If your ideal holiday offers a peaceful and quiet escape from boisterous and noisy crowds, you may have written off Tenerife as a travel destination. Of course, it is no secret that Tenerife has become an incredibly popular holiday destination which attracts large crowds of holidaymakers. But don’t be too quick to dismiss it! This Spanish island isn’t off limits for tourist searching for an alternative to the hustle and bustle of well-known resorts like Costa Adeje – you just need to know where to look.
Callao Salvaje is a quaint and unspoilt town on the southern side of the island which offers a peaceful escape from the crowds. Some may even call it Tenerife’s hidden gem. Sounds ideal, right?
Where To Stay
Nothing says quiet and relaxing holiday more than an isolated apartment that offers unparalleled views of La Gomera island and the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is just a short walk away and if the sandy shores start to get too busy, you can always come back to the resort and spend the afternoon chilling by the outdoor pool. If you fancy a chat with some fellow travellers, there is a sun terrace where visitors often enjoy a refreshing drink.
The apartments boast a warm and welcoming feel. They come with a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious lounge area and luxurious bathroom. When you get tired of cooking and fancy treating yourself to a meal out, the restaurant offers an extensive à la carte menu as well as themed dinners with a terrific atmosphere.
This is the ideal place to stay if you want to escape the boisterous noise and settle in a quiet garden with a good book. Your homey villa features three bedrooms, a bathroom, a fully-equipped kitchen as well as a flat screen television. You can spend a tranquil evening admiring the views of the surrounding mountains and seaside or rent a barbecue and invite your fellow travellers over to your villa to share some food and travel tips. There is also an outdoor pool where you can cool off at the end of the day. Alternatively, stroll down to the beach which is just an eight-minute walk away.
Surrounded by nature, these comfortable apartments offer a serene ambiance. They feel like a home away from home, boasting a charming décor, a kitchenette and a coffee maker. In the evening, you can relax in the lounge in front of the flat screen TV on the soft sofa bed or enjoy a chilled drink on the balcony.
The complex also features tennis and squash courts, a fun mini-golf course and four different swimming pools. To meet other travellers, you can take part in one of the many volleyball matches on the beach. Or, if you want some alone time, treat yourself to a delicious dinner in the resort restaurant. It serves mouth-watering international cuisine.
Playa de Ajabo
When you are looking for some peace and quiet, the seaside can sometimes seem like your worst nightmare. Fortunately, this private and manmade beach is the perfect place to escape the crowds. As it is a bit pebbly, families with kids tend to favour sandier beaches, making it your perfect haven. For added comfort, you can even order a sun lounger and avoid lying your towel down on the rocky surface. Just sit back, listen to the silence and admire the exceptional sight of this black sand beach with clear blue waters.
Insider tip: The beach also features a bar and restaurant that serves reasonably-priced snacks and drinks. If you rent a sun lounger, the waiters will even bring your order to wherever you are sat.
Things To Do Nearby
One of the best things about Callao Salvaje is that, while offering a quiet refuge, it is still near a range of attractions. Though there are of course lots of beaches to be explored, you can also spend a fun afternoon at one of the three waterparks in the area. If you make your way to the harbour of Puerto Colon, you can also go on a crowd-free three-hour sealife safari or take a boat tour that gives you the opportunity to see whale and dolphin colonies. If it is a little adventure you are after, you can take a guided Segway tour around the forest and city or hike up to El Duque Castle.
How to Get There
Travelling from the UK to the southern side of Tenerife is quite straight forward. Hop on one of British Airways’ or Ryanair’s regular cheap flights from London to Tenerife South Airport (TFS). It is a direct four-and-half-hour journey. Once you land, it is then a quick 25-minute drive to Callao Salvaje. Don’t delay your off-the-beaten-track adventure any longer. Make sure you book a shared, group or private transfer with Shuttle Direct so that a friendly driver meets you at the airport and safely takes you to your hotel.
About Shuttle Direct
Offering a range of airport transfers that suit your budget, Shuttle Direct has become Europe and North Africa’s leading transport provider. You can book all your travel arrangements in advance via their user-friendly website. A local driver will then pick you up from outside the terminal building and may even be able to offer you a few tips about which hidden gems you should explore in the local area.