10 Great Options for a Tenerife Holiday

Tenerife is full of colour, beaches, sun and exotic plants (if you head further north of the Island). Tourists have such a variety of things to see, places to visit and wonderful culture. If you are a traveller that likes to get to know the people and culture of where you visit, you will love the Canarian folk as they are the friendliest people that I have met!

What is not to like about Tenerife?  All year sunshine, scorching summers, an array of hotels, bars and restaurants to choose from. Tourists are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, accommodation and beautiful clean beaches.

From experience, here you can find 10 amazing options for the south of Tenerife which range from dining to beaches, to where to visit or excursions. Whatever you decide to do on your holiday to Tenerife, either relaxing or packing your days with adventure, without doubt, you will have a fabulous time.

1. Sea, Whales & Dolphins

Feeling free, at sea and watching the wildlife was something that will be one of my best memories in Tenerife! This excursion was simply fabulous, fun and natural. Watching the whales and dolphins out at sea was how it should be. The crew at Neptune Sea Company, based in Calle de Colon, Costa Adeje were absolutely first class. My choice to head out via the Peter Pan (Portuguese Goleta) was brilliant and they offer other sailing options to suit all tastes.

One thing I really liked about this company is the crew spoke lots of different languages, they were very friendly and safety was their first priority at all times. Loved this adventure! Well worth a trip out and you can find out more about these excursions by visiting their website: www.barcostenerife.com

2. Siam Park & Oriental Beauty

The most well known and talked about water parks in Tenerife and one of the best in Europe. A day out here will make the family have a day to remember. The water slides are challenging in areas but there are also relaxing rides which make this place a fabulous option for the whole family. There is even a smaller children’s water park area so parents can feel relaxed knowing the little ones are also enjoying the fun. There is also a giant man-made beach which has fabulous waves that is often rented out at night for surfers to practice their skills.

The park is filled with amazing exotic palm trees, plants and oriental statues, that are simply stunning. If you have not got around to visiting Siam Park, what are you waiting for? Add it to your list and enjoy the adventures of  Tenerife. For more information, visit their website: http://www.siampark.net/index.php/en/

3. Wine Tasting, Growing & Friendly Staff

If you are looking for a half day excursion and like wine or want to know more about how the local wines are produced, this is a perfect option for you to choose. Villaflor is a local village, based in the south of Tenerife and higher above the ground level. It can get pretty hot up there so make sure you take sun cream, a hat and water.

Vindos Angola is a family run winery which will offer you some amazing information on how the wine starts from the grape plant, right up to it being bottled. You will get to taste some of the delicious wines, cheeses to nibble on and then a light lunch. The staff are friendly, extremely knowledgeable and they arrange for collection and drop off at your hotel. You can find more information via Facebook.

4. Mini Golf course in Playa de Las Americas

If you are wanting a few hours to fill in your day in Playa de Las Americas, the Santiago Mini Golf (opposite Hard Rock Café) is a good choice. This is often missed as it is set back and hidden behind the cafeteria. All around this area is so colourful, with stunning mosaics. The Mini Golf features cactus plants, flowers and water features. Perfect for any age, group or family. Great location for a day out too!

5. Hard Rock Café & Theatre

Again, set in Playa de Las Americas, the Hard Rock Café is a popular choice for tourists who want the experience of an American diner type food. They offer a great menu, even for those fussy eaters, and tourists get to see the walls which display discs, guitars and other memorabilia.

Of course, this would not be a tourist attraction without the shop at the exit where you can purchase a T-Shirt, cap or other branded merchandise. Set alongside the theatre, it is easily recognised by the large columns and water feature which hosts a statue of a guitar.

6. Tranquil beach of Playa San Juan

If you are looking for a quieter option and away from the major beaches of Playa de Las Americas, Los Cristianos or Fanabe (Costa Adeje), this pretty little harbour offers a small beach which is not well known to tourists. Playa San Juan is based in Guia de Isora (heading from Costa Adeje to Los Gigantes) and an easy bus ride.

