The cosy town of Callao Salvaje on the west coast of Tenerife may be easy to miss on the map, but don’t be fooled. Small yet beautiful, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to unwind on your getaway to the Canaries. Tenerife’s location off the coast of Morocco means that Callao Salvaje enjoys a year-round sunshine with highs of 33oC. Once a small village, the resort has recently undergone huge developments and the accommodation and amenities available to tourists are of fantastic quality.
Callao Salvaje is between the buzzing resorts of Playa de las Américas and La Arena, meaning that you can enjoy the excitement of the larger tourist towns while still being able to relax on the beach in peace. The town is known for its friendly locals and is perfect for families with younger children. Couples will also find that Callao Salvaje makes a great spot for a romantic escape, with charming little restaurants scattered along the coast.
Playa de la Américas
A 10-minute taxi ride from Callao Salvaje is the lively resort of Playa de la Américas, purpose-built in the 1960s as the party capital of Tenerife. The resort draws in huge crowds of holidaymakers with its six golden, sandy beaches stretching all around the southwestern tip of the island. You’re not just limited to sunbathing, either- with a range of activities on offer from jet skiing to scuba diving, the beaches of Playa de la Américas are packed with excitement.
The nightlife of Playa de la Américas is its main appeal. Younger tourists flock to the resort from all over Tenerife in the evenings, ready to dance the night away. The Verónicas strip is a popular party hotspot. Cabaret bars and nightclubs stretch a kilometre along the coast. As the sun rises, don’t expect the party to stop- revellers can be found dancing in the streets throughout the day!
Playa de la Arena
Playa de la Arena, up the west coast from Callao Salvaje, is the perfect day trip location for those looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of Playa de la Américas. Towering above the resort is Mount Teide, the volcano responsible for the silky black sand covering the Playa de la Arena beach. The beach is impeccably clean and sports a team of dedicated lifeguards throughout the day, making it an ideal spot for families. Those that prefer to relax in the evening will find solace in one of Playa de la Arena’s many laid-back bars. In the summer the streets are filled with fiestas, so there’s something for everyone.
Between Callao Salvaje and Playa de la Américas lies Costa Adeje, a shining beacon of luxury overlooking the Atlantic ocean. The resort is a favoured spot of tourists and celebrities alike. The Beckhams have a particular penchant for kicking back in the classy cabaret bars and cosy restaurants. You can choose from one of two beaches- the rich, Saharan sands of Playa del Duque, or the black volcanic beach at Playa Fañabe. Both enjoy a Blue Flag rating. Costa Adeje is perfect for children, with the amusement rides of Siam Park-based a short distance from the resort, and the Las Águilas Jungle Park just a 10-minute drive inland. The 18-hole Costa Adeje Golf course near Callao Salvaje makes an excellent daytime retreat for adults.
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Teide National Park
The Teide National Park is an incredible stretch of land in the middle of Tenerife, formed by the solidified rivers of lava that once flowed from Mount Teide. The Park has excellent hiking trails for travellers looking for adventure, and if you’re feeling brave you can scale the gigantic summit of the volcano to observe the best panoramic views in Spain.
Los Gigantes cliffs
The tiny town of Los Gigantes on the west coast may not seem like much, but it has the most incredible backdrop on the entire island. Literally called ‘The Giants’, the cliffs loom over the resort and are the most stunning example of the island’s colourful volcanic landscape. A day trip to Los Gigantes is a must for anyone looking to appreciate the natural beauty of the island.
Relax on Playa de Ajabo beach
Callao Salvaje’s resident beach, Playa de Ajabo, is a great spot to unwind between activities on your holiday. The pebbly shore offers sunbeds and parasols to hire for only 4 euros per person, and friendly waiters from the nearby seafood restaurant can deliver quality food and drink directly to you at the push of a button. Playa de Ajabo is quiet and away from the usual hordes of tourists, an ideal locale for couples.
The food local to the Canary Islands draws heavily on classic Spanish dishes while incorporating inspiration from the recipes of nearby Africa. The restaurants of Tenerife tend to cater to British palates, but if you look around you’ll find a few hidden gems serving authentic and original Canarian cuisine. Fresh vegetables and fish are staples of the restaurants in Tenerife- a traditional favourite is papas arrugadas, a boiled potato dish served with ‘mojo’ sauces.
Callao Salvaje restaurants
While separate from the busier settlements on the island, Callao Salvaje still holds its own when it comes to cuisine. Many of the town’s restaurants use locally-sourced seafood and fresh-harvested vegetables in their recipes, making for a delicious and authentic experience. The El Paraiso restaurant offers a fantastic selection of Mediterranean food, while La Bodega Tapas Bar serves a wide range of traditional Spanish tapas dishes.
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