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PuertoPete

History of the area.
« on: December 08, 2012 »
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  • I have just been reading through the history page of this website (see: http://www.losgigantes.com/LosGigantesHistory.php) and it is a fascinating story.

    However, the history of Los Gigantes is very new (only since the 1960's) and I have a feeling that the history of Puerto de Santiago is even newer - but little is said about it there.

    I know that the fishing village of Puerto de Santiago, around and up from the harbour itself, must be very old. But most of what we see now in the developed 'town' of PdS must be very modern - no more than 30 or 40 years old. I remember visiting Playa las Americas in the early 1980's, when even Americas had not been developed fully and Veronica's had not happened yet, and hearing that the 'next place' would be Puerto de Santiago further along the coast.

    I wonder, therefore, if anyone has found any available sources on the recent history and development of PdS and the development of the resort coastline to Playa de l'Arena ?

    I have found one book which was published by the local community to celebrate the Millennium and which gives many pictures of the old port and of the families who have been there for many generations.
    However, it shows nothing of the development of the new town, the hotels and apartments being built, the main roadway up the cliff to the Correos (a major civil engineering feat in itself).

    I found this book, which is now out of print, available for browsing only, in the Tourist Office on Playa de l'Arena.

    Does anyone have or know of any other sources ?
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    Re: History of the area.
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  • Maybe the Fishing Museum in Puerto de Santiago?

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    Re: History of the area.
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  • Might also be worth trying the Pottery Museum at Arguayo ( worth a visit, all the names familiar in the area are there on the photos ) and the town hall in Santiago del Teide. Puerto de Santiago was a working fishing village long before Los Gigantes was ever dreamed of, the name gives it away " Port of Sanitago ". It's interesting to browse the photo's  at the museum in Arguayo and look at the memorial plaques in the cemetery in Tamaimo and see how the names recorded there played a major part  in the development of the area and are still well known in the area.
    I'm sure I remember seeing several pages in the book produced by the Ayuntamiento devoted to the develpment of Los Gigantes with plans of the proposed development of the plaza. The lower level of the Tamara complex had only just been completed when I first visited the area in the mid 1980's.

    PuertoPete

    Re: History of the area.
    « Reply #3 on: December 09, 2012 »
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  • Maybe the Fishing Museum in Puerto de Santiago?

    The "Fishermens's Museum" on the road down to the old village is something of a misnomer.

    I have never found anything like a Museum about it - there are no exhibits there except for almost constant exhibitions by local artists. And there is never anyone there who knows anything - except for looking after the exhibition of paintings which are for sale.

    Pity because that would be an excellent location for such an exhibition on the development of the village into the town of Puerto de Santiago - better than climbing right up the mountain to Santiago del Teide or to Arguayo to find information on what is, after all, at sea level.

    PuertoPete

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  • Might also be worth trying the Pottery Museum at Arguayo ( worth a visit, all the names familiar in the area are there on the photos ) and the town hall in Santiago del Teide. Puerto de Santiago was a working fishing village long before Los Gigantes was ever dreamed of, the name gives it away " Port of Sanitago ". It's interesting to browse the photo's  at the museum in Arguayo and look at the memorial plaques in the cemetery in Tamaimo and see how the names recorded there played a major part  in the development of the area and are still well known in the area.

    I'm sure I remember seeing several pages in the book produced by the Ayuntamiento devoted to the development of Los Gigantes with plans of the proposed development of the plaza. The lower level of the Tamara complex had only just been completed when I first visited the area in the mid 1980's.

    Thanks for that tip.

    Yes, the book does cover the early development of Los Gigantes, including one of the early sales leaflets. But it seems to say nothing of the modernisation of Puerto de Santiago including the enormous development of what must have been a sheer cliff-side descending directly down to the harbour and beach into a major roadway and apartment blocks etc.