When we first decided to move to Tenerife, we came on holiday and met with our estate agent to look at various areas outside the main resorts. We did not intend to buy on that, our only visit, but we were shown two properties. As it happened, we bought one of them and moved here almost two years earlier than anticipated, but that’s another story.
One of the houses we looked at was in Palm Mar; it was I think on Club del Mar but I can’t, after all this time, be 100% sure of the complex. I do remember driving into Palm Mar under the Tenerife version of the iconic arch at Marbella. In those days, there was quite a long drive along a deserted road until you came to the Los Balandros apartments and the house we looked at was directly behind these. We loved it, unfortunately, as it was the show house, it was not for sale and while there were several others available, they did not have the same views so we dismissed the area without investigating further.
Since that time Palm Mar has turned out to be one of those places that while we don´t regret not buying there, we visit on a regular basis. It is only a short drive from Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas and while it was never designed to compete with the tourist resorts, it has a bank, supermarket and a few good places to eat along with several bars. It even has a lady who does general sewing, mending and alterations should you find that after all the good food your waistband needs adjusting. In fact, everything needed for a short or even extended stay by anyone looking to get away from the crowds.
The thing that attracts us is the clean, flat promenade where we can walk our dogs off their leads without worrying about them getting lost amongst numerous holidaymakers. We generally park the car at one end by the small children’s playground and walk along through the pretty seating area, past the pond and on towards the ‘turret’. I was not sure what this turret like structure was, having the feeling it was something far less romantic than the remains of a prison for a captive princess, a military fortification or enemy look-out. It has turned out to be an effluent treatment/pumping station. A couple of the locals said it can get a bit whiffy, but I have never been aware of any smell and it does look very pretty. Along the way, there are some beautiful and expensive houses as well as the fantastic views across the Atlantic to Las Americas and the commercial fish farms where you can frequently see dolphins hanging around in the hope of getting an easy meal.
The beach itself is mainly pebbles but it doesn´t stop locals from digging a hole for their sunshades and picnicking at the water’s edge. There are also numerous ‘No Fishing’ signs that are handy for the local anglers to rest their equipment against while making a point of ignoring the writing and casting their lines.
All in all it is a laid back little town where the locals are friendly and the views are good