Discovering the Delights of El Puertito

Wed, November 13th, 2013 - By Andrea Montgomery

The east coast of Tenerife has never been its most photogenic side. The drive south from the airport reveals little more than arid malpaís, or scrublands, with little vegetation and a near constant wind beneath the resonating heat. But beyond the visibility of the motorway, small coves lie sequestered amongst the rocks where you’ll find little fishing communities, natural rock pools and nice places to enjoy a good fish lunch. One such place is El Puertito.

 

El Puertito, Guimar

 

The coastal face of Guimar, cut off from its inland parent by the TF1 motorway, El Puertito comprises a small collection of shops and houses and a picturesque marina a little way along the coast heading south. Emerging onto the seafront, you’re immediately struck by the incongruously stylish jetty which sweeps out in a decking semi-circle into the bay, creating sheltered waters for swimming and providing a comfortable sun bathing terrace for the local tenagers from which they can see, and be seen.

The decking continues along the harbour side, providing more sunbathing space and a there’s a long bench in a rather snazzy sun shelter on which the ubiquitous retired gents that you find in every traditional town, sit and put the world to rights while their wives get on with the business of running the home.

 

El Puertito, Guimar

 

Dotted around the harbour are a handful of small cafes, none of them particularly stylish, but most have simple tapas and fish dishes which are cheap and tasty. Grabbing a  table on the outdoor terrace of Restaurante Chibusque, an afternoon can easily become a very leisurely affair, particularly if you get into their mojitos. The food is nothing special and the service is a bit slow but the view is hypnotic.

One of the best ways to enjoy El Puertito is to take a walk along its headland and through its malpais, an easy, flat stroll filled with interest. A path leads directly from beyond the harbour, heading northwards, and takes you along the coastline where you can watch whimbrels, plovers and turnstones scouring the rocks for tasty morsels. Beyond the bay, a small shanty of fishermen’s huts sit atop the rocks, looking like one big wave would send them down to Davy Jones’ Locker.

 

El Puertito, Guimar

 

Continuing towards Candelaria, keep an eye out for butterflies. It may look like a desert but this malpais is home to 60 different types of butterfly. Rounding the base of Montaña Grande, the euphorbias and grasses grow in profusion and conceal hundreds of lizards who dart in and out of them like children in an adventure playground.

 

Lizard, lagarto

 

Getting to El Puertito is a straightforward affair of you simply follow the TF1 and take the Guimar exit (Salida 11). But a far more attractive and interesting option is to take the old Carretera Sur (TF28) which begins above Los Cristianos and follow it all the way, across its historic bridges and through its traditional villages, until you reach Guimar and then drop down the hill and over the motorway to El Puertito. Going home by motorway more than halves the driving time.

Posted : Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 11:35 am
Category : days out
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2 Responses to “Discovering the Delights of El Puertito”

  1. Davina Howard says:

    Your photographs and articles are superbly taken and written.
    I am encouraging my oldest grandson to come out who is 13, and passing on this and other items of interest. He is a keen sportsman and is interested in rock climbing. However I am not equipped for this sport (!) and would like to know where I can take him please ?

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