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Oldest tourist area of Guía de Isora gets 1.1m euro modern facelift 

The tourist area of Varadero between Puerto de Santiago and Playa de la Arena has a brand new look, thanks to a 1.1 million euro renovation project.

Guía de Isora council is delighted that the extensive work is now complete after investing 60 per cent in the costs, with the rest coming from Tenerife Cabildo.

The roads have been resurfaced, pavements replaced, parking areas re-arranged and new street furniture installed. There has also been extensive landscaping and the replacement of lights with LED.

Councillor for urban planning and tourist development, José Miguel Mesa said Varadero had been the first tourist resort of the municipality in the early 80s but had become dated and needed to move with the times.

The focus of the project had been to improve and adapt the stretch from Avenida La Gaviota from the link with calle Alpispa, right up to the border of the neighbouring municipality of Santiago del Teide in Playa de la Arena.

The initiative has transformed the main avenue which connects Varadero with Playa de la Arena with a slower road, giving priority to pedestrians and eliminating architectural barriers such as kerbs.

Sr. Mesa said the previous design had been dangerous for pedestrians because of the speed at which cars travelled.

The council had spent money in the area before on aspects such as road resurfacing and lights but it had needed a complete design change.

Initially, it was thought car parking spaces would be lost but in the end, 60 extra ones had been created.

Work began in February 2015 and initially had a lead time of ten months although this went over-schedule by two extra months because of unforeseen difficulties such as in relation to sanitation and rainwater pipes.