Playa de San Telmo is in the heart of Puerto de la Cruz. Hence, a true town beach. It starts by the bridge of the Windy corner bay. There, foaming waves more than often thunder about 8m high and spray a pizza place that nests in somber rocks.
This sturdy ancient wall was a big issue in the Media before most of it was removed. Why? The ground below was said to be unstable. Also a more open and easier seaside access had long been overdue. Perfect wheelchair facilities were required for the promenade as well as to get to the seashore.
This playa has two different sections. The one with tidal pools by the
wild corner, as portrayed above, and the the other that is horse shoe
The latter is the gravel and sand beach that is confined in this u-loop. The cliff of Ermita (chapel) San Telmo and an artificial jetty on one end border it. A volcanic outcrop with the pay pools of Lago Lido Martianez on top creates an ocean barrier behind it. Both beach parts are joined by a large, paved up terrace. From there, stairs and ramps lead to the built up section an outskirt of the town.
The major revamping for 1,7 Million Euros of the immediate waterfront without shop facades started many, many months ago and was opened to the beaches for the public on Easter 2015. The much applauded wheelchair on-ramp from the San Telmo chapel to the shore should be ready to use by the end of July 2015.
The beach width of the previous 30 m could be enlarged in some spots by removing walls and opening up no-go areas. Now, see-through balustrades allow for better views.
Indeed, a captivating, free for all ocean play ground is depicted
above. Let the kids play pirates or Captain Cook while you keep an eye
on them with your rubber boat?
There a black, almost vertical wall with caves and crevices below the waterfront promenade is intriguing. It can set roaring any mind to imagine adventure.
Its location below the San Telmo
chapel by the steep part of the cliffs opposite the tip of the jetty has
but moderate waves in general. It's ideal for swimmers of any age.
However, a good sense of balance or tennis shoes may prevent slipping on
the uneven, volcanic ground. Mind many, climb down iron stairs into the very deep that adjoins the rock pools. The Westside border of Lago Martianez is well visible from there.
Then there are the salt water 'charcos' the tide pools. Those shallow nature ponds are on the other side of the jetty. There, a single mother is safe to let her kids explore, as shown in the gallery just now. What a way to cool off and to acquire first knowledge of delicate ocean life with fun during summer school vacations.
Needless to say,Tenerife snorkeling offers surprising opportunities in this Algae and Plankton rich aquatic paradise. There, much more than cave dwelling fish and Cetaceans have their Atlantic habitat.
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