As June heads towards July you’d think it was the perfect time to seek out some of the more remote beaches on Tenerife. However, with the population boosted by an influx of Spanish mainlanders and the Canarios themselves switch gear into summer chilling mode, there can be a surprising transformation with some towns and beaches along Tenerife’s coastline.
In places like Puerto de la Cruz, that change is most noticeable as a sea of coloured umbrellas fill the lower part of the black sand beaches at Playa Jardín. The pebbly town beaches at the harbour and San Telmo fill up – not something that happens in winter months as British and German visitors tend to prefer something soft and sandy to lie on.
But the most unexpected changes take place in more remote places.
Tiny coastal towns no bigger than hamlets, along the east and north coasts especially, burst into life as Canarios move into their summer homes. Places which have had less life than the average cemetery suddenly bloom into colour as families bring a new found vibrancy along with their swimwear. Visit towns like Bajamar and Punta de Hidalgo in winter and then again in summer months and the transformation is astounding… and you can forget grabbing sunbathing space around the sea water pools.
However, another summer habit at Punta de Hidalgo illustrates that the exodus from the hills to the coast might bring life to tranquil towns, but in other instances it can come with a messy price tag.
Illegal camping can mean that the coastal path leading from Punta de Hidalgo to the foot of the Anaga Mountains is jam-packed with mobile homes, even though there’s a camp-site beside the town.
At the hight of summer, El Puertito can often look more like a refugee camp than a pretty little cove.
Each year the authorities vow to keep the beaches clear of illegal campers and each year they reappear. It’s just one of the signs of summer on Tenerife.
If anyone is wondering why people don’t just book into camp-sites instead of turning scenic spots into car parks for camper vans, there are a couple of reasons. The first is that there aren’t many camp-sites on Tenerife that take mobile homes.
The second is that where there are camp-sites, they can occasionally look like the one in the picture below.
Faced with a choice of parking up by the beach or in somewhere like this what would you do?
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