THE SEA MEETS THE MOUNTAINS IN THE SOUTH OF THE ISLAND - Driving routes - Tenerife

The sea meets the mountains in the south of the Island

El Médano, Granadilla, the Lunar Landscape, Vilaflor, San Miguel, Arona and Adeje
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El Médano: a Mecca for wind sport lovers
El Médano is a small traditional fishing village that can be accessed by the TF-64 road. Its beaches of white or black sand come one after the other, each more welcoming than the last: La Tejita, La Pelada, Playa Grande, Los Balos...

But most importantly, El Médano is where the wind comes to have fun, much to the delight of wind and kite surfers. The area is renowned worldwide thanks to its suitability for such sports. You might want to take a short course while you're here. In just four days, you will learn how to get going and let the wind carry you away. For experienced surfers, this will feel like a private corner in paradise.

Granadilla and the Lunar Landscape
El Médano is just one part of Granadilla, a municipality that stretches all the way from the coast to the mountains. Its historic quarter houses a beautiful church that honours Saint Anthony of Padua. In the first two weeks of June, a figure of the Saint is paraded all around the town. The floats dish out potatoes, meat and gofio flour to the sound of Canarian tunes played by the musical processions parading alongside them. If you're around at this time of year, don't miss it! They will serve you a generous plateful and you'll be captivated by the joy of the paraders.

You mustn't leave the upper part of the municipality until you have set eyes on its Lunar Landscapes. Tongues of lava set here years ago, creating unique shapes. To discover this moonscape, you can take an officially approved intermediate-high difficulty trail from the municipality of Vilaflor.

Vilaflor
Of all the towns in Spain, Vilaflor stands proudly at the highest altitude: 1,500 m (4,921 ft) above sea level. Located near to Mount Teide, this small fairytale town is nestled among nature's riches.

Vilaflor produces one of the Island's most renowned pieces of craftwork: the "roseta". This type of lace is made on a small cushion known as the piqué, which is so typically Vilaflorian that there is a special way of joining pieces of roseta called the Vilaflor lace.

San Miguel de Abona
As you leave Vilaflor and the town of Granadilla behind, you will come to a visit-worthy turn-off towards San Miguel de Abona. From the mountain to the sea, nature is the unrivalled star of this unique municipality. Its country roads are marked by the volcanic nature of this land which is dotted with farms. The coast reveals the geological beauty of a natural monument known as Montaña Amarilla (Yellow Mountain). Among San Miguel de Abona's many places to visit, you should not miss the historic quarter, which has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, or the San Miguel marina, as well as its two golf courses if you fancy a round.

Tourist areas
Continue your journey southbound as you take the TF-66 to visit the town of Arona. As you wander along the peaceful, quiet streets of the town centre, you would never suspect that its stretch of coast attracts millions of tourists every year.

All along the glamorous golden mile, Arona's coast is lined with shops for a good dose of retail therapy, while its restaurants welcome you to indulge in dishes from practically all corners of the world in a cosy, laid-back atmosphere.

The coastal parts of Arona and Adeje (known as Costa Adeje) have been the most widely developed in recent years. Between them, they boast a total of 8 km (5 miles) of famously fabulous beaches inviting you to stroll along their promenade. It is the longest in Europe! During your stay, you can choose a different spot to take a relaxing dip in each day. But their beaches are not just an opportunity for rest, they are a great excuse for an adventure! Here, you and the whole family will be able to take part in a variety of ocean activities in the sun.

The area is also full of top-of-the-range hotel establishments, making it one of the European destinations with the highest proportion of four- and five-star accommodation options, many of which have exclusive spa centres where you can indulge in the pleasure of their range of treatments.

In both of these municipalities, fun is guaranteed! The area is home to the most action-packed theme parks for all the family. If you are tempted to whoosh down their staggering slides and try the latest water rides, don't miss Siam Park and Aqualand in Costa Adeje. If you are looking to venture into the jungle and see the world's wildest animals up close, Arona's Jungle Park is the place to be.

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