This time of the year it is starting to get too hot to take the dogs for their walk during the day however the early evenings are beautiful and temperatures so pleasant that it is a good time to go for a walk particularly along the seafront where you can watch the sun setting over the Atlantic.
We parked up in the marina car park at Puerto Colon or did we? It is all very confusing these days, as everywhere seems to be called Costa Adeje. Heaven help the holidaymaker trying to find where to stay as they could be in the heart of Las Americas, the isolated Playa Paraiso, or even as far along the coast as Callao Salvaje. I think I am right in saying though that resident still refer to areas by their specific names so we at least know where WE are even if thousands of tourists don´t.
Keeping that in mind, after parking up in Puerto Colon, we wandered around the marina towards the beach admiring some of the very expensive powerboats and yachts that berth here. There’s something very soothing about a marina and Puerto Colon is home not only to the Catamarans that leave the port for Whale watching trips between Tenerife and the island of La Gomera but a whole range of specialist excursions, water sports and diving schools.
The main promenade runs the full length of the seafront and is lined with restaurants, cafes and bars if you want to sit back with a cold drink and watch the bustle of the day. It continues to Los Cristianos in one direction and La Caleta in the other all backed with magnificent mountain views.
The beach, known as Playa de la Pinta is one of the most family friendly in Tenerife. Its golden sand is ideal for those wanting to relax and sunbathe, its shallow cove is safe for bathing and for those a little more energetic there are the icebergs that even in the mid-day sun don´t melt!
STOP! I am starting to sound like a travel agent.
The reason we are in this particular area is I wanted to see what the Odissea Restaurant was like. It has recently been getting rave reviews and I wondered how suitable it would be for us to visit with our veggie friend one evening. It was easy to find and looked like all the other restaurants along the seafront but there were plenty of people sitting on the terrace which is a good sign
We carried on walking past El Faro the mock lighthouse that attracts the beautiful people and onto Torviscas and Fañabe. Still Costa Adeje! There is a relatively new market just as you turn the corner by the excursion booth and it has some stalls selling handmade silver jewellery along with the same old that you can find in all the other markets.
We had not eaten before our walk thinking we would just grab something quick when we returned home however as we were passing the old Torviscas Market, we were attracted by the smell of the curry coming from Zia’s restaurant, the Torviscas Tandoori Real Indian Restaurant. We have eaten here on numerous occasions, the quality never varies, Zia always remembers his customers and a large number return time after time. Since I first wrote about this restaurant in 2009, Zia has expanded into the front row locales that makes him easier to find but if in doubt, just follow your nose.
Walking back to the car the night had drawn in. All the bars and restaurants were full with people admiring the lights of the resort as they shone on the bay. We wanted to stop and chat with Donna and Les (Innuendo) at the Colon Beach but their PR man was so pushy that we ended up just giving them a wave and carrying on our way. Perhaps this is the reason it was empty, despite these days looking very presentable. It is a shame but it has to be said in my experience he is the only PR in this area that won´t let you get a word in edgeways and wants to keep following you as you desperately try to keep walking. The rest are happy to chat or just nod as you say “Thanks, but not tonight” or “we have just eaten”. Wonder if there is a lesson to be learnt here as poor old Colon Beach was the quietest spot on the beach.