It has some nice restaurants, the harbour which offers great water-themed excursions and a stunning beach walkway where you can sit in the shade. With a beach area of golden, black and pebbles, the area offers sunbeds and a small bar on the beach. Perfect for a peaceful day out, bit of food and a nice glass of Sangria.

7. Afternoon or evening Tapas in Callao Salvaje

My visit to Callao Salvaje included a really nice view of some rugged coastline and a walk around the local shops, restaurants and bars. One of the best places to visit for your holiday memory box is to try the tapas at ‘The Edge Restaurant’ at Pearly Grey Ocean Club.

The quality of the food is outstanding and the sunsets will offer you the most amazing views for your holiday photograph shots. The food is first class and all credit to the team, they deliver some amazing dishes. More information can be found by visiting the website: https://www.pearlygrey.com/

8. Fine Italian Dining

If you like good Italian food, nice relaxing atmosphere and a romantic setting, Monte Christo restaurant in Costa Adeje is a winner. The soft music, personal service and quality food is a great choice and nice holiday treat. It is not the cheapest but you get what you pay for; excellent food and classy surroundings.

The desserts are mouth-watering and I would recommend the chef’s home recipe for Tiramisu. My appetite has just increased thinking about the food here. You can find more information on https://www.facebook.com/MonteChristoTenerife/

9. Siam Mall shopping in Tenerife

Most tourist resorts offer the same type of shopping experiences of souvenirs, T-shirts and general items that really, end up as clutter. What is difficult to track down in Tenerife is clothes and woollens, shoes or other clothing which can be a little more expensive. If you are looking to top up your holiday clothes or forgot to pack some items, head over to Siam Mall as there are some really good clothing shops which are not expensive. More in line with the latest trends and really good value for money.

You can take advantage of the lovely cafes or restaurants here and even catch the Free Bus which are available from Playa de Las Americas, Los Cristianos or Costa Adeje. With the recent addition of Starbucks, you can grab a coffee and enjoy some lovely shopping at a price that will not put stress on your holiday money. What more could you ask for? More information about Siam Mall is available here: https://ccsiammall.com/

10. Lady Candelaria and Basilica

Candelaria is very famous in Tenerife and Lady Candelaria is regarding as one of the most respected and religious patron saints on the Island. The statue of Lady Candelaria attracts the most pilgrims each year and has visitor’s, year upon year from around the world.

The Basilica (church) is stunning, in pristine condition and well loved. Set on the rugged coastline with the statues of the Guanches facing onto the Plaza, this is a great tourist attraction to visit to pass the day. You will get to see local culture, local food and beautiful architecture. Simply beautiful!

The Island is packed with true beauty from rugged volcanic mountains to wonderful coastlines, stunning sunsets and exotic greenery. A perfect holiday choice for any age and it is easy to see why tourists return back to this amazing Island time after time.

Text and Photos by Dawn McIntyre.

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Where to Find Some Great Restaurants in Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos has a brightly coloured coastline, harbour to catch a ferry to the neighbouring island of La Gomera, plenty of bars and an array of some great, long standing restaurants. The popular choices have been many tourist’s favourites over the years and still today, they attract diners and maintain good reviews on Tripadvisor.

Tenerife has so many fabulous places to eat with different cuisines to choose from so selection is readily available. From Thai, Italian, French, Chinese and my favourite, Canarian, this is just to name a few!

Rincón del Marinero, c/cabeza Muella Viejo not just your ordinary fish selection

Tenerife offers an amazing opportunity to dine with fresh fish choices and over the years, Los Cristianos was once one of the busiest fishing ports on the Island. Home to fisherman and some delicious fresh fish. This fish restaurant is one of the longstanding favourites which has been operating since 1978 and specialises in fresh fish or seafood only.

