Update 26 August: First the playa del Puertito to the side of the Club Náutico Puertito de Güímar, then playa de El Confital in El Médano, and now Tenerife is to have a third dog-friendly beach. La Laguna ayuntamiento is actively working out which beach in the municipality’s Bajamar area would be best for the purpose, deputy mayor and councillor for Servicios Municipales y Medio Ambiente Javier Abreu announced yesterday.
Councillor Abreu said that they still hadn’t settled on a particular beach because none were “perfect”, but that the council would continue to work on the project and that one beach would end up as dog-friendly because local public opinion demanded it. This opinion has been expressed in a petition undertaken by the local Si se puede group.
Update 4 July 2014: Granadilla council has confirmed that it is now the second ayuntamiento with a dog beach. The playa de El Confital in El Médano was proposed late last year as the best option for the municipality given its somewhat isolated location, and it has now been designated a “zona de baño permitida para llevar a las mascotas”. Playa El Confital is the other side of Montaña Roja from El Médano, and is effectively an extension of La Tejita beach.
Original post 6 August 2013: Güímar Ayuntamiento inaugurated Tenerife’s first beach for dogs last Friday, the 200m playa del Puertito to the side of the Club Náutico Puertito de Güímar. It is only the second such beach in the Canaries, the first being allowed in Gran Canaria in May as I posted HERE. Alcaldesa de Güímar Carmen Luisa Castro Dorta said she was very satisfied with the new initiative, the result of requests by María Cabrera López, administrator of the Facebook 7 Islas X 4 Patas group.
Mayor Castro Dorta said that the request was only received three weeks ago, and showed how rapidly action could be taken where there was goodwill. There is a notice at the beach outlining the rules of use, and particularly important is the requirement for owners to clean up after their pets or face fines of between €30 and €150. Dogs which are are classified as “potentially dangerous” must be kept on a lead and muzzled.