More images of the new car park under new Playa San Juan plaza which is now open

Photo: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento.

Updated 21 April: Thanks to Stewart again for these photos showing how things have developed … the first one, he says, shows that they are demolishing an older building right across the street from the entrance to the parking which will make access easier, whether or not that’s the intention.

Photo: Guía de Isora Ayto

Updated 19 April 2019: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento has announced that the car park under the new plaza has been opened today. The new public parking will be free, have 83 spaces, and be open between 8.30am and 2am.

Updated 23 December 2018: They weren’t fibbing! It’s open, and in time for Christmas. Thanks to Stewart for this final picture of the new plaza, which I’ve now set as the main photo above for the whole post. He says the parking still isn’t open, but the plaza is finished!

Updated 18 November: Another lovely photo of the nearly finished plaza, this one from Elizabeth Roe on Friday, who says “I was passing the square in Playa San Juan today and thought I would take a photo for your site. The barriers are still all up around but today is the first day I’ve passed and seen grass. I don’t know if you can see on the photo but there is some swings also now.” Many thanks to Elizabeth, and it really is looking in good shape now!

Updated 11 November: Thanks to Stewart, a great picture of the latest position in Playa San Juan’s plaza, and the news that restaurant owners say they have been told it will open in December.

Updated 7 October: Thanks again to Stewart, these are the latest images of the current state of the plaza in Playa San Juan. Please click the images to see full size.

Updated 22 june: Thanks once again to Stewart for this latest photo of the works.

Updated 13 February: Thanks again to Stewart for the latest photos left (click to enlarge) and below. He says the entrance is now under construction.

Updated 8 January: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento has confirmed that the works on the plaza are due to be completed in August barring any unforeseen eventualities. The council says that the new plaza will revitalize the historic centre of this town and provide much needed underground parking. Works on the town’s Cultural Centre are also expected to be completed towards the end of summer this year.

Updated 4 January 2018: Here’s the latest photo from Stewart who says that obviously the time of year has slowed progress a bit.

Updated 6 December 2017: The latest on the works from Stewart, who says “a little more done but it’s going slowly”.

Updated 17 November: Another couple of photos from Stewart, who is providing a brilliant diary of these works! Click the images to see full size.

Updated 6 October: Thanks again to Stewart, who says all rock breaking is now finished.

Updated 7 September: Thanks once again to Stewart for today’s images of the works in Playa San Juan’s plaza (click to see full size).

Updated 10 July: Thanks again to Stewart for the latest images of the works in Playa San Juan’s plaza (click to see full size).

Updated 14 June: Here are the latest photos of the works in Playa San Juan’s plaza, again many thanks to Stewart Kirby (please click to see full size):

Updated 15 May: Thanks to Stewart Kirby for these photos, which show the state of the plaza works as of 15 May. Stewart says that “as they seem to be putting in the footings it looks like they have gone for a car park with around 40 spaces”, Please click on the thumbnails to see full size.

Updated 2 February: I’m grateful to Stewart Kirby for the following photos showing the latest works as of today in Playa San Juan’s plaza.

Updated 25 January: I’ve been asked several times where the market is going to be in Playa San Juan, and I can now pass on the council’s information that from today it will be at the El Bufadero promenade next to Avenida de El Emigrante. It will operate the usual times of 8am to 1pm on Wednesdays.

Original post 10 January: There are some mixed feelings in the west coast town of Playa San Juan this week where works have just started on the renovation of the town’s central plaza, with new garden areas, a children’s play area, and underground parking. Mayor Pedro Martín says that the square is “the only one in the municipality which has not been renovated and its poor condition makes that all too evident”. Mayor Martín confirmed that the works have been in the pipeline for some time because the excavations for the underground car park make for an ambitious project.

For the mayor, the “lack of a suitable square was compounded by the serious parking problems in the town, two issues which will now be resolved with the new works”. Some locals, however, are viewing the development, including the demolition of the old church, with sad eyes. Municipal sources say, however, that the plans have been discussed with a whole range of local collectives and societies, as well as local businesses and, particularly, the Bishopric of Tenerife. The works are set to cost Guía de Isora nearly €2.5m, and one way or another, will transform the centre of the town over the course of the next year as the new plaza takes shape.


  1. Although to my eyes less traditionally attractive than the old one, the nuevo Plaza is now an established mainstay of village life. Every evening the cafes are teeming with local families socialising, and kids having fun in the now much more open space. It’s vibrant and welcoming every day and night. Business looks to be booming on the promenade too. The recent improvements have enhanced PSJ no end.

