How Living On A Hippie Beach Looks Like

(Sound for getting into the vibe 😉 )

It’s now 39 days I’m in Tenerife and I love it more and more. In the first 1-2 weeks I thought I’m crazy to stay almost three months here alone, without any plan where to go or what to do, without knowing anyone … but now I don’t want the time to pass by to have to return home again.

The neighbour hood

I’ve met so many new people, had so many interesting conversations, learned a lot about myself and changed my view on many things in life – and I can say it’s still the beginning of my trip. I already know so many people here and I feel like the whole island is like a small village. Well, the whole world is! Yesterday I’ve met a guy who asked where I’m from and when I told him „Sibiu – Romania“ he was really surprised to hear because he stayed there three months before his trip to Tenerife and then he asked „Do you know Diana? The girl with the bangs and pink hair?“ of course I know her! (Love you, Dizzy btw.) – just everything so connected!

I really want to share with you some pictures of  my beloved little place up on the hills here on the hippie beach of La Caleta in Tenerife and how I live here. I pretty much have everything I need for living here, not like I am used at home but it’s perfectly fine. For getting anything I need I have to walk some distance because the next small village is 3km away and the next city 5km. Water is the most difficult to carry up here, as I am not a really big girl, haha. It’s a good training walking up and down like 10 times a day. *update after 2,5 months: I can carry 32l of water at once*  Argh, I feel strong now!

Waking up and embracing the new day and it’s adventures like:

I simply adore mornings here! Waking up by the first sunshine reaching your skin, having coffee or a good black tea with your neighbour and eating delicious cereals with fruits, honey, cacao and Gofio (it’s Canarian flour which is a popular ingredient in Canarian cooking) – so tasty, yumm!

Coffee time in my living room

Having breakfast with the neighbours 

After enough black tea and a healthy breakfast, the energy level should be secured for half of the day. So my day starts with different activities, from going for water, food or to the city for charging my gear and wifi if I’m in the mood for „internet day“.

Meanwhile I know each stone on the way to my place and I am able to walk even by night without light here. When I’m thinking back on the first days here, when I couldn’t even find my tent and was looking for it like one hour … I progressed. I’m just so much more connected with the moon, nature itself in general and it’s great! It teaches me a lot about myself and how my body works. I have to say that I had only three days where I didn’t feel well, because when I picked my mom from the airport we ate a pizza at a restaurant and after that I threw up and couldn’t eat or drink anything. But that’s it – the only days I felt bad. I don’t even have back or stomach problems like I use to have back home. I really feel healthy and fresh. *Update after being back home: I gained 5kg of weight – which for me seemed always impossible and I really wished for it to happen (unlike other girls). I’m really happy with that and I feel very fit.*

If I have to go to the city to make my supply this takes pretty much half of the day because it’s far and it’s really hot in the last time here.

If I have to go to take a shower, I go up to the nearby Golf Club, where they have clean toilets and „shower“. Well, it’s not really a shower but sweet water is coming out of it and you get used having a 80cm high tap, it’s a proper shower. 😉

Number of warm showers in 3 months: 3 

Nights slept in a bed: 3 

I appreciated these three showers so much like never before in my life! Even if I’m used with having cold showers at festivals, but the festivals usually don’t last longer than one week and than I can have a normal shower in my bathroom home again – here showering for months only outside somewhere and watching out for the securities not to come, I guess you feel me and what I want to say. Just bless the bathrooms and the showers!

I live on a hippie beach but hygiene is still somewhere very up on my list and I like to keep myself and my things clean.  Daily showers I take in the ocean with bio soap (I refused to wash myself in the ocean in the beginning but walking up the hill for showering to sweat again when coming down is really not that useful, so I got used to it – some coconut oil helps against my dry skin). Though when it comes to washing my hair I’m very fussy! For that it has to be fresh, sweet water. So for that and for washing my clothes I walk up with my bucket and some detergent, gypsy style full power! Well, I did go 3 times to the lavanderia (laundry) to wash my clothes properly but it was too expensive, too far and too expensive again, hahah, no seriously 4€ for washing + 4€ more for drying when I can do it on my own.

