Club Marino at the top end of Costa del Silencio is a 3 star family hotel. The average rates for a standard room fall in the region of $39 – $63 per night.
There are supermarkets, bars and restaurants nearby and Club Marino is a standard pick up spot for the many tour buses that may take you out for the day or evening.
Just around the corner from Club Marino is the iconic Yellow Mountain, Montaña Amarilla of Costa Del Silencio. More a bump than a mountain, those who like walking will find several trails to follow that lead down to the sea or up to spectacular views from the top. After walking round Yellow Mountain, you can grab a cold beer at the little chiringuito that has sprouted up in the area.
Our apartment was spotless, very well equipped, staff very friendly and helpful. Ate a few times in the restaurant, food was very good and reasonably priced. The boiler was OK when we were there and the pool was lovely. We will definitely be going back here.
If you have done a Google search today, you might have noticed that the Google Doodle of the day is Rodin’s Thinker in honour of it being the 172nd anniversary of the sculptor’s birthday.
What you might not know is that Tenerife has it’s very own Thinker, though this one sits staring out to sea instead of contemplating the ground and he appears to owe more to the Cubist school of art than Rodin’s post-impressionist lines. 🙂
A lot of us dream about holidays in the sun, but if you’re looking for somewhere that ticks all the usual boxes for an island getaway – like good weather and nice beaches – as well as providing plenty of activities, Costa Adeje in Tenerife fits the bill perfectly.
This is on the south-west coast of Tenerife, so you can expect a decent amount of sunshine. It’s close to Playa de las Americas, which is a well-known bustling resort, but it’s quieter in terms of nightlife. This is an added bonus if you’re looking for a relaxing break, and you can always nip over to Playa de las Americas if you fancy a night on the town.
But before you start planning your options for the evening, check out what you can do during the day. Of course, plenty of people come to Tenerife because they want to hit the beach and not a lot else, but that seems like a bit of a waste in Costa Adeje, given the choice of activities. Read on to find out what not to miss.
Masca: a walker’s paradise
Whether you’re an avid walker or you’re just someone who likes seeing a bit more of your chosen destination, Masca is an absolute must-visit if you’re staying in Costa Adeje. This little village is located in a pretty gorge – and it’s this gorge that forms the basis of most serious walks here. That said, before you set off it’s definitely worth spending a little time in Masca itself. Why? Mainly because it’s known as the prettiest village in Tenerife.
It’s characterised by stone houses, sharp ravines and amazing sea views, as well as its tiny population. That said, it’s a good idea not to expect it to be a quiet place, unless you’re visiting at an odd time. After all, news travels fast and it’s now no secret that Masca is so scenic – so you’re likely to be sharing it with plenty of other travellers.
Still, it also marks the starting point of a great hike to the sea. There and back, the route takes around six hours, and the path can be steep, narrow and dotted with loose rocks, so you should be an experienced hiker to tackle it. It’s a really scenic, unusual trail (there’s some great plant life, and the gorge gets surprisingly narrow in places), so it’s well worth taking. Plus, it’s pretty easy to follow, so you don’t need to be too worried about getting lost, which is always comforting!
Tenerife is a popular choice among golfers, and Golf Costa Adeje is a great spot to choose. Offering 18-hole and nine-hole courses, it’s also got a driving range where you can practise your swing. Plus, there are two practice putting greens and a practice bunker, so it’s a good choice if you’re feeling a bit rusty. If you’re not, head to the championship course, which is the best place to put your skills to the test. The prices for playing vary between the summer and winter seasons, so it’s best to double check these before travelling.
Of course, you’re hardly going to book a hotel here without spending a bit of time on the beach – after all, it would be a bit of a waste of the location! There’s plenty more to do than sunbathe though, and you’ll find companies here and in Playa de las Americas that hire out surf gear. Alternatively, head to Puerto Colon (in Costa Adeje), where you’ll find boats that take holidaymakers on whale and dolphin-watching trips.
Joe is a travel blogger who usually takes up residence in the Canaries over the winter! He’s in the UK at the moment but is looking forward to his next Tenerife holidays.
Okay, so it was the little guy’s birthday yesterday. Instead of throwing Sami a birthday party we decided to take him ice-skating at the temporary rink in Santa Cruz. Him and his sister were thrilled at the idea so after opening pressies and having some breakfast birthday cake, we set off on the bus to Santa Cruz.
(Just as an aside, I want to remind visitors to Tenerife that there are discount tickets available for the TITSA bus service called Bono Cards. If you are going to be getting around by guagua, pick one up (€12 or €30) from the main bus stations or tour office near your hotel. With the Bono card discount we were charged €4.70 per person for a single journey (a child is charged as an adult after the age of 4) so there and back we were be looking at almost €40 already.
On arriving at Santa Cruz we walked from the bus station to the Plaza de España where a shabby white tent and a couple of beat- up looking offices told us we had found the ice rink. The price for a shot on the rink is very good indeed; €5 per adult per hour and €4 per child per hour. I would be happy to pay that for half the time (especially as I am the accompanying adult and I suspect the thrill of freezing my tail off going round in circles in the Pista de Hielo will begin to pale after about, oh, ten minutes or so).
