Granadilla de Abona covers a surface area of 155 km2 (59.8 sq miles) in southern Tenerife. This is the Island’s third largest municipality, which goes all the way up to the Guajara Mountain, at an altitude of 2,718 m (8,917 ft). Granadilla comprises the regions of Chasna, Fasnia, Arico, Vilaflor de Chasna, San Miguel de Abona and Arona. Out of all of those municipalities, Granadilla de Abona is the one with the most Assets of Cultural Interest. It is believed that Granadilla de Abona was where the last members of the resistance held out against the Spanish conquest, and that it was visited by the fleet of Fernando de Magallanes on his first trip around the world.
The Reina Sofía Airport, also known as Tenerife South Airport, is also inside the municipal area of Granadilla de Abona. It was opened in 1978 and links the Island to hundreds of destinations in Spain and all over the world. Located just 20 minutes away from the areas of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas, most of its passengers are tourists. It operates 24 hours a day and there are over 150 companies working in its facilities. The beaches of La Tejita and El Médano are really close to the airport and are a hugely popular place with tourists and locals because of their laid-back, surfy vibe.
The area is also full of fun and relaxing things to do and see for nature lovers. Granadilla de Abona is the world’s first municipality to be recognised as a Starlight Tourist Destination. The natural monuments of Montaña Pelada, Los Derriscaderos and Montaña Colorada provide a variety of landscapes of great geological and natural interest. The municipality of Granadilla de Abona also houses the cave of Santo Hermano Pedro, which is dedicated to Tenerife’s saint Pedro de San José Betancur. Born in 1626, Pedro de San José Betancur took care of his sheep and his family from a very early age, and this is the cave where he would stop to rest with his flock. Inside the cave is a wooden statue of the saint and outside it is an altar for the Eucharist.
The Church of San Antonio de Padua is one of its main treasures, surrounded by other historic buildings that make the entire town centre a treat to discover. The coast of Granadilla has wonderful settings such as El Médano, a true paradise for water sports lovers, including windsurfing and kitesurfing, with a chilled bohemian atmosphere that suits the locals and tourists, many of which have fallen in love with this idyllic spot.
The municipal parish church of San Antonio de Padua is considered an Asset of Cultural Interest. Built in several stages over the course of the 18th and 19th century, it contains a number of religious figures and altarpieces of significant cultural and historic value.