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      Del that’s a great report! I’ll add it to the where to live page description of PSJ, and I’m so glad the works have made such a difference!

  2. Hello Stewart.
    Thanks for the update.

  3. One word, slowly. They were supposed to finish by the end of June. A month later and there is still a lot of work to do. The week long fiesta starting this Wednesday will now be staged in the new plaza. The story I have heard is that the fairground rides will be on the street at the lower end of Avenida Juan Carlos. Parking restrictions apply from the 29th for a week. Avenida Reina Sofía is already closed from the junction with Juan Carlos to the top end of the plaza. The stage and a number of autobares have been installed. Other streets in the central area will be closed at times for the religious processions which take place most evenings. These are followed by some folklore performances and then there is music and dancing until 6am. There will also be a big fireworks display on Saturday at midnight.

  4. Hello Folks.
    I was wondering if anyone has any information about
    how the major works being carried out on the Avenue
    Emigrate in Playa San Juan are progressing?
    Thanks in advance.

  5. Hi John, yes there are few places up there that have been closed for ages, the restaurant on the main has been closed for at least 6 years and the nearby cafe 5 years. There’s not much footfall around there so it’s no surprise they are empty. The place called Selfie Bar replaced a traditional Canarian restaurant but it never opened despite the people doing a lot of work on the building.

  6. Yes Stewart , down on the beach area but further back at top of Pueblo there are a lot of closed premises that look like Bars etc that have been closed/derelict for a while .

  7. John1, glad you enjoyed your trip. I am a little puzzled as to which parts of the pueblo are closed due to lack of business. Certainly a number of places right by the building works have closed temporarily while the noise and dust from the work on Avenida El Emigrant kept customers away but PSJ is thriving, new businesses are opening all the time. At the moment visitors are down as the Golondrinas have gone home and the summer season has yet to start but in a matter of weeks the town will be full again.

  8. Went down to have a look around for first time , on 477 bus , very pretty little place , the “Square ” looking lovely with some nice cafes , Beachfront to left is really peaceful, at moment , and to right they are still heavily into renovations – it will be amazing when finished !
    The car park is indeed free !
    Hopefully it will revive the Pueblo as parts of it are closed due to lack of business .
    The trip back on the 473 was a great tour of coast !

  9. Is there any news of when (or if) the market is returning to the Plaza area?

  10. That’s fantastic that it is free. I wish there was something similar in Puerto Santiago and Los Gigantes.

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    perhaps they were doing final checks or taking photos because the council has said it’s open to the public from today, and they’ve given a couple more photos HERE. Any you can take Stewart will be appreciated, as always, of course!

  12. The car park actually opened yesterday. I saw two women coming out and went in to have a look around. Somehow the car park looks bigger than the Plaza. I didn’t have my phone with me so no photos.

  13. Linda, the works start outside Vitamin across the single lane that is open on the road and they continue until Brisa Marina. The work will continue for another six months at least.

  14. Hello everyone, i was wondering if i will be staying near these improvements, i am renting a private apartment that is very near Bar Vitamin, i am visiting early Jan 2019

  15. Thank you Janet.

    Yes I guess that is the additional construction works already in progress that the review was referring to.

    Guess we need to bring our hard hats and hi vis when we visit late January! 🙂

  16. Hello all.

    We are planning our first visit in January and came across a review that suggested there is another new development in progress, with the main work being on the seafront (including a one way system in operation for traffic driving towards the harbour).

    Is anyone able to advise please?

    Thank you.

  17. Grass, no. AstroTurf, yes.

  18. It will have taken 100 weeks to complete this project.

  19. Thanks Stewart that’s good news and we have been (before all the disruption) to Forks & Flavours next door and went frequently when it was Creativo- think that’s what it was called? Your updates are great for us though we only manage 8 weeks a year out there and stay in Santiago we spend much of our time in P.S. Juan as it has such a lovely community feel about it. Terry

  20. Hi Terry. El Tejadico, the bar you are talking about re-opened about a month ago. Tenedores y Sabores which is next door do some fabulous montaditos which are perfect for a light lunch. Their main courses are huge so we tend to share them. The people are lovely too. There’s a lot of work still going on so it’s best to go in the evening or Sunday lunchtime when it’s quiet and dust free.

