As I mentioned yesterday I have just returned from Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands.
Plato described a rich and happy land in the Atlantic which was virtually destroyed by earthquakes and tidal waves some 12,000 years ago. This was Atlantis and many locals are convinced that the Canary Islands are what remains of the submerged paradise.
From where we stayed we were able to walk to the small town of Los Gigantes (The Giants) which are dominated by cliff formations rising from the Atlantic. They were formed some seven million years ago. Wherever you look in the town The Giants, which rise from the sea to a height of 2700 feet, dominate the views.
These cliffs keep the western side of Tenerife warmer than the rest of the island. The heat from the sun is stored within the rocks.
But whatever the truth of the legends and stories about Atlantis the Acantilados de Los Gigantes are a wonderful sight - providing you don't mind lots of hills and steps!
We walked a different way back to our hotel sticking to the coast via Puerto Santiago and Puerto Pisquero.
A few photos I took along the way (click on them to make bigger):
|A small shrine on the quay at Puerto Santiago|
|A fisherman trying to catch his evening meal|
|The hill leading up from Playa Puerto Santiago|
|From the hill looking back at the quay|
|They must like cats|
|But the dog in this house didn't like us walking past|
|Something to eat|
And when we finally got back to our hotel room, the friendly lizard was there on the balcony to welcome us - and we were on the top floor - the 8th. Obviously a good climber with a head for heights.
All in all a good day out!
Photos: © Mike Perry
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