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“Nudist Beach Gaviotas”

Playa de Las Gaviotas
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Reviewed 21 January 2016

Positives.
After the completion of comprehensive securement-work of the non-trustworthy cliffsides behind Gaviotas Beach, and the clear-up on the beach itself, Gaviotas is now a lovely 200 meter beach with powdery soft black sand (less than 0,5 mm in diameter).
Gaviotas is directly exposed to the ocean waves, so the Gaviotas sand is regularly washed clean in the storms. Only a few rounded fist-size stones are still to be found on the beach and in the surf, but if strong and athletic sportsmen took it upon themselves to throw these stones 100 meter into the ocean (the optimal trajectory starts with an angle of 45 degrees) you would soon have a very smooth and delightful beach (of course, be very alert about swimmers when you throw the stones).

From road TF 121 (Carretera Igueste de San Andrés) you serpentine 850 meter down the 2-lane Carretera de las Gaviotas (you might encounter fallen rocks on the road) to the condominiums ”Comunidad de Propietarios Playa Chica”. The last further 350 meter to the beach you drive on only a 1½ lane road, so you have to watch out for approaching cars and keep your eye alert for any possible meeting-places where the road widens a little bit. So, 1200 meter in all to the Gaviotas Beach parking, which holds 60 cars, on top of a rock and dirt foundation, right next to the sea and the Gaviotas beach. My visiting day was an ordinary weekday early afternoon, but the parking lot was full! We left the beach at about 15.30, while the low afternoon sun was reaching the Mirador-cliff and we sensed a slight drop in temperature.

After the re-establishment of Gaviotas Beach you now have an emergency-road from the parking lot leading to (and 100 meter along) the beach, with a new stone-sofa along the back-cliff. No space has been left open for a new Casa Charly Café, however. In stead 3 trash-containers are parked along the track.
On Gaviotas Beach nudists and textilers are seventy-thirty percent, I should guess, sharing the space on the beach, in between each other.

Waves.
Ocean waves contain many more tons of water in each wave than you are used to in the choppy Baltic Sea. Be alert, and keep an eye out for the in-coming waves. And beware of the tremendous suction power of the out-going waves (many more liter than you are used to).

Negatives.
Dogs do not belong on a beach – as I very clearly explained in my story about Nai Harn Beach in Phukèt, Thailand, where a lady (without a leash on her dog) did not observe her dog using its donkey-hole on the beach – right in front of me. I walked after the dog and luckily found the lady 100 meter down the beach.

Doves do not belong on a beach either. I saw a middle-aged man very unwisely feeding a few doves with bread crumbs – within a minute he was training 10-15 doves to think that the beach is the perfect place for foraging. Doves do have donkey-holes too, so please: Let us content ourselves with what the seagulls leave behind.
I urge the municipality to shoot the doves.

However, the greatest nuisance of all was the flies! 10 flies pestered me constantly while I was lying on the beach, feasting especially on a wet wound that I had at the time.
Where did they come from? Well, the first time I went to Gaviotas, garbage had not been collected at the Playa Chica condominiums, 350 meter up the Gaviotas road, so gaping trash-containers as well as plastic bags with leftovers lined the road. Trash is the perfect breeding place for flies, as you well know. (I wonder, if perhaps residents in Playa Chica irresponsibly are feeding doves too?)
I urge the municipality to collect trash more often, please, and thus keeping the trash-container-lids closed, in order to deprive the flies of at least one opportunity to multiply.

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Reviewed 30 May 2015

From the lovely and civilized "Playa de Las Teresitas" (constructed with Sahara sand) you head north-east along the winding serpentine road "TF 121" for 3,3 km, (you pass the satellite town of El Suculum on the way as well as the Mirador point (with an ugly wartime lookout concrete building (the graffiti does not beautify it either) - but do focus on the beautiful and stunning view instead).

From road "TF 121" you serpentine 1200 m down the newly re-asphalted "Carretera Igueste de San Andrés" to the Gaviotas parking, which is a rather a big parking lot on top of a dirt and rock foundation, right next to the sea and the Gaviotas beach.

Googlemaps shows a little beach-bar "Casa Charly" at the entrance to Gaviotas beach, but at Christmas it was not there. I do wonder if the beach-bar is going to revive after the completion of the extensive renovation of the road, and especially of the landslide protection measures taken, concerning the somewhat loose cliffside behind the Gaviotas beach.

The Gaviotas beach is about 200 meter long, but only the first cirka 50 meter is black sand. The rest of the beach consists of stones in microwave-oven-size.
Beach-guests through the years have collected stones to build a nice "sofa" along the steep back-cliff. So people do love coming here.

However, when we visited at Christmas-time, the amount of sunshine and temperature and cool north-easterly wind was not convincing enough for us to undress, so we just looked a while at just one textile family with a little child, as well as at a bunch of young surfers at the south-west end of the beach, who were treading water while waiting for a somewhat bigger wave to carry them toward the vertical cliff!
The surfers did stop short of the cliff, of course - but the build-up of the waves was best at this point (down in front of the Mirador previously mentioned).

In the winter-months cool north-easterly winds are frequent on Tenerife.

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Reviewed 25 November 2014

For arrive, you need to have a car (by bus also but really tiring). Supposed to be a nude beach but almost nobody do it. Really calm and not overcrowded. Be careful with drifts and recommend to bring own food & drinks there isn't any bar (usually there's someone selling by himself).

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Reviewed 5 November 2014

Black sand and rocky, with cliffs. If you like a challenge, go. Access depends on the parlous state of the crumbling road around the cliffs. Natural beach. No frills.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Very quiete and nice, black sand, free parking, nudism, waves for bodyboarding. Open minded people, here you have from family to gay couple and surfer, a big mix but very peaceful.
No music, no bars, no food, if you plan to spend the day there you better bring you own food and water.

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