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Monday, February 07, 2022

Guided tours of the Casa Fuerte in Adeje

La Casa Fuerte de Adeje

Visitors can now book guided tours, of half an hour, of this historical property in which the details of the Casa Fuerte de Adeje, its history and its restoration are explained

The Casa Fuerte of Adeje had a modest beginning: a sugar mill built by the Genoese Ponte family. In the middle of the 16th century, the last sugar mill on the island existed in Adeje, fed by the waters of the Barranco del Infierno. This mill was located where the Casa Fuerte now stands, prior to its construction, and its production was the most important in Tenerife.

In the year 1553, Pedro da Ponte, son of Genoese financier and Garachico's founder, Cristóbal de Ponte, asked for permission to build a fortification to defend the area from the continuous pirate incursions that devastated the coast of Adeje. In 1555, it was authorized and in 1556 the Casa Fuerte (strong house) was built that became the political, economic and social centre of the jurisdiction of Adeje for three centuries. 

A fortified residence, a mixture of country house and fortress, it occupied an area of ​​9,024 Castilian varas (7,200 square meters). It consisted of a castle and a keep, warehouses, barns, a stable, a blacksmith shop, a bakery, ovens, housing for servants and administrators, an oratory and a main palace. According to French naturalist Berthelot "the most important room is the Archives Room", which had four large cabinets full of documents, defined by historian Viera y Clavijo as "the Treasure of the Canary Islands".

On several occasions, English corsair, John Hawkins, stayed at the Casa Fuerte. Cousin of Sir Francis Drake and backed by Elizabeth I, Hawkins was the partner of Pedro de Ponte in the slave trade with America. The last member of the Ponte family to live in the Casa Fuerte was Marqués Don Domingo José de Herrera y Ayala, who died in 1766.

The Casa Fuerte was left in the hands of administrators appointed by its absentee owners and in 1902 - On April 9, 1902, a terrible fire almost completely ruined the most important building in Adeje - it became the property of the British fruit company Fyffes. It is still privately owned today. It was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 2007.

The Casa Fuerte de Adeje is open to the public from Fri, 12/17/21 to Fri, 12/16/22. 

Opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 13:00. Call us or send us a WhatsApp +34 623 047 041 to visit one of the oldest monuments on the island.