A Tenerife beach on the Anaga coast, that of The Balayois the only one on the Island that maintains a private access. This, though it is illegal on paper, as stated in the Coastal Law, is a reality that has been lived in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for at least 40 years: “Access to El Balayo beach is closed by a fence that the owners of the houses on the beach have placed”denounces Tino Guzmán, socialist councilor of the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Is privatized bathing area It is located exactly a few kilometers from Igueste, in one of the many curves of the road that goes up from San Andrés (TF-121). This winding path allows you to walk along the coast, where a black sand beach opens up to the sea. But the problem, as has been denounced, is that it cannot be reached because a metal gate, placed by the neighbors, prevents the passage.
Although this complaint, which DIARIO DE AVISOS has echoed on several occasions, has a history of several decades, the socialist councilor has once again demanded this Thursday that the City Hall that “immediately and, in any case, before the end of this mandate, enable a right of way to the beach of El Balayo so that it is really public access and stops being privatized”.
This is El Balayo, the only beach in Tenerife that does not have public access
he area known as El Balayo is located between Igueste de San Andrés and the fishing village of San Andrés. The black sand and the low influx of people are its main attraction. The forms of access available today would be by boat or through a ravine.
And it is that, as detailed in the hiking portal Tenerife Routesbefore reaching the beach there are some privately owned buildings, which have a cement road enabled from a little further on from the indicated starting point that remains closed with a gate.
On the other hand, this portal indicates that, although the neighbors cannot prevent access through the ravine, which is longer than the cement one, for years “there used to be dogs on the loose that threatened the houses as they passed.”
Another point of interest on the same beach is the Cueva del Agua, whose story tells that the famous pirate Dog head He supplied water to his ships here. In fact, the Balayo area would be closely related to the history of the famous pirate.