Alcala is one of the population center in the municipality of Guia de Isora. Its original settlements are to be found next to a small coastal cove, on top of a flat terrace. It was initially a tiny dwelling area for 52 inhabitants, who lived in 11 single story buildings (this war around the 1850s). Dwellers in this first settlement worked as goat herders, fishermen, and cereal farmers on generally poor or arid lands. By 1950 the population had risen to around 350 inhabitants, mostly young children and elderly people, as the young adults had moved to other parts of the island looking for work, and some even immigrated to Venezuela.
Alcala started changing at first when the banana plantations appeared in the area and then in the '90s and early 2000s, when new buildings were built and the town expanded.
Things to do in Alcala, Tenerife
Nowadays Alcala is mostly a town for residents in Tenerife, not so much for tourists like in other surrounding locations like Playa San Juan or Puerto de Santiago.
Hotels in Alcala
There is one big hotel in Alcala: Gran Melia Palacio de Isora. It is a luxury hotel, situated in a quiet area, right by the beach.
Beach in Alcala
There is just a small pebbly beach just off the main town square and a promenade with benches along the coast, ideal for walks. Most sun bathers sit on the benches and go in the ocean using some sets of stairs which are installed in the area.
Playa La Jaquita
This is a blue flag beach, located near Gran Melia Palacio de Isora hotel. In this area you'll many natural pools with shallow water mostly and other small beaches which form what is known in Spanish as Playas y calas de La Jaquita.
Market in Alcala
Traditional Market on Mondays in Alcala from 8 am to 1 pm in Plaza del Llano. You can find local grown fruits and vegetables and other type of produce.
Fiestas in Alcala
There is something about small town celebrations. They are more authentic than the big parties and events organized in the popular tourist areas.
We participated in the 2018 edition of Fiesta del Son in Alcala and it was a lively party, with cuban music, all people dressed in white, good food and a great atmosphere. We really enjoyed the cocktails and the churros from Churreria Alcala, which are the best churros in Tenerife in our opinion.
We encourage you to look out for events in Tenerife during your stay and if you see one in Alcala, give it a go for something different during your holiday.