El Médano Beach
El Médano is one of the loveliest beaches in southern Tenerife. Whether you’re a water sports lover or you’re looking to spend a fantastic day with the family, this is the place to be. This beach has the distinction of having been awarded a Blue Flag , which guarantees top quality services and ideal swimming conditions.
El Médano is located in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, where it stands out for its fine grey sand and the view of the majestic Montaña Roja volcanic cone.
The part nearest to the town has gentler waves, making it more suitable for families. As you get further away along the promenade you will see surf shops, restaurants and cafés buzzing with a very cosmopolitan vibe.
The part furthest from the town is the best place for windsurfing and kitesurfing. This beach has hosted a number of competitions of great international renown such as the World Windsurfing and Kitesurfing Championships.
Location: El Médano, Granadilla de Abona.
Length: 750 m (2,460 ft).
Width: 43 m (141 ft).
Means of access: On foot (easy).
Disabled access: Yes.
Type of beach: Urban.
Amenities: Toilets, showers, waste bins, municipal cleaning service, tourist information, public phones, bars and restaurants, sun loungers and parasols for hire, and a windsurfing area.
Parking facilities: Yes (over 100 spaces).
Bus service: Yes (inter-city).
Coordinates: 28° 02′ 39.00” N 16° 32′ 19.89” W.
UTM coordinates: X: 348 747.32 Y: 3 103 050.85 H: 28.
Ifara & Los Riscos Mountains (Natural Monument)
You are about to discover two volcanic cones: Ifara and Los Riscos, both of which are well preserved. On the west side, Los Riscos features a furrow produced by the erosion of the Callao ravine where it crosses the slopes.
If you are interested in birds, the area is alive with Betherlot’s pippits, spectacled warblers and trumpeter finches. In terms of greenery, the area is dominated by euphorbia and Canary Island spurges. If you see a beetle in-between the rocks you may be lucky enough to be looking at a longhorn beetle, a unique species that is native to the area.
Municipality: Granadilla de Abona
Expanse: 288.1 hectares (326.9 acres)
Montaña Colorada (Natural Monument)
Montaña Colorada (meaning Coloured Mountain), is a dome-shaped feature of great scenic interest and equally significant geological value. You will find a series of volcanic edifices there covered with vegetation that are both stunning and full of contrasts. These edifices are known as the Montaña de Las Mesas Natural Monument, Montaña Colorada and Montaña Rica.
The oldest crater is Lomo Simón, which is some 500,000 years old. Erosion has left it completely exposed. The area is rich in vegetation, especially Canarian pine trees, laurel-leaf cistus and asparagus plants. The elusive long-eared owl and the sparrow hawk are two of the few animal species here, together with pine wood insects.
Municipality: Granadilla de Abona and Vilaflor
Expanse: 515.3 hectares (1,273.3 acres)
Montaña Pelada (Natural Monument)
The Montaña Pelada Natural Monument will grant you the opportunity of seeing how a volcanic cone is formed from an underwater eruption. As you explore its 1.5 square kilometre (370 acre) expanse, you will come across a variety of plants coexisting peacefully in this slice of countryside, including psammophiles (which have adapted to living in the area’s sandy soils), euphorbia and Canary Island spurges. They each boast their own exotic air. Listen to the sea breeze billowing across the sand dunes, whispering the history of the hundreds of centuries they have witnessed, and relive the childhood excitement of finding a fossil dune that shows how the ocean level has fluctuated slowly over time.
Municipality: Granadilla de Abona
Expanse: 152.7 hectares (377,3 acres)
Montaña Roja (Special Nature Reserve)
This unique expanse of 166 hectares (410 acres) is covered with inorganic sand and wetlands that are home to protected bird species such as the Kentish plover. Feel the fresh ocean breeze as you look out towards the Montaña Roja volcano standing just 171 m (561 ft) high, the result of a coastal eruption that became joined to the Island by a string of volcanic materials. Go for a paddle in one of the many rock pools, or simply bury your feet in the pleasant sand on the beaches that you will come across in this unique spot.
Municipality: Granadilla de Abona.
Expanse: 166 hectares (410 acres).
San Antonio de Padua Church
This church, located in the historic quarter of Granadilla de Abona, was built in the 18th and 19th century over the ruins of the old church, which was destroyed in a fire. It is considered an Asset of Cultural Interest, both because of its construction and because of the works of art inside. These works include 18th century oil paintings, altarpieces and elements made of precious metals, in addition to a number of religious sculptures dating from over three centuries ago.
The cave of Santo Hermano Pedro
This sanctuary is close to Reino Sofía Airport and is devoted to Saint Pedro de San José Betancur, better known as Santo Hermano Pedro (Holy Brother Pedro), who would come to this cave to rest as a boy whilst tending to the family’s flock. Inside the cave is a wooden structure surrounded by gifts from his devotees and pieces of paper with their prayers written on. Pedro de San José Betancur was born in Tenerife but carried out his religious and evangelical work in Guatemala, where he became famous for taking care of the sick and the poor.