Seaside Strolling on Tenerife

Mon, August 22nd, 2011 - By Andrea Montgomery

If you can’t spoil yourself while you’re on holiday, when can you? An ice cream here, a pudding there, a cheeky plate of chips in the bar, and before you know it all the pre-holiday dieting has gone to pot. But one of the other lovely things about being on holiday is that you have time to work some of those calories off, and what better way to do it than on a romantic seaside stroll?

Puertito de Güímar
Tenerife’s east coast is scattered with the remains of ancient volcanic eruptions which, coupled with its weather default setting of hot, dry and windy, has created a desert scrubland known as malpaís (literally badlands). An oasis of good seafood restaurants, sheltered swimming and a small marina is what you’ll find at El Puertito de Güímar, just along the coast from Las Caletillas and in easy reach of El Médano and Costa del Silencio to the south and Santa Cruz to the north.

Setting off from El Puertito, an easy, level path winds its way through grasses and cactus which are home to large communities of lizards and butterflies. With views across the water to Gran Canaria, the path runs alongside fishing shanties and through volcanic lava fields to the foot of Montaña Grande before heading back to Puertito for a cold beer and seafood tapas – and maybe an ice cream too.

Buenavista del Norte
On Tenerife’s most westerly coast and accessible from Los Gigantes, Puerto de la Cruz and Garachico, the lovely coastal path at Buenavista del Norte runs alongside the beautiful golf course and over dramatic headlands to quiet, pebble beaches with not another soul in sight.

Most easily accessed from the Playa de Las Arenas beach which lies alongside the golf course entrance, the path undulates in gentle ups and downs dotted with benches where you can rest and watch the handful of swimmers in rock pools and the fishermen casting their lines from the rocks.

As this is the best place on the island to watch the sun sink, early evenings are a good time to enjoy the stroll and then finish with a sunset drink or a meal beneath the fishing net canopies of El Burgado restaurant on the beach.

Rambla del Castro
On Tenerife’s most stunning coastline in the borough of Los Realejos, the Rambla de Castro coastal path begins at the Mirador de San Pedro on the Puerto de la Cruz to Icod de los Vinos road. From here the path drops down through banana plantations and past decaying haciendas to the coast before hugging the cliffs all the way to the former pirate lookout fort of San Fernando.

From the fort’s rusty canon you can look back over the stunning hacienda of La Casona and palm filled ravines on a coastline that looks far more Caribbean than Canarian. Back at San Pedro, refreshments are courtesy of a small guachinche (makeshift bar/restaurant) which is the perfectly piratical way to end – rum not compulsory.

Posted : Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 10:27 am
Category : days out
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