Since last Monday, May 11, the eight Canary Islands have been in phase 1 of the de-escalation (although three of them already were — La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa—).
For this reason, we take the opportunity to point out six black sand paradises in the Canary Islands that you must write down in your traveling wish list for when we enter the so-called “new normal” and flights between the islands and the Peninsula resume.
- Ajuy (Pájara, Fuerteventura)
We are, geologically, on the oldest coast of the Canary Islands, in a natural monument formed by marine sediments dating from the time when dinosaurs sloshed. After the walking tour of the caves, one can relax on the wide beach, half callao (pebbles) and half non-sticky sand. In 1402, the Normans Jean de Béthencourt and Gadifer de La Salle undertook the conquest of the island of Fuerteventura for the Crown of Castile. Better to dive alone in the calm sea, since it lacks a lifeguard. In Ajuy its fish restaurants are celebrated, especially La Jaula de Oro.
- The Wheat Caves, in Granadilla de Abona (Tenerife).
This virgin beach of fine sand is hidden at the end of the Montaña Pelada natural monument. Its wide strip has nooks and crannies that isolate it from the permanent trade wind, which spins the neighboring wind farm of the Technological Institute and Renewable Energies (iter.es). They offer a Renewable Energy Walk (free) and rent 24 bioclimatic houses, although at the moment both options, according to what they say, are paralyzed waiting for the evolution of the de-escalation.
- Charco Verde (Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma)
Surrounded by banana trees, the beauty and depth of this blue flag beach are measured in its sparsely urbanized beauty, in its sector of sand (separated by a rocky rocky stretch), in the Cumbre Vieja where the Volcanoes Route passes. Germans and Scandinavians usually enjoy it. Here you feel the steep step shortly after entering the water, which will have to be avoided as soon as the swells are unleashed; does not usually register currents. The Charco Verde toponymy is linked to the reeds that bordered the medicinal water wells located at its rear.
- El Ancón (La Orotava, Tenerife)
On the island of Tenerife, to find the wild you have to walk. And since access to the Los Patos beach has been taking more than five years, we opted for his sister, leaning on the tip of the Ancón, under cliffs that impose their drama and open to a sea that gives respect (she has lifeguards in summer ). Better to avoid the high tides, and return from the sand without a trace, with our garbage bag. The car is left just before arriving at the San Diego restaurant, with great Canarian cuisine. To get to the beach, then follow the directions for 1.5 kilometers.
- The Cave (San Sebastián de La Gomera)
Before leaving the island of La Gomera, after negotiating galore curves, you should relax in this urban beach, located just 250 meters from the ferry pier. Its north orientation, with Mount Teide in sight, asks to be wary of storm surges despite the protection of the jetty. It bears a blue flag, and whoever walks to the tip of La Hila will discover the monument to the Olympic Torch (1968) on top.
- Las Malvas (Tinajo, Lanzarote)
One stands in Las Malvas with the reverent air of someone who is almost touching the Timanfaya National Park with their fingers, where some twenty volcanoes erupted in 1730. About 600 meters before reaching the beach of La Madera —where it ends the runway — there is the access road to Las Malvas. The wide, best beach at low tide, and pristine, has to its credit some little caves that protect from the sun. It is not uncommon to share these noisy solitudes with fishermen, some on board sea kayaks. Bathing is recommended only when the sea is calm.