Swimming ban at Tenerife's Playa Jardin extended indefinitely as holidaymakers warned

playa Jardin,Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
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Holidaymakers targeting a dip in the waters off Tenerife's famed Playa Jardin are set for a letdown, as authorities have slapped an indefinite swimming ban at the beach over fears of contamination.

Boasting idyllic scenery, Playa Jardin has had to hoist warning signs following the discovery of wastewater in the coastal waters, throwing a wrench into the vacation plans of many Brits, reports the Mirror..

In a serious alert, the local council of Puerto de la Cruz has advised: "There is epidemiological evidence that this situation can cause gastrointestinal symptoms due to ingestion of water, as well as other types of conditions such as acute respiratory infections and infections of the ears, eyes, nasal passages and skin."

Officials have declared that the prohibition on swimming at Playa Jardin won't be a temporary measure but will remain indefinitely due to a decline in water quality tracked since 2016 and notably deteriorating over the past year. "This decision will be extended indefinitely and is a measure in response to the decline in water quality that has been occurring at least since 2016 in the Playa Jardin area and, above all, in this last year 2024."

Mayor Marco Gonzalez is demanding immediate measures, underlining that a solution can only be achieved: "If all administrations prioritise the actions that are already not only planned but also have the necessary financing."

The Tenerife visitor page has been singing the praises of Playa Jardin, stating: "The beach is one of the most famous beaches in the region, and was designed in the 1990s by the famous Canarian artist, Cesar Manrique, created to guarantee rest and relaxation for its visitors.", as reported by Birmingham Live.

Describing the allure of Playa Jardin, the site details: "Playa Jardin beach is an urban black sand beach divided into three sections, Castillo beach, Charcon beach and Punta Brava beach. There is a lateral breakwater to protect bathers from high waves but there are still open areas for those wanting to surf."

Further highlighting the amenities, it adds: "The promenade connects the beach with gardens, children's playgrounds, terraces and cafeterias and a stage where concerts frequently take place. Additionally there is sunbed and parasol hire, showers, changing rooms and access for those with reduced mobility."

In response to local residents' protests demanding a cap on tourism, Tenerife has introduced a new tourist tax.

Set to be implemented on January 1, 2025, the island's council has announced that the tax will apply to all renowned natural attractions currently under conservation, including Mount Teide volcano, Musca, and several parks.