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Volcanic Shoreline at La Caleta, Tenerife #3

Volcanic rock shoreline at La Caleta, Tenerife, Canary Islands

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My wife Liz and I tend to avoid the tourist hotspots when away on holiday, preferring instead to explore undeveloped natural regions wherever we're staying.

But during our week long winter break on Tenerife in the Canary Islands we did take a few hours to stroll along the coastal promenade from the highly developed Costa Adeje where we were staying, heading in a northwesterly direction.

The further we walked away from Costa Adeje the more open and less developed the coast became, until we reached as far as we could go on foot at the little seaside town of La Caleta.

Build around a small bay, La Caleta proved to be a charming throwback to an earlier, less commercial era, with small low rise restaurants and houses lining the Altantic waterfront.

We spent quite some time here, just mooching around the town and surrounding cliffs, taking in the views (with a few photographs of course!) and generally enjoying the laid back ambiance.

One of the unusual features of this part of the coast that really caught my eye (and camera) was the shelves of volcanic rock running down to the ocean, cracked into large plates, presumeably when the hot lava hit the cold water of the Atlantic.

I liked the addition of a set of steps for swimmers to get into the water, although there weren't any takers while we were watching!

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Filename - tenerife la caleta 03

Lens - 24-105mm Zoom @ 50mm

Exposure - 1/100 sec @ f/8, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce haze and enhance colours.

Location - La Caleta, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with image stabilisation.