Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Puerto Santiago

At the weekend we visited Puerto Santiago on the south-west point of the island of Tenerife. The real reason we were there I'll post about tomorrow but I thought the town deserved a special mention all on its own.

It's not a very big place but it does have its' own sandy beach and is very popular with tourists. There are plenty of hotels and entertainment and also a high number of 'resident' tourists.

Residential area Puerto Santiago
As with a lot of tourist locations, the residential areas tend to be away from the main town centre but the residents in Puerto Santiago have a great view of the port and the cliffs called Los Gigantes (The Giants).

Port and Los Gigantes
The port is mostly recreational but there are still a number of small fishing boats which leave every day. It's possible to hire canoes, jet skis and small motor boats. Or go on an organised trip on a glass-bottom boat, a pirate ship or high speed boat to discover other aquatic life (more about that tomorrow!). The organised trips tend to be about 2 hours long but can be longer, depending on the type of trip you're looking for.

Puerto Santiago and Los Gigantes
The port area has its own charm with the buildings overlooking the harbour being built in, more or less, the same style. They are all painted white and have wooden balconies. It helps to give the place a little more style and it doesn't look like just any other harbour.

Puerto Santiago
For anybody that has ever visited Tenerife, you will know how difficult it is to find somewhere that does a decent cup of coffee - I don't know if it's the coffee beans they use or the water but in most places it's awful. In this photo there is a café on the corner (yellow umbrellas) and the coffee is delicious! If you're ever in Puerto Santiago I can highly recommend the coffee here.

Hasta pronto!

1 comment:

  1. Wow...
    Lovely photos. Especially the light in the first...
    Hard to find good coffee!? Oh no...Off my list! ;)
    Thank you for sharing...The light here is almost non-existent. Fog, mizzle, Fog....