It may have only been a circular target but to me it was a huge challenge, looking directly down the arrow as instructed I pulled back the bow and unleashed my arrow. It was nowhere near the bulls-eye but it hit the target and I felt magnificent. Robin Hood Adeje brings archery to an old farm in Fañabe up above its modern coastal namesake Playa Fañabe, and I soon had the same burning desire to master the skill that has inspired hunters and sportsmen for thousands of years.
Cleo from Austria and Helmut from Germany speak several languages and soon put me at ease. Helmet is a former archery champion of the Canary Islands and also president of the archery club for the south of Tenerife. A basic 45 minute training course will put you on the right path before shooting at traditional round targets and then moving on to life-sized animal models, some of them moving like Lola the pig, yes they have names for all 14 of them but don’t let that soften your resolve.
Helmut explained the equipment to me. “Robin Hood would have used a longbow for power but we use a carbon recurve bow which is much easier and doesn’t have the sight used by the Olympic archers.” Helmet makes his own quivers out of leather to hold the arrows so you can easily reach for your next ammunition.
Shooting was more difficult than on those flimsy children’s bows but with expert tuition I got better with each shot and even landed a pheasant – well a 2 dimensional picture on a hay bale. The combination of hand to eye co-ordination and technique takes some mastering but it’s a very rewarding feeling when the arrows start to fly true. Safety is top priority and Cleo and Helmut ensure that all precautions are taken without spoiling the fun.
The farm is in a protected natural area where animal hunting is not allowed, far away from distractions, and the setting helped to make me feel at one with nature. The sessions last for two and a half hours so there’s no rushing your shots and plenty of time to learn a new skill. The bows are very lightweight and suitable for all ages from eight to eighty, and group parties can enjoy some healthy competition with no previous experience. Despite its remote location there are parking and toilet facilities and a rest area with some shade. For a great and different experience archery scores a bulls-eye.
Robin Hood Adeje, Fanabe; exit 78 from the TF 1 motorway (signs for the Centro Ecuestre then follow the arrows); tel (0034) 608 972 015; open all days except Fridays, 10am until late, contact in advance; adults 29 euros, children (under 14yrs) 20 euros, resident and group discounts.
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