Coastal Route

If you are expecting white Sandy beaches and tropical sun all year round, you won’t find them here in the north of Tenerife. La Laguna (The Lagoon) offers much more than that though and the best thing to do is let go of any expectations and wait to be pleasantly surprised along every step. The municipality of La Laguna is located in the northeast of Tenerife, in the Valle de Aguere, between Macizo de Anaga and Monte de la Esperanza (in the Aguere Valley and between the massif of Anaga and ‘Hope’ Mountain). The climate here is variable and can change from hot to cold and then to fog all in the space of a couple of kilometres. For the locals of La Laguna, from early childhood, the water and sea form part of their lives. They are fortunate also in that they have there to enjoy one of the best beaches and one known throughout the world, Playa del Arenal. To bathe in one of the nearby rock-pools is a common past time for the Laguneros or locals. It’s another way of enjoying the sea; to hang your towel on a rock and enjoy a swim in one of nature’s swimming pools. There are rock-pools of all sizes and offer something for all tastes. In Jover the waves of the deepest blue crash onto black rocks and the smell of seaweed permeates the air, meanwhile at the piscina de Jover (Jover’s natural swimming pool) the water is so blue and transparent it looks like an Olympic sized pool carved from the rocks.

In Bajamar the sea has created a series of natural pools of all shapes and sizes that have been looked after by the Laguneros and adapted to suit as many people as possible. A good example of this is the children’s pool which is ideal for families.

From the Mirador de San Mateo (San Mateo’s lookout) we can appreciate the view overlooking the coast, mountains, the Parque Rural de Anaga (The Anaga nature reserve), the Roque de los Dos Hermanos and the Punta del Hidalgo as well as take in the enormous expanse of the sea.

After a nice walk we arrive at the Playa del Roquete (Roquete Beach) which, along with its natural swimming pool, is home to a small fishing fleet whose boats are tied up along the shore; altogether a very picturesque location with its colourful houses and of course the very best of the sea.

The Punta del Hidalgo, the rocky cliffs steeped in Canarian history, marks the end of our itinerary. The seascape here is virgin with its many rock-pools of varying depths and includes a lighthouse, built in 1992, that breaks with what the typical idea and image of what a lighthouse should be.

The grape also forms part of the landscape of La Laguna together with the banana plantations, flowers of paradise and the estrelitzia tinerfeña (the strelitzia of Tenerife). At the Finca El Fresal the grapes are treated like Marchionesses in a palace. With plenty of room to grow, and views of the sea they are not allowed to touch the ground and their harvest is accompanied by music. This care, together with the volcanic soil is perhaps why the wine produced here is so special and of such high quality. At the Cooperativa Hortogarden (Hortogarden Cooperative) we can see what is involved in the production of bananas and strelitzia, from their planting right through to their packaging. Banana plantations, grapes, volcanic rock, blue waters and natural pools created by the vagaries of the sea….a coast that will offer many more surprises than just a sandy beach.