Abades

Abades has a beautiful golden sand beach which is fantastic for diving or just relaxing and taking a dip in the ocean. There are a number of cafes and restaurants along the beach front which are perfect for a drink, light snack or delicious evening meal.

Overview

Abades is known as the ‘ghost town’ of Tenerife due to the history of the lepers being buried here. All of the white houses here look the same with flat roofs and green windows. The streets are named after towns around the island such as Calle Fasnia, Calle Arafo and Calle Arico; and as Abades is a fishing village, a number of colourful fishing boats can be seen on the beach.

There is a beautiful golden sand beach which is fantastic for diving or just relaxing and taking a dip in the ocean. There are a number of cafes and restaurants along the beach front which are perfect for a drink, light snack or delicious evening meal.

History

Leprosy was a big problem in the Canary Islands and in 1943, Abades was designated to keep lepers away from the rest of the population. A hospital, a crematorium and a church were built although the hospital was never finished and the idea was abandoned when drugs were created to heal the sick from leprosy. The resort was later used as a military training base.

Since then, new white houses have been built on the hill and it often seems like a ghost town due to the quiet and serenity of the once disease stricken village.

The lighthouse between Abades and El Poris de Abona was built in 1902 and replaced in 1978. The opening of the South Airport in November 1978 and the TF1 motorway had certainly triggered the development of Abades, followed by the 1986 Abades project. The town changed its name to Abades the same year and more public amenities were subsequently built. 

Culture

Abades is a very small village with only local residents and those who own holiday homes, mostly Germans, residing here. There is little going on in the town of Abades and is a peaceful place for residents without worrying too much about tourism.

The church of Abades was built in 1987 and holds mass every fourth Saturday of the month at 8pm.

Economy

Abades is still an active fishing village as you can see by the small fishing boats by the beach. The village cafes are always full of fisherman and whilst Abades can be seen as a typical northern village, fishing is the basis of its economy. 

How to get there

Abades is central between Playa de las Americas/Los Cristianos in the south and Santa Cruz in the north.

By Bus:
The TITSA number 111 runs to both of these destinations from Abades, via the south airport, every half an hour from 05:30 until 22:30 and then every hour or so until 04:30.

By Car:
Driving from Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Los Cristianos, take the motorway TF-1, travelling time around 30 minutes.

 

Activities

Abades is a small and tranquil fishing village hence there isn’t much to do. However, the area possesses a few interesting dive spots and not to mentioned, beautiful golden sand beach which is one of the best in the area. Why not relax on the sands with a cold drink and soak in the atmosphere? See the beach section for further details. For more various water sports and things to do, head to Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas where you will be spoilt with plenty of activities.  

Diving
Abades is one of the best places on the island to scuba dive and snorkel. It has sunshine nearly all year around and is located in a quiet yet charming part of the island, perfect for spotting some underwater life in the quiet sands.

 

Beaches

The village of Abades’ claim to fame is its golden sand beaches. Uncommon on the island of Tenerife due to the volcanic black sand on the majority of the beaches, golden sand is a luxury and Abades has some of the best beaches for this. The beach front is picturesque with some beautiful views across the sea and whilst the rest of the village is literally just residential housing, it is worth a short trip if you are staying near to Abades to sit in the restaurant eating tapas or Paella just to soak in the views.

The beach is well equipped with showers, disabled access, car parking, a few bars and restaurants, a public telephone and a fishing port.

 

Festivals

Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

In July there is a festival in Honour of the Patron Saint of Carmen, the saint of fishermen. The main Fiesta for the Saint of Carmen is also held in Puerto de la Cruz as the traditional port. The statue is paraded and competitions such as boat races are held.

 

Restaurants

There are a few restaurants and cafes along the beach front, many of which are the drinking hole for the local fisherman but nevertheless, offer some delicious tapas and Spanish cuisine.

Restaurant Bahía de Abades
The restaurant can be found on the bay of Abades, by the beach front.
Address: Calle 10 de Agosto No.2, 38588 Abades, Tenerife.
Telephone: +34 922 166 263
Opening Hours: Tuesdays - Saturdays, 11:30-23:00, Sundays 11:30-18:00.

 

Nightlife

There is little to no nightlife in Abades with it being just a small village for the locals with almost no tourism. The nearest town Arico is 12km away or Güimar around 25km away. There are various bars to visit in Güimar such as the Piramid bar. About 30 minutes drive away on TF-1 motorway (or catch the Bus 111) is Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas where you will be spoilt for choice.

 

Shopping

You will find a couple of supermarkets in Abades but other than this there is no shopping. The nearest town to visit to pick up souvenirs is Güimar on the north or El Médano on the south, both journeys take around 20-25 minutes drive away. Your best bet for some serious shopping however would be in the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (north) or Los Cristianos/Playa de las Américas area (south), both around 30 minutes drive away on motorway TF-1.