They appear cut or directly torn off. various posters of St. John’s Roadin the Hidalgo Pointhave been the object of vandalism by one -or several- strangers, as reported by the Councilor for the Environment and Animal Welfare of the Laguna City Council, José Luis Hernández, in Canarian Television.
These posters warned of the prohibition for dogs to be let loose, without a leash, in that area, not the prohibition that these animals could go, together with their owners, through the area: “We want this to be a space for coexistence , respecting environmental values, because we are in a place with many birds, for example. That is not compatible with taking the law into their own hands.”
The signs of the Camino de San Juanito were, first, vandalized, to later be uprooted or cut: “We launched an awareness campaign focused on coexistence. Dogs can be taken out, but respecting the people who are in the place. We are working on an ordinance for beaches and swimming pools, with places enabled. We must learn to live together.”
There have been several neighbors who have complained that the dogs are in the area without being properly leashed: “It is important to respect environmental values after removing the vehicles that were camping on the Camino de San Juanito, we have improved that situation. You can walk with the dogs, but on a leash.
The Camino de San Juanito, awarded
The Camino de San Juanito, or Camino de la Costa de Punta del Hidalgo, is the only trail in Tenerife that has been certified as ‘Sendero Azul’ by the Association of Environmental and Consumer Education (Adeac) for the third consecutive year. In 2023, only two other itineraries in the Canary Islands have received it, El Time, in the La Palma municipality of Tazacorte, and the Bahía del Confital-Playa de las Canteras trail, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The itinerary begins at the Roquete beach and extends to the San Juanito hermitage, passing by the Arenisco natural pool and the Punta del Hidalgo Lighthouse. The mayor of La Laguna, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, has affirmed that the ‘Blue Path’ recognizes the environmental values of the coast and the continuous work to recover this natural environment.