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All the Canary Islands have their unique charms, Lanzarote is an amazing volcanic landscape that lends itself perfectly to sport and active pursuits. Now thanks to Tenerife Magazine and Sands Beach Resort you could win a weeks half board holiday for two at this beachfront resort in Costa Teguise.
Sands Beach Resort has six swimming pools on a series of attractive plazas all leading down to the sea water lagoon where surfing and diving skills can be learnt prior to enjoying the Atlantic just beyond. A good mix of relaxation and sport will make your holiday one to remember and Lanzarote is always a stunning place to explore by bike or hiking. If you want to keep up with the latest exciting events and news at Sands Beach Resort why not become a friend at Facebook or follow at Twitter.
To enter this competition just go to the competition page at Tenerife Magazine or the Facebook page and answer a simple question. You will then go into the draw to be made at Sands Beach Resort on Saturday 31 March. The lucky winner and guest has 12 months to take the prize, excluding public holidays and festivals but must claim it within 2 weeks of notification – or it will be re-drawn. flights are not included.
They’re an ingenious lot at Tenerife Magazine the online magazine that knows the island in depth. Their latest competition combines a four night stay at the 5 star Costa Adeje Gran Hotel with a three night follow up at a rural cottage so you can see the contrasting charms of Tenerife.
GF Hotels flagship Costa Adeje Gran Hotel is just a short stroll from some of the best beaches on the island and boasts stylish rooms with a colonial feel, rooftop swimming pools, and a la carte feasts at the La Laja restaurant. Aecan.com experts in holiday travel have come up trumps too with a self catering stay in one of their houses in a sedate natural setting that will awaken the explorer in you.
Tenerife Magazine has unrivalled knowledge of island life and culture and loves to share it with visitors and those who have settled here. The latest facelift has packed even more into the online treasure trove and a visit to the home page will present you with the simple question and entry details for the holiday competition as well as full terms and conditions. The closing date is 9 pm on 29 September with the prize drawn at the Costa Adeje Gran Hotel the day after.
After a hard day of wielding swords and fighting gorgons and sea monsters it’s good just to kick off your sandals and relax. The cast and crew of the Clash Of The Titans sequel know where to head at the end of their long day of filming, the Sheraton La Caleta Hotel in the heart of Costa Adeje.
La Caleta has grown gracefully from a lovely fishing village on the south west coast of Tenerife, the main film set is on the eastern coast of the Canary Island at Abades in Arico, some other location work is being done in Teno up on the rugged north west coast of Buenavista del Norte. Despite the drive to work the 300 mainly technical crew have been settled in Sheraton La Caleta for a few weeks while a stone village was being built on the Abades beach. Now filming has started the cast have started arriving, that’s Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes to name drop just a few.
The movie directed by Jonathan Liebesman, will not hit the cinema screens until 2012 but is sure to follow the opening movie of this reborn franchise as a major tourism brochure for Tenerife. Abades is enjoying all the attention, it got used to being in the spotlight last year as the home village of Pedro the Barcelona footballer who played a key part in Spain’s World Cup triumph.
Costa Adeje is perfectly placed to explore the wonders of Tenerife, and you couldn’t get a better guide and friend in the know than www.tenerifemagazine.com the islands leading online publication. They are not only generous with knowledge and information, they have a nice habit of offering stunning prizes to their regular readers. So how about winning a weeks half board holiday for two at the 5 star Costa Adeje Gran Hotel, it’s simple to enter, just go to their website and click like on their Facebook page, then sit back and wait for the draw date on 30 November 2010.
If you are drawn and confirm your acceptance within 2 weeks you then have 12 months, subject to availability, to take your prize. It doesn’t include transport and cannot be exchanged for cash but does include 4 yes 4 swimming pools, a mini club and mini disco for the under 12’s, a hairdresser, gym and wellness centre and all just 500 metres from Bahia del Duque beach. We know you want to check it out so click on this Costa Adeje Gran webpage link.
Costa Adeje is well placed for golfers with Golf Costa Adeje a short chip away and up market shopping centres ready to quench your shopping thirst. just a short trip inland and you could be in a typical Canarian village with tempting tapas and tasty local wines. Good luck for the competition, even if you don’t win, Costa Adeje Gran is surprisingly good value for such a high class hotel so see you soon.
