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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Roque de Garachico

Roque de Garachico

If you ever come on a tourist trip to Garachico, Tenerife and they tell you that this rock was formed during the 1706 volcanic eruption (it's been reported to me that this has been said), then don't believe a word of it! It's basaltic, not volcanic rock, is masses older and, was formed by the receding of the coast and erosion.

This natural monument gave the town its name: "According to popular tradition, its name derives from the Guanche word GARA which means island in reference to its rock, and of the Castilian (Spanish) word CHICO which means small islet."

Though the Roque de Garachico has no human inhabitants, it does serve as a refuge for several threatened species of birds, such as the Little Shearwater (Puffinus assimilis), Bulwer's Petrel (Bulweria bulwerii) and the Madeiran Storm-petrel, (Oceanodroma castro), as well as several migratory species.

See where this picture was taken. [?]

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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