Tenerife’s Forgotten Resorts of Bajamar and Punta de Hidalgo

Wed, September 12th, 2012 - By Jack Montgomery

Bajamar and Punta de Hidalgo existed as tourist resorts long before Playa de las Amèricas and Costa Adeje were a remote glimmer in developers’ eyes and yet nowadays you’ll hardly hear or read a mention of either.

Separated by a rocky beach, both have existed as a coastal retreat for Tenerife’s city dwellers in La Laguna as far back as the 1930s. In fact they were the place to enjoy the sun on Tenerife even before Puerto de la Cruz muscled in as Tenerife’s first tourist resort.

 

Bajamar - Punta de Hidalgo, Tenerife

 

Most of the problem for Bajamar and Punta de Hidalgo’s modern anonymity lies in their location in quite a remote spot (if you land at Tenerife Sur airport) on Tenerife’s north coast.
They also suffer from the whole ‘north cool and wet’ myth which keeps Brits away even though they remain a favourite with other Northern European and Spanish visitors.

When you first visit Bajamar and Punta de Hidalgo it becomes quite clear why they were popular resorts, they are in an absolute stunner of a location.

They lie, nestled at the foot of the Anaga Mountains; which look particularly spectacular early morn when silhouetted by the rising sun. Sitting on a promontory, both enjoy lots of sunny weather as well as knock-out views along the north coast to Mount Teide. The area around Bajamar and Punta de Hidalgo is known as the greenhouse of Tenerife and many of the exotic flowers used to decorate hotels on Tenerife are grown here.

 

Sea pool at Punta de Hidalgo, Tenerife

 

I’ve been harsh about Bajamar and Punta de Hidalgo in the past, partially dismissing them as not being very attractive due to the mainly 70s style buildings that make up both. In truth they’ve got a lot to commend them.

Apart from the location, Punta de Hidalgo’s coastline varies from dramatically rugged to smart sea pools to a quaint harbour with a Cofradía de Pescadores so close to the water that fishermen could throw their catch from their boats to your plate. Bajamar on the other hand has one of the most stylish promenades you’ll find on Tenerife; chrome covered seating areas overlook a wooden sundeck that offers the choice of a large seawater pool or a small, golden sand beach protected by a harbour wall. In-between is a miniature lighthouse which adds an attractive quirky touch.

Boasting a small fishing community, there’s no shortage of fish restaurants but there is also a choice of Mediterranean cuisine, Venezuelan street food, snack bars and specialist infusion cafés. Nightlife isn’t exactly bouncing but there are fiestas aplenty with carnaval and fishermen’s fiestas being celebrated as they are in other traditional towns.

 

Sea pool at Bajamar, Tenerife

 

Last time I visited both Bajamar and Punta de Hidalgo were packed to the gunwales with mainly young Spanish enjoying the open air pools under a sizzling September sun. There was an infectious vibrancy about them that doesn’t exist in winter months when mainly more sedate Northern Europeans fill sun deck space.

It made me realise that whilst Bajamar and Punta de Hidalgo may never be the most architecturally attractive of Tenerife’s resorts, they have a personality that is endearing. They don’t really deserve to be Tenerife’s forgotten resorts.

Posted : Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 9:44 am
Category : towns & resorts
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4 Responses to “Tenerife’s Forgotten Resorts of Bajamar and Punta de Hidalgo”

  1. Skeggy says:

    We love Punta Hildago, but as you say in your excellent article not many English visit, the Germans and Spanish keep this surfers paradise for themselves, an added bonus is how very friendly the locals are.

  2. […] throwbacks. Anyone who’s been to Bajamar and Punta del Hidalgo must have thought they were in a time-warp when they saw the 1960′s concrete tower blocks […]

  3. Heide Hanford says:

    I spent a December in the 60s there – one of the most memorable hoiidays I had. – (Can’t remember any concrete tower blocks then … they must have sprung up later in the 60s.) Bajamar and Punta del Hildalgo were then (and I hope still are) fascinating. I now live on mainland Spain, but would love to go back again to Bajamar one day.

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