"Hidden Talents?" Alcalá by SabrinaSummerville

Alcalá Travel Guide: 0 reviews and 3 photos

Finding its Feet

With all these wonderful five star de luxe hotels springing up on the sunny west coast of Tenerife, hitherto undiscovered towns and villages are springing to the fore and perhaps being dragged into a change of style that they were not quite ready for.

None more so, at the moment, than the sleepy town of Alcala. You couldn't call it pretty; no bougainvillea hangs from wooden balconies and the town square is decorated with a flat screen TV suspended from a tree; but after a while you start to think that it has a certain charm.

To Capture the Imagination

There isn't much to see here. A nice, but unexciting seafront walk takes you along from the village to the dramatic and imposing new Gran Melia hotel.

There's a tiny dock with a handful of rowing boats and, beside that, a small black sand cove which is typical of this volcanic island. There, to the left of the cove, a bare and simple Crucifix stands atop a tall formation of rock. Standing there at sunset during Easter week, the cloudy sky and setting sun silhouetted the cross in a strange, stark, thought provoking manner. Just around the corner a small Church sits against a backdrop of dark cloud. Ther whole scene is ominous.

What the Future Holds

The whole town is very hilly, which makes walking difficult for the disabled.

A small number of shops line the main streetfront, but as yet there's nothing particularly kitsch. I dount that it will stay as such for much longer.

The new hotel, a stunning and spectacular flagship of Sol Melia Gran, has brought about a slow change to this village. There's a focus on the local restaurants; people want to eat outside the hotel; and so the taverna keepers are forced to lace up their espadrilles and add some excitement to the menu. Already there's been one new restaurant in town, Lupulo, where even the locals find it hard to get a table.

Right now prices here are most reasonable, whether for clothes or food or drink - but that's not likely to last.

This area is in for a boom. The development of the nearby village of Playa San Juan in response to the construction of the neighbouring luxe hotel, Abama, three kilometres from Alcala is an indication of what's on the way. Ten years down the road Playa San Juan and Alcala are likely to be extensions of each other - though hopefully not another Playa de las Americas and Los Christianos! Those two represent the lower end of the market. Perhaps these two, Alcala and San Juan, will cater for the top end.

I'll be interested to see what happens.....

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:It has potential
  • Cons:As yet unattractive
  • Last visit to Alcalá: Apr 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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