Over the years, I have walked past this restaurant countless times as it is on the main walkway from Los Cristianos to Playa de Las Americas (just before the subway tunnel). The downside of this restaurant is that there is no view, it just looks out onto a yard which is in front of the harbour. The positive side is that you will be guaranteed fresh fish or seafood!

Traditional Sea Bass is on the menu or you can opt for something a little different like Wreckfish (which is great for sharing for two) or why not try the Snapper fish. Other menu favourites include garlic prawns, Calamari or seafood Paella.

It is easy to spot with the fishing boat located at the entrance of the restaurant and the bold blue and white colours will catch your attention either before or after coming out of the subway.

Linares, Av, Las Playeras 41 is central location and popular Italian food

Trading since 1957, Linares is situated in a prime location, short walk to the beach and a popular choice for lunchtime or evening meal. Inside dining or you can sit in the shade outside in the main street and take a cold beer or glass of wine. If you feel like getting more into the theme, try a Sangria.

You can expect to find dishes such as pasta, pizza, cannelloni, steaks, mixed grill or fish paella.

Linares is close to many shops so if you fancy a little bit of shopping along the way, this is a perfect choice. This restaurant is certainly in a good location and an ideal resting area to top up on refreshments or chill out at night for an evening meal.

Check out a nice, quirky gift shop Ale Hop which is based in the same street as Linares and a fun little place to take a peek. Most of the holiday type shops offer the same tourist style gifts but this one is worth a visit.

Mongolian, Av. Amsterdam and offers eat all you can style dining

Renowned for good food and value, this popular restaurant certainly pulls in the crowds at night. A little walk from the beach, heading towards Paradise Park Hotel direction (but not up the slightly steep hill so it’s easy to walk to), this restaurant builds up its name based on repeat business.

For €12 per person, you can have starters of sushi, duck, pancakes, ribs, wontons, spring rolls (remember this is eat all you can style) so you can mix and match. Main dishes include steak, lamb chops, chicken, fish, king prawns, mussels and more. There are around 30 sauces to choose from which you can select and then take your food to the chef who cooks it in front of you with your selected sauce.

There is a choice of desserts too so you can see why this restaurant attracts many visitors night after night. For those tourists who have a large appetite, this is ‘food heaven’.

The quality of the food receives great reviews on Tripadvisor so it is definitely worth checking it out if you are staying in or around Los Cristianos.

Whichever restaurant you select, it’s great that you have ventured out to support the local businesses. It is really important to step out and take a look around the area, try some different food and enjoy what Los Cristianos has to offer, especially the fantastic restaurants and friendly service.

Take advantage of Tenerife, especially Los Cristianos and relax, eat and be happy!

For more information on Tenerife and where to eat, you can visit my blog: www.tapasintenerife.com


The Edge of Perfection for Tapas at Pearly Grey

For those readers who have read my previous articles, it’s clear that ‘good food and nice settings’ are key factors on my list. For those who don’t know me, let me tell you about a wonderful restaurant which is situated in a sleepy little town called Callao Salvaje, not far from Costa Adeje. The Edge Restaurant is a hidden little gem of a place which has stunning views of a rugged coastline and food to ‘just dream about’. Honestly, this food is amazing!

It was a perfect opportunity for me to get some photographs of the sun going down and the night falling in. It was wonderful to physically see the sun moving closer to the sea and within minutes, it disappeared.

The Edge Restaurant is situated in the Pearly Grey hotel. Tapas and good restaurants is one of my specialities and I don’t just want to talk to you about what was on offer, I want to let you visualise the dishes which were produced by a fabulous chef and assistant.

The outside dining area was the perfect setting with low lighting, soft furnishings, cool sea breeze (heaters on the terrace kept the temperature spot on for an evening meal – it was December time but still really warm). Fresh, warm, comfortable and totally relaxed, ready to see what tapas were heading my way!

The mood was light and fun, sipping a drink and chatting, it was easy to see why the Edge Restaurant was appealing to the holidaymakers who wanted to escape the crowds and enjoy some top cuisine.