If I need food I walk to the not so nearby supermarket and buy vegetables, fruits, noodles, cereals, honey, dates, cookies, tea, coffee etc. I also went couple of times in the evening doing dumpster diving at the supermarkets „trash“ – it’s just unbelievable how much good food you can actually find there.  There are a lot people here doing that, some don’t spend a cent on food. Of course it’s not something for everybody but it’s a possibility too. We cook together here and share a lot. Everyone brings something he has and we mix it and prepare some delicious dishes. Eating together is just so much more tasty.

And then there is the „problem“ with batteries for the load of electronics I carry with me as we have no electricity here. I have to go to bigger cities and sit somewhere in a Cafe, for charging and using wifi to check mails and for working. You can imagine how long I sit there until my Laptop, 3 Camera batteries and phone are charged! Drinking my coffee veeeeery slowly to sit half of the day there without having to order 10 coffees :)))

*Everything else got stolen but luckily I still own my gear – bless, universe*

After the batteries for my gear are charged, I enjoy this stunning working place … so inspiring!

Well, I have less (especially after my bag got stolen), but everything I need here. And the fact that getting and doing everything here is harder than I’m used to, just doesn’t plays a big role anymore. I got used to walk one hour to everywhere, carry 15 kg on my back from far away, save water, walk 20 minutes for bringing my trash to the trash place, make fire for cooking. I live in the middle of nature with a bunch of beautiful and colorful people, anything else just can’t be such a deal.

For that here everything easily turns into a crazy adventure, like going to have a shower to the Golf Club and running naked over the smooth grass at sunset, going to do laundry and having no clothes to put on because we put everything, even the ones we wore into the washing machine and going to the city for getting something turns into a three days trip to the mountains. Everything is so exciting and not knowing what happens next get’s my blood racing.

Here I really learn to appreciate everything I used to use in my daily life back in Vienna without really appreciating it or thinking about how it would be without having it. It’s a good way to teach anyone to do so. It shows me that there is also this kind of living your life, it teaches me to really appreciate the little things and to help and be kind whenever I can do so.

I also love the stressless, beautiful days here where you can do whatever you feel to. I have time to be creative and time to grow spiritually! The people and the vibes here are really tranquilo … so enjoying that! 🙂 *Update: read the blog post after living two and a half months there here.*

If you consider visiting this magnificent place respect it and the people there, leave no trash and be open for discovering new parts of yourself! Bam bule!

Portrait, Beauty, Festival & Travel Photographer, based in Vienna.

13 Kommentare

  • bojana

    and yes, i forgot!
    so in the end is it safe or not to leave things without any supervising?do you have some advice when it comes to that? i’m going alone too, any advice i would appreciate ..
    peace 😉

  • bojana

    hei!my friend 🙂
    i’m reading this and its like in my dreams!my plan is to go to tenerife in one,maybe two months..please, can u tell me do you know something about what is like there after those „cleanings“? is it the fist time that happened?
    and also, i read a few blogs about men from island..that they are“primitive like animals“, “ old fashioned patriarchal and seriously need re-education regards equal rights“, that women are“ not ever fully safe“ on the island, and there are a bunch of „freaks“ within the hippy community, its not safe for girl alone… can imagine, i really read every blog there about islands 🙂
    listen i’m still going 🙂 i’m smart girl,instincts and brains ;))) but i just want to know on which level are those things? i think that we are thinking a very similar, so i would very appreciate your opinion about the subject..
    tnx for the answer
    maybe we meet sometime somewhere in some corner of this beautiful planet 🙂
    peace and have nice day(life), sister! 🙂

