Beaches of South Tenerife where locals spend their Sundays

Mon, November 28th, 2011 - By Linda

Tenerife has a wide variety of beaches, some of which have had some help, like the yellow sands of Las Teresitas, Las Vistas in Los Cristianos, and some of the beaches of Costa Adeje. We have spectacular black sand beaches, like the one in Playa de la Arena, and rocky outcrops like Puerto Santiago and La Caleta.

Despite their variety, what all those beaches have in common is that they are firmly on the tourist route. If you hear Spanish spoken it is almost certainly a tourist from mainland Spain. So where, do you suppose, the locals go to get away from it all?

Only minutes from the resort of Costa del Silencio, Las Galletas remains a mainly local beach. Almost certainly, the English sun-worshipers you meet are ex-pats. The beaches are pebbly, which isn’t to everyone’s taste perhaps, but they are close to bars and restaurants, which is a plus, and the sea on the habourside beach is much calmer than on many.

Not so busy as Playa de las Americas, but popular with those tourists in the know, are both La Tejita and El Médano’s sweeping beach, but wander east, just a little, and you will come to El Cabezo. Almost undeveloped, El Cabezo is popular with windsurfers and has a make-shift chiringuito (beach bar) perched at the end, but the centre of town, with its internationally-flavoured facilities, is only minutes away. Even less known, and a couple of minutes drive further, nestled under the striking Montaña Pelada you will find a quiet beach of the sort you see in movies – remote and rocky. I’ve been there with friends at times and had the beach almost entirely to ourselves.

Around fifteen minutes further up the coast, in the direction of Santa Cruz, you will find Tajao, a quiet village, which comes alive on Sunday afternoons with locals visiting the fish restaurants. Tajao has been dubbed “the new Los Abrigos”, smaller, and mostly off the tourist-radar, its eateries serve fresh, local foods, and the well-kept beach is still pretty in a natural way. It’s not touristy, but it isn’t quiet either!

Quieter is Poris de Abona and Playa Grande, around another ten minutes drive. Originally the port of Arico back in the days of sailing ships, you can identify it by the lighthouse which you can spy from the motorway. Its beaches are much more natural and wild, but popular on summer Sundays.

The west coast’s best-kept secret is the area between Costa Adeje and El Puertito. In fact, it’s a satisfying walk, but a bit of a scramble. Playa Diego de Hérandez is best known to the English as Spaghetti Beach, because in days long-gone an enterprising soul set up in business selling pasta there. Not for the prudish, as many nudists use it, and access is only by shanks’s pony. You can reach Puertito by car from Armeñime but only when driving towards Costa Adeje; you need to turn around if you’re coming from that direction. That difficult access might be the reason that it is, as yet, untouched by tourism.

The bigger beaches offer lifeguards, music, bars, sometimes even wifi, but if you really need to chill out, then a short trip to find out where the locals go is a good idea.

Posted : Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 2:59 pm
Category : beaches
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