Parque Maritimo, Family Swimming For Santa Cruz

Mon, November 19th, 2012 - By Colin

Just a musket shot from where Nelson was repelled and within earshot of the Santa Cruz auditorium, Parque Maritimo is a serene collection of vast pools to satisfy the swimming needs of Tenerife’s capital city. The wide selection of beaches in Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas are an hour’s drive south and even Las Teresitas beach is a good 20 minutes north so there are plenty of potential customers longing for a refreshing dip.

 

Parque Maritimo, Santa Cruz

 

Opened in 1995, Parque Maritimo Cesar Manrique has the stylish design touches reflecting the influence of the artist and architect Cesar Manrique, the man who shaped modern Lanzarote. Volcanic boulders form islands at the centre of the pools and break up the edges and his signature lizard design pop ups frequently.

Continuity has been a problem as the complex, owned by the port authority and Santa Cruz council, has had several closures in a series of disagreements with the Tenerife government over private parties for the pools and the small beach beyond. On my midweek visit there were few visitors and the biggest of the pools on the 22,000 metre site was cordoned off.

 

Parque Maritimo, Santa Cruz

 

There was only one way to test it. Taking the shallow steps I found the sea water a pleasant temperature and the deepest point just about reached my armpits. I did a few long loops of the pool admiring the alternating views of the Auditorium, Recinto Ferial exhibition hall, and the terrace in front of the Pizzeria Playa café. Once in a dried and nosy state, I had a wander round. The marquee area by the café had a large screen to show sports events, they are setting up a fan zone for football supporters. On the other side two small shops were closed just beyond a decent sized shallow kids’ pool which was attracting a few takers.

 

Parque Maritimo, Santa Cruz

 

On weekends and holidays the complex is much busier but given the sheer size of the place I can’t imagine finding personal space and sun beds is much of a problem. The management are doing their best to lure people in with offers like 10% discount when showing your bono bus and tram ticket and they have also featured special family promotions. The bus station, main shopping hubs and busy port are all walking distance away but Parque Maritimo feels far removed and I will certainly be sticking my swimming gear in my bag on future visits to Santa Cruz.

 

Parque Maritimo, Santa Cruz

 

FACT FILE
Parque Maritimo Cesar Manrique, Avenida de La Constitucion, Santa Cruz
Open – Every day 10 am to 6pm
Cost – 2.50 euros,1.50 for under 12’s and over 65’s; sun lounger 2.50, sun brolly 3 euros; discount ticket – 35 euros for 10 entries including sun lounger.

Posted : Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 11:33 am
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