Weather & nature
Staircastle, home of ARiRGuiniguada faces North-west (350 meters above sea level), direct sun only reaches the house after 13:00. We have 10 hours of daylight in the darkest period and 14 in the summer. All the rest of the weather is even harder to say, climate is changing and got impredictable. In brief we have two "seasons" in Celsius degrees:
-Summer is from May/June till October/December. Daily maximums: 18-24 (extremities up to 27) minimums 15-18 (extremity 13)
-Spring is from October/December till May/June. Daily maximums: 16-20 (extremities up to 24) minimums 12-16 (extremity 9)
Rains are more probable during latter. UV radiation is high all year round.
Besides the 'classical' Canary weather, the trade winds from the Northeast, with occasional light rains and small clouds, we are getting the other two types also more frequently:
-the Sahara hot air inbursts, called calima, higher temperatures, very low humidity and dust in the air - few days
-the subtropical storms (named one by one) coming from the Southwest, bringing vast amouts of rain, but still warm (Delta 2005, Filomena, 2021, Hermine 2022) - also for few days
Ocean cools down to 20 in December, then 18 by March, and it does not get warmer than 24 in the summer.
We live in a landscape protection area (Paisaje protegido de Pino Santo), in a wild olive tree forest, in the Guiniguada valley that is very spacious compared to the rest of the area, and still has arable lands and animal husbandry. There are no luxury hotels here, but there are poorer people, as well as substantial estates of the most privileged wealthy, orange groves, avocado and banana plantations, guava and papaya trees, etc. What we know as houseplants in Europe are giant trees growing outdoors here. There is also a lot of abandoned farmland and natural environment that is not under cultivation, with indigenous plant specialties; they tend to bloom in winter and spring, and in summer, the drought is characterized by the balmy scent: eucalyptus, lavender, sage grow in the wild in abundance. There are no poisonous spiders or snakes, mosquitos are very rare, but there are ticks when you stride off the paths and wade in the knee-high grass. Lizards live around the house, they grow to the length of a span, and we are also lucky to have geckos in the house at night. Rabbits, rock partridges, thrushes, falcons, owls, and: canary birds!
In the sea, there are sea urchins in a few places, Portuguese man-of-war also rarely occurs, but it is monitored on the official beaches. Angelsharks, dolphins, extreme nudibranchs, squid, octopus, starfish, colorful and tasty fish, many kinds.
The pathway to the "Stretch-of-the-valley" that is what "La Angostura" means
Our street, the basin of the Guiniguada valley
A garden in the valley, banana trees