Worth a Trip: Eco-Tourism in El Roque

The waters off the coast of Puerto de la Aldea are part of a pilot project to attract ecotourism to the area. The El Roque Micro Área (www.microareas.org) encompasses a small stretch of spectacular virgin coastline and local authorities hope to entice hikers, divers, snorkellers and kayakers in a sustainable initiative that seeks to raise awareness – and funds – in this forgotten corner of the island. At present, facilities are thin on the ground so you need to be self sufficient, but the canvas is certainly an impressive one. There is no admission fee for the time being.