A question that comes up quite regularly is “where on Tenerife can I find a resort which is the Canary Islands’ equivalent of one of those quaint fishing villages on the Greek Islands?”
The answer is you can’t. Greek fishing villages just ooze (or should that be ouzo) that a very distinctive and totally charming personality that is uniquely Greek.
Saying that, there are places on Tenerife that have some of the alluring qualities you find around harbours in Greece – colourful fishing boats, the smell of the sea mingled with the aroma of freshly fried fish, the buzz when a fishing boat returns to harbour and so on.
There are some resorts where an early morning stroll around a sunny Tenerife harbour bustling with fishers of men going about their daily business evokes the sort of emotions you’d find wandering about a fishing village in the Aegean.
For anyone who fancies staying close to a working harbour, these are my top choices.
Costa del Silencio
Anyone who knows Costa del Silencio might be surprised to see it included in an article that is about charming fishing harbours. However, a short stroll from the resort is Las Galletas which has a buzzing harbour area where fishermen linger outside of tiny bars and a line of stalls selling glistening fresh fish do a roaring trade. There are cafés/restaurants jutting out over the water from which to enjoy the local scene in comfort.
Puerto de la Cruz
An early morning wander around the harbour in Puerto de la Cruz always brings a smile to my face. As well as it being one of the truly historical harbours, with customs house and fort adding to the good looks, it is full of character. Men play cards under the shade of the hull of a fishing boat, women sell fresh fish and often a fisherman who’s had a post trip vino bursts into song.
Alcalá and Playa San Juan
The harbour scene is more of a laid back one in sunny Alcalá and Playa San Juan but that doesn’t make it less attractive. Around both harbours is a serious contrast in style and character to the two main places to stay nearby, the luxurious Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora and the Ritz-Carlton Abama.
Los Cristianos is one of those places where a resort has grown up around a fishing village. Those roots are still evident when you take a walk past the little kiosks to the main harbour where chutes pour ice waterfalls into boats and fishermen create mountains of sardines in the cooling shade inside the port’s warehouses.
Punta de Hidalgo
One of Tenerife’s lesser well known resorts, Punta de Hidalgo, is home to a small scale fishing industry. The old stone harbour has more of a Cornish look than a Greek one but it’s full of character and there’s a fish restaurant almost on top of the area where the small fishing boats are dragged ashore.
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