Chatting to one of the guests at the hotel, I wanted to get to know his opinion, especially the food. The relaxed conversation supported what I was hoping for (as I was still about to experience my food which was being prepared). The guest had returned for another holiday at Pearly Grey and his reaction was for the food, peaceful location and the stunning sunsets.

Well our food was nearly ready to be served and it was time for me to see if it lived up to the conversation we had just had or if this would be a mediocre meal. With our table all set, eyes glued to the waitress in anticipation of hunger, the plates started arriving!

Beautifully cooked cutlets which were seasoned and dressed with some spicy chickpeas. Tucking into this dish and adding some to my plate, the meat melted in my mouth and then followed the kick of the chickpeas. Fabulous choice for those diners who like a little spice added to the flavour of their food. Perfect!

Next up was perfectly rolled, fresh healthy vegetables and salad in a tortilla style wrap, which any vegetarian would enjoy. The attention to detail in the presentation of this dish was outstanding. Dressed to impress and perfection on a plate.

Another stunning and well presented dish was round, vegetable (patty like) treats. Packed with flavours that would make any palate happy and the tapas were finished off with a beautiful drizzle of sauce dressing. I even tucked into the dressing and side salad to ensure I got the full advantage of the seasons used. My appetite just kept increasing.

For diners who like Octopus, well this dish would impress you. Perfectly presented, seasoned and garnished with a bit of colour. Finely chopped and dressed with a slight sprinkle of seasoning, this kept our crowd tucking in for more.

It is easy to see how the Edge Restaurant receives praise after praise for the top class food it serves guests and diners. The dishes exceeded my expectations without doubt and it left me wanting more of the wonderful flavours and perfectly presented food. What more could anyone ask for?

Sitting back, listening to the music, the good food, wine and scenery, what a great end to our night and an added bonus to watch the stunning sunset from the restaurant. I suddenly keyed in to think about my previous conversation early on in the night, from the guest and ‘totally got him’ regarding his reasons for coming back to stay at Pearly Grey hotel and to make the most of this stunning restaurant.

The hotel and Edge Restaurant is known for picture perfect opportunities. This place is a winner for anyone who is thinking of booking a nice table for Valentines day, anniversary or simply just a really good meal or get together! The standards are exceptional and the views are just stunning.

To end this amazing night of perfect food and magical scenery, it was lovely to meet the genius’ behind the scene who cooked these amazing tapas. (Oh and the desserts are another reason to indulge that little bit more). Keep up the great work as you are an amazing team!

Thank you to Pearly Grey for providing this stunning setting and restaurant for a ‘great little get away’. Most of all, the amazing tapas and gourmet food which this restaurant offers. Reserve a table for me please, as I will most certainly be back for more!

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5 Top Tips for Real Canarian Tapas

With so many beautiful parts of Tenerife to explore, this time my selection was Los Cristianos, where I was on the look out for some good tapas. Yes, proper tapas like what the local people eat and not tourist labelled tapas which has an overcharged price tag attached to the menu.

Los Cristianos is such a stunning area of beautiful beaches, sand and plenty of restaurants.

Heading along the beachfront, I decided to go off the main beach walk area and towards the bus station. Local people know that good, authentic tapas are cheaper and better away from the main tourist areas. Luckily, a local friend had told me about a cafeteria, Casa Goyo which was on my list to try out and they were based in Los Cristianos. What was I waiting for? Off I went in search of this restaurant to check out the quality and price of the tapas.

Tip No 1 – open your options to looking away from the beach front and travel more inland or better still, the local garages serve great tapas and drinks with very reasonable prices.


True to form, the caféteria had local people taking a coffee and tapas so I knew that the price would be good to my purse and the quality should be on par with what I expected, but you never know until you try it.

