Arona beaches return to priority concern under new mayor

Arona Mayor José Julián Mena. Photo: Arona Ayuntamiento

Update 26 January 2016: True to his word, Mayor Mena has announced the return of full, legal, permanent and stable contracted lifeguard services for all Arona’s beaches, saying that it “is a very important service in a tourist area with beaches that get tens of thousands of visitors every year”. The mayor stressed, too, that the service was a prerequisite to Arona recovering its blue flag status. “Step by step”, he said, “we are recovering our municipality’s good name, with the scandals of the past overcome, and with all efforts dedicated to working for the welfare of our residents and the development of Arona.”

The new service will comprise a permanent presence in Las Vistas, Los Cristianos and El Camisón beaches, with a seasonal service (July, August and September, as well as Easter period) in Las Galletas. The rest of the coast will be served by roving lifeguards. There will also be two lifeguards trained in offering disabled adapted bathing facilities in Las Vistas and Los Cristianos.

Original post 12 August 2015: I’ve written at length before now about the administrative chaos in Arona, and in particular the shaming of a municipality that resulted from the disgraceful treatment of the lifeguards by the previous Coalición Canaria (CC) council. I’ve also written about the electoral earthquake that took place in the recent municipal elections, and the sweeping aside of the CC administration, and the election of the PSOE (socialist) to power.

New mayor Mena has already made his presence felt by banning two-wheeled electric scooters and bikes from promenades and pedestrian areas, a situation that was giving rise to numerous daily complaints, and now he is turning his attention to another – the lifeguards. Mena has announced that after three years under the old regime where there was no firm contract for lifeguard services on the Arona coastline, the council considers it essential to recover the prestige of its beaches, and of course, it’s blue flags.

There will now be a proper firm two-year contract for Vigilancia, Salvamento y Asistencia along the entire shore of the municipality which will include disabled bathing and “universal access” measures. The council approved the administrative process for putting the contract out to tender yesterday. It will have a budget of around €800,000, and should mean that within the next few months at most, Arona will be ready to face 2016 with its beaches back in prime tourist condition. At last.


  1. I may be wrong but I seem to remember that there was always a sign banning cyclists, along the Vistas beack walkway at least, but no-one ever took notice of it previously.
    It must surely please everyone if everything except disability scooters were banned along the pedestrian walkways (genuine disability scooter users certainly dont go at speeds where there is danger to life & limb) Otherwise there will be a serious accident without doubt

  2. Hopefully however Adeje Council will follow Arona’s initiative! I have witnessed a number of near misses involving pedestrians and cyclists and riders of motorised scooters racing along the promenades at Fanabe and Playa del Duque.
    Adeje will no doubt act after the inevitable accident occurs. I just do not understand why cycists are allowed on the crowded promenades.

  3. Good morning Janet
    I look forward to my holiday in Los Cristianos but now I’m a little disappointed. I had intended to rent a bicycle (pedal), it simplifies my walks because my legs are old and sick. I do not want a three-wheeled scooter. How can I find out if the ban applies to electric bike or pedal bike? We may cancel Tenerife and go to Lanzarote instead where the pedal bike works very well on the promenade.
    Best regards from Gunilla (Sweden)

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      I’ve explained above that it seems to me that there is some level of ambiguity (though not much) over (at least privately owned) pedal bikes, and that I do not think there would be a problem with a bicycle as such unless it was causing a specific problem … but the council, on its website HERE, says:

      El Ayuntamiento de Arona ha prohibido el uso de bicicletas y patinetes o scooters eléctricos en los paseos peatonales, vehículos que se alquilaban con fines turísticos …

      The council of Arona has banned the use of bicycles and two-wheeled scooters or electrical scooters in pedestrian walkways, vehicles which are hired out for tourist purposes …

      THe ban seems to me even to apply to disability vehicles – “scooters electricos” unless, as the council’s web page specifies, it’s a small electrical vehicle for someone whose disability is accredited.

      The particular post about this measure is HERE.

      As to going to Lanzarote instead of Tenerife to ride a bike, you should note that this is a measure applied by Arona council. You would simply need to move a kilometre or so up the coast into Adeje to be able to ride one freely.

  4. I missed your link, all clear now. Shame really, once again the reckless actions of the few spoil it for the majority.

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      Well I think it’s not really clear, because while quite evidently any electrical bike or two-wheeled scooter is not allowed in any area not open to general traffic, pedal bicycles – the traditional bikes – may or may not be covered. I think this is deliberately left ambiguous so as to give the local police the option to fine, denounce or confiscate as the case may be depending on circumstances.

      On another matter, I’ve had one email asking what “pedestrianised” means, specifically asking for clarification on “open to traffic”. I know that quibbling over words is a British hobby, but pedestrianised or open to traffic has a widely understood and quite specific meaning. It is any area which you or I could not ordinarily drive our cars in. It does not mean that because there might be an emergency access road that the rules don’t apply. “Traffic” does not mean alleys for official vehicles, whether police cars or rubbish trucks: it means you and me in our cars. Anywhere we can’t go in our cars, these electrical nuisances can’t go either.

  5. Hi,
    Just to be clear, can I ride my push bike on the promenade ? Or just this refer strictly to electric powered bicycles ?
    Yours in concern

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