Although the people of Tenerife like the sea in all its forms, we feel special predilection for the natural pools. The volcanic nature of the island means that the coast is full of these rock formations. The only problem is that many of them are hidden and others are in places that are difficult to access.
To make it a little easier for you and help you enjoy this experience, we have compiled some of the most beautiful and easily accessible puddles on the island. But first, some curiosities and recommendations.
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Ponds and natural pools. Are they the same?
The short answer is yes. These are rock formations on the coast in the form of pools into which the sea water enters. These formations are thousands of years old and most of them were created when hot lava came into contact with the sea.
Recommendations for visiting natural pools or swimming pools
- Although some of the ones we recommend are close to towns, always bring food and water.
- Keep in mind that you most likely won’t be able to nail down an umbrella, so bring a hat, cap and sunscreen.
- You will have to walk on rocks and stones, it is best to do it with some sport shoes. To enter the puddles it is preferable that you wear booties, so it will be easier for you to move easily.
- If you have diving goggles, don’t forget to bring them. Puddle life will surprise you.
- And finally, always check where you can enter and exit the water without problems. Pay special attention that there are no sea urchins. They are harmless, but the barbs are quite annoying if you get them on your foot or hands.
El Caletón in Garachico
They are undoubtedly the best known puddles on the island of Tenerife. If you have done some research on “natural pools and pools in Tenerife” you may have come across pictures of El Caletón.
The advantage of this place is that it is located in the town of Garachico, so besides enjoying a good swim in this area, you can visit the historic streets of this place.
It should be noted that it is an ideal place to visit with the family, as it is adapted with walkways and stairs that allow easy access to the puddles. It also has areas where you can sunbathe.
Puddles of Buenavista
On the coast of Buenavista we can find different puddles in which to enjoy a swim. We recommend the area of the Charco de Las Mujeres, bordered by a promenade that connects with the beach of Las Arenas and the beach of El Fraile. Along this walk you can find coves and other puddles where you can take a dip.
The advantage of this place is that it has a parking lot a few meters away and the disadvantage is that the sunbathing areas are reduced due to the steepness of the area. The access to the pool has stairs but they are not easy for people with reduced mobility.
Puddles of Alcalá
Alcalá is one of the places that are still almost untouched in the south of Tenerife. In this small town you can find one of the best puddling areas of the island. The biggest advantage is that they are bordered by promenades and sunbathing areas and access to the water is easy. It is an ideal place to enjoy a family day out. In addition, you can visit the town and eat fresh fish in one of its restaurants.
The disadvantage is the parking, it is scarce especially in summer, so if you decide to visit it we recommend you to go as early as possible so you can park without problems.
Pond of Los Abrigos
This is one of those places that is somewhat hidden but not at all difficult to reach. This puddle has it all, it’s hidden, it’s deep, it’s big and it has a ladder. The sea water enters through a volcanic tube in the wall of the pool, so the tide rises and falls inside it as well.
Around it there are other smaller puddles where you can also take a dip, but beware, these are only suitable for the most daring.
So much for our compilation so that you can begin to live the experience. Remember our recommendations and enjoy the puddle life.