Romantic to the bone, I believe that ‘Costa Adeje’ sounds like a name of the magic castle from one of this exotic fairy-tales which even adults are tempted to read while ‘Tenerifians’ remind of some mysterious and glorious society, omnipotent Order, which fights on the forefront of hidden ongoing struggle between the good and the evil. Of course, this is not true: Costa Adeje is a middle-sized city located on the island of Tenerife, a part of Spanish territory lost in the boundless spaces of the Atlantic Ocean. However, I feel that unique atmosphere of happiness almost embedded in the local landscape, attributes to Costa Adeje some kind of affinity with dreamy, bright pictures created by my mind. Why do Tenerifians seem so cheerful?
To be honest, you’ll need to make a significant effort if you want to mess up with your physical well-being living in Costa Adeje. The locals’ motto can be described by one brief formula: swim well, walk well, eat well.
This approach may sound seemingly trivial, but this does not render it less effective. Endless beautiful beaches surrounding the city and clean oceanic water (which is too cold for sharks to hang around, though) encourage people to develop healthy habits since their childhood being exposed to nature round-the-clock.
Additionally, Tenerife is a full of convenient spots for hiking. Visiting Teide national park is often worth it for the views of lunar rock formations and white clouds spread out below.
Even if people don’t hike Mount Teide, there are plenty of interesting walks to Villaflor, and other places, that can take up well over a day. Being happy means being healthy is a law empirically proved by Costa Adeje.
Costa Adeje is a land of breathtaking views and home to incredible species. The locals have an opportunity to feel the omnipotent beauty of nature on a daily basis. The natural terrain with its rugged appearance has helped Tenerife to retain and support the fascinating wildlife for so long, despite the continual threat from tourism and world pollution. https://goo.gl/images/txLVa4
The Laurisilva and natural pine forests of Tenerife are home to species such as the Teide bluebird and the blue chaffinch. The Dragon tree which can be found in Icod de Los Vinos has existed on the island since time immemorial and has huge historical importance to Tenerife. https://goo.gl/images/O6A6Qw
The tree is in a small protected park area which receives thousands of visitors each year. Nature areas are one of the most precious possessions of the city, and the locals are happy to be lively energy they emit.
Even though the locals devote a significant part of their time to work, they still know well how to relax and have fun. In my opinion this is a result of a wide range of entertaining activities present in the city. Tenerifians are well known for their passion for various festivals.
For example, world-famous Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife includes bands of street musicians (murgas), groups of minstrels (rondallas de Tenerife), masquerades (comparsas), and various associations (agrupaciones). The election of the Queen of the festival, in the beginning, is followed by the actual street carnival, in which large numbers of people gather in the center of Santa Cruz, with the carnival lasting ten days.
Great shopping is another opportunity to enjoy a weekend: there is a huge mall not far from the city in which people can buy anything they want starting from the last version of Nespresso coffee machine and barbie doll for a daughter and ending with brand new Valentino shoes and this fancy dress from a new Zara collection. The prices are quite affordable, and the quality of products is very high since the mall belongs to El Corte Inglés corporation which is the biggest department store group in Europe and ranks fourth worldwide.
Finally, all the adventure-lovers who inhabit Costa Adeje are almost forced to be happy since they have constant access to the most beautiful aqua park I have ever seen. Siam Park opened by the Princess of Thailand Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and having its incredible sceneries inspired by Thai architecture, claims to be the most spectacular water attraction in Europe.
The locals can challenge the resilience of their nerves trying ‘Dragon’, a four-person bowl slide with a laser inside which produces a flashing image of a dragon, or Singha, water slide with four funnels, with a speed of 18 meters per second. Common, who gonna be unhappy in a place where you can be partying, shopping and ‘roller-coasting’ at the top level?
People who live in soft warm climate tend to be happier. That’s just logical. In this sense, Tenerefians have nothing to worry about. August is the hottest month in Tenerife with an average temperature of 24°C (75°F) and the coldest is January at 17°C (62°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 10 in August.
The wettest month is December with an average of 56mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in September when the average sea temperature is 24°C (75°F). Sounds awesome, right?
Pace of life
They NEVER rush. The residents of Costa Adeje are in no way to blame for procrastinating or putting emphasis on leisure rather than work, but unlike the people from huge megapolises, you will never see them running, screaming on the pedestrians, getting crazy because of traffic, etc.
The moderate size of their city might well be one of the explanations which give them that kind of preponderance. However, I think that the underlying difference stems from the spirit and the character of Costa Adeje.
Tenerifians live in the paradise and, crucially, are fully aware of the benefits they are blessed to possess. Consequently, they take the time to enjoy the life around – and this self-reinforcing and self-perpetuating component of their happiness, probably, outweighs all the others.
In conclusion, Costa Adeje is the happiest place to live in – not for the migrants or tourists, but for the locals who were born and raised on this soil. The major cornerstone of this happiness is not formed by the incredibly high level of life or stunningly good wages, neither it is a result of amazing nature or active lifestyle – the role of these factors should not be neglected, but they definitely cannot be regarded as the determining ones.
In fact, what is so special about Costa Adeje is its people’s innate benevolent which circulates in their blood and inspires them to smile even if they have no reason too. Costa Adeje is a small city, far away from the concerns and stress of huge scary urbanized world; it is a kind of Shire, peaceful, calm, resilient in its untouched charm. Tenerifians do not take what they have for granted having learned to appreciate their prosperity even though they’ve never been deprived of it. Being transplanted in this soil and fertilized with other advantages of the local life, happiness blossoms, and flourishes, lasting and pleasing.