It’s been a difficult year so far for tourism, with money getting tighter and several airlines going out of business, but Costa Adeje is bucking the trend with a 5.7 % increase in visitors, compared to the first 6 months of 2007. The new figures announced by Miguel Angel Santos, tourism councillor for Adeje, show good improvements across most areas of accommodation and from tourist’s home countries.
Five star accomodation is leading the way with a 8.4 % rise, Costa Adeje is blessed with some of the best in Tenerife, at places like Bahia del Duque, Fanabe, La Caleta and Torviscas. Tourists are flocking from new sources but the traditional regulars are still staying loyal despite many new alternative destinations. German visitors showed an 8.4 % increase, Spanish were up 5.4 % and the British market remained at the same level.
Tourism Adeje and the Tenerife government have put in a lot of work to tap into new markets and it is paying off. The first half of this year brought a 93 % increase in Irish tourists, thanks to increased air links, Eastern Europe was in second place with a 38 % increase and Russia is another growing area with 31 more tourists discovering Costa Adeje.
Councillor Santos welcomed the figures but stressed that there could be tougher times ahead and Adeje will work hard to maintain standards and ensure that current and new visitors get the best from the many attractions that the area has to offer.
There is so much to see in Costa Adeje, from the coast to the inland villages and mountains, the best way to really unlock all its charms, is to hire a car. Car hire is fairly inexpensive in Tenerife, and the roads are good, Costa Adeje is ideally placed to access the TF1 motorway to the west coast or back east beyond the airport and up north to the capital Santa Cruz.
At least you don’t have to search far for reliable car hire, try www.poulsauto.com or www.pgrentacar.com both can provide a range of cars to select from, to set you off on your island adventure. As you travel inland from the coast of Adeje, you will find the roads getting a little steep and some of the smaller more attractive villages, could test your walking skills to the limit.
The weather here makes for great picnic weather, what could be better than taking a packed hamper for all the family, as you head off to one of the many high vantage points that afford great views of Costa Adeje. Of course, you also have the freedom to break your journey and explore that tasty looking bar or restaurant that is just crying out to you. Respect the roads and Tenerife will reward you with hours of happy motoring.
Tenerife has come a long way since the early days of tourism, and Costa Adeje has blossomed into a diverse and select area for night entertainment. As you would expect from the area that brings you designer shopping and stylish 4 and 5 star hotels, the night scene caters for cocktails, chill out spaces, good music and vibrant bars and clubs.
The choice in terms of area and style is wide ranging, and you might appreciate a little nudge in the right direction. Thamks to the good people at Nu Arte, there is now a handy, glossy colour magazine that showcases the best thats on offer, after the sun has gone down. Costa Adeje Nights, is sponsored by the Ayuntamiento (local council) of Adeje, they have worked hard to raise the standards in their area and are pleased to ensure you have a good choice of places to have fun.
Bright and eye catching, just like the bars and clubs you can visit, Costa Adeje nights is FREE and widely available, so pick up a copy at the airport, or on your travels, or download your issue here. Some of the leading lights of the Costa Adeje scene have teamed up to give you a sneak preview of their premises, in the pages of the magazine. Monkey Bar, Acanto, El Faro and Amber Bar, are leading the way, they will become familiar names to you during your stay in Tenerife. Ok, If your looking good, time to start having some hot happening nights.
The municipality of Adeje has a nice feel about it, full of traditional charm but with some modern new areas added in and a influx of ex pats from several countries that have been integrated into the mix without overwhelming the Canarian character.
There are plenty of facilities for the British community and this week a branch of Lloyds TSB bank opened in Avenida de Bruselas at the Centro Commercial Terrazas del Duque. This will help ex pats with commercial dealings between their branch in the UK and the new Tenerife branch, and also make their transition to Tenerife life much easier.
