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Straks betalen om Tajinastes in bloei te zien? Foto van Tajinaste en Teide

Soon Paying to See Tajinastes in Bloom? 

May is the ideal month to experience a magnificent natural spectacle around the base of the Teide. It's the time when the Tajinastes are in bloom. The red Tajinaste, also known as Sangre del Teide (Teide blood), is an endemic plant species. It owes its name to the original inhabitants of the island, the Guanches, who called it Tainast. That means something like 'needle'. Very appropriate, as the pointed shape of the flower, which can grow up to 3 meters high, does indeed resemble a needle or perhaps a spear.

Not only is this remarkable flower a feast for the eyes, but it's also a very important species for honey production thanks to the large amount of pollen and nectar. The honey is produced in the spring and summer seasons, has a creamy consistency with a color ranging from white to beige. Not only delicious, but also great to take home as a souvenir or gift.

Will we have to pay to see Tajinastes in bloom starting January 1, 2025?

To witness this floral spectacle, you need to head to Parque Nacional Las Cañadas del Teide.

For years, there has been talk of imposing an entrance fee to visit this magnificent natural park. So far, it has remained in the planning stages. During the protest march on April 20th, the impact of mass tourism on protected natural areas was discussed (see my previous blog "Tourist Phobia On Tenerife: What's Going On?"). In response, the government plans to study the introduction of an ecotax. This tax is aimed at preserving and protecting the island's natural parks. Implementation is scheduled for January 1, 2025. The amount of this tax has not yet been determined. However, it is already known that it will be free of charge for island residents (as it should be, in my opinion).

Sustainable tourism

Whether the introduction of an ecotax is a step in the right direction to reduce pressure on natural areas remains to be seen.

It is crucial that we, as visitors, travel consciously and contribute to the preservation of Tenerife's beautiful natural landscapes. Let's hope that these measures have a positive impact and contribute to a more sustainable future for the island and its unique biodiversity. 

¡Hasta Pronto!

2 thoughts on “Straks betalen om Tajinastes in bloei te zien? ”

  1. Tja, laat de toeristen maar gewoon wat betalen. Ze hebben geld om op vakantie te gaan en dit is een beter doel dan alleen geld uitgeven aan bier. En laat het inderdaad voor de bewoners gratis.

    1. Bedankt voor je reactie! Ik vind het ook redelijk dat bezoekers van buitenaf een kleine bijdrage leveren aan het behoud van de nationale parken op de Canarische Eilanden. Het is een praktijk die op veel plaatsen ter wereld al gebruikelijk is. Maar hoe ze zoiets willen opzetten…een controlepost bij de twee toegangswegen (1 noord en 1 zuid) naar de Teide levert ongetwijfeld meer verkeersopstoppingen op (en dan staan ze kilometers lang met ronkende motoren het natuurpark te vervuilen). Ik zou zelf fan zijn om wat meer elektrische pendelbussen in te zetten vanaf de toeristische zones, momenteel gaat er maar 1 bus heen en 1 bus terug per dag. Het besluit over de ecotax is overigens nog niet goedgekeurd, maar waarschijnlijk een zoethoudertje om te laten zien dat de regering de ontevreden lokale bevolking tegemoet komt.

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