There is something about strolling along a seaside promenade with the sun on your face and the smell of the sea in the air that is hard to beat. It simply has an ‘off the scale’ feel good factor.
I thought about this the other day whilst walking along the newly revamped Paseo San Telmo in Puerto de la Cruz. The atmosphere was infectiously happy, with both locals and visitors enjoying the stylish new prom.
Leaning on the railings looking towards the golden glow on the cliffs cast by a setting sun got me pondering about other Tenerife resorts that were ideal for anyone who loves a leisurely wander along the seafront.
For me, these are the best Tenerife resorts for a stroll along the prom.
Puerto de la Cruz
Now that the San Telmo section is almost finished, most of the promenade between Playa Martiánez and Puerto de la Cruz old town is a wide avenue with palm trees and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the sea views. To add to the attraction are surfers at Playa Martiánez, street performers, pavement artists, the hypnotic waves swelling as they pass Plaza Europa before crashing on the rocks, and the exquisite man made lagoons of Lago Martiánez. The route is also lined with cafés and restaurants, essential for any top class promenade strolling.
Costa Adeje to Los Cristianos
A marathon route of a promenade, known as the geranium walk, stretches from La Caleta to Los Cristianos passing beaches, bars, cafés, a marina and a harbour as it winds along the coast from one fishing community to another. The beauty of this promenade is that it doesn’t matter which resort you’re staying at between those two places, you can choose to walk the lot or only a short section depending on what suits.
El Médano has one of my favourites of the southern prom walks. It feels more relaxed and less built up than parts of the geranium walk. Plus the attractive bleached boardwalk snaking from the town’s small plaza past wind sculpted formations towards the distinctive Montaña Roja fits the surf town’s personality perfectly. There are plenty of cool cafés to chill out in and watch the kiteboarders and windsurfers do their thing.
Las Galletas/Costa del Silencio
The path from the beach and fishing harbour at Las Galletas to Costa del Silencio offers a lot of diversity to the prom stroller; from kiosks selling fish to a promenade lined with restaurants and a rocky coast with ladders leading into the sea to the magical yellow slopes of Montaña Amarilla. The only downside is a bit of a scruffy part where the two places meet.
Punta del Hidalgo
The promenade at Punta del Hidalgo isn’t as well known as the others but it’s got masses going for it. For a start it sits at the foot of the Anaga Mountains so boasts a spectacular backdrop. One part is rough and ready, leading past an eye-catching lighthouse and into the mountains. The other is more conventional, passing restaurants and a sea pool before ending at a small harbour. Summer is best, when it’s at its liveliest.
There are other Tenerife resorts with good promenade walks, like Alcalá, Playa San Juan, Playa de la Arena and Las Caletillas. However, the ones mentioned just have something a bit more interesting to them.
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