Casa Goyo which is situated in Bulevar Chajofe, 3, 38650, Los Cristianos. It was a nice sunny morning and a week before Christmas. Heading into the cafeteria, the brightly glowing interior colours of orange and yellow, gave me a happy feeling to this place. Instantly I thought that the orange walls matched the beautiful shades of the parasols down at the playa and the yellow contrast matched the glowing sun which was out in full force that day

Spotlessly clean and typical of a local Canarian style cafeteria, I instantly knew that the tapas were going to be the real thing.

Tip No 2 – look for a caféteria or bar in which the locals eat to ensure you get the authentic Canarian style food.

Usually, a standard selection would be around 6 tapas and this would range from Tortilla, Meatballs, Chicken thighs or drumsticks in a sauce, croquettes, ensaladilla, Octopus or Beef, potato & chickpea stew. There will be other types of tapas as this depends on the cafeteria or bar.

Sitting myself down outside among the local people, I was greeted by a nice waitress who spoke a little English but as I knew what I wanted, it was easy to order my 2 tapas selection. For me it would be Tortilla (Omelette) and Ensaladilla (Potato Salad).

One of the good points when ordering tapas, you don’t have to wait long for your food. Sipping my refreshing Fanta Lemon (a must if you go to Tenerife), true to form, my food arrived quite quickly and certainly not to the meaning of the word ‘tapas’. The portion was huge and far too much for me to eat alone but I gave it a good go and tucked straight into it.

Tip No 3 – always go into the bar area and take a look at the selection of tapas available. Ask what they have and check with croquettes as sometimes the potatoes can be mixed with chicken or fish

All fresh products, healthy side salad and the tomatoes are one of my favourites ‘must eat’ when holidaying in Tenerife. The tortilla was packed with seasoning and potatoes and a great choice for any vegetarian.

Again, the ensaladilla was a perfect choice but unfortunately my efforts were not that good as I only managed to eat half.

Tip 4 – by finding a proper Canarian tapas cafeteria, you should save on price and increase in portion size

You don’t just have to have tapas, there are plenty of other tasty dishes on the menu for instance Paella or you could just order a sandwich and coffee to keep you on the go (which I did on another day, just to try out other options).

One thing that is important is, to get out of the hotel and take a walk around, see the area and support local businesses. It can be difficult for them to compete against the ‘all inclusive hotels’ and therefore they appreciate you stopping by, even if it is just for a drink and a friendly ‘hola’.

Finding a local tapas cafeteria or bar is certainly one of the cheapest options to eat out and it is ideal if you want to stick to a budget. The food is filling, good quality and more value for money.

Quite often, tourists will walk past this type of place when looking where to eat, as it is not the usual form of restaurant or holiday enticement. What I would say is, keep your eyes peeled and take a look next time. It certainly is worth a try and eating where the locals choose is definitely a winner in my books.

Tip 5 – to maximise your money and selection, head into one of the local towns where you will find even more selections of great food, tapas and cheaper prices. You will find great soups, goat stews, cheeses and meat dishes, all for half of the price you would pay in the tourist areas.

Luckily, Casa Goyo has reasonable prices even though they are only 5 minutes walk from the beach so it’s great to know that this cafeteria is offering excellent food, at a reasonable price.

After my food, the stunning scenery of Los Cristianos offered me a perfect setting to stroll along and click away on my camera. Perfectly relaxed and satisfied with my choice of tapas.

If you are staying in Playa Las Americas then I would recommend ‘Rosie’s Bar’ which is situated opposite the Chieftain Pub, close the Columbus Hotel. If staying in Costa Adeje, I would recommend Bar Rebumbio which is situated at Fanabe Plaza.

Choosing a good tapas restaurant or cafeteria is part of the fun of exploring so ‘enjoy the fun’ and hopefully you will be sure to find some tasty treats!

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5 Tasty Choices to Eat in Tenerife

From cafes, bars, restaurants and 5-star Michelin gourmet food, you will have a fantastic choice of dining when it comes to eating in Tenerife. The selection is endless and the standards are improving, year upon year. From international dishes of English, Italian, Chinese, Indian, right through to the local dishes of the Canarian style, which are definitely top of my list.

