For someone who is terrified of water I don’t know why I find marinas attractive, maybe it is all those luxurious boats rather than the water. Whatever the draw, I am spoilt for choice in the south of Tenerife.
Now that sounds as if I am pushing the south over the north but in fact there is only one harbour, port, marina whatever you call them (I don´t know if there is a difference) in the north and that is in Garachico. Rather surprising since the historic town was once the main port of Tenerife, until the volcanic eruption in 1706. The harbour that we know today didn´t open until 2012 and by comparison to those in the south is small.
First on my list is my local Los Cristianos. Not only is it an important ferry terminal, connecting the islands of La Gomera, El Hierro, and La Palma. It is the ideal destination for any sailor with 200 moorings, a dry dock, as well as sailing and diving schools. Located close to the sunny resort it also offers a wide range of leisure activities in town.
The modern marina of Puerto Colón comes to mind next. It is in one of the busiest tourist areas of the island and protected by a large breakwater. It is one of Tenerife’s best equipped marinas, offering many comforts for seafarers even down to having its own accommodation complex despite the numerous hotels in the area.
The marina of San Miguel nestles between two golf courses, and is home to the ‘Yellow Submarine’
Marina del Sur in Las Galletas has to be my favourite, surrounded by beautiful natural mountain views, it has some of the best dive sites of the whole island. A perfect stopping point for both sailors and landlubbers as it is lined with superb restaurants offering a wide selection of gastronomic treats.
Located on the coast of Candelaria is La Galera Marina with cafés restaurants and a shopping centre close by, we only noticed this as we enjoyed a pleasant stroll along the wide beachfront promenade.
Further along the east coast is Radazul Marina. I don´t know anything about this but keep meaning to check it out when we head for the Carrefour shopping complex.
And finally a safe, haven is located in Santa Cruz close to the city centre.
Thanks to our exceptional climate, the waters around Tenerife can be navigated all year round so marinas are a vital part of our infrastructure. Most are state-of-the-art and offer everything necessary for the boat and its occupants without having to leave the port – unless they want to.
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