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Tenerife: Day 11

 

Another rest day. We went shopping for something to take home for Kim, Kim's boyfriend Jens and Rory's girlfriend Annika and ended up hiking to Puerto de Santiago twice, so it was quite an athletic day after all. I didn't take any photos, so here are some of Playa Jardin in Puerto de la Cruz, which I took yesterday.
Playa Jardin, Puerto de la Cruz Playa Jardin is at the west end of Puerto de la Cruz. We walked past it on our way to and from Loro Park. It takes its name from the lovely gardens behind the beach.
Playa Jardin and flowers This and the following photos were taken in the gardens behind Playa Jardin.
agave These aren't trees - they are the flower spikes on agave plants, from which sisal is made. The red flowers are the same family as amaryllis.
opunta cactus flower A Prickly Pear (Opunta) cactus in flower.
opunta cactus Opunta cacti grow all over Tenerife, not just in gardens. They used to be a major crop - not the cacti but the cochaneal beetles which lived on them and were a source of red dye before chemical dyes were introduced.
yellow spike flowers Many different kinds of succulants grow all over the island. This one has spikes of yellow flowers.
Bill beside Echium flower The Echium plants are indiginous to the Canary Islands. There are also varieties with blue flowers and the famous Taginaste with red flowers which grows high in the mountains and takes about 7 years to grow from seed to mature plant, flowers once, then dies. Unfortunately they were not yet flowering.
succulant with huge looping flower spike We saw these huge flower spikes in many gardens. The spikes are so huge compared to the plant itself. Unfortunately we did not see any actually blooming.
Castillo de San Felipe At the east end of the Playa Jardin is the fortress, Castillo de San Felipe.

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©Copyright 2003 Vicki Sherwood
July 2, 2003