It’s a tricky one, creating a beach to please all. In Alcalá, Guia de Isora they have gone for a mixed approach for the Playa Jaquita project. The beach was formerly La Caleta de Las Damas, on the Los Gigantes side of the ultra modern Gran Melia Palacio de Isora hotel and it is divided by small, man-made headlands into three areas of black sand, with the largest in the middle.
That may not sound too inspiring but there’s plenty more. The whole area in front of the five star hotel was landscaped a few years back with wide concrete walkways, benches affording the best sea views, and liberal use of wooden decking. That theme has been extended to embrace the sandy coves and on either side the rock pools have been enclosed at each end to create safe natural bathing areas.
If the scheme was inspired by the natural pools of Garachico that’s no bad thing, the nearest swimming zone to the heart of Alcalá has ramps and metal ladders leading into the water. The day I called there was a high sea warning around Tenerife but the waves didn’t crash into the newly created dipping areas, they just made nice surges and little rivers and cascades off the outer rocks.
The 1,751,393 euro project is not finished and still awaits an official inauguration. The two metal lifeguard towers were not in use, the showers had no water, and there were no toilet facilities but lots of people were enjoying the new areas. A building at the back of the main cove looked like it could be used for basic facilities and a small café but not in the same high profile way as the kiosk and restaurant at the recently revamped Callao Salvaje beach.
The smaller and shallower rock pools on the west side again had man-made steps and were perfect for a spot of wading, they are just on the bend of the coast and lead to the first tantalising glimpse of the Los Gigantes cliffs beyond the Punta Brava surfing coast.
The big winner here could be the fishing village of Alcalá, the new beach was actually attracting some people away from the hotel’s lavish infinity pool. It was noticeable that since the promenade was widened and upgraded new bars and restaurants have opened along the sea front and I noticed a few more this time in the back streets. Down at the old quayside there was still a strong hardcore of bathers, a few on the pocket-sized Playa Alcalá but mainly on the flat concrete surround.
Choice and mix & match seem to be pleasing a good percentage up on the west coast. Alcalá is changing with the times but has used its old charms to woo the new visitors.
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