The temperatures are rising, the wild flowers are blooming spectacularly and there’s a distinct feeling of newness in the air. This spring nature on Tenerife is being matched by man (and woman) as a list of projects which have been simmering slowly for years have suddenly reached near completion.
There are elections this May in Spain and the closer they get, the greater the impetus seems to be to tick ‘little’ jobs off lists that have been gathering dust since the last elections.
These are some of the projects that could have an impact on your holiday experience on Tenerife.
Anillo Insular Tenerife
The ring road linking the south west of Tenerife with the north west coast has been plagued by problems and bad timing. The economic crisis saw the budget for roads on Tenerife slashed and work on the Anillo Insular ground to a halt. But the economy has perked up again and last year a section between the north west coast and El Tanque finally opened, cutting around 15 minutes off the old route. Another section between Vera de Erques and Las Manchas in Santiago del Teide opened this April, lobbing another 10 minutes off the journey. There are still a couple of sections to be complete before it’s job done, but getting from south west to the north is now easier and it’s a nice road.
San Telmo Promenade
Another controversial project, although the controversy may have been talked up by local political agendas, the Paseo San Telmo in Puerto de la Cruz finally opened recently. It’s not fully finished but the local council ensured that a good section of the new wide walkway along part of the Puerto de la Cruz seafront was ready in time for Easter. And it looks a million times better than it did.
Reports suggest that C.C. Siam Mall located beside Siam Park in Costa Adeje could be open for business by the end of May. The new shopping centre will have around 80 outlets and restaurants with names like Zara Home, H&M, Bershka and Stradivarius adding more style to the biggest resort area on Tenerife.
Barranco del Infierno
The most popular walk on Tenerife has been officially closed for six years. But lo and behold, in election year it was announced that it would finally reopen in late April. A company was contracted to make sure all was safe for hikers to enter Hell’s Ravine again. But the proposed opening date has come… and gone. The latest information is that it will be 6 May when the Barranco del Infierno in Adeje is ready to receive visitors.
The Golden Mile
Proving unpopular already is the work that began in April to improve the stretch of road in Playa de las Américas known as the ‘Golden Mile’ which for the next 8 months at least could be the dusty, noisy mile. In the end there will be wider pavements, an improved road system and more of a priority for pedestrians. The local council are spreading the work over four phases to try to minimise disruption.
Finally the Hopefuls
And a couple of projects which may or may not see the light of day are a new theme park in Guimar
and another shopping centre (with mini theme park) in Costa Adeje.
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