Award winning public plaza in Adeje


Adeje’s Plaza de España has won the top prize in the Canarian ‘Manuel de Oráa y Arcocha 2008-2017 architecture awards, in the landscape and public space category. The prize is for the plaza’s projection as a reference point in both modernity and the preservation of local heritage. The plaza was also the winner in the World Architecture Festival New & Old section in the Public Space category a few years ago.

The prize is awarded by the Official School of Architecture of Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro, and is dedicated to recognising work in creating spaces that respect and emphasise the worth of local heritage and natural resources. The Plaza de España does just that, flanked by the Convento de San Francisco on one side, the Santa Úrsula Martir church on the other and with the awe-inspiring Barranco del Infierno as a backdrop, each a recognised point of cultural and natural interest, with the Plaza designed to enhance each of these features.

The renovation and redesign of the Plaza de España was the work of Tenerife architect Fernando Martín Menis (Estudio Menis Arquitectos) who is also responsible for the Magma & Congresos building, two structures that have become focus points in the borough for different groups and events, as well as viewpoints in their own right.

The Plaza de España is 1,182m2 with a 446m2 stage space and a garden zone. Work on the renovation and redesign was carried out in 2009 and 2010 financed by the Plan E2009 and Plan E2010. Since it reopened it has helped revitalise local businesses and become a much-used centre for events and public get-togethers.


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Adeje’s Baile de Magos is tomorrow night

The Plaza de España is the setting for this traditional event

Tomorrow, May 29th, the eve of Canarian Day, the Plaza de España in Adeje town will be the setting for the annual Baile de Magos. Anyone can join in the celebrations and book a table at the Adeje Cultural Centre, the only requirement being that you attend in traditional Canarian dress.

The Baile de Magos, a folklore street party, will start at 8.30pm with performances from many different groups, and the event will be broadcast live on Radio Sur 107.9 FM, on the “Tradición y Folclore” programme presented by Pedro Díaz, who is also the director of the Santa Ana folk group.

Over the years the Adeje Baile de Magos, organised by the Adeje Folklore School in collaboration with the town’s cultural department, has become a very important local event in the cultural calendar. Taking part this year will be the School of Folklore, the Santa Ana group, Parranda Boleros de Armeñime, Asociación Cultural Imoque, Asociación Cultural Echeyde Valle Verde, Agrupación Folclórica Igonce, Agrupación Folclórica y Cultural Araza, and the Agrupación Folclórica La Diata.



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Adeje goes green for St Patrick’s weekend


Photo: Phil Crean


As March 17th, St Patrick’s Day, approaches, Adeje is preparing to join in the celebrations as it has done in recent years. The Irish consul and the Adeje council are organising a number of events to mark this special day for the wider Irish community.

This Saturday, March 10th, there will be gala dinner in Golf Costa Adeje, and this year a portion of the ticket money will be going to the Adeje based Asociación San Juan. A visiting group of traditional Irish musicians will also be performing in the San Juan centre during the week. Anyone interested in attending the dinner should contact the Irish consulate
(C/Villalba Hervás 9, Office 2 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife 922.245.671).

This year, once again, the award-winning Plaza de España in Adeje will also be part of the global ‘greening’, a movement that has seen public buildings and spaces around the world turn green in celebration of this most international of national celebrations. The plaza will be lit up from 7.30pm on Friday March 16th until Sunday March 18th.

The official mass is on March 17th, St Patrick’s Day at 12 noon in the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church (calle Siete Islas, Las Américas, Arona) and will be in English.

The Adeje councillor for social harmony Zebenzui Chinea Linares, “Adeje is a multicultural borough, with people from over 120 countries living side by side, and we celebrate a host of different cultural events, such as Holi, the Hindu celebration of colours, the Chinese New Year, traditional Tibetan, Muslim, Orthodox and of course Canarian events. We really do believe that respect, cultural interchange and social harmony are the keys to eradicate potential tension and emphasise the things that unite us”.


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Adeje goes green for St Patrick’s Day



The Adeje council is delighted to support the Irish Consul in a range of events taking place in the borough this week to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on March 17th.

