The Canary Islands
Yes, we did go to the
beaches. They have to import sand from the Sahara to make
nice tourist beaches, otherwise the beaches are black sand and
In the very touristy areas like
Las Playas de Las Americas on Tenerife, you can eat on the
beach, drink gallons of Sangria, and eat Paella until you look
like all the other hoards of Germans walking by.
However, like I said above, the
natural beaches are black sand. Most of these beaches for
us tended not to have many people on them. For instance, the
capital city of Tenerife, Santa Cruz, imported 4 million sacks
of sand to the beach at San Andres. But here, you see the
Peaceful, quiet, and secluded
were many of the natural beaches nestled in between 100 and 1000
foot cliffs, shoals, and headlands.
Plenty of swimming, especially
in the ocean. Here, there were natural tide pools that had
been helped by the barrage in the back. The water was
warm, but not too warm!
Back to the imported white sand
beaches. This one was at Playa de Las Americas. This
is the beach sand cleaner. This is one of those beaches in
the summer that is like pictures you've seen of Rio de Jinero
with 10's of thousands of people. This machine sifts
through the sand to pull up all the dirty diapers people bury,
among other things.
But this time of year, there's
no one else competing for beach and ocean space.
Hey Tristan, the break is quite
good. Although, I think there are one too many reefs for
me just too close to the surface.
Most of the coastline, however,
is beach-less. The towns are located up on the first
piedmont between the mountains and the sea. It makes for
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