A small oasis that lies just a stones throw from three large holiday resorts, Callao Salvaje is the perfect answer for all those looking to enjoy the wonders of the Canary Islands from a quiet, peaceful paradise. One of the region’s newest tourist destinations, the area is entirely unspoiled by tourism, making Callao Salvaje an authentic taste of Spanish culture the whole family will adore. The stunning Playa Ajabo beach is one of the newest additions to the town, take a walk along it, and you’ll find it hard to believe it wasn’t designed especially with you in mind.
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Callao Salvaje is a small, modern, purpose-built resort town on the west coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. This stretch of coast is packed with resorts, and what Callao Salvaje lacks in the way of entertainments and amenities is within easy reach in some of Tenerife’s most famous seaside towns. The town’s new beach is backed with a promenade, no doubt in the hope that Callao Salvaje will be more firmly established on the tourist map.
To the south-east you’ll find Playa de las Americas, the massive resort that’s such a favourite with young British visitors. It’s a lively party town, but also one of the best water sports spots on the islands.
Neighbouring Callao Salvaje are Playa de la Arena, with its black sand beach, and Playa Paraiso, which is linked to Callao Salvaje by a walkway. The area around Adeje is well served in the way of family entertainment including two large water parks - Siam Park and Aqua Land. Golfers have plenty of choice along this stretch of coast too.
Playa Ajabo is Callao Salvaje’s main beach. The beach is fairly small and shingly, but is set in an attractive bay and has a popular restaurant behind the promenade.
The resort includes a handful of small corner-shops which supply all of your usual amenities, however visitors are best catered for in the town’s selection of restaurants, with competition bringing better value and quality dining.
Callao Salvaje not only has good links to the local resorts – Playa de las Americas is about 10 minutes away by taxi – but it’s also well placed to get onto the island’s motorway network to explore inland. Mount Tiede in the centre of the island is Spain’s highest mountain and well worth a day trip. Tenerife is such a small island that most of it can be reached in under an hour from Callao Salvaje, including Santa Cruz, the island’s capital and an exciting modern city with a particularly vibrant cultural scene.
Tenerife enjoys the wonderful climate that makes the Canary Islands such an attractive destination all year round. It rarely rains and long sunny days take temperatures into the 30s and beyond in summer. Winter averages of, or just under, 20°C make it a very popular winter sun destination for northern European travellers.
Families: There are good quality, high profile family attractions everywhere on this stretch of the Tenerife coast including the giant water parks such as Siam Park and Aqualand in Adeje.
Water Sports: Many go to Playa de las Americas to party, but head there during the day and you’ll find some of the best windsurfing in the islands and possibly the world. There are schools, excursions and equipment rental operations in all the resorts.
Winter Sun: Guaranteed winter sunshine with the temperatures sometimes shooting above 20°C, keep visitors booking the short flight from the UK to Tenerife throughout the winter.
Nightlife: There are good restaurants in Callao Salvaje and excellent access to neighbouring resorts where the Fanabe area offers upmarket socialising and Playa de las Americas youthful hedonism.
Currency: EUR: Euro
Language: Spanish, Canarian, English widely spoken
Approximate flight time from UK: 4 hours
Time zone: GMT +0 / +1
Siam Park claims to be the “best water park in the world”. It’s certainly very big, and builds its attraction around three types of ride: relaxation, family rides, and big splashy thrills! The Asian theme of the park includes lush vegetation and the largest Thai-style building outside Thailand. There are also Asian eateries and a Thai floating market.
Address: TF-1, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Opening hours: May 1st till October 31st: 10am to 6pm. November 1st till April 30th:10am to 5pm.
Cost: Adults €34, children €23
Close to Siam Park you’ll find Aqualand, another water park that’s part of a large chain across southern Europe. Aqualand’s particular selling point is that it is “two parks in one”: a regular water park with lazy rivers, wave pools and vertiginous slides, and a dolphinarium with animal shows and the chance to get close to the much-loved sea mammals.
Address: Avenida de Austria, 15 Arona, 38660, Tenerife, Spain
Opening hours: September to June, 10am to 5pm. July and August, 10am to 6pm.
Cost: Adults € 25; children (5 to 10 years) €17.50; 3-4-year olds €9; seniors €17.50. Discounts for buying in advance online, where you’ll also find exclusive family and group tickets.
Volcano Surf Camp
As well as week-long surfing breaks with accommodation this popular Playa de las Americas surf school offers a range of courses for beginners and beyond. The Italian-run school has good feedback from former pupils and offers activities for both families and kids to get involved in. As well as surfing and paddle boarding lessons and guided surf days they also offer boat trips, cycling and skate-boarding.
Address: Playa de las Americas, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Opening Hours: Book scheduled lessons
Cost: From two-hour surf lessons for €35
Mount Teide, the National Park & Cable Car
Tenerife’s towering central peak, Mount Teide, is Spain’s highest mountain. An active volcano, it is a stunning illustration of how geological upheavals have created and shaped these unique islands. A cable car ride will take you to the top easily and quickly for some spectacular views. But if you want to really get to know this fascinating area, bring sturdy footwear and plenty of water and strike out to explore this 25,000-feet peak and the surrounding national park, which is the best hiking country in Tenerife.
Address: Mt Teide, 38300, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Opening hours: The cable car open from 9am until 4pm daily, with the car park open from 7.30am to 6pm.
Cost: €27 for adults, €13.50 for children (return prices)
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Less than an hour’s drive from Callao Salvaje, Tenerife’s capital is a fascinating city with a vibrant, cosmopolitan cultural life and lots to do and see. Set among the greener mountains of the north, the city was founded at the end of the 15th century and still has some fine historic architecture. There are some pleasant public open spaces and the streets of the old town are great for shopping, dining and people watching. There is a good collection of museums and an impressive concert hall hosts some of the city’s many shows. Visit in February for one of Spain’s best carnivals.
Address: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
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