You can’t beat a good, bracing Tenerife coastal walk, it may skirt the main tourist zones of Costa Adeje, Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos but even this mainstream stroll has plenty to offer and can spring a few surprises. Bearing this in mind, and the abundance of watering holes, it seemed a wise option on a calima fuelled, 30 degree Saturday afternoon.
Puerto Colón was my starting point. Adeje and Arona councils have pledged to open up the coastal promenade to everyone, the ramps linking the path above the bustling marina and the main, palm-shaded walkway backed that commitment. To further prove the point a safari of segways glided silently past the many families out strolling and a small concrete plaza provided the first of many resting points to admire the craggy rocks below.
Rounding the first open corner, the series of man-made bays acted as a history lesson into the 1970’s development of this previously raw and wild shore. All the millions spent on enhancing dark sand beaches and still many people chose to crash out on grass banks or paddle in rock pools at Playa del Bobo. Benches, and pergolas ensured shade on the sea side as restaurants and bars competed for custom on the inside line.
Approaching Veronicas, the pedestrian friendly, wide open promenade is a vast clean and modern improvement on the run down remnant of the Club 18 30 years. It might look a bit cheesy but I had to cross the rounded wooden bridge over the Barranco del Rey and into Playa de Las Américas at Playa de Troya, a romantic must on many couples’s holiday photos. The sweep of the sea beyond the late late bars is a noisy mix of shingle and stones before it gives way to surfing shacks, a learning area before the wilder surfing waves.
How considerate, another blessing of benches near another key resting area, this one complete with curious sculpted and twisted works of art. The sea is constantly changing. It was low tide as I reached the statue of Hermano Pedro, the pride of Vilaflor and Tenerife’s only saint. Another big surfing zone had become a landscape of rock pools calling for rolled up trousers and curious young hands.
Los Cristianos is a multi-layered choice of beaches, first Las Vistas – wide and golden, through the promenade tunnel to the fishing port that grew into an inter island but kept a traditional heart, then on to the forgotten beach of Los Tarajales. Years of half-hearted attempts to modernize it have fizzled out but it has its own rough character and has become home to snorkel fans, sand sculptors, and even a thriving petanque club.
The entire walk took just over two hours at a relaxed pace, it might not have all the natural charms of more remote stretches but is probably the most trodden in Tenerife and you certainly won’t get lonely.
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