  21. So good to see signs of life returning in the square. Stewart do you know if the lovely Specialst Ham & Cheese Bar has or is to reopen. Many a light lunch taken there over the years and such a lovely family. Do hope they survive all the disruption they have had to face. Terry

  22. Nooooo! Work continues very slowly on the plaza, work on the parking seems to be the priority. All restaurants around the plaza are open and they have plenty of outside seating but there is still a fence between them and the plaza. I’m not going to stick my neck out and predict when it will be open.

  23. So can anyone update us on completion of the Square?
    Surely it is done by now……

  24. Not really sure what you are talking about Wolfgang.Can you enlighten us all with your wise knowledge please ?

  25. They will need 80 weeks to complete such a small car park.
    If the Tenerife workforce will be as efficient as well when closing the motorway gap (anillo insular) then it will take 80 months for that project. At least…

  26. I will take a photo next time I pass but they are within a few days of completing the laying of block paving, mostly the ski slope to do. Terracing is almost done and they have the mounds for tree planting on site. I think a July opening is on schedule for the plaza. The car park work has just started so An August opening might be on.

  27. How looks the plaza now,is there a photo???

  28. I think someone (Terence) is missing the point that this development only started last January. It has been a huge undertaking.
    They have made significant progress over the last eight weeks in constructing most of the roof of the car park plus the high level ‘balcony’ at the top end of the site. There is also unseen work going on underground.
    They couldn’t excavate the top end of the site until August because of the need to divert many services across the site at that location.
    As a Chartered Civil Engineer I applaud the progress and would encourage anyone to think carefully whether they could have planned the work better to balance speed, disruption and resources.

  29. After one year this is the result for such a small hole.

  30. Thank you Janet and I had picked up Stewart’s comment from the waitress which offers hope that completion will be achieved by July. Your site is much appreciated as are comments from your followers especially Stewart’s in respect of this item.

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    well as Stewart says in his comment of just a couple of days ago, “I was at a restaurant in the plaza tonight and asked the waitress if they had been told when the work would be completed. She said that the Alcalde told them that the plaza would be open in July and the parking garage would be open in August.” That sounds like a reasonable timeframe to me, certainly it’s a fairly specific one.

  32. I realise at the breaking out stage it is difficult to put a timescale on completion of those works given the uncertainty involved but now the construction stage is underway surely there can be a reasonable timeframe projection as to completion. HS2 is not close to my heart but the Plaza at P.S. Juan is as like many others I’ve been visiting there twice a year over the last 30 odd years.

  33. Just seems so sad that the plaza at the heart of this lovely town has to go through such disruption without any apparent control!! Surely there must be a Project Manager or Team somewhere responsible for the cost aspects of the project and after all time is directly related to money. I simply can’t believe that such works are carried out on the basis of “it will be finished when it’s finished and will cost what it costs!!

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      yes of course there is control and oversight! A great deal by both local council and island Cabildo! There’s a budget and an officially approved architect plan. But works everywhere meet unforeseen contingencies and can sometimes cost more than originally planned! HS2 anyone?!

  34. I was at a restaurant in the plaza tonight and asked the waitress if they had been told when the work would be completed. She said that the Alcalde told them that the plaza would be open in July and the parking garage would be open in August.

  35. Stewart, I am not a German citizen and do not live there.
    I am not interested in discussing project delays in other European countries or elsewhere in the world.
    By the way some years ago the very huge Messehalle in Frankfurt was completed in ten months.

  36. Wolfgang. The removal of volcanic rock from the site took 6 months because they could not use explosives. One person with a digger was employed on the job there really want enough space for a second machine. I agree it is taking too long and I am not sure how useful the car park will be when it is complete. However, it brings to mind the building of the new Brandenburgh Airport in Berlin. What is the reason for it taking so long to complete?

  37. The slow progress of works for such a simple garage is totally unacceptable for this famous island.

    If Tenerife needs as long with other projects such as the
    completion of anillo insular they will not finish that motorway until 2030.

    Another example is the racing circuit north of TFS which was announced to be constructed but more or less nothing happened after the official kick off show.

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      There were particular reasons for the problems with the motor racing circuit as explained HERE.

  38. Good photos. Looking through them all from the start it is clear to see the slow but sure progress.

    Hiwever, they seem to have speeded up in the last couple of weeks with a lot of construction work to raise the levels at the top end of the square and preparing shuttering to extend the car park roof. I think most of the car park roof will be in place by Christmas.

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    As I said in reply to a comment back in June, there’s no official word on an expected finishing date.

