Tenerife in the Canary Islands is a place where you can see a wonderful phenomenon known as natural swimming holes, called charquitos (little puddles) by the locals. Due to the shapes adopted by the volcanic rocks, the receding tide provides small holes of cool, crystal-clear salt water that invite you to enjoy this natural privilege.
Here go a few of our favorite charcos or natural swimming holes in Tenerife:
· Bajamar: This village within the municipal district of San Cristóbal de La Laguna boasts some very well-equipped natural swimming holes that bear the Blue Flag distinction.
· El Caletón: The swimming holes of El Caletón de Garachico adapted to the shapes of the lava that solidified after the volcanic eruption of over 300 years ago in this corner of the northern part of Tenerife.
· Charco de La Laja: created by lava, this is one of the most beautiful places of the coast of San Juan de la Rambla. Its calm, transparent waters make Charco de La Laja the ideal place to connect with nature in unparalleled surroundings.
· Piscina del Guincho de San Miguel: The pool of Guincho de San Miguel, in the southern part of the island, was designed by the architect Fernando Menis, who took advantage of the force of the Atlantic Ocean to naturally fill in and renew the waters of the pool. The impact of this mild intervention on the landscape is minimal, using the natural resources of the place in a sustainable and beautiful way.
It is surely worthwhile to discover these natural wonders. On days when the sea is rough, swimmers can take advantage of these charcos that will shelter them from the force of the ocean.
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