La Montaneta a volcanic cone better known as Montañeta del Fraile or de Los Frailes or Meson Monasterio is most popular with tourist hikers and as a view-point for Tenerife North.
There's also a pilgrimage Romeria Fiesta de la Cruz on May 03 every year to the chapel on top of this mount. Traditional folk groups with musicians and dancers of the nearby village that's named like the elevation climb it. They come with decorated wagons and ox-carts that have attached barbecues. There is free food and all ends with fireworks at night.
It's a most unusual green volcano thanks to moist Elysian winds during the warmer seasons of the year.
Access the elevation's West slope from Calle La Higuerita of the hamlet El Jardin. Ferns grow on it but, also huge fields with the Paris Daisy, Wild Lavender and more.
The abundance of green plants render the small mountain pleasant for walking in Tenerife.
Spot a Via Crucis below which starts in a stunning, man made park with xerophytic and other plant landscaping...
Eight stations of the cross Via Cruxis provide pleasant climbing breaks on the rough volcanic mountain road.
Again no trees, but only low growing
shrubs and cushions of Canary Island daisies along the horse trail.
Finally the climb ends by the chapel Ermita de la Cruz on the mountain
top with magic views all around.
There's a wealth of things to do and to see at the foot of the volcanic cone by today's Monastery of El Fraile of Realejos the Meson Monasteria with its many restaurants, shops, orchards and farmyards where pheasants walk on roof tops.
Not to forget the amazing history of the place down memory lane that may set our mind spinning.
It comes from a monk i.e. the friar El Fraile Antonio a lay priest from La Gomera. He bought it in 1771 as Montana de la Luz by trading in Tenerife donations to build a sanctuary for Our Lady of Candelaria
He built a small Monastery with a Bodega and wine cellars on its
east side and added shelters for live stock. Friar Antonio
who was friends or did business with Augustine monks of Los Realejos and
La Orotava died in 1811.
In 1826, the farm of La Montaneta de los Frailes was a place of refuge to monks of the region as well as to others. This happened during the worst storm and floods of the history of the Canary Islands. Casualties of men and beast were very high during this fatal Hurricane Bethencourt y Gonzalez when the Montaneta with its Monasterio was a safe place.
From La Monataneta de frailes back to Los Realejos
Credit is given to a PDF information in Spanish by the Gobierno de Canarias a page that has disappeared online on facts about the Volcanic eruption of the Mountain of the Frailes as well as to a web the townhall of Los Realejos
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