  40. Does anyone know if there is a (reasonably accurate) planned completion date for the plaza development? Will be good to see it brought back into use and the local businesses re-established.

  41. Doesn’t look like much progress then!

  42. The first new photo is actually Parc Las Salinas the second hole in Playa.

  43. I will take more photos next time I am passing.

  44. The plaza work is going slowly. I think they were surprised by the amount of basalt they found, it’s really tough to remove. Most of the excavation is complete and just under half of the space has walls and a rooof, of sorts. I can’t see it being finished this year.
    I have been told by someone who lives in an apartment above the other hole in the ground at Parque Las Salinas that there will be an underground biblioteque and study rooms for students who want a quiet space to study for their exams. This will be topped off with a small park and playground. Again, I can’t see it being finished this year.

  45. Not too long until we’re out. Can anyone give a brief update on the square redevelopment in P.S. Juan? Stewart’s been a good source previously.

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    As far as I’m aware it’s connected with new swimming pools, but I don’t have confirmed information about it.

  47. Good to get these updates on progress in the square. Thanks.
    On a separate note, have you seen any plans for what is happening where the children’s playground has been excavated at the bottom of the hill on Ave Emigrante? I’ve been sent some photos (I’m in the UK at present) and the hole that has been dug looks deep enough for another car park! Amusing that the Ayumtamiento call it Cultural Centre Phase 2 when Phase 1 is very underused!

  48. Latest photo (14 June) suggests good progress being made. Is there any news on when the new plaza will be complete? Hopefully before our next visit this Autumn!

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      I wish! Sorry Allan but there’s no official word on an expected finishing date.

  49. Good news that Los Abrigos is finally being put back together. Can anyone offer an update on how the reconstruction of the square in Playa San Juan is going? Recent photos would be good and indication on projected timing for completion appreciated. Terry

  50. Well, at the moment there is a big machine working in two holes it is digging which are about 3-4 metres deep. After pecking the lava rock apart it spends a day filling up lorries to take the debris away. I would say that they will still be doing this in April as they need to dig down about 10 metres. Remarkably the cafes and bars which border this work are still open and have clients.

  51. Hi, wondering if anyone knows what stage the work will be at during April?

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      well they are saying the works, from now, will take a year or so.

  52. I saw a poster for the Playa San Juan agromercado this morning. They will be back next Wednesday 25th January.

  53. Just spotted this posting after making a comment on the similar Adeje project. It looks very modern and IMHO not at all in keeping with the character of the town. But times change and so must we. Parking in town is always difficult at any time of the day or week, not just on market days, so another 40 (or 80) will be welcome. Very noisy and dusty in the square right now and the locals are saying it will last 20 months.

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    I doubt it’s the “current” plan since it’s dated 2009! But it’s the main plan for the zone, regardless of how it’s been adapted subsequently. As the council has said, this has been on the drawing board for years because of the expense.

  55. Hmmm, that talks about 43 parking spaces but other publicity has talked recently about 84 so I am not sure that this is the current plan.

  56. Are there any photos or plans for the new square available to see on line

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      THIS is all I’m aware of, from the architects commissioned with the design.

  57. Update on the agriculture market. They are still sorting the paperwork out and hope to return to the market on the 25th of January, fingers crossed.

  58. Why choose the paseo for the market? Most unsuitable! It used to be on the plaza by Alteza,a much better location with plenty of parking too!

  59. I live in Playa and I have mixed feelings about this. We certainly needed the plaza updating as the paving was in poor condition. I am not that bothered about the church going, it was not ancient, built in the 1960’s. Underground car park? Not so sure, yes it’s difficult to park close to the Plaza on a market day but there’s plenty of parking five to ten minutes walk away. Is that too far? As for the market, it’s moved to the Paseo Maritimo near to Puesta del Sol at the bottom of Avenida Emigrante. For me there’s too little space between the stalls, and its going to uncomfortable for the traders if its windy, raining or the sun is shining strongly. Also the Ayto had not provided electricity last week so electronic scales and chiller cabinets were not working. The lady from the Ayto who chose this location was brimming with enthusiasm a couple of weeks ago but there were mutterings from the traders. The agricultural market may not be there this week as theyvall had to re-apply for their licences.

  60. The market has been on the red footpath along the seafront( by the outdoor fitness equipment )for the last few Wednesdays so I think that will be the new place for it.

  61. I’ve been told the market has relocated for the time being to Paseo Maritimo

  62. What’s happening to the market?

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