The Busy Summer Beach Scene on Tenerife

Fri, June 21st, 2013 - By Jack Montgomery

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.


July in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

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.


East Coast Hamlet in Summer, Tenerife

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.


Summer in Punta de Hidalgo, Tenerife

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.

Some other places affected by temporary summer encampments are Puertito de Güímar, the beaches between Playa de la Arena and Alcalá and tiny El Puertito between La Caleta and Playa Paraiso.

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.


Campsite in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Faced with a choice of parking up by the beach or in somewhere like this what would you do?

Posted : Friday, June 21st, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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2 Responses to “The Busy Summer Beach Scene on Tenerife”

  1. james wakefield says:

    hi, i have been in tenerife for a week now, staying in palo blanco in the north. it is beautiful and very peaceful, as i hoped for, but the weather has ranged from completely overcast to foggy, it is the same down at the coast at playa socorra and puerto de la cruz. is this normal, and am i likely to see any change

  2. Palo Blanco in Los Realejos? That is peaceful 🙂
    You’ll have noticed a change over the last couple of days. It can be often be like that in June – it’s called panza del burro locally. The cloud can just hang in the Orotava Valley. Often driving a few kilometres east and out of the valley brings a change of weather and some sunshine. Some years it doesn’t last long, at others it can stay around for a few weeks.

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