Thursday, 26 May 2011

On the beach: IV

If watersports are your thing then the coastal town of El Médano is the place to go. It boasts the longest natural beach in Tenerife with about 2 km of fine sand. Generally the wind here is stronger than anywhere else and this has converted it into the main place to practice windsurf and kitesurf. Competitions are held here every year; last August (2010) one of the heats of the World Kitesurf Championship took place here.

There is plenty of space to sunbathe too without getting tangled in any of the lines from the kites. But when the wind is strong enough to surf, lying on the beach is not the most pleasant - unless you don't mind being covered in sand! The sand is firm, however, and good for walking or there is always the option of sitting at one of the terraces which back onto the sand and enjoying the view with a cool drink.

El Médano, Tenerife

The town itself has hotels and holiday appartments but not the feeling of an over-run tourist destination. It still manages to retain some of its small fishing port character. And even if the watersports on offer are not to your taste, it's always fun to sit and watch them for a while.

Kitesurfers and windsurfers comparing notes.

Kitesurfers, El Médano
Do you like to spend time at the beach doing watersports? Or do you prefer to watch and enjoy?

Hasta pronto!

1 comment:

  1. I usually watch and enjoy. I've been jet skiing before and that's pretty fun!