    • Andreea Mercurean

      Hey dear, sorry for the last answer, I was very busy the past months.
      Tenerife is a safe place to travel for a girl. Nothing ever happened to me in those 3 months I was living there. Of course there are freaks and strange people everywhere also in the hippie community but you’ll meet a lot of amazing people too. And as you say you are smart and have instincts and the feel for situations which to better avoid. Last year I went it was different than 2 years ago, so after the ‚cleanings‘. It was not the same vibe anymore and if you live there you had to hide more than 2 years ago because after the cleanings the police checked more often. But I don’t know how the situation now is. I would just go and see myself. explore it! You’ll love this place. Keep me updated how your trip was 🙂
      Meet you somewhere 🙂 Take care of you sister

    • Andreea Mercurean

      I think you’ll meet people with low energy and bad intentions anywhere but that doesn’t necessarily take the good energy of the place 😉
      And for 4 months I lived there nothing got stolen from me (having laptop, camera gear etc.)

  • Carlos de Luz

    Awesome blog!

    I was doing this vagabonding thing in Tenerife many, many years ago, must have been 2011. I was there for a few months like you.

    Back then I heard some talk about that hippie beach but never went there to check it out as at that young & tender age, I was still kind of fucked up and a bit too uncomfortable with myself & the world. Reading ur posts about ur experience there makes me regret not going there to check it out, my trip could have been so much more educating and profound. It was a really good trip though, really turned my life around.

    Now I hear that Calletas has been evicted by the cops, have u stayed in touch with the people there in order to confirm that it’s really all gone? I really wish I could have seen the place in its glory. Fuck the police, seriously, where do they think these people will live? 😮

    I found or blog searching for some good juice on Tenerife, as I’m gonna return to the paradise island this winter hoping to find an underground beach spot, secluded cave or some new friendz to squat with. This time I’m trying to stay there at least 6 months, which sounds insane but all I want is to escape babylon and reconnect with nature. Tenerife definitely is a very, very special place in the world. Coming from someone who has been kind of everywhere.

    The Teide is looking like it’s about to erupt, interesting times ahead!

    • Andreea Mercurean

      Thank you Carlos 🙂
      Tenerife is a special place with a special high energy, not only for me & you, happy that so many people I met say that. It truly is special.
      Your trip was special even without going to the hippie beach and that’s good too. The cops were already „cleaning“ the place/beach last year which is sad, because it changed the place (Caleta & Galletas) so much … the energy is still special but the people who lived there made it even more special. You’ll still find some people living there but really hidden and not as many as 2 years ago. But there are many places to squat and live for a while 🙂 I wish I was there for couple of months too, but I’ll sure return to the magical island ♡
      Enjoy your time there & stay safe! Let’s keep in touch about that.
      Blessings & sunshine

  • Cathal

    The cave houses remind me of Granada 🙂
    Is the area quite welcoming ? Like could u show up without knowing anyone and just settle in in a tent ?
    Also, did u try to get any odd jobs for cash , and was it difficult ?
    Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Andreea Mercurean

      You’re right, it has similarities to caves in Granada 🙂
      it is very welcoming, in fact that’s what I did too: I didn’t know anyone there and just ‚moved‘ there with my tent. Everybody is really friendly and open so you get to know all if you are just speaking to them. Don’t know how many people are still living there at the moment but for sure still some good people left. I didn’t work when I lived there, I had some cash saved from back home and I didn’t need much because I was living really simple. But there may be some jobs in bars or you can play on the streets for some extra cash 🙂
      You plan going there? Let me know about your experience if so 🙂

  • 3

    Very inspiring posts, thnak you for sharing all these moments and thoughts!

    I love the pics, too. What brand of camera equipment do you use?
    And also do you have any recommandations when it comes to tents, which ones resist the best? (My old one broke in windy conditions)

    • Andreea Mercurean

      thank you dear happy you enjoy them!
      I have a Sony Alpha 7II and use different lenses from Sony and Minolta. For tent recommandations I can tell that I am very happy with my Queedo . It’s a quick system to build it up and waterproof 100%. But a little bit heavy for backpacking, perfect if you travel by car 🙂 take a look on it.
      Have a good day! 🙂