Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Poris de Abona - A Tenerife Southern Coastal Village

Poris de Abona - a little southern coastal village, missed by most people as
they speed along the Autopista either going to or coming from Santa Cruz.

In years gone past it almost seemed like the village had been forgotten, it had started to look very unloved, but I am glad to say that is not now the case.

Poris has two parts, the original village and to the East the new apartments, with the 'Casa Blanca' residential area at the side of these, fortunately neither of these areas are too visible  from the village itself.

The original village consists of a large supermarket (which never seems to be closed) where you can purchase anything from household goods to fresh fruit and veg, a chemist, post office and the normal bars, café's and restaurants.

To the right of the main street you will find the Church and village plaza, where every Sunday morning they hold a Farmers Market where you can purchase a good variety of local produce.

To the left of the main street is the beach, it's a small sheltered black sand beach where you can take the sun most days of the year. If you don't like the sand, you couldn't find a better place to sunbathe, there are plenty of solarium type areas for the serious sun bather.

People watching is another occupation which can be enjoyed there as there is an abundance of  seats and benches.

Many years ago  Poris de Abona was an important fishing village on the Island, but alas no more, but there is still a small fishing community there. The area is also well know for ' El Tabaibal', a group of cacti, these cacti all produce a white latex know as 'Tabaiba Milk' which in the past had many uses such as sealing the wine barrels, the wood from the cacti which is porous was also used for making the covers for the barrels. The milk was also thought to have medicinal properties, especially as an analgesic for pain and  dermatologist for healing wounds. If you take a walk along the coast towards Las Eras, you will still find many examples of  these cacti.

Continuing westward along the coastal road will bring you to Punta de Abona, a little village at the end of the road, which turns into a rough track (passable by car), leading to the light house. The new light house stands next to the original light house, the building itself has been recently restored by stone Masons and their apprentices which will be opened as a restaurant, some time in the future. The original lamp has been retained on the top of the building.