Las Terisitas beach, which sits peacefully below the Anaga Mountains in a place called San Andres, which is situated a few miles north of the capital, Santa Cruz, will now host weddings for up to 100 guests. The go-ahead has been given by Spain’s Coastal Department, although prior permission will be required -and a set fee per person will have to be paid. In addition to this a separate deposit will be required, although this will be refunded in full, so long as the stretch of beach used is left in the same condition as it was prior to the wedding celebrations. Carlos Correa, Councillor for the environment confirmed that two weddings had already taken place on Las Terisitas beach, and that the council were all in favour of more weddings -so long as there was very little disturbance to residents and other beach-users. Those interested can contact the Servicio Provincial de Costas, in la Rambla de Santa Cruz, número 169. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of sunbathing on Las Terisitas beach, here is a few facts about this truly magnificent stretch of golden sand.
Originally the beach was split into three sections, entitled Tras La Arena, which was the original beach, Los Moros, which was the middle section of the beach -and lastly the area which was bounded by the ravine of Las Teresas. The whole area was a mass of rocks, with nothing more than a small strip of volcanic black sand until 1973, when 270,000 tons of white sand was shipped from the Sahara Desert in the Western Sahara, thus creating an amazing artificial beach that was almost a mile long. Two piers, along with a break-water that was one kilometre in length and situated 150 metres from the beach, was then added, in order to prevent the tidal waves from carrying the sand out to sea. The original cost of the project was 50 million Pesetas (around a quarter of a million pounds at the time) -but ‘8’ times that amount was spent 25 years later, when a further 2,800 tonnes of sand was added, in order to replenish the sand lost over the last quarter of a century. Today Las Terisitas is one of the most popular beaches in Tenerife, which is primarily frequented by the local people who live in the north of the island -with a sprinkling of ex-pats dotted here and there, although the majority of tourists, who tend to spend their holidays enjoying what the southern half of Tenerife has to offer, are conspicuous by their absence -or at least they were when I visited there last weekend!