Granadilla de Abona


Granadilla is a successful combination of the old and the new. 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.

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 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.

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The best way to discover the municipality's historic and cultural heritage is to follow na urban route around the historic quarter of Granadilla de Abona. We suggest you start at the Chapel of El Calvario, which was built in 1882 to bless everyone as they entered or left the city. The next stop is the 17th century monastery of San Luis, which was used as a home for the Franciscan monks. Throughout history, the monastery has been destroyed several times (once in 1745, again in 1963 and lastly in the 1990s), after which it was rebuilt and adapted to house the municipal library, an events hall and an exhibition hall. Before heading to the History Museum on Calle Arquitecto Marrero, visitors should stop off at the tobacco drying site, which was built in 1878.

The next landmark in the historic quarter of Granadilla de Abona is the Church of San Antonio de Padua, which is worth visiting to admire the religious artwork inside. Nearby is the spring known as Fuente del Lagar, around which the first of the municipality's hamlets emerged and which was believed to be inhabited by the Guanches due to the convenience of the water supply. The route ends at the water mill, where the power of the water was used to grind the grain. Today, all that remains is the aqueduct measuring roughly 7 m (23 ft), and the old mill house.

Approved trails in the municipality

The intermediate-high level trail PR –TF 72 Vilaflor – Lunar Landscape – Vilaflor runs through Granadilla de Abona. The first 7 km (4.35 miles) of the trail follow an upward path to the Lunar Landscape, also known as Los Escurriales. This stretch is also the last part of the PR –TF 83 Altos de Granadilla trail, which is also recommended for somewhat experienced hikers. This trail sets off from the hamlet of Cruz de Tea and climbs up through some of the best-known landscapes and nature areas in the municipality.

The network of trails known as Los Altos de Granadilla is comprised of three trails that end in Las Vegas. These trails are: the PR TF 83.3, which goes from Risco El Muerto, past Pino del Guirre on a 6.4 km (3.98 mile) hike; the PR TF 83.4, from El Seco, along the path of Camino del Molino for 2.4 km (1.5 miles); and lastly, the PR TF 83.5, which sets off from Los Hibrones and journeys through La Higuera on an 8.4 km (5.22 mile) walk.

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