Services and products will be offered in English and there will be free money transfers between Uk and Tenerife accounts. English speaking staff will be on hand with help and advice and the usual advice, services and customer care will be just like in a UK bank. Gary Millar, regional director for Lloyds TSB Coast and Islands said “This new branch is perfectly positioned to support the local expat community in the area, and is one of four new offices planned to be opened by Lloyds TSB Spain this year.”Â
People settle in Tenerife for many reasons, and Costa Adeje lures many different nationalities for many reasons. It takes an adventurous spirit to relocate to another country but some are more adventurous than others, Peter Raab from Germany is a prime example. The long term resident of Tenerife owns Total Marine in Puerto Colon,Â boat brokers and marine experts, when it comes to practical experience he has the ultimate qualification, he has recently returned from a 3,000 mile two man rowing trip to Antigua.
Ocean rowing has a long proud tradition in the Canary Islands and Peter first got the itch when the 2001 Atlantic Rowing Challenge set off from Playa San Juan on the west coast. The idea simmered until Peter decided in late 2006, it was time to have a go himself, so he set about raising funds and finding a partner and a boat. Martha Dos was a sturdy 7.1 metre long and 1.9 metre wide row boat, that had made the crossing in 61 days in the 2001 race, and Peter managed to rent the boat from the Martha Dos hospice charity in the north of Tenerife, this was the first contribution to charity.
The original rowing partner had to pull out at a late stageÂ but after chasing up his contacts, Peter found Tim Wilks, a semi pro rugby player and adventurer from Darlington, who was keen and willing to push himself to the limit to catch up fast on the gruelling training. As the December 8 2007 departure date raced towards them, the boat became a familiar site in Puerto Colon harbourÂ as it went out on late evening training runs.
As if the sheer mental and physical challenge wasn’t enough, Peter and Tim pledged to raise funds for the Orobal charity, an organisation that supports the Â mentally and physically handicapped from its Los Cristianos base. Local business’s and groups like Freebird Sailing and Santiago del Teide Lions Club rallied round with sponsorship, and on the morning of December 8, a large crowd packed the Puerto Colon marina to see them off.
Powerful waves, strong currents, hot sun, cramped conditions and basic food and drink were all hardships they had to bear but after 59 days, 3 hours and 30 minutes, they sailed into Antigua to a heroes welcome. Now 4 months on, Tim is back in England, Peter is back in Costa Adeje but the boat is still stuck in Antigua, much to their annoyance. “We have paid to have it shipped back” said Peter, “but are still waiting for the Ocean Rowing Society to make it happen. It’s rented till August, so if we don’t get it back soon, we will end up paying out more money.”
The boat will bring a financial bounty back with it, all the special equipment bought for the crossing will be sold and that money will go into the pot for the Orobal charity.Â Â The total is currently nearly 9,000 euros but that will also be swelled by the DVD of the crossing that they have just brought out. All the trials and tribulations of life at sea are on there and the 14.99 euros price includes a 9 euro donation to Orobal, just pop into Total Marine on the first floor at Puerto Colon or make contact via the website.
As to the future, Peter isn’t about to take up the oars again but he does say, with a far away glint in his eye, Â that he is looking for another challenge.
What a sporting spectacle, two worthy opponents, unseperable in open play, forced into a sudden death showdown on Sunday evening, with a big prize awaiting them. No, not Spains Euro 2008 triumph, this was drama Costa Adeje style, in the 2008 Tenerife Ladies Open at Golf Costa Adeje, played out to a Europe wide television audience.
Rebecca Hudson from Doncaster eventually lifted the trophy after seeing off Anne-Lise Caudal of France with a winning putt at the 17th hole. The four day competition had come to the boil after both players took 278 shots to finish on 10 below parr. It was a tight contest all the way, and third place was shared between Europe number one Gwladys Nocera of France and, one for the future, amateur sensation, Carlota Ciganda of Spain, both had taken 281 shots.
The real star of the contest was Costa Adeje itself, not just the beautiful course with its trees, shrubs, stone walls and sloping greens that look out to La Gomera, but also the surrounding coasts and mountains, all will have been captured by the cameras to present a living brochure to potential property investors, holiday makers and golfers. Golf Costa Adeje is one of the top courses in Tenerife, and the best way to really appreciate it is to get out there and play, full details of charges and course statistics are on the website. It is just one of the fantastic range of attractions in Costa Adeje, let’s hope we see you soon.