Palm Mar is one of Tenerife’s oddities, a pretty spot with enormous potential which various entrepreneurs have tried to harness over the years. Whether it’s been bad luck or the rumoured bad management which has stalled most attempts I don’t know, but as the recession begins to lift, the area is showing signs of life again.
Its somewhat remote location might work against it – unless you like to get away from the crowds of course. Yet it’s only fifteen minutes from Los Cristianos or twenty from Playa de las Americas. Taking the first turn-off on TF1, once through the small town of Guaza, turn right at the only roundabout instead of continuing to Las Galletas or Costa del Silencio. Then just follow the road as far as you can go.
Despite those abandoned developments as you pass through the archway which proclaims you’ve arrived in Palm Mar, the dual carriageway is well-tended, and the buildings further on smart and colourful. It’s definitely not the busy vibe you may have left behind, and the curving beach is of the rock and pebble variety but quite gorgeous. A pleasant promenade with ceramic benches hugs the coastline, ideal to pause and admire the view or watch the ferries come and go to other islands. Depending on the day of the day of the week and time of year, there will be people about but it won’t be a crush.
All the more surprising then that, turning a corner into a bay within the bay, you spy sophisticated white sunbeds and red awnings flapping in the breeze over wicker, chill out couches. In short, the sort of beach bar you would hope to find in the more upmarket Costa Adeje.
The Bahia Beach Bar is no beach bum chiringuito. Its Asian inspired décor, sitting on a small area of specially imported, white sand reeks of what the Spanish call “relax.” The sunbeds are the real McCoy, wide and comfy, and in addition to the bar area there is an excellent restaurant which, on the two occasions I’ve visited so far (there will be more), has been busy. The menu is international with a Spanish twist and the service is amongst the friendliest I’ve come across in the Canary Islands.
I had to smile when the fried fish dish I ordered, which was for all the world like tasty fish and chips although, as a twist, the fries were sweet potato. The second time I ordered salmon. This is a particular favourite of mine so it’s my personal test of a new place and it passed with flying colours. Mostly, I was thrilled to able to order one of my favourite Canarian wines by the glass, and another time to enjoy a stone-cold favourite Belgian beer.
The kitchen closes at 5pm when lounging and lunching give way to mojitos and music and the night-time, chill-out atmosphere with live performances some nights. My only complaint was lack of wifi but they tell me they are working on that.
As well as in-the-know tourists, the spot has clearly caught on with locals – always a good sign. Although the staff is multi-national, and speaks several languages, the most common languages being spoken around me were Spanish and French. I’m hoping that Bahia Beach is beginning a trend in south Tenerife.
A meal for two, sharing a “taster” starter, main courses and desserts, with a glass of wine each and water came to around €25 per head, so not cheap, but definitely in the “worth it” category. You can check out Bahia Beach’s Facebook page for more details, as their website isn’t ready yet.
Category : food and drink
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