of the Gordejuela hill. Then you descend to a most spectacular part of the entire route. That's the Gorge Barranco Calera which is part of Barranco Ruiz. There are views to the Casona de Castro and Mirador San Pedro, to El Guindaste and even further before you even descend to the bridge of the gorge. Further below, another paradise country opens up.
This gorge may be understood as Barranco Calera on maps. However, even an experienced Tinerfeño hiker like my neighbor Maria de los Remedios will call it simply Barranco Ruiz for the region. You could also say it's the ravine of the hamlet La Tropicana of San Vincente Los Realejos. The settlement's modern cluster houses overlook the gorge.
One more tip.
Staying at Hotel Panoramica Garden or at the new hotel Route Hotel Active next door from it?
After second thoughts I've decided to remove the description to the shortcuts for the Longuera hotels and holiday homes in La Romantica -1 to protect the safety of walkers. Click "Contact" to ask me on the very bottom of this page and I will let you know more about them.
There are Hotel San Pedro, its restaurant and its Fiesta celebrations.
See some Bamboo bar food and why the big Mirador terrace even accommodated our dog Jesse.
Learn about the Ermita of the Castro family and much more.
For all this and stacks of photos that speak for themselves go to the Lookout of San Pedro of Los Realejos...From Rambla de Castro back to Los Realejos
Wikipedia in Spanish about the protected spaces nature reserve by the Castro estate.