So we queued along with the other families. The birthday boy was hopping from foot to foot in excitement saying, “I can’t believe I’m going ice-skating. On ice!” Then the other families began to step out of the queue looking a bit disgruntled. I figured there was no space at that moment but decided I’d go ahead and book us in for later in the day. Unfortunately, when I reached the caja the girl inside shrugged and said the rink was fully booked for the whole day.
What? It was only about 11.20 am by that time. “But we’ve come all the way up from the South on the bus…” I wanted to say, “It’s his birthday!” As if that was going to make any difference. In the end I booked us in for Sunday and we just took the kids for a Happy Meal and a wander round Santa Cruz.
So there you go. If you fancy hopping on the bus to go ice-skating in Santa Cruz – don’t bother! Not unless you’ve got tickets booked for days in advance. For what it is worth ticket sales for the Pista De Hielo de Tenerife are by LetsGoTickets.es. They do have a website and it looks like you should be able to book online.
I’ve no doubt we’ll have a great time on Sunday and the kids start school again the next day so it is a nice way to finish off their holidays. The price per hour is very cheap indeed and ice-skating is such a novelty here that I can see why it would be so popular. It’s just such a shame that there was no public information about booking in advance or the ticketing website. That would have saved us a wasted journey and a my wee boy from a birthday disappointment.
You know the story, The Emperor’s Clothes, in which two swindlers convince the Emperor that the robe they weave for him out of fresh air is in fact spun from thread so pure that only the most worthy can see it? The town go wild swooning over the quality of the fabulous robe while the Emperor struts around in his altogether like a bantam cock (oops) until one little boy pipes up that the Emperor has no clothes on.
In my humble opinion a lot of Emperor’s Clothes syndrome goes on in the art world. Some rich, powerful or insane art critic gives the nod to some ghastly piece of work and because of his or her stature everyone else falls over themselves to agree how wonderful the monstrosity is.
Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’
Take Tracey Emin’s My Bed for example. (Please take it somewhere far away. Then burn it). It is an ugly and depressing thing that detracts from its environment and blights the world. Who in their right mind would give it house room (Charles Saatchi, actually!) much less put it up as a contender in a major art competition?
Fountain of Fuglies
Something just as ugly has sprung up in the middle of Costa del Silencio. As part of the general refurbishment of the town the council in all their wisdom have removed the totems that stood in front of El Chapparal for over thirty years. The residents were told that the old wooden structures had started to decay but replicas would be made and would soon replace the original carvings.
The totems had a meaning and a place in the heart of the town. They represented the combined community of the seven Canary Islands and yet as each totem was unique, they also represented the individuality of each of the islands. The totems also stood tall and proud, fulfilling a basic requirement of most landmarks. They could be seen from a distance.
Soon after the totems were taken down workers started construction on a large oval basin. Obviously some sort of fountain…
Is it a bird, is it a plane…
It seemed to have seven pipes and light fittings. Could this mean a dancing fountain of seven different coloured water spouts? That would be nice to sit and watch of a summer evening, eh?
Work went on and on. Much time was spent on the mosaic round the outside of the ‘fountain’. It was almost as if the workers did not want to get to the next step – installing the figures. I am not suprised.
All boobs and no brains
God in Govan, who dreamt this horror up? And who rubber stamped it? If art is deemed successful if it inspires emotion then I must say this monstrosity is a runaway success because I hate it so much I am inspired to smash it to pieces with a baseball bat.
I am not alone. No-one I have asked in Silencio likes the thing. The consensus of opinion is that the government is poking fun at the tourists. But what cruel fun. Look at these dumpy, gormless creatures!
Duh! Are these seven hefty bathers, staring slack-mouthed at the sky supposed to express the unity yet individuality of the seven Canary Islands? If so I wonder which one is represented by the men-things which have a bigger moob problem than Jack Nicholson.
The water that you see in the pictures really is that colour. If people in Silencio start to succumb to swamp-borne disease you will know where to find the hot zone. I don’t think the council has ever turned on the pumps making this eyesore also an excellent nursery pond for mosquitoes.
Many, including me, think that this street installation is an insult to the tourism and expatriate money that made Tenerife what it is today. To me it is a blot on the landscape and a dire waste of council money which could have been better spent renovating poor, neglected Damon Park. To one little boy, it is something of a mystery. “Couldn’t they do people good?” my son asked me in a puzzled tone.
It’s true. You would have thought that if someone’s bright idea of modern art was a stone bath full of metal transexuals in the centre of the town that they would have hired a half decent artist to make a proper go of it.
Still, you never know. The Costa Del Silencio Fountain of Fuglies’ may succeed where Tracey Emin failed and win the Turner Prize.
If so, can we spend the prize money on Damon Park, donate the ugly thing to Charles Saatchi and have our totems back please.
There is so much more to Tenerife than the tourist flesh pots of the south and you do not have to go far off the beaten path to find some real old world charm.
The tourism arm of Arona borough (which encompasses said flesh pots) have been producing some nice little videos on Youtube to showcase the area beyond Los Cristianos and Las Americas. Have a look at the one below to see what you can expect to find in rural Arona and then have a look at the TurismoArona channel on Youtube for more.