Celebrations begin on the evening of March 16th when the Plaza de España in Adeje town will, for the third consecutive year, join the Global Greening – the wave of international buildings and iconic landmarks that are lit up in green to celebrate this most international of national festivals.  The Adeje plaza joins with the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the London Eye, the Great Wall of China, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the One World Trade Centre in New York, Niagara Falls, the Chain Bridge in Budapest and Matsue Castle in Japan.

On Thursday there will also be a Gala dinner in Costa Adeje Golf, hosted by the Honorary Irish Consul, Álvaro de la Bárcena Argany.  (Some tickets still available through the Consulate, 922 245671, 9am – 1pm).

At 7pm on Friday March 17th, St Patrick’s Day, mass in honour of St Patrick will be celebrated in the Santa Úrsula Church in Adeje’s Calle Grande.




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Adeje’s Plaza de España goes green


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For the second year in a row the Adeje Plaza de España has joined the international Global Greening, the Green Wave which has grown in popularity over the years with over 120 international, national and regional monuments worldwide joining the wave in celebration of St Patrick’s day.

The Adeje Plaza de España will be lit up in green from the evening of March 16th until the morning of the 18th, and this year the council is also co-hosting a number of events with the Honorary Irish Consul on March 17th.

At 6pm members of Adeje council will hand over the statue of St Patrick to members of the local Irish community and then, led by a young Irish/Canarian girl from Adeje, walk to the Santa Úrsula Adeje Parish church for a mass in English and Spanish. At 7.30pm there will be a gala buffet in the CDTCA, the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre.

In Spain the other participants in the Green Wave will be the Cibeles fountain, the Puerta de Alcalá and the Palacio de Comunicaciones in Madrid and the Torre de Hércules in A Coruña among others. Globally the Colosseum in Rome, the Sacre Coeur in Paris, Niagara Falls, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland Paris, the London Eye and the Empire State Building as well as the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro are part of this global greening.

May magic in Adeje

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The Adeje department of culture has a host of activities planned for May under the title “Adeje vive las tradiciones” (Adeje, bringing traditions to life).

In the town’s cultural centre until May 15 there is a delightful exhibition of work from the San Juan centre, “Cuéntame un cuento” (Tell me a story), which the kids will certainly enjoy. On Friday May 9th the public can enjoy Arabian Nights, an evening of dance, acrobatics, magic and music, also in the Adeje cultural centre, at 8.30pm, (€8).

ADEJE-FERIA DE ARTESANIA (3)The XV Adeje Arts and Craft fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday May 16th and 17th, in the Plaza de España with a range of stalls selling hand crafted goods, folklore performances, food stalls, etc. On May 20th the foodie theme continues with a dessert workshop making ‘chasnera’ cakes (with almonds), and that takes place in the CDTCA.

On May 28th there are a series of healthy-inducing events, with solidarity pilates, massages and a zumba class, all taking place in the Adeje Cultural Centre, monies going to local charitable causes.

The month finishes with some fun events, the Baile de Magos, or traditional Canarian costume dance, held in the Plaza de España on May 29th (just ahead of Canaries Day which is May 30th) – and you have to dress traditionally to take part, but entry is free, and this is a lovely evening for all the family. Book a table with the department of Culture if you are interested.

On May 30th La Caleta hosts the II Festival Imoque with performances from Los Cebolleros from Galdar and el Zumacal from Gran Canaria and with Alba Pérez and José Manuel Ramos. And the month ends with a concert for Canaries Day on May 31st at 11.30am in the Plaza de San Sebastián, La Caleta with the Adeje Municipal Band.

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Tasting in the Plaza de España

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Cheese, honey and gofio are the featured products during July and August

Deguasta.Me (Try Me), as is now customary on the second Saturday of every month, will see 15 stands take over the Plaza de España this Saturday from 6pm.

As on previous occasions the aim of these events is to promote the products on offer and encourage the participation of local residents and businesses in promoting the culinary side of this tourist destination.

Honey, gofio and cheese are special features of the Degusta.Me Saturdays during July and August.

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The event, which brings people into the heart of Adeje, also serves to let visitors see the architectural part of the old town and discover Adeje’s more emblematic buildings.

Degusta.Me is organised by Adeje Council via Adeje Impulsa in partnership with Mercadillos del Atlántico S.L, Turismo Tenerife and Saborea Tenerife