Adeje, Culture And Art On Every Corner

Fri, June 1st, 2012 - By Colin

You don’t have to go far from the beaches of Costa Adeje to see the proud heritage of the past. Just 10 minutes inland from Fañabe, Torviscas and La Caleta is Adeje – one of my favourite towns – and it’s full of pleasant surprises.

Bombero, Adeje, Tenerife

Coming up from the Playa de Las Americas end the Guanche statue always causes a few double takes. Poised with his spear the ancient warrior is a reminder of when Adeje was a well defended vantage point over the south of the island. Just a couple of blinks away and a more modern warrior stands proud, this time a bombero (fireman), the local volunteer force have come to many people’s rescue.

Street art, Adeje, Tenerife

Up the palm lined Calle Grande and past the modern version of the Plaza de España the steep narrow street heads into the Piedra Redonda district and some stunning wall murals on a grand scale. The children’s playground is an art gallery and history book at the same time, flour and produce are being bought and sold at market in the biggest mural that wraps around an apartment block that is fully in use. A little further along giant birds peck away behind the climbing frame and swings – I was more used to misspelt comments on teachers and football heroes in my playground days. In the high end of the next street along there’s another tremendous mural but you need to stand on tip toes to see it over a wall and garden – just another casual masterpiece.

Street art, Adeje, Tenerife

Heading down to the bottom road junction the Iglesia San Jose de Los Olivos is not everyone’s idea of a place of worship but the stark minimalist design does make it stand out. A closer inspection reveals small but reverend stained glass windows, and the plaza around the church offers some of the best views over Golf Costa Adeje and across to La Gomera.

Iglesia San Jose de Los Olivos, Adeje, Tenerife

Further along Los Torres is the modern face of Adeje but they have taken up the challenge of adding a wow factor to functional buildings. The new police station is big and bold using different shades of stone work backed with a cactus in a quarry theme garden, and a wide welcoming entrance just in case you’re a little shy to enter.

Adeje School of Music

For me though The Adeje School Of Music opposite takes the prize for demolishing any idea that learning an instrument could be at all dull. The rainbow design along the side never ceases to make me smile and Beethoven’s bust sits at the end like a kindly music teacher waiting to pass on the baton to a new generation. No wonder it takes me quite a time to wander through the streets of Adeje.

Posted : Friday, June 1st, 2012 at 10:40 am
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