Tenerife South's Yellow Mountain in Amarilla Bay in the Canary Islands

In Costa del Silencio

Amarilla means yellow in Spanish and in Tenerife's Costa del Silencio there is a Yellow Mountain by Amarilla Bay. This impressive Canary Islands volcanic cone towers over the community complex it stands next to and looks out over the sea all the way down to El Médano where there is a Red Mountain.

Montaña Amarilla really is a yellowish colour and is a unique volcanic mountain that has been designated as a natural reserve of interest to geologists and anyone studying the native flora and fauna of Tenerife.


Ceropegia fusca. Photo by Steve Andrews
Ceropegia fusca. Photo by Steve Andrews

Strange plants

Several strange plants including the silvery-grey-stemmed and succulent Cardoncillo (Ceropegia fusca) grow on its sides and in the semi-desert below.

For most of the year this odd looking species has no leaves or flowers. They are carried by the plant only briefly in the winter months.

Yellow Mountain is also a great place for ramblers and anyone who fancies climbing up to the top and looking out over Costa del Silencio in one direction and along the coast to the Golf del Sur in the other.

Yellow Mountain

Yellow Mountain in Amarilla Bay
Yellow Mountain in Amarilla Bay

Tenerife South Airport

The community housing complexes close to Amarilla Bay have plenty of Tenerife apartments for rental on a long and short term, and the area of Costa del Silencio is popular with many people looking for Tenerife accommodation in the south of the island. Amarilla Bay’s own complex is quiet and well-maintained and looks out over the sea. The Reina Sofia Tenerife South Airport is also within a short drive making it a convenient place to live or take a holiday.

Flicks Bar

Amarilla Bay has the popular Flicks Bar right in front of the sea and many people enjoy relaxing there. On Sunday afternoons there is a live cabaret session and Sunday roast dinners are served as well. There is also entertainment most evenings at this venue. An episode of a comedy drama for the Welsh S4C TV channel was filmed on location at Flicks Bar.

Where is Amarilla Bay?

Scuba diving

Amarilla Bay has a small rocky beach but plenty of locals like to sunbathe here. Just along the coast at the foot of the Yellow Mountain there is one of Tenerife’s beaches where nudity is allowed and this is where the naturists like to gather.

The underwater environment in Amarilla Bay is very popular with scuba divers and a TV documentary was filmed there about life under the sea. Many fish and marine creatures can be seen here and dolphins are often spotted in the bay as well.

For quite a secluded area away from the bustle of the main resorts, Amarilla Bay has a lot of very different attractions on offer.

Yellow Mountain in Tenerife

© 2011 Steve Andrews

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Recently, a fellow hubber mentioned to me that we live in a beautiful world. Indeed, she is correct! Thanks for a look at this lovely area.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank YOU for commenting!

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Beth Pipe 5 years ago from Cumbria, UK

Interesting hub and lovely pics! As a geology graduate I'm fascinated this sort of thing. Also - I have the same sunglasses as you! Took me years to find a pair but finally unearthed some in Camden market a few years ago.

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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

Very nice hub, Brad of Ely, and also very adventurus.

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ALUR 5 years ago from USA

Well written and when I get a chance to travel I will go. Not sure I'll do the nudie beach-no need to frighten myself or be frightened lol.

Love it. Thanks for allowing me to escape for a moment.

You're welcome to see my own writing on hubs

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for your comments, Beth, carol3san and ALUR!

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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

Thank you for taking me for a ride in Red Mountain...learnt a lot from you:)

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank YOU for posting!

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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

Tenerife's Costa del Silencio looks and sounds enchanting. Love the photo and video. Thank you for sharing. Voted up, awesome and interesting.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, pmccray!

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

This sounds like a beautiful place to visit. I may have to add it to the long list of places I would like to visit. This was truly beautiful.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for commenting and good luck getting here one day!

Marissa 5 years ago

What a gorgeous place. Paradise Island. You are there Bard because you deserve paradise. No natural lover should live in a drab place.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Marissa! That is how I felt about it too but as you know it hasn't been easy for me to stay here!

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