The word is finally out – the sights and attractions of Tenerife go way beyond beaches, bars and British breakfasts. The largest and best-known Canary Island (with around 5 million visitors a year) has a surprising array of experiences waiting to be discovered; from tropical-forest walks, picturesque fishing villages and dark forays into volcanic lava. Most holidaymakers head to south-western resorts like Playa de las Americas, however nestled on the islands untouched and largely forgotten east coast is Elska Organics, a perfect place to relax and unwind, away from the sight of camera-wielding coach loads.
Elska Organics is certainly off the beaten track. Set amongst a wild organic land with over 150 fruit trees and olive groves, a trip to this part of Tenerife feels like a voyage into the middle of nowhere. Three caves, a renovated ‘Casita’ (cottage) and one lovingly furnished yurt with bedding, cushions and plenty of storage space complete the accommodation set-up. The cosy Casita has been handily fitted with its very own living room, kitchen and bathroom, whilst the caves and yurt share a communal kitchen, three communal eating areas and two bathrooms. Facilities don’t end there – you'll also find a sauna and chemical-free swimming pool, surrounded by vegetable patches, a large pond and epic views all the way to the Atlantic.
No visit to Tenerife is complete without a trip to the coast, but if manicured beaches with perfectly aligned rows of sun beds leave you cold, don’t worry, there are plenty of untouched alternatives only a flip-flop away. Whether you’re seeking a spot of surfing, bodyboarding or a day discovering secluded coves, Tenerife’s diverse east coast has you covered. The whole island is covered with great hiking trails too, including Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain towering 12,198 ft. The path is well within the capacity of any British hill-walker, but many recommend hitting the trail before dawn to avoid the blazing low sun. This early approach gives the bonus of watching the sunrise over Teide National Park, recently named a ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO.
A dry rock favoured by British holidaymakers seeking guaranteed sunshine and cheap pints of lager is a perception that Tenerife is finally shaking. This populist image represents a minuscule facet of the island's personality and it doesn't take a Christopher Columbus to go and discover the island's true character. But you may just prefer to lie back in your hammock, gaze out over the valley amongst fruit trees and olive groves, congratulating yourself on the inspirational brainwave to visit the idyllic, hidden oasis that is Elska Organics.
1 yurt with a double bed and furnishings, 3 double/twin cave bedrooms and ‘The Casita’ a small stone house with a double bedroom and twin. The yurt and caves share a communal kitchen, 3 communal eating areas and 2 bathrooms (1 with a shower only, the other with a bath & shower). The Casita has its own living room, kitchen & bathroom. There’s plenty of wild organic land, over 150 fruit trees, an olive grove, various vegetable patches, hammocks, a large pond, a chemical free swimming pool and also a sauna. Guests are welcome to make use of the games box (monopoly/cards/uno/patanque etc). Yoga classes will be available from October.
Glampers, couples, groups (maximum capacity is 12) and cat-friendly dogs – yes. Tents, caravans and campervans – no.
The closest beach is just a 15 minute drive away, whilst a 25 minute drive takes you to some excellent beaches for surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing and stand-up paddle boarding. Elska Organics is located in an area with fantastic outdoor climbing opportunities and have close links to many climbing clubs and happily help arrange any excursions. The whole island is covered with great hiking trails including Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain with breathtaking volcanic landscapes. The Teide Cable Car (0034 922 010 440) takes just eight minutes to speed you to the top, however infinitely more rewarding is to pull on your hiking boots, pack sunblock and water and devote 5 hours to walking up it. Paragliding and dolphin/whale watching tours are also popular in the south of the island.
Food & Drink
The site offers self-catering or B&B and can also prepare picnics or evening meals with a little notice. All produce is fresh and organically grown. Elska Organics is a 20 minute drive from a wine bodega and cheese farm (where incidentally they won ‘Best Cheese In The World’ back in 2008). Tenerife is covered with vineyards and they produce beautiful wine and fabulous goats cheese. The site is fairly remote so the closest restaurants are about a 20-25 minute drive away. The most notable being the restaurants in the nearby fishing village of Tajao, where they serve locally-caught fish of the day along with traditional Canarian tapas.
All year round.
Children are welcome but parents should be warned there’s uneven terrain and a lots of cactus plants on the land.
Yurt €48 per night, Caves €46 and Casita €60.
From Tenerife South Airport: take the motorway leading North (direction of Santa Cruz) and drive for approximately 20 minutes then take exit 35 signposted Las Eras. This will lead you on to a bridge back over the motorway, once passed the bridge take a sharp left. This road leads you past some industrial buildings on the right hand side and then curves off to the right and starts to go up hill. At the top of the hill take a left following the signpost for Icor. Once you arrive you will see a small road on the right with a signpost on the opposite side of the road, saying Azanada/Madre Del Agua. Follow this road uphill, it is steep so just stay in first gear and you will be fine! Stay until the road forks; take the road on the right signposted Azanada. Keep going until you arrive to a point where the road levels out and you cannot drive any further. You will see a silver Landrover /Jeep, park either to the left or the right - congratulations, you’ve arrived!
Due to the sites remote location, we strongly recommend guests hire a car. It is possible to take a bus from the airport to Las Eras then a taxi from there, but it will have to be pre-arranged as there’s no taxi rank in Las Eras.
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