Could Realejo Alto El Horno be a health hazard?

Normally, Realejo Alto designates the historical and upper (alto) part of Los Realejos by Plaza de Clavijo with Tenerife's oldest church Iglesia Santiago Apostól, contrary to historic Realejo Bajo which kept much better looks  of yore, by the way. By the way the Alto and Bajo towns with the same name are not the same at all but, had been almost on a war foot for decades. Click to enlarge the photos...

What is very peculiar is that a part of Realejo Bajo is also on about the same level as the old quarters with church and library, as the  photo shows. (Only El Horno behind the library is on higher slopes).  Spot the puzzling Realejo Bajo fact precisely next to the tree in the image beside on the right. No, not an optical illusion... The real heart of the so called Bajo Realejos needs much descending, indeed. So much to a somewhat controversial Alto and Bajo. Even more strange is that Toscal Longuera which is part of Realejos Town in general owns the Hotel Maritim deep down by the sea on the Puerto Cruz border.

Now to some upper parts in extreme.: Those are El Horno and El Mocán both of which famous for their wines besides other of the municipality's mountainous suburbs. El Horno is a true paradise of Tenerife nature, no doubt.


Its coastal and vineyard views of part of the Orotava Valley are breath taking. Flowers, pines, cedars and Sabina trees also abound in  its green valleys where occasional horses graze and roll happily on earth or grass.

A gentleman in his fifties who looks very fit took on the track up the slopes via Calle Las Toscas to get to the Bodega Los Guines a former Realejo Guachinche .

When walking to Realejo Alto is not heart healthy

His heart specialist gave him a long lecture, afterwards. Why? The man's heart is enlarged and its valve is damaged as well. He must avoid exhausting walks and hikes always, above all during hot lunch hours, the doctor said. Taking on the hill to El Horno up and down is also sheer poison for mobility issues by worn out knees and hips.


Is El Horno region a must see?

That's a good question. Indeed, it's not part of Tenerife Rural that features in tourist brochures.

Not many picturesque traditional Canary houses, as the one shown are left on this track. However,  backyards hide many stunning surprises.

Besides, there's the beautiful upper track of Calle Toscas Romera the Calle la Romera.  There, nature makes up for the lack of urban attractions with the breath taking gorges Barranco del Horno, Barranco Viñático or El Saltadero.


Getting around El Horno

Residents of the region who renew the ITV license of their motor vehicles know it for its one way roads. Driving uphill from Calle El Sol gets you via Calle El Horno to the Poligano sports fields and  ITV testing grounds. Paseo Los Guines connects with the steep winding motorway Toscas del Romero. The latter takes you back down the hill into main Realejos with its shops and much more.

See this circular way for driving around el Horno Mocán of Upper Realejo here.

Historical Realejo Alto

You may know that this famous location together with its regions higher up were fused with Realejo Bajo in 1955. This article on Realejo Bajo gives more information about this.

Otherwise, you discover other Realejos suburbs, art, history, fiestas, festivals, beaches and much more via links at the main page of Los Realejos.

How get to historical Realejo Alto by bus?

Take Titsa 390 from Puerto de la Cruz as the easiest option. The beautiful old church Iglesia Santiago Apóstol is almost around the corner from the 390 bus terminal by the Police station. Just walk up a few paces and turn right. This is also your best transport for almost all town fiestas.

From Realejos Alto back to Los Realejos





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