Having visited the island many times, over a lot of years, for me the food is one of the most enjoyable things of Tenerife. Why? Because it tastes so damn good!

Here is a quick look at my 5 tasty choices to eat in Tenerife.

Food for thought at Mesón Era Las Mozas and the portions are huge.

Typical Canarian and oh boy is this place really great value for money as it offers top, quality food. Popular with the local people but over the years, tourists are becoming more and more aware of this fabulous restaurant. They head there to try out the large meat portions that are on offer.

You will find Mesón Era Las Mozas in Calle La Cabezada 26, Valle San Lorenzo which is in the South part of Tenerife. Hard working staff and a bonus as they have the menu in English too.

The slow cooked chicken is a ‘must try’ or if you feel like a challenge, try one of the famous pork chops. Don’t forget the mojo to add to the Canarian potatoes and why not try a butterbean and ham soup for starters or garlic goat’s cheese. Simply delicious!

All the right ingredients for a classical and elegant restaurant at Monte Christo

If you want to have the option of an Italian meal while holidaying in Tenerife, Fanabe hosts a fabulous restaurant for that extra classy touch. Monte Christo is an elegant and selected restaurant that offers tourists a quiet, relaxed and refined dining experience for an evening meal.

The restaurant is situated in Calle Bruselas, Adeje and opposite the Bahia Princess Hotel.

The experience here is truly a high standard of interior and food. The fillet steak is a winner for me and the ‘secret ingredients’ for the Tiramisu dessert is something you must try before leaving. For me, the memory of eating in this amazing restaurant, stays with me and a longing for me to visit again, really soon!

Please be aware that the restaurant is closed on a Wednesday so make sure you don’t plan your special night for this time of the week.

Let’s be honest, the views don’t get much better than from La Baranda

If you are staying in Tenerife North, La Baranda in El Sauzal is a place worth visiting for the views alone. The simple style café type service, offers day time menu but at night, it is vibrant with music and locals enjoying dancing.

This is a perfect choice for some tapas but they also offer a selection of meals such as steaks or fish. The inside is fresh, cool and airy and the cafeteria also offers an amazing balcony where you can take in some of the fresh air, spectacular views and lose your cares to the world.

The hidden little gem of a place is a photographer’s paradise and a fantastic choice for afternoon snacks, cold drink or just a light meal to watch the sun go down. With postcard views, framed with green palm trees and plants, the added little houses dotted around in the background, make this a colour scenic picture for any traveller.

Power up your day trip to Candelaria by eating at Doña Pata

Many tourists head out to Candelaria and if so, don’t miss the opportunity to take some local food in a wonderful cafeteria which is hidden at the back of the main square. Doña Pata is situated in Calle Obispo Perez and it offers some really good local dishes, meats and fresh food. It is a fraction of the cost from the restaurants in the main plaza of Candelaria so if you are heading that way, make note of the name and address.

The colourful green and orange interior offers a vibrant setting for locals and tourists. It has great views out to sea and being sat inside, you will be sheltered from the winds which can be blustery in Candelaria.

The best kept secret tapas in Los Cristianos is at San Luis

Last but not least, my choice is a relaxing restaurant based in Los Cristianos. San Luis is based in the old cobbled streets part of the town and situated in Calle Estocolmo 7. It has a relaxing feel to the place and looks very pretty.

You will need to walk up the steps to gain entrance so this restaurant is not suited for those people who have mobility issues.

There are some lovely tapas on the menu, good wine and a friendly feel to the place. Set in the main busy area of Los Cristianos, it is ideal to walk in the afternoon looking around the shops or a stroll along the beach to finish off your day.

My work is featured from experiences of eating in the restaurants or cafeterias so all information is based on my opinion. Photographs are images taken by me and therefore reflect my interpretation of my views.

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