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Charco de la punta
Mesa del Mar
Piscina de mar en la Punta del Hidalgo
las Caletillas Piscina natural
Playa de Almàciga
Poris de Abona
Alcala' is one of my favorite swimming destinations in Tenerife.
If you park in the town square and head to the sea, you will find a small beach followed by a sunbathing terrace with a number of steps into the sea.
Sunbeds and parasols are available on the terrace along with foot showers on the beach. I love diving from the key into the swirling waters at high tide and swimming with the turtles.
The brilliance of the chrome handrails gives the place the feel of a true lido tempting swimmers into the water. Nearby cafe's revive travelers and refresh swimmers with sea views across a tiny black sand beach to the rock formations beyond.
When you think you have seen and done it all its time to go and find the sea pools and new beaches just a few minutes walk away.
From the beach walk along the lido terrace and follow the coastal path through the recreation areas and on to the sea pools. Hear you will find toilet facilities and a beach bar in an area that is ideal for children. Don't forget to take a snorkel.
This is one of the most exciting natural swimming pools in Tenerife. Totally natural, carved out of the volcanic rock by the action of the sea alone. However it can be very dangerous to swim here.
When swimming take great care not to get sucked into the caves that feed water into and out of the pool and remember that sea conditions can suddenly change without warning making what could have been a safe swim, much less so. Stay in the center of the pool if caught off guard by a sudden swell. If in doubt don't risk it! The more dramatic the sea conditions the greater the danger but at the same time the more fascinating the pool becomes as it takes on the personality of a living entity.
The pool can be found on the road between Los Abrigos and El Medano. Having left the shops and houses of Abrigos behind, you will soon reach a banana plantation that spans both sides of the road. Rather than travel through the plantation turn right and follow the dirt road down to the cliff. Here you can park your car and see below you, just under the plantation this fantastic swimming pool.
To get down to the pool is a bit of a scramble, but if you have children with you get them to look out for vents in the rock where gasses escaped as the lava was cooling. Can they find the elephant rock formation nearby the pool?
Their are no facilities at the pool whatsoever and in my opinion it is not safe for preteens to swim here, but the spectacle of seeing the pool waters rise and fall is truly hypnotic. Be aware also that what looks like a safe paddling area has a sink hole in the middle so hold on to little ones.
If you watch the video below you will see that a safer swimming area for adventurous children can be enjoyed in Los Abrigos itself, just a few minutes away by car.
Los Cristianos and Las Americas
The Canary Islands have a great deal to offer the wild swimmer; with historic swims, majestic cliffs and vistas that take Wild Swimming to new heights. Tenerife is the most popular and urbanized of the Islands with Los Cristianos and Las Americas offering all that is available at the British seaside with the added appeal of warm sunshine all year round. The mountainous nature of the Island generates a number of climate zones with the best of the weather to be experienced on the south coast. The fact that two substantial Water Parks attract visitors all year round tells you something about the sub-tropical climate. Siam Park is the most recent and up to date, with water slides built to enable friends and families to share the experience riding together in giant rubber rafts.
The Las Vistas beach of Los Cristianos looks commercialised, yet swimmers cross the bay at its widest point, and once away from the hubbub, views from the water stretch right to the top of Mount Teide. The cone of an extinct volcano forms the hillside to the back of the beach which is lined with shops and restaurants. Countless other volcanoes catch clouds, which ripen to plump purple, adding greatly to the drama of the landscape. When you are swimming in clear blue water with your back bathed in sunshine it feels like you are swimming in paradise. Looking up to these peaks swaddled in blue-black threatening clouds and with the snow capped Teide summit rising above them makes swimming at Las Vistas a particularly memorable experience. You feel as if you are far away from it all and yet after your swim you are within easy reach of all the amenities you could wish for at a family resort.
Walking along the shoreline from Las Vistas beach towards Las Americas, silver sand beaches give way to a more rugged coast. And here you will find a tidal pool open from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm (but sadly, not every day).
The Canary Islands were formed as gigantic volcanoes pushed their way up from deep within the seabed to create a subtropical paradise off the coast of Africa. In 1706, the last volcanic eruption saw the Trevejo Volcano eject lava that streamed downhill engulfing the bustling seaport of Garachico. In the video you can see the course of the lava as it flowed down from the crater. At the time, Garachico was the commercial capitol of Tenerife, so the destruction came as a terrible blow to both the people who lived there and indeed to the whole island. When the lava hit the ocean however it formed large volcanic swimming pools that are very popular with bathers to this day. Well maintained with steps ladders and diving places, it comes alive with bathers on a sunny day. Adults, children and teenagers jump into the waters, enjoying a real sense of community and having great fun together. Although Garachico boasts a very attractive seaside lido nearby, all the fun activities are centred on the volcanic pools. It is a pleasure to see such an attractive and cohesive bathing community. No lifeguards, no larger louts, no trouble, just good clean fun. Could we learn from their example?
For the adventurous, a 'bucket list' round trip between Masca and Los Gigantes is a must. Park your car at Los Gigantes and get a taxi/boat-taxi deal (available from all drivers) and you'll be taken up to Masca through stunning scenery.
Arrive early, so that you have plenty of time to descend through the breathtaking sub-tropical ravine to the beach. The boat-taxi picks up three times a day with the last sailing at 4.30 pm. The descent is difficult in parts; the path criss-crosses a stream with many waterfalls and plunge pools along the way. With the view of cliffs towering above you scraping the clouds, time spent taking photographs and plunging into the pools (each one modest but with an irresistible setting) an early start is essential!
Allow a good four hours for the descent alone (some say it can be done in two, but that's for teenagers and mountain goats) and add on time for sightseeing, swimming and picnicking. At the end of your trip you can jump or dive into the sea from the quayside and swim beneath the imposing vertical cliffs whilst you wait for the boat-taxi to take you back to civilisation.
This wild swimming experience is unsuitable for small children and the less able.
This is hardly off the beaten track, but El Tablado is yet another hidden gem, seldom discovered.
Located just off the TF1, halfway between Tenerife South Airport and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
This swim is in no way a tourist trap, but rather a quiet village with its very own natural swimming pool, sea swimming terrace and hidden cave!
may be few facilities and just one bar, but with rocks to dive from and
crystal clear waters this is the place to visit when traveling the TF1.
The cave is accessible from the rocks or by swimming directly into it from the sea. As with all natural features, sea conditions can make swimming from the cave to the sea hazardous.
When visiting for the first time ask a local to go with you to safely enter and exit the cave and tunnel.
If you try to swim against the flow you will be underwater for a long time. If in doubt try diving from the rocks or visit the natural swimming pool instead!