Architects: Roberto Fuentes     Photography: José R. Oller     Construction Period:  2023     Location:  Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

The intervention is included within the ‘Tenerife and the sea’ program, which arises from the need to highlight the unique geomorphological characteristics of the coast of the island of Tenerife through the improvement and conditioning of access to different points of the coast. (beaches, puddles, trails,…) with tourist potential.

The town and beach of Benijo is located in the Anaga Rural Park, declared a Biosphere Reserve. It is a mountain massif of important natural, landscape and cultural values, with an important biodiversity of natural habitats, and abundant protected and threatened species, as well as geomorphological elements of great interest. In this area there are also numerous rural settlements whose agricultural activity has given rise to a landscape of extraordinary beauty and harmony.

The proposal recovers the layout of the existing path through the use of different wooden elements arranged as pavement, stairs, railings, retaining elements, … as well as integrating the different pre-existing stone elements (paved areas of driven stone, walls masonry, flights of stairs, containment areas, …).

The intervention follows the guidelines of interventions carried out by Tenerife Tourism in other accesses to the coast, using pine wood sleepers of different sections to form the different solutions along the entire path, about 200 meters long and 65 m of unevenness, which connects the town of Benijo with the beach.

The solution, therefore, redraws the profile of the mountain through the serialization of the railing element as an enhancer of the landscape, acting as a pole of attraction for neighbors and tourists to the town of Benijo, promoting its development.

Text provided by the architect.