El Puertito – A Quaint Fishing Village In Tenerife

If you feel like spending some time at a traditional fishing village during your stay in Tenerife, then we recommend a visit to El Puertito.

This small spot by the sea is refreshingly free of high-rise developments (no apartment complexes here, just maybe a few Airbnbs owned by locals), loud music, crowds of tourists, and sands covered in sun loungers and parasols.

It’s important to mention that in this article we talk about El Puertito de Armeñime. There is actually another similarly named El Puertito de Güímar on the east coast of Tenerife.

The charm of El Puertito lies in the fact that it is completely calm and unspoiled – and all the more alluring for it. It’s like an oasis in the middle of Tenerife. Relaxing on the little black sand beach Playa el Puertito, framed by cliffs, is one of the simple pleasures of a visit to this fishing village. Just don’t expect any amenities here.

A friendly tip: If you are heading to El Puertito to enjoy the beach, we would recommend checking tide charts. During the high tide, the beach is almost non-existent.

A beach in El Puertito village in Tenerife

Pretty white houses and the gleaming village chapel are a draw for fans of architecture, and if you’re feeling energetic you can take a stroll uphill past these attractive homes to enjoy stupendous views over the azure waters of the Atlantic.

Often referred to as the ‘Turtle Bay of the Canaries’, El Puertito is also one of the best places you’ll find anywhere to snorkel, kayak, and swim with sea turtles in their natural habitat. It’s also the ideal location for enjoying freshly caught and prepared fish and seafood courtesy of Bodegon Pepe y Lola, the local eatery.

Kayak and Snorkel with Turtles

Those who do take an organized turtle trip have a very high chance of seeing these gentle ocean creatures. Doing this also means you can access the secluded bay they call home, which cannot be reached by land.

Anyone over the age of 14 can book a very affordable 2-and-a-half hour tour, which will take you by sea kayak to the bay these wondrous creatures call home. As well as sea turtles, many visitors also witness the sight of dolphins swimming around in the warm waters. You will also enjoy spectacular views of the Tenerife coastline from a whole new perspective. Find out more about this sea turtle tour here.

Where to eat

Bodegon Pepe y Lola in El Puertito, Tenerife

Stopping at cafe Bodegon Pepe y Lola for a bite to eat is one of the best things to do during your time in El Puertito. This peaceful local waterfront eatery overlooks the small, unspoiled bay and serves up fresh fish dishes, Spanish specialties like paella, tapas, and Mediterranean-style fare. It also offers ice-cold beer and freshly mixed sangria.

Getting to El Puertito

If you have a hire car, you can drive to El Puertito from anywhere in Tenerife. As a compact island, it never takes too long to get anywhere – even when your journey takes you from one side to the other or from top to bottom.

A chapel in El Puertito, Tenerife

The nearest resorts include Playa Paraiso and Callao Salvaje, both to the north, and these can easily be reached by car. Beyond these, and further north, are other towns like Alcala, Puerto de Santiago, Playa de la Arena, Los Gigantes, and their neighbouring resorts.

La Caleta, Costa Adeje, Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos are located to the south. All of these west coast resorts are connected by the TF-1, the island’s main motorway. The only public transport option for getting to El Puertito is to take a taxi.

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