Tenerife | This Seaside Trail Ends at a Natural Swimming Pool... Would you walk it?🥾🌊🏊‍♂️

in Weekend Experiences • 4 months ago

On a cloudy Saturday last summer, I visited Punta del Hidalgo, a very particular place on the island of Tenerife, Spain. Previously, I had shared in my blog a post about the fauna present in this natural environment, where we can find bird watching spots, whale watching, natural aquariums and corals, as well as incredible landscapes. In this post, I will tell you about my experience walking this trail and my visit to the beautiful natural pool located in this place.

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Start of the Route

You can do this trail in different ways, but basically, it is a linear route with a start and an end. Punta del Hidalgo is a kind of esplanade that juts out into the sea. You can make a circular route if you join the start and end with the streets of the area, but the main trail runs all the way along the sea, as you can see in the satellite view.

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I decided to start the tour at the eastern end of the trail, which starts right where Punta del Hidalgo ends and the mountains of the Anaga Rural Park begin. It is possible to get there by public transport since the last stop of that bus line is located in that place. From there, you can walk the entire trail and at the end, you will find another public transport stop. The views there are spectacular, the mountains and the sea create a unique landscape. On the sign below you can see information about another trail that leads in the opposite direction, going into the mountains towards Cruz del Carmen. In this post, we go in the other direction, keeping always at sea level.

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In this area, it is a bit difficult to discern which is the real beginning of the trail, but just knowing that you have to go with the mountains behind you is enough to get you on track and eventually find the marked path ahead. Next to the road, there was a small trail that went into the sea and I followed it to a place where you can see from a high cliff a wild rocky beach called Playa La Rajeta. A few minutes from there, the trail took shape to continue the promenade.

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In the images below you can see a much better defined and delimited trail. On the way, I find a lot of people walking, jogging or even walking their dogs. It is a flat trail that runs parallel to the sea. Practically all along the trail, you can see small pools of water that remain on the dark rocks at low tide. Before reaching the middle of the trail, at the lighthouse, you will come across a small private club with a saltwater pool inside (Charco de la Arena).

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Arrival at the Lighthouse - Half of the Trail

The Punta del Hidalgo lighthouse marks the halfway point of the coastal path. It is a truly resplendent lighthouse in daylight because of its white color. It is not your typical red-and-white striped or entirely red lighthouse. It also has a slightly more "modern" design than other more traditional lighthouses. Right next to this lighthouse, as I had mentioned in my previous post, there is an informative sign about whale watching there.

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Just past the lighthouse, there is a curve where a small pebble beach forms on its outer radius. Although it is not the best beach in the world, it seems to be an ideal spot to do some snorkeling and see some fish. According to satellite maps, this area is called "Caleta del Hueso" (Bone Cove).

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Urban Trail Zone (Final)

At the end of the dirt road, a paved sidewalk path begins next to an area more favorable for bathing or swimming in the sea. This is noticeable by the accumulation of people on the rocks. Immediately, you begin to enter the urban area of Punta del Hidalgo, passing through some picturesque residential areas. One of these residential areas has its own private swimming pool, which you can access for a fee (Piscinas Altagay). This urban promenade leads through some buildings, bars, and restaurants until you finally reach the natural public swimming pool of Punta del Hidalgo.

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Punta del Hidalgo Natural Pool

This pool is free to access and is one of the best-known natural pools or saltwater puddles in Tenerife. After this walk of about an hour, a swim there is quite desirable, especially in summer. It was a cloudy day, so it was not excessively hot. We left the swim in this pool for another time, and I focused on finishing the walk, which had a few meters left. I must say that this urban promenade is very picturesque and is a place where I would be tempted to live or spend a vacation.

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As seen in the picture above, there is a metal fence that separates the pool from the sea itself. When there is a higher tide and a more aggressive swell, the waves crash against the railing and wet people, making for a more exciting swim. I think this is something uncommon in swimming pools, although natural saltwater pools are not common in the world.

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End of the Route

The end of my hike at Punta del Hidalgo had the following view in the image below. A small wooden bridge allows access to a rock that juts out into the sea. In the background, you can see the area of Bajamar, where there are more natural pools and I hope to visit another time. Perhaps the cloudy day did not allow for the best views but it was a pleasant hike in which I was able to enjoy breathtaking views of nature and a bit of wildlife.

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See you in the next post where we will continue Exploring Tenerife!... See you next time!


Translated to English language with the help of DeepL.com

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