Kissed by the Tenerife sun on your arrival at Reina Sofia airport, you can´t help but be impressed by Montaña Roja the red mountain that stands guard just beyond the runway. Answer its call and let a Titsa green public bus unlock the beaches, wind sports and wildlife that thrive in the Granadilla zone.
There are two choices, the 470 Granadilla bus is more frequent, hourly at peak times, starts at Los Cristianos, and takes a more leisurely hour long journey. Or the 483 El Medano bus starts at Playa de Las Americas bus station, referred to as Costa Adeje, is roughly every 90 minutes and shaves 20 minutes and several interesting detours off the trip. Grab your multi-ride bono ticket for a cheaper ride (470 one way €2.05, 483 one way €1.75) and easy hop on and off options, and let’s try the longer route.
Las Galletas is your first sea sighting, you can almost reach out and touch the shingle beach from the bus, it’s an old fishing village but the new Marina del Sur adds a classy modern touch. Just beyond and inland is Costa del Silencio, a fusion of early Belgium development and a latter day British influx. Look out for the cheeky sculpture of bathers in antique costumes and at the turning circle by the main bus stop you get a glimpse of the mountains and ravines that make this such a popular start point for walkers.
Back on the main motorway a turn off at Las Chafiras leads down into Golf del Sur, a circular modern development built around a magnificent golf course. On the downward trip you get the first tantalizing glimpses of Montaña Roja looking even more majestic framed by the Atlantic. Back at the top a hairpin turn leads down into Los Abrigos, a charming small fishing village with a big reputation for fish restaurants looking out onto old wooden boats bobbing around in the harbour.
It’s not only plane spotters that crane their necks to see the iron birds come and go from the coastal road that goes behind Tenerife South airport. This is not as intrusive as you might expect, the wide sandy beaches leading up to Montaña Roja are always busy and the skies are peppered with kite surfers. The big camp site is a good early stop to get off and walk around the base of the mountain or take the short rewarding walk up to the top. At this point nature is in full swing with a protected nature reserve where bird species are varied and easy to spot.
Staying with the bus the road loops up and curls down into the main street of El Medano dropping you within a toe’s dip of the sea. There´s a lovely chilled out attitude in El Medano partly due to the surfers but also encouraged by the way the promenade merges into the sand and the series of sandstone coves and then into the gently shelving sea. Brits tend to get a nostalgic twinge when they see the pier jutting out into the sea from the Hotel El Medano, aah you can almost taste the candy floss and see the Punch and Judy show. Hold that image of the pier and swap the rest of the flashback for a chilled beer or glass of wine and some tapas at the beach side as you watch the surfers slicing through the waves – smashing, and you didn’t even have to worry about parking.
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