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Discover Wild Swimming in Tenerife

 

beaches, caves and natural pools

Alcala

Almaciga

Los Abrigos

Bajamar

Caleta

Charco de la Punta

Punta Prieta

los Cristianos

Garichico

Punta del Hidalgo

El Puertito

El Tablado

Alcala

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.

 
Los Abrigos

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 above 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.

Garachico

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?

El Tablado

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!

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!

Their 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.

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!

 
Bajamar

Well worth a visit, fantastic sea pool and beach, especially on a rising or high tide. Click on the map to see other pools in the area and make a day of it!

 
Punta del Hidalgo

A pleasant family pool with fountain.

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