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Hotel La Tejita Beach Club Resort in Tenerife, Spain

The construction of a hotel in La Tejita beach began in 2019. Since its construction occupies the limits of the terrestrial-maritime delimitation under review, is illegal. It also affects protected areas, and one of the largest natural beachs in Tenerife


The idea of building a hotel in 'La Tejita' beach in Granadilla de Abona dates back to 1970 with the end of the Francoist dictatorship [1], an authoritarian and a pro-growth regime that showed indifference to the value of some landscapes and based mainly on urbanization and the expansion of mass tourism in coastal areas [2].

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Hotel La Tejita Beach Club Resort in Tenerife, Spain
State or province:Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Location of conflict:Granadilla de Abona
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Tourism Recreation
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Tourism facilities (ski resorts, hotels, marinas)
Specific commodities:Tourism services
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The project consists on a 5-stars infrastructure with 883 beds, a surface of 26.758 square meters and a front of 276 meters in the abreast of La Tejita beach.

Project area:2,6
Level of Investment for the conflictive project20,840,273.65
Type of populationSemi-urban
Start of the conflict:29/12/2015
Company names or state enterprises:Grupo Viqueira from Spain
Relevant government actors:- Ayuntamiento de Granadilla de Abona (City Council of Granadilla de Abona)
- Cabildo Insular de Tenerife (Island Council of Tenerife)
- Servicio Provincial de Costas en Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Provincial Coastal Administration of Santa Cruz de Tenerife)
- Ministerio para la transición ecológica y reto demográfico (Ministry for ecological transition and demographic challenge)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:· Salvar La Tejita.
· Asociación Tinerfeña de Amigos de la Naturaleza (ATAN).
· Ecoocéanos.
· Asamblea en Defensa de Nuestra Tierra - ADNT
· Coordinadora Medioambiental Canaria.
· La Plataforma Los Silos-Isla Baja.
· Ben Majec - Ecologistas en Acción.
· Asociación el árbol rojo de Tegueste.
· Fundación Telesforo Bravo.
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Artistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Gathering signatures on, climbing construction cranes, stopping powel shovels.
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Potential: Other Environmental impacts, Soil contamination
Other Environmental impactsMarine pollution; destruction of the natural sand movement and alteration of dune formation; direct affectation to protected areas.
Health ImpactsPotential: Other Health impacts
Other Health impactsInfections and deseases related to swimming in polluted marine water
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Displacement, Loss of livelihood
Project StatusUnder construction
Conflict outcome / response:Court decision (undecided)
Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Project temporarily suspended
Proposal and development of alternatives:The environmental movements Salvar La Tejita and Ben-Majec-Ecologistas en acción demand the demolition of the hotel and the restauration of the area [16, 17]
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Yes
Briefly explain:Protests and legal activism stopped the construction of the hotel in order to preserve natural resources (beach, water, fauna, flora, etc.), against their destruction and dispossession. Other environmental and social movements have supported the initiative in La Tejita.
Sources & Materials
Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

[5] Ayuntamiento de Granadilla de Abona (2017): Sesión ordinaria de la junta de gobierno local. Concesión de licencia para movimiento de tierras para la construcción de un hotel de cinco estrellas en La Tejita. November 7. P. 21-23.
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[11] Ayuntamiento de Granadilla de Abona (2017): Sesión ordinaria de la junta de gobierno local. Expediente de licencia urbanística para proyecto básico para la construcción de un hotel de 5 estrellas. September 19.
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[12] Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica (2019): 11279 Exposición pública de deslinde del dominio público marítimo-terrestre del tramo comprendido entre Urbanización Costabella y Punta del Bocinegro, del t.m. Granadilla de Abona.
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[15] Ministerio para la transición ecológica y el reto demográfico (2020): El MITECO ordena la paralización cautelar de las obras del hotel La Tejita (Tenerife).
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

[2] Hamilton, S. (2017): Environmental Change and Protest in Franco’s Spain, 1939–1975. Environmental History, 22 (2), 257-281.
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[10] Sabaté-Bel, F. & Armas-Díaz, A. (2022): Commodification or the right to the island: The struggle against the construction of a hotel in La Tejita (Tenerife). Island Studies Journal. Early access.
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[3] (2015, December 26). Granadilla concederá una licencia para construir un hotel de 5 estrellas en La Tejita. Tenerife Ahora.
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[4] El Día (2019): Comienza la construcción del hotel autorizado en Sotavento, en La Tejita. June 6.
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[6] Diario de Avisos (2016): Cejas: “Cumpliré el código ético que firmé, pero todavía queda tiempo por delante”. April 26.
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[16] Tenerife Ahora (2020): Ben Magec ve "insuficiente" la paralización cautelar de las obras del hotel de La Tejita y pide su demolición. June 25
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Ecologistas en Acción (2020): Exigen la paralización efectiva y definitiva de las obras del hotel en la Tejita (Tenerife). June 25.
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Diario de Avisos (2021): Viqueira podrá levantar el hotel de La Tejita, pero con 60 habitaciones menos. February 27.
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El Día (2020): Los activistas de La Tejita advierten que se bajarán de las grúas cuando paren las obras. June 19.
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

[1] Salvar La Tejita (2016): Historia Costabella - La Tejita.
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[13] Salvar La Tejita (2019): Interview with Jaime Coello. Fundación Telesforo Bravo.
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Meta information
Contributor:Daniel Duque Funes, Plataforma Salvar La Tejita. [email protected]; Alejandro Armas Díaz, Institut für Geographie, Universität Leipzig, [email protected]
Last update25/03/2022
Conflict ID:5114
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