Palm Mar, An Unfinished Dream

Mon, November 26th, 2012 - By Colin

The archway spanning the road into Palm Mar hints at grand things to come but the empty apartment complex alongside and another uncompleted block beyond give a clue to a less than smooth evolution. A mere 20 minutes from Los Cristianos, there’s a strange contrast between the tall, imposing luxury complexes and the raw rural framing of Montaña Guaza’s elongated ridge and the Malpais de Rasca nature reserve.

Palm Mar


A car is an essential part of Palm Mar life. It’s a good 20 minute walk from the arch to the road that connects Las Galletas with the TF1 north to south motorway, and a sparse shuttle bus service only operates eight times a day linking to the main bus route. The wide palm tree lined avenues leading down to the sea are full of parked cars but eerily free of people.

Palm Mar


Peace and quiet has always been the key attraction of Palm Mar. Bars and restaurants are at a minimum, Edificio Flamingo and Terrazas del Faro had more food and retail choices than on my last visit five years ago but they were all having an unrushed afternoon. All roads and views lead to Playa Arenita, an unspoilt rock and shingle beach with clear views across to Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas. The promenade was modernized nearly ten years ago with seating, a kids’ play area and more shady palms but an untouched area behind the walkway detracts from the good work.

Palm Mar


The development started in 1968 when an Aman A Mirian Khan from Afghanistan bought 800,000 square metres of land in the shielded valley and set out to build a peaceful community. Local architect Louis Cabrera started the project but with progress slow and a patchy buying response Arona council updated the plans before selling to private developers. Hopes of a jetty and a boat link to Los Cristianos didn’t come to anything.

Palm Mar


Despite a frantic building  programme nature is still the star, Guaza Mountain has been sculpted into a work of art by the weather and is home to many species of bird. On the eastern side Malpais de Rasca is a walkers delight as you head towards the candy striped lighthouse. Playa Arenita in  between is rugged and basic but attracts swimmers, divers and fishermen – you don’t have to do them all at once but it looks like some do and take home a good catch for dinner.

Palm Mar


Posted : Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 11:42 am
Category : towns & resorts
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