Montpellier cistus thicket
If you do this route between April and June, you will see these Montpellier cistus thickets (Cistus monspeliensis) in full bloom, with abundant bright white flowers which have an orangey-yellow centre. These very aromatic shrubs give off a very powerful soothing fragrance. This is why, in the Canary Islands, it is used for smoking cheese. In this particular case they are covering and hiding quite a few olive trees. As we said above, this is because the olive fields have been abandoned. This has meant that other species have established themselves here and formed new plant communities; in this case, these Montpellier cistus thickets.