So what are you looking for, a marina or a beach? If you head down to Puerto Colon in Torviscas, just along from Playa de Las Americas you can have both. It’s a bit of a hidden gem even though it is in the heart of Tenerife’s southern tourist zone of Costa Adeje. I went on a scorching June Saturday and it was far from packed.
Head into San Eugenio and take one of the steep side turns downward and the options will open up to you. To the east the neat little marina is packed with every sort of sea craft you can imagine and you can hire anything from a jet ski to a luxury yacht. Many of the major sea excursions go from here so if you want whale and dolphin trips, booze cruises, fishing or diving, you will find it here. At mooring level there is a good array of small cafes and bars so you can watch the boats bobbing up and down and after a few drinks probably match them.
The beach Playa La Pinta is to the west and separated from the marina by a three storey commercial centre packed with food and drink venues, on the top floor there is even a large pool hall. The beach is perfect for families, caressed in a small bay with fine yellow sand gently shelving into the sea, More cafes and bars line the back of the beach separated by just a few steps from the sand and beyond that the magnificent mountains of Adeje remind you that your just a short hop from unspoilt rural retreats.
At the marina side of the bay there is a protected play area with an inflatable tethered assault course for the kids called Iceberg. It’s not cheap but is supervised by a life guard and non swimmers get a life jacket so they can join in the fun too. The rocky arms that protect the bay ensure there are no big waves but beware of rocks on the sea bed close to the extreme sides. The gentle nature of the bay also means you may not appreciate how hot it is there in the full sun so keep slapping the cream on, especially on the youngsters.
If you like walking there is a coastal path all the way back into Las Americas and beyond to Los Cristianos. After dark the bars and restaurants on the beach and marina side are lively and family friendly and the lights of the boats flowing in and out adds to the gentle lap of the sea.
Puerto Colon – 5 minutes walk down from San Eugenio, bus stops by the large red commercial centre.
Iceberg – Five euros per hour or 40 euros for all day.
Sun Beds – Four euros per hour.
Category : beaches
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