Locals in El Varadero breathed a sigh of relief last year when illegal camping at Punta Blanca was stopped and enforced by the local authorities. Suddenly there was an end to aggressive behaviour, noise in the streets, piles of rubbish left on the beach and a noticeable difference in the number of car and house break-ins.

However, other local authorities are not enforcing the law and over the Easter Weekend more than 10,000 illegal campers descended on the south coast of Tenerife.

There is only 1 authorised campsite in Tenerife, Montaña Roja, El Médano, which has toilet and washing facilities.

Campers complain that the site is too expensive, almost as expensive as staying in a hotel, and has very strict rules. They claim they are forced, year after year, to camp illegally facing harassment from local authorities and call on the government to create more authorised campsites at affordable prices.