TENERIFE, Spain — Bethany Evans’s first experience watching Wales The World Cup She had many of the essential components she had always imagined. Mark, her father and friends, was by her side. She has been following her example ever since. Wales Both on land and at sea

They are all around them Wales fans were decked out in the country’s red jerseys and bucket hats and draped in dragon-crested flags, all of it underscoring the supporters’ nickname: The Red Wall.

And then there was alcohol — lots and lots of alcohol. It has been absent. a major subject of discussion since Qatar’s decision to ban beer sales in the tournament’s stadiums. It was still being sold here unabashedly, as fans shouted, jumped, and hollered their ways through. a Two sunken bars in the corner a Street in Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

“This has been really amazing to plan,” Evans, 25, a Pontypridd is a South Australian health and safety manager WalesThe summertime tweet of, a The party she viewed on this island became something much more than she could have ever imagined.

While Evans’s original dream was to Attend the World Cup in Qatar itself — Wales has qualified for the first time since 1958 — she said a Combination of cost, circumstance rules, rules, and moral questions ruled it out. Instead, she and thousands more Welsh fans opted instead. to Make this party island, located approximately 4,000 miles away in Qatar, your home for the tournament.

Fans Tenerife has seen a slew of tourists arrive this week, hoping to enjoy the sun-kissed beaches. World Cup celebration they have always craved — on their terms, and on their budget.

“I’m just gutted that the first time we get to the World Cup, it’s not one for the working man,” Lee Chamberlain, 50. a North Mold painter and decorator Wales. Chamberlain stated a travel agent presented him with two options: three or four days with tight purse strings (and drinking rules) in Qatar, or 10 days at one of Tenerife’s nicer hotels, all inclusive. It was a He said it was a no-brainer.

This supporters from a Tournament-starved country like Wales They have been dissuaded, en masse from heading to Qatar speaks volumes about the motives of soccer’s powers that be, many Welsh fans said.

Except for the host country, which automatically qualifies, Wales he was the most absent from the World Cup of any of this year’s competitors, last qualifying 64 years ago, when coverage was more difficult and traveling fans was practically nonexistent.

“It made me very proud to think I was there to see them,” Les Thomas, 90 years old, was from Kerry. He was able to to Attend a You can play at the World Cup He was in Sweden in 1958 while serving overseas with British navy. Thomas stated that he saw nothing. a A small group of Welsh fans gathered at the stadium’s opposite end that day.

Over the decades that followed, that tournament — and those who attended and played in it — gained mythical status in Wales, a Hilly country of approximately three million people. Generation after generation failed to You will be eligible for the next major championship which culminates in the low of 2011 Wales Had fallen to 117th place in the world, just behind countries like Guyana, Guatemala, and Haiti.

But there are other things. Wales continued to These talents have produced many generations of talent, but new stars such as Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, and others emerged. They They and their teammates reached semifinals of 2016’s European Championship and qualified for the next edition. Despite all the difficulties, optimism was growing about Qatar.

After Wales Ukraine sent in a World Cup June playoff to Evans was thrilled to seal the deal and began to weigh her options.

“I wasn’t quite aware of some of the issues until they were brought to light,” she said of the concerns that have dogged Qatar’s preparations for the event. “I think I, and probably many others, are very ignorant to what goes on in other countries, because it’s not something that we really hear about until an event like this happens.”

Wales, like many competing nations, has been critical of Qatar’s hosting of the tournament. The team’s captain, Bale, had been expected to Wear a rainbow-colored armband for the L.G.B.T.Q. Community, only to FIFA threatens to ban you from leaving at the last moment to Anybody who does this should be punished. Welsh players were disciplined freedom to speak out They may also discuss such issues if they so choose. Before the tournament, there were some staff members from the Football Association of Wales reportedly refused to travel to Qatar is known for its anti-homosexuality laws.

Evans says that Evans is the most effective deterrent. to a World Cup Trip to She estimated that the Gulf was worth $500,000 a week in Qatar would set her back around £3,500 (roughly $4,100). She sent out a tongue-in-cheek tweet, saying that Qatar was too expensive and that she was looking for an alternative — “somewhere hot” — such as Tenerife, a Trip she estimated to Keep your eyes open a A quarter of the cost.

After a It was not popular and few people supported it. to Evans was invited to help you gain momentum to It will be discussed in an appearance a Welsh news broadcast. That was the lead to a There were over 2,400 people in this Facebook group as of last week. Fans shared their travel plans and negotiated drink deals with bars. They also discussed Tenerife’s merits. FIFA and Qatari organizers surprised the fans by announcing that beer would not be sold at stadiums.

“With football, I know it’s perhaps bad to say it, but you’ve got to have a drink, and you’ve got to have a good time as well,” Tyrone Fowler, 28 a Food delivery driver in Newport, South WalesWho was the head? to Tenerife, this week. “It’s about building the atmosphere.”

During Monday’s opener against the United States, Welsh fans in palm-lined Costa Adeje found touches of home in and around adjacent sister bars, The Original Wigan Pier and La Flaca, which at Evans’s request had agreed to Host fans and put Wales It also offers games on its TVs.

Cocktails had been given Welsh names, and the Welsh flag covered many of the bar’s walls and the trees outside. In one corner a Catering company brought in food and extra beer. to The two locations can accommodate over 400 guests. Beer a Only a few euros was much cheaper than the reported $14 for a half liter in Qatar.

An estimated 3,000 Welsh fans are expected in Tenerife over the next week or so, filling bars and restaurants in Costa Adeje, nearby Playa de las Américas and other coastal towns dotted across the island.

Monday night was the end of the world. a 1-1 draw for the United States Wales Fans, please feel relieved, rose to They raised their hands and sang the adopted anthem. “Yma o Hyd,” a A folk song by Dafydd Iwan, a nationalist singer in the 1980s. to “Still Here.”

Evans and others who were there later poured out into the night to see if Tenerife was Qatar. But it could have been anywhere as long as it felt and looked this good.

“It is just a family event,” Evans spoke before the game, reflecting upon how her simple suggestion had brought together so many like-minded fans to This sunny island is located 1,700 miles from my home. “You might not know them, but, in a way, you still do.”