The tragic rockfall in Los Gigantes last year which resulted in the deaths of two sunbathers has caused panic in town councils all over Tenerife. After the mayor of Santiago del Teide, where Los Gigantes is located, was accused of being negligent, mayors in municipalities across the island have closed beaches which had been identified as been potentially dangerous in case the same happens to them.
Luckily the impact on tourism has been negligible as most of the beaches that have been closed are quite remote, or not close to tourist areas. However, two major tourist attractions have been seriously affected by the knee jerk reaction. Although nowhere near a beach, one of the most popular walks in Tenerife, the Barranco del Infierno has been closed for a year and remains so indefinitely because local councillors are worried about reprisals if someone is injured. As the walk is within spitting distance of Costa Adeje, this has resulted in a lot of disappointed visitors over the last few months.
The most recent beach closure was potentially a disaster for pleasure cruise companies and for tourism in Los Gigantes, Puerto Santiago and Playa de la Arena in general. When the mayor of Buenavista del Norte announced the closure of Masca beach, confusion ensued. Masca beach is a popular stop off point for numerous pleasure cruises from Los Gigantes who also make money from picking up walkers who have trekked from the hamlet of Masca 3 hours further inland. The closure of the beach threw doubts on whether the cruise companies would be able to continue to stop at the beach and also whether walkers could explore this stunning corner of Tenerife.
Thankfully Buenavista’s mayor showed some common sense by issuing a statement last week which clarified that only parts of the beach nearest the cliffs were closed, the Masca ravine was still open to walkers and that cruise companies can continue to stop at the beach and pick up passengers as normal.
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