Guía de Isora announces stage one coast road works in Playa San Juan complete

Photo: Snowy.

Updated 3 December: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento has announced the completion of stage one of the works to Playa San Juan’s promenade. The council says that the new wide pedestrian areas, improved access to the pier, and a new banked area are just some of the improvements achieved to provide a spectacular perspective out over the sea. Mayor Mesa inspected the new works recently and says that some of them “were very difficult to carry out, such as the new pumping station (the main reason for delays in the work)” said the mayor, “but today we can say that they were absolutely essential, and part of our overall strategy of recovery for Guía de Isora’s coastline. The council has not yet confirmed when it will start the second stage of works between C/. El Hierro roughly at the halfway point and the plaza Las Salinas.

Updated 1 October: Thanks to Stewart for this latest couple of photos. He says “the work on El Emigrante it is still dragging on. Here are a couple of photos taken near the harbour entrance and Vitamins which show how close they are to finishing the work here.”

Updated 1 August 2019: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento’s town planning councillor Eduardo González has today said that although some of the improvements demanded by local businesses and residents have been achieved, the council is continuing to press the Cabildo to progress works on the Avenida Marítima. González said that he understood the inconvenience being caused and that his department is doing everything it can “to get the Cabildo’s contracts awarded for the works to meet deadlines”.

Meetings have been held with local businesses to explain the reasons for the delay to works on the Avenida El Emigrante, the first phase of which began last September and were intended to be completed in eight months. The council says that it has moved works barriers so that people can walk freely and use the public spaces, as well as opening the access road for locals needing to get to Calles Isla Bonita and La Gomera, as well as the harbour.

The project is intended to modernize the promenade between the harbour and the plaza Las Salinas, creating an open feel such as has been achieved in the San Telmo area of Puerto de la Cruz, and like that town, getting rid of the wall that prevents a clear view out to sea. There will also be graded viewing areas, shaded spots and a cycle path, all in an area which, the council says, was becoming outdated and having a negative effect on local businesses.

It is perhaps also worth remembering that the mayor of Guía de Isora until only the other day, Pedro Martín, is now President of Tenerife since the PSOE took control of the island Cabildo, so this will no doubt give rise to hopes that obstacles can be removed and paperwork streamlined so that these works can finally be brought to a successful conclusion.

Updated 28 November 2018: Thanks to snowy for this photo of the works on Avenida el Emigrante in Playa San Juan. He says the road is “currently one way in operation on the shop side of the street driving towards the port”.

Photo: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento

Original post 11 September: Works are about to start this week on a complete modernization and renovation of Avenida El Emigrante, the main road around the coast in Playa San Juan. Guía de Isora mayor Pedro Martín has been outlining the details of the project and explaining to shopkeepers and residents of the street that the works will take around eight months and have a budget of just under €4m.

The works will be carried in two phases, firstly the area between the pier and C/. El Hierro roughly at the halfway point, and then between there and the plaza Las Salinas.  By the end, the view out to sea will be opened up with the removal of the current wall, a design intended to make the road more accessible and pleasant for pedestrians with wider pavements, shaded areas and terraces, as well as a bike lane.

Mayor Martín said that the area has aged badly and it is high time it was renovated to provide better spaces for local residents as well as improved opportunities for shopkeepers in an improved area with direct access to the sea that will attract more visitors and potential customers for local businesses.


  1. Many thanks Stewart.

    f you do get the chance to post any photos between now and January I’d be grateful.

  2. I don’t have any photos but the Mayoress had a meeting with the island government and business owners on Monday. The outcome is that they are going all out to get the road (partly) open and to get lighting, planting and street furniture done in the next few days. They have already planted some new trees and flowers at the avitaminosis end of the road. I don’t think the area in front of Vitamin will still have construction work going on in January.

  3. Does anyone have any current photos of the area around the Harbour and Avenida Emigrante?

    We are booked to stay in an apartment above El Vitamin bar in January 2020 and we’re a bit concerned as to what things are currently like there and whether it could be a construction site in January!

  4. Thanks Stewart , Im in UK at present enjoying the floods !
    Due out next week to dry out !
    I never drive in Tenerife , the Buses are fine for me , never in a hurry !

  5. John1, the plaza might not be a delight at the moment as due to the delay of the work on the paseo the week long Fiesta is being staged there from today, for a week. Normally it’s down by the entrance to the harbour. The plaza has a stage and quite a few autobares and cafes and restaurants cannot use outside tables after 4pm. If anyone is planning a visit the use the bus because parking is very difficult.

  6. It’s a shame for those businesses on the west promenade with the noise & dust adjacent to their cafes/businesses whilst the east side is lovely & the main square a delight to sit in !

  7. I would guess that it will be September before it’s finshed. Of course this is the first of two phases. I don’t know when phase two will start.

  8. Does anyone know if these works to Avda Emigrante are now complete? Thanks

  9. STEWART KIRBY that’s very nice. Thanks a lot for the information and in Advance for the photos. 🙂

  10. I am not in Playa at the moment but I will take a photo when I get back. However it’s not very different to the photo above. The workers have spent a lot of time laying new drains and building a ramp up to the harbour wall. They are now laying concrete on the road/cycle path. The manager of the contractors told my friend that they will finish this first phase of two in June.

  11. is it possible to receive an update Maybe with a photo?

  12. When will the new car park be completed ?

  13. I have searched high and low for a plan without success. The councillor seems to be pointing at a plan on the table in the press release but I can’t find it on the ayto website. There were artists impressions for the other two sites but the reality is different anyway.

  14. Is there any chance of posting a plan on here? It would also be useful if the ayuntamiento put up a small display on Av Emigrante. (The works on the square and the children’s play area would have benefitted from plans and drawings posted on site – but too late for that now)

  15. Well, there is only one new car park being built, probably 42 spaces. Changes to the car parking in Avenida Altamar have more than tripled parking spaces there but it does mean a longer walk to the nucleus of Playa. That is no different to many towns where the Ayto build car parks on the periphery.

  16. I am sure the facelift will be lovely but my concerns will be for the parking, it’s already difficult at times to get a space. I appreciate that there are 2 new car parks being erected but I doubt they will have the capacity to cope with the volume.

    It will be lovely to see the sea wall removed though.

  17. My wife has just been along Avenida del Emigrante. It’s already one way from restaurant Brisa Marina/Calle El Gomera to Restaurant Vitamins/Calle Juan Carlos. No parking allowed anywhere along there.

  18. Hmmm, wider pavements and a bicycle lane. I suspect this means the road will become one way. Maybe they can do something about the smell of sewage at the sewage outfall as well.

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