The East Coast of Tenerife

The small coastal village of Poris de Abona was once an important fishing village. Just past the village the road turns into a dirt track and leads to a lighthouse at Punta de Abona. Below the lighthouse volcanic rock pools, protected from the wind by the surrounding cliffs, create a great fishing spot for locals.

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Nearby is what appears to be a deserted village. In fact, this abandoned town (built on the grounds of a 1900s leprosy station) was used by General Franco’s army to exercise street fighting. Initially there were only a few houses but more houses and a church were built to make the village look more ‘real’.

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Further south is the town of El Médano, where the largest natural beach in Tenerife can be found. As one of the world’s best kite-surf locations, El Médano has been the location of many competitions, including the world championships. A boardwalk leads along the beach, lined with small surf shops and surf schools. Within the town is a selection of cafeterias and restaurants.

At the south end of the beach the sandy mound of Montaña Roja can be seen. The 166 hectare nature reserve in the distance is a volcanic crater that has been almost flattened by sea erosion.

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SOURCES:

  • http://www.tenerife-holiday-home-insider.com/tenerife-parque-maritimo.html
  • http://www.tenerife-elmedano.com

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The East Coast of Tenerife

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