By their very nature resorts on Tenerife aren’t tranquil places to go if you want to get far from the crowd, madding or otherwise. There are coastal resorts where life potters along at a low key pace and which don’t have the buzzing vibrancy of the party areas of Playa de las Américas or Costa Adeje. But they’re not exactly rural idylls and there’s never any doubt you’re in a resort area.
However, if you feel the need to escape and find a spot where the hotels and apartments magically disappear you don’t always have to hire a car or jump on a bus to head to Tenerife’s people-free hinterland. There are serene areas of natural beauty right in the heart of (or at least off to one side) many of Tenerife’s resorts, even those considered the biggest and brashest.
Playa de las Américas
If you want a quiet piece of coast all to yourself (well, maybe with a handful of others) head to the stretch of rough and rocky coastline between the Beach Club at Hotel Villa Cortes and Playa del Camison. The lack of sandy beaches along here keeps the crowd away. It’s got a totally different vibe to any other part of the resort’s seafront with a sea pool, a bleached wooden walkway and some eye-catching works of modern act that compliment the laid-back non-resorty atmosphere.
Costa Adeje has expanded massively over the last decade as luxury hotels have added chic glamour to its western edges. It’s around these 5 star beauties that the tranquil spots are to be found. The outcrop of rock topped with lush gardens and a mock castle acts as a natural barrier between El Duque and the rest of Costa Adeje. A path leads around the rock to quiet little spots which are perfect for sitting and gazing dreamily at the oh so blue waters and La Gomera on the horizon.
Costa del Silencio
There might be a lack of beaches but once you make your way through the maze of apartments, shopping centres and hotels in Costa del Silencio to reach the coast you’ll be rewarded with one of the most unusual stand-out features of Tenerife’s coastline, Montaña Amarilla. As a bonus, there’s a funky garden shed café with imaginative seating from which to lap up the surreal views.
Golf del Sur
Stroll a short distance from the eastern end of Golf del Sur to reach the Sandos San Blas Hotel to arrange entry into the San Blas Nature Reserve hidden in the folds of the pumice terrain of the south east coast of Tenerife. As well as feeling like you’ve taken a step back in time, there are some delightful surprises to be discovered in the maze of gulleys winding away from the coast.
Follow the coast between Los Gigantes and Puerto Santiago to seek out Crab Island. It’s easier to find from the Puerto Santiago side as you have to negotiate a housing development from the other direction. It’s not an island and you might be lucky to spot any crabs but the small sea pool here feels completely removed from the resort behind it. It’s especially enchanting at sunset.
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