Photoblog: Weathering the storm in Tenerife

February 17th, 2010 in European travel by Sarah Lee 2
Las Galletas harbour is battered by waves

It’s been a strange start to the year across much of the western world with freak weather conditions resulting in the coldest winter in years in the US and parts of Europe. The Canary Islands meanwhile have experienced wild storms in the past couple of weeks. Be it El Niño or just extreme winter weather, Canary Islanders used to eternal spring, have rightly been in a bit of a tailspin and it’s even affected the carnival.

Photos here are from my recent trip to Tenerife and show the effects the tropical-style rainstorms and crashing Atlantic waves had on the tiny town of Las Galletas.

Atlantic breakers give Las Galleta’s sea defences a run for their money.

While on previous days the Atlantic was uncharacteristically calm, there’s little need for warning that this is not a day for swimming off the town’s long strip of beach.

Chinks of sunshine on the coast are a total contrast to the heavy cloud hanging over the mountains, while buildings on the harbour are battered by the waves.

Though the odd wave coasts over a 20-foot wall next to the harbour the town’s fishermen remain unshaken.

Angry tides also had an impact on the natural environment. Turfing the shingle beach onto the promenade and this sea cucumber also.

The cucumber lay there hardly moving, easily mistakable for a small rock, waiting for the next wave to carry him back out to sea. Luckily the creature was soon rescued by a young girl – clearly much braver than I was.

Huge amounts of shingle were dumped on the promenade and even through to the path behind its parade of restaurants.

Massive build up of pebbles on the promenade left seafront businesses unable to open their doors until the clear up operation was complete.

Las Galletas’ pretty harbour in brighter weather, but it wasn’t long before the storms started again. Guess it’s not just the UK affected by unpredictable weather.

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