Rural tourism, a greener alternative

The Canary Islands have many great natural qualities to entice visitors, and in recent years there has been a big increase in rural tourism as people start to discover the greener sides of all the islands. This ties in very nicely with the huge variety of walks at varying levels from experienced hikers right down to casual strollers.

Hill walksThere are some good commercial guide books around but some local authotities are taking a lead and producing free leaflets and books to encourage an appreciation of the rural attractions on offer. Granadilla de Abona in the south of Tenerife, is a great example, they have produced a leaflet listing 10 rural hotels and farm houses, excellent bases for exploring the hills and the history. They also have a small booklet giving details of 5 walks in their area, complete with maps and written directions

These guides are available at tourist information offices in the Granadilla region but you can also find details on the council website. One of the best commercail websites, covering all 7 islands is www.tropicalia.es which is in Spanish but has contact phone and email details. Many rural hotels are converted farms, but the facillities are surprisingly good, and you can get a real feel for the less developed regions and learn to enjoy more traditional food and drink.

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