Costa Adeje improvements include El Beril beach renovations

Costa Adeje improvements include El Beril beach renovations

Photos. Adeje Ayuntamiento.

Adeje Ayuntamiento has announced that up to €2m is to be spent on works to improve the swimming zone along the strand that flanks El Duque beach by the Hotel Bahía del Duque. El Beril beach will also get a facelift as part of the plan, given its location in part of the tourist zone that continues to grow in popularity.

Adeje tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira García and Municipal Works councillor Carmen Rosa González Cabrera say that the work to recondition the beach is part of overall improvements being made to the Costa Adeje public and private infrastructures. The managing concessionary of the area added that since the beach has not to date fully met the needs of the growing number of users, it was felt vital “to put an improvement plan in place that could adapt the bathing zone to meet the new needs of the resident and visitor population, while also respecting the environmental needs of the area. The changes will give the area added value”.

workselberil2The works will see an enlargement in the sandy zone to cater for the increased number of beach users during the year. Using local stone, the plan is to create a dry sandy zone of 14,000 square metres, three new beach accesses for people with reduced mobility, ramps throughout the beach zone, showers adapted for all users, and wooden walkways, adequate rubbish bins, etc.  There will also be improvements to the five existing steps down to the beach from the pedestrian area.

Works have already started which does mean that for the time being there are some restrictions and barriers in place for the safety of pedestrians.

20 Comments

  1. What about the protected green turtles that live and feed in this specific lagoon?

  2. I’d just like to know when they are going to update the stretch from Jardin Tropical to El Faro including Puerto Colon as it is a blot on the landscape with dangerous, brojen pavements and no disabled access.

  3. I think the turtles are in the sea the other side of La Caleta a couple of kilometres along from where this work is taking place, or at least that is where the boats take the people to see turtles.

  4. Dear Snowbird you are wrong. The Green Turtles feed within two metres of the pebbles. We have watched and swum with them in this exact location for the last 6 years. Many people sit on the concrete beches daily and watch them. Just sit and watch in front of the La Caleta cocktail bar. Daily we have seen turtles and swam with them. I have even requested signs from Adeje Environment to raise awareness of the protected Green Turtles and I know understand why they did not reply. If you send me your email I will send you photographic evidence of the turtles inside the lagoon. They feed mainly on the algae on the boulders in front of the cocktail bar and even hide amongst them when swimmers are near. I have video of such behaviour. I am willing to meet and actually show you the turtles either from the pebbled area or in the lagoon.

  5. Apologies Nick I was unaware that the turtles are in that location. That is not where the pleasure boats go to watch them though as far as I am aware. I will take your word for it and look for them the next time I pass the El Beril and the Riu Hotel.

  6. Hello Snowbird

    Yes, there are turtles at this location and I have often observed them, however they are difficult to see, because they only quickly pop their heads up for air every two minutes or so. Unfortunately the new beach will probably not be to their liking.

  7. Hi Snowbird – no problem, They have been a fantastic secret for some years – happily existing so close to Del Duque busy beach for years. Earlier this year I wrote to Adeje council asking for Turtle information signs along the improvement walkway similar to the ones in San Juan. I now know why I received NO REPLY. I have put a photo of one of the turtles on Janets facebook in my reply to Janet. I hope to post a video of two of the turtles feeding and meeting one another clearly showing the pebble embankment.
    Thanks Nick

  8. You are right Nick it is a fantastic secret (although now probably not!). I have been walking along that stretch of promenade on and off for 10 years and never knew about the turtles. Perhaps they are there because of the fish feed in the water from the offshore fish farms behind the turtles.

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    Nick, put a new post on my Facebook page, with that photo. That way I can share it to the media timeline (I can’t share the comment you’ve made because it’s a reply to a post of mine). I don’t know what good it might do but someone might see it who can do something, or it might increase public awareness.

  10. Fantastic – thank you Janet. i also have a video showing the pebbles and going into the sea findinding 2 turtles – all within 3.26 seconds! I am in the Caribbean at the moment (hence strange comment times?) and I cannot upload the video at the moment.
    Nick
    ps Snowbird – the turtles might eat the fish feed as well as the algae but they do eat the algae and I have watched them do this for several hours at a time! Please see the photos on Janets facebook – one showing one eating.

  11. El Beril Improvement zone. After watching the work on the improvement zone over the last few weeks I am further convinced a “dry sandy beach” is impossible without a) substantial work on the external barriers being done and the b) proposed beach being created a couple of metres higher. I do hope it works out though and that the turtles return!

  12. I am incredibly saddened by the work here with no respect for the environmental impact the lagoon is now shrouded in sediment and the turtles together with numerous species of fish will be long gone. If it is to recover it will take many years. Don’t bother bringing your snorkel here.

  13. Yes Mike I agree. The vast majority of the boulders where the algae grew have been removed. Any left will be `drowned by the tons of sand pushed and washed` into the bay (and out). The bay is probably `dead` environmentally speaking at present indicated by the brown sea. The desire to achieve ” a dry area of over 14,000 square meters with an average width of over 43 meters” was unrealistic and currently is an environmental disaster – especially when authorities were aware of protected Green Turtles feeding there daily. Very very sad.

  14. Has anyone any news on a completion date? The seven month completion date of April has gone and work seems to be a daily, “push of sand war” between the sea and recently a single JCB. The waves have been washing up to the back walkway wall for the last few days. Where the, “average width of 43 metres of dry beach”, is I do not know. There was more dry beach at both corners of this bay before the 1.6 million euro work was started! ps The sea is winning!

  15. This morning I have watched previously bulldozed sand (into the sea ) being dug out by a new JCB and being piled up by the Chillout Bar. At the other end is a floating platform with generator and it looks like they are almost ready to begin sucking sand from that corner? Along the sand roadway on the beach is a small levee which is ready to be washed into the sea with any above average sea. Anyone got an official update?

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    Apologies but no, I haven’t.

  17. We were last here in January. In seven months, there appears to have been zero progress to create the beach. If this is at the cost of significant environmental damage, as others have written, this is very sad.

  18. I agree; little progress appears to be being made. I wonder if they have underestimated the power of the ocean 😢

  19. We watched the farcical progress last winter and have come to the conclusion that the huge amounts spent would have been better served by improving the coastal footpaths as the sea washed away the man made beaches daily.When we return for winter in October I don’t think it will look any different.It makes you wonder how experienced these so call expensive consultants and civil engineers who advised the council about the project are.

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