DFMorvan asked for trip advices because he is planning to goto Tenerife.
As long as i was there some months ago, i thought to point out a very special place. Garachico.
Gara is the Guanche word for island, and Chico is Castillian for small islet. The obvious reference point for it’s name is the small rock island which sits just off-shore from the town. Garachico located on Tenerife´s north coast used to be an important port till a flank eruption of the north west flank of Teide ( Montana de Trebejo) 1706 which also part of Montana Negra. The Lava poured down into the village and the old port in less than 15 hours and destroyed it. Another eruption happened a week later. Now this place is a quiet little town rebuilt in typical spanish style on the delta the lava had formed. When one wanders through its roads, it feels, ( or at least it felt that way when we were visiting) rather empty. You only notice the small shops or cafes at the second glance. What is most interesting for volcano lovers is the place where the lava entered the sea. It formed lots of natural pools which are open for the public to take a bath. Dont expect a high class bathing place, but if you want to swim between black lava, thats the place to try that.
The waves are not as high as in this video most of the time.
As mentioned above, Garachico was one of THE most important towns of Tenerife due to a deep natural harbour. Much of the islands production of sugar cane bananas and wine left the island from this place. The lava filled out the old harbour and the local the shipyard was abandoned. Garachico was rebuilt in typical spanish style. As long as there is not much room for new buildings, the old town remains intact and is not ruined by ugly new hotel buildings.
Garachico is easily reachable with buses.
( The easiest way to get a round on Tenerife are public TITSA buses. Best get yourself a prepaid ticket for 15 or 30 Euros. Whenever you enter a bus, the book an amoun of this ticket. This way buses are much cheaper then when you just pay inside the bus, but even then taking a TITSA bus is not all too expensive. http://www.titsa.com/ )
And now the answers to the Friday Riddle.
Riddle #14 was published in Friday Summary and NTV Riddle
5 volcanoes – 5 dings – 5 points
No 1 – Carbon dioxide, Hydrochloric acid, Vermiculite, Lanolin ….. and they have in common?
No 2 – A mountain on Titan is named after this volcano’s alter ego
No 3 – Luckily, coffee is on hand to fortify the local villagers whilst they dare to live inside
No 4 – Oh no it didn’t! Oh yes it did! A devastating flow of toxic water wiped out all the Pantomime’s aquatic stars
No 5 – Local legend tells of a huge, disgruntled mountain and an abandoned, lonely heart
Answers, explanations, links and dings!
No 1 Mount E (aka E san) – Alison at 16.45 1 point
E numbers are codes for chemicals which can be used as food additives for use within the European Union and Switzerland. Carbon dioxide E290, Hydrochloric acid E507, Vermiculite E561, Lanolin E913 etc.
No 2 Mount Ngauruhoe – Bruce Stout at 11.51 1 point
Mount Ngauruhoe was used as a main stand-in for the fictional Mount Doom in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, achieving worldwide exposure. The International Astronomical Union names all mountains on Saturn’s moon Titan after mountains in Tolkien’s work. In 2012, they named a Titanian mountain “Doom Mons” after Mount Doom.
No 3 Fogo – Alison at 17.59 1 point
The mountain’s slopes are used to grow coffee, while its lava is used as building material. Near its peak is a caldera and a small village, Chã das Caldeiras, is inside this caldera.
No 4 Mount Chiginagak – Sherine France at 17.51 1 point
In early May 2005, a catastrophic release of acidic water from the lake, with an accompanying acidic aerosol component, drained and flooded Indecision and Volcano Creeks with acidic water, traveled 27 km downstream and flowed into the Mother Goose Lake, headwaters of the King Salmon River. Extensive vegetation damage occurred along the flood route and Mother Goose Lake was acidified (pH of 2.9-3.1), killing all aquatic life and preventing the annual salmon run.
No 5 Alaid – Sherine France 17.23 1 point
The legend about Alaid’s Heart Island runs that instead of the lake, there was a huge mountain called Alaid. It was so high that it was standing in the light of the rest of the mountains which they didn’t like. One day Alaid, tired of quarrelling, left to find a better place to stay – and settled as an island in the sea. The only thing he left there, was his heart which one can see in the middle of the lake. It is a rose-tinted island which has a form of the heart.
Congratulations to all the winners!