Bored with the Hotel Pool? Try these Five Watery Wonderlands on Tenerife

Sat, August 27th, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

If you’re like me, swimming in a hotel pool, no matter how big and beautifully landscaped it is, simply lacks a certain thrill factor.

On Tenerife the chances are you aren’t going to be too far from the beach and the promise of a frolic in the sea. Problem solved…except for one thing. The water surrounding Tenerife is The Atlantic Ocean and that means that there’s the possibility of rollers crashing spectacularly onto the shoreline. Great fun if you can swim like the proverbial fish but for anyone who’s on the nervy side when the sea heads north of the belly button, it’s not such an enjoyable experience.

Fret not, on Tenerife there are loads of alternatives that are not only ideal for nervous swimmers but are also fantastic fun for anyone who wants to try something a little bit different.

 

 

Siam Park
Costa Adeje is home to one of the most exciting water parks in Europe. Siam Park looks divine and the white knuckle rides are a scream (literally), with the Tower of Power and The Dragon amongst others guaranteed to test the nerve of the most macho of visitors. However, for a more leisurely water experience there’s always lazing in a tyre on the Mai Thai River or the invitingly crystal clear waters of Siam Beach. The only downside is that it costs €32 (€21 for children) to get in.

Lago Martiánez
With pools that range from small and intimate to lagoon-sized, the César Manrique designed Lago Martiánez in Puerto de la Cruz is the perfect sub-tropical paradise for anyone who loves the water but not the waves. With jacuzzis, plunge pools, children’s zones and some of the biggest fountains you’re likely to see anywhere it has pool appeal for all the family. And at only €3.50 for entrance including sun lounger it is seductively good value.

 

 

Bajamar
With an open air sea pool surrounded by a wooden sun deck area lying next to a sandy, semi enclosed harbour beach, Bajamar’s seafront offers the best of both worlds to visitors with family members with differing sea-going abilities. A dramatic Anaga Mountain backdrop is a scenic icing on the cake.

The Rock Pools of Garachico
I’m cheating a bit as some of the volcanic rock pools at Garachico are actually open to the sea. But there’s such a variation in these natural lava formations that floating lazily on your back in one isn’t like swimming in the sea at all. Pools have different depths, some where toddlers can paddle safely amongst brightly coloured fish and others where more adventurous family members can launch themselves from the rocks into seemingly bottomless pools. The only minus is that when the Atlantic gets too lively in the winter months, they can be closed to the public.

 

 

And Finally…Crab Island
It’s not an island but it does have the occasional crab. This enclosed rock pool near Los Gigantes. isn’t enormous but with La Gomera on the horizon it’s a relaxingly scenic spot to cool down. Alternatively, there are more rock pools on the opposite headland below the Barceló Santiago at Puerto Santiago.

Posted : Saturday, August 27th, 2011 at 9:01 am
Category : beaches
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