Photo: Caserio de las Fuentes.
Updated 13 February: I thought I’d just share these four photos taken today while trying out the new road to Las Fuentes. And I have to say it is a brilliant road, all the way from the back of the small complex of brown townhouses in Tejina up to Las Fuentes itself, on a level plain tucked into the back of Tejina mountain. The road finally peters out beyond the village in forest and hillside. I hope the photos show the excellent finish of the road, the view along the coast from the drive up there, part of the village and the back of Tejina mountain, and the beauty of the route up through a barranco that seems to take one to a different world entirely!
Updated 8 February 2019: The Cabildo has formally received the works from Tragsa, the construction company which built the new road that has put Las Fuentes back in touch with the world. Now reopened to the public, the new road is a single lane concrete track with passing places. The village has 33 houses and several fincas, all still without connections for electricity, phone and (ironically) water, dating from the mid 19th century when Las Fuentes was known as the region’s breadbasket. Now the world can find out about it once again.
Updated 3 September 2018: Works have been going on for the past year and a half and, at last, the access road to Las Fuentes is almost finished. It is open, indeed, though at present only to those living or working in the village, and even then, only to their light vehicles outside of working hours, but it is open! Works are now ongoing in the final stage, of levelling off the sharp edge to the road surface with paving slabs and curbs, and finishing the passing bays. The road is expected to be open fully in November, and so this village is about to rejoin the rest of Tenerife!
Original post 16 February 2017: Las Fuentes in the municipality of Guía de Isora is an ethnographic heritage site at around 1,000m altitude not far from the Barranco de Erques, and almost directly above Tejina de Isora behind Tejina mountain. It displays all the hallmarks of typical village life in Tenerife in generations past, not the least of which are the pipes, wells and cisterns connected with the supply of water from the springs from which the village takes its name. There are also communal ovens, threshing circles, caves, and the local authority has put much work into restoring and preserving the village over recent years.
Now everyone will be able to enjoy the experience as the Tenerife Cabildo has announced an investment of over €1m to improve the access road to the village. Tenerife president Carlos Alonso recently visited the area with Cabildo Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries councillor Jesus Morales, and representatives from the Asociación Los Manantiales de Las Fuentes and local residents. The president said that the Cabildo’s investment in rural works this year will amount to more than €4m in total, mainly on rural roads and irrigation, the largest such investment in the Cabildo’s history, and one intended to provide agricultural support to farmers and the produce they generate, and to keep the countryside alive.
Rural tourism is, of course, a key niche, and this will have been another factor in the decisions behind the funding. Councillor Morales said that in Las Fuentes’ case, the paving and improvement of the access road would benefit some 25 acres of rural land mainly cultivating vines and potatoes, and benefiting one of the most unique, characteristic and best conserved landscapes in the southern medianías.