Everyone knows the answer to that one. It’s the biggest, best known resort in the south of Tenerife.
Maybe once upon a time it was. But over the years Playa de las Américas has been shrinking.
Just before we moved to Tenerife, a friend took us to a massive development to the south west of Playas de las Américas and told us it was going to be a new, upmarket area filled with luxury hotels.
Costa Adeje was the posh bit on the end of las Américas.
Jump forward a decade and things have changed. Playa de las Américas is more or less the little area squeezed in between Los Cristianos and the expansive resort area that is now Costa Adeje.
‘Rubbish,’ I hear you cry. ‘We’ve been coming to Tenerife for years and Playa de las Américas stretches all the way to…’
All the way to where exactly?
Fans of the area know that Fañabe is in Costa Adeje but what about Puerto Colón? The Hotel Jardín Tropical lies beyond Puerto Colón in the direction of Los Cristianos. The hotel’s website shows its address as Costa Adeje.
A sure sign that you’re in Playa de las Américas is the Casino Playa de las Américas behind Playa Bobo. You’d think so, except the casino lies below the Hotel Gran Tinerfe. Once again the hotel’s website shows its address as being in Costa Adeje.
Confused? It gets better.
The Playa de las Américas bus station surely is evidence the area behind Playas Troya 1 and 2 is definitely las Américas. Not necessarily. There’s the little matter of Europe’s number one water park, Siam Park. Siam Park lies beyond the bus station, almost opposite Golf Las Américas.
Despite it being right beside the words Playa de las Américas on the map on the website’s location page, its address is also Costa Adeje.
The golf course, incidentally, is in Playa de las Américas.
But that makes no sense of the bus station’s name. Which is why the bus company, Titsa, is increasingly referring to las Américas bus station as Estación de Costa Adeje.
Head to the coast and the two beaches known as Troya 1 and 2 must be las Américas; they used to be known as Playa de las Américas 1 and 2. Nope. They’re also in Costa Adeje. A give-away is the presence of the Costa Adeje tourist office beside the beaches, right at the Barranco del Troya.
Cross over the small gully at the mouth of Barranco del Troya and one of the first places you’ll see is C.C. Veronicas in… Playa de las Américas at last.
This is the municipality boundary between the councils of Adeje (Costa Adeje) and Arona (Playa de las Américas, Los Cristianos).
This is where Playa de las Américas really begins; for the time being at least.
Where it ends on the Los Cristianos side is a question for another day.
In the end it’s all about names, marketing and what the flavour of the day is. None of which really matters when you’re strolling along the seamless promenade linking Adeje and Arona enjoying the warm sun on your face, the sea breeze in your hair and thoughts of an ice cool cerveza.
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