Discover Amarilla Bay in Costa del Silencio

Sat, January 29th, 2011 - By Steve

Amarilla means yellow in Spanish and the Amarilla Bay area of Costa del Silencio has its very own mountain of that colour. Montaña Amarilla looks down over the sea and along the coast to El Médano where there is another aptly named volcanic cone known as Montaña Roja (Red Mountain).

Yellow Mountain is a great place to explore,  if you climb up it there is a wonderful view out to sea, looking back inland and all over Costa del Silencio in the direction of Las Galletas. There is also a coastal path that leads along to the Golf del Sur area of Tenerife’s sunny, south east coast.
The colour of the volcanic rock and soil really is a yellowish colour and with its weird rock formations the mountain is of interest to geologists. It is actually a conservation area and natural reserve and there are several protected endemic plants that grow on the dry and arid ground.

Being a bit of a botanist myself I was excited to find the strange silvery-grey succulent stems of the Cardoncillo, or ceropegia fusca as it’s known to science. The pretty violet-pink flowered Romero marino (Sea Rosemary) is a member of the foxglove family that I have also found growing on ground around the Yellow Mountain.
There’s a road that takes you down to the rough ground and tiny beach area at the base of the mountain and this spot is very popular with locals for sunbathing and snorkelling in the turquoise waters. Just around the cliffs is a nudist beach too that not surprisingly has its devotees.
The sea can get rough though at times so care is needed if going in the sea or walking around on the rocks. On a typical hot and sunny day though, Montaña Amarilla and its coast are well worth visiting.

Amarilla Bay has a quiet community housing complex too that looks right out over the ocean. Residents have entertainment literally on their doorsteps at Flicks Bar on the sea front. There are acts performing at the bar every night, and live music every Sunday afternoon.

A couple of years back Flicks Bar was chosen by a Welsh TV company as the setting for a comedy drama that was being filmed. S4C thought Flicks was the ideal place to make Beryl, Cheryl and Meryl.  If I’d have known in time I would have tried for a job as an extra. I come from Cardiff originally so would have fitted in well.

Posted : Saturday, January 29th, 2011 at 11:23 am
Category : beaches
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