Cabildo starts clearance of illegal settlement in La Caleta, Adeje

Photo: Tenerife Cabildo

Updated 14 July: The Cabildo began to clear the illegal settlements early this morning, with Tenerife President Pedro Martín himself on site to supervise the start of the works. The Cabildo has confirmed that the clearance is being coordinated with the Canarian Government and Adeje Ayuntamiento, and carried out with assistance from police and security forces. Local residents cheered as the dismantling and removals started, saying it has been years since they’ve been able to use their own beach because of the okupas (squatters), many suggesting other areas where they say similar action is urgently needed.

Original post 12 June: The Tenerife Cabildo has announced the clearance of illegal settlements in La Caleta, Adeje, designated a Sitio de Interés Científico (Site of Scientific Interest). The Cabildo, along with the Guardia Civil and representatives from provincial Costas (the Coasts department) and environmental agents will start next week to document formally the specific places and numbers of individuals which have been settled in this coastal environment. This will serve as the basis for the clearance proceedings. The protocol will also establish monitoring routines by national police and security forces once the area has been cleared, to ensure that it isn’t resettled, and so that it remains in its natural condition for the enjoyment of all. The Cabildo said that the protocol needed to be set up because the situation in La Caleta, far from new, required the coordination of various administrations – local, insular, regional, and national – and the process which will start imminently needed to be managed jointly.


  1. I hope they also clean up the ghetto on the Diego Hernández beach.
    “The impact of these settlements without permission in this place of great value, which comes from far behind earning the area the fame of a hippie camp, begins to be very visible in each of the coves. Accumulated rubbish, alterations in the terrain, marks in the dunes …” They sell all kinds of things, food, drinks, etc.
    What about hygiene?

  2. I hope they have strong stomachs when they start to clear away the communal toilet site and the communal rubbish tip that have been a blight on this wonderful natural location.

  3. Are the “illegal residents” still resident in the buildings by the market in Los Cristianos? i was led to believe that they would be vacating them with a little help from the Local Council in the early part of this year, January?

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    The last I heard was that it was still occupied in March despite a Court order last December to clear it. In March one of the occupants was taken ill and it made the news that Cruz Roja and police were assisting.

  5. So they have shifted from one place to another..and unfortunately that place happens to be Tijoco Bajo.
    Apparently up to Ten families have taken over a building on the main road into Tijoco Bajo and the whole process of dislodging them has to begin again…
    Mean while us citizens who legally dwell here are put in a position of What do we do now…….

  6. The removal of the squatters was long awaited ,however,they appear to have simply up-sticks and re-pitched their tents and camper-vans further west and now over-run the beach area between El Puertito and Playa Paraiso. One entrepreneur in the new shanty town has even opened a small bar selling drinks to the passing walkers! Needless to say there is no direct water supply or sanitation.Residents at the recently re-opened Bahia hotel will be dreading a South Westerly breeze bringing with it the smell of human and animal excrement.

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