10 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos is a popular tourist town in the south of the island of Tenerife. You can discover many different types of shops in the charming town centre, such as high street and designer shops, quaint local boutiques, and souvenir shops. There are also many good cafes and bars to take a break in when you need a rest.

The long promenade follows the beautiful golden sand beaches and is a fantastic place to enjoy a stroll before stopping for lunch in one of the many nearby restaurants. The sea is crystal clear and great for swimming in, also for children. You can find many different water sports in this area too.

There is a lovely harbour from where you can take a ferry over to the beautiful island of La Gomera. It is also possible to join a fishing or a diving trip from here.

Very close to Los Cristianos is the fantastic water park Siam Park, the beautifully landscaped Parque Santiago mini golf course, and Monkey Park, where you can actually feed the monkeys, lemurs, and guinea pigs.

Even if you are not staying at Los Cristianos, a day trip or two here is definitely worth it 🙂

Photos and text by Lynne Knightley

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Tenerife Guide of Things to See and Do From A-Z

Tenerife has so many attractions and activities that you may be overwhelmed by all the choices you have. To help you out, here is my Tenerife Guide from A-Z. I’ve chosen one attraction or place for each letter, and if you know somewhere or something which you think deserves the top spot more then let me know in the comments section below.

A is for ANAGA MOUNTAINS

The Anaga Mountains are a place all of their own. The range sprawls across the northeastern part of the island, spewing green across the sandy landscape. The Anaga Mountains are for people who want a little variety in their beach vacation. Here, you’ll walk in the clouds, surrounded by lush, green trees and plants of all varieties.

B is for BARRANCO DE MASCA

The hike down the ravine from Masca to the beach is on one of the most spectacular trails in Tenerife. This is an amazing hike, where you will find yourself enjoying beautiful views, scrambling over rocks, paddling through crystal-clear streams, and watching out for local wildlife, such as lizards, colourful butterflies, and even osprey flying overhead.

C is for COSTA MARTIÁNEZ

Costa Martiánez is an amazing swimming pool complex designed by Cesar Manrique. The complex is made up of many huge seawater pools, and the whole area is clean, beautiful, and well maintained. The views of the sea and the surroundings, from inside Lago Martiánez are stunning.

D is for DOLPHINS AND WHALES

Those who love sea life will enjoy a boat excursion off the coast of Tenerife. The waters are deep, yet warm and host thousands of species of microscopic life, perfect food for hungry whales, dolphins and other sea mammals. There are 28 cetacean species of whale, dolphin, and porpoise to see. How many can you find?

E is for EL MEDANO

El Médano is everything you imagine a beach paradise to be, plus a little more. While you have the sandy beaches and the sun-filled sky, you also have beachfront shops where you can catch a break from the water and grab a beer or ice cream cone. This area is perfect for kitesurfers, windsurfers, and kite-flyers.

F is for FREEDIVING

Tenerife has great conditions for all year round freediving. No matter if you are a beginner and looking for somewhere to try freediving for the first time, or an experienced freediver wanting some training dives, then there is sure to be a company that suits your needs.

G is for GARACHICO

Garachico is a lovely place to stop for a while, about 25 kilometres west of Puerto de la Cruz. There is much to explore here, such as shady narrow streets, lovely cafes in hidden squares, and local craft shops. The best attraction is the lava pools. These are naturally formed and are great for a dip in the ocean. You can also enjoy walking along the paths between the pools and just enjoying the view.

H is for HIKING

If you have the chance to go hiking in Tenerife then be sure to take it. The nature is amazing and different all over the island from the dry south to the fertile north, to Teide National Park in the middle.

I is for ICOD DE LOS VINOS

The Drago Milenario, the 59-foot tall Dragon tree of Icod in Tenerife is the largest of its kind and has become a symbol of the island. From a distance, it almost looks like two trees intertwined in a permanent hug; the gnarly trunk stands strong beneath branches that look like raised hands.

J is for JEEP SAFARI

A fun way to explore Tenerife is to join a jeep safari. You can choose from different excursions such as a Teide Tour, a Masca Tour, an Around the Island Tour, and even a Stargazing Tour.

K is for KAYAKING

There are many different kayak companies in Tenerife. Some where you just rent a kayak and off you go by yourself, and others where you have a guide and a chance to see dolphins swimming close by.

L is for LORO PARQUE

Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz is a great zoo to visit and is loved by people of all ages. There are many animal shows to watch such as sea lions, dolphins, killer whales, and bird shows. Just remember to check the show timetables so you can fit them all in.

M is for MONKEY PARK

Monkey Park is a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours. You can actually feed some of the animals here, which children and adults love! It is lovely to have little monkeys come over to you, and take some of the food. The best part though is being in with the lemurs, and being able to stroke and feed them.

N is for NATIONAL PARK

A great day out when in Tenerife is a visit to El Teide National Park. If you have rented a car then you can drive up through the park and come out at the other end of the island. It is fantastic to drive through lava fields, and see the old flows of lava on the volcano. The pine forests in this area are beautiful and very scenic too.

O is for OROTAVA

Orotava is a traditional Canarian historic town. It is situated in the middle of banana plantations, with amazing views over the Orotava Valley. Enjoy the pleasure of a stroll through the cobblestone streets, and admire the beautiful architecture of mansions, museums and churches. Take in the sights with a drink on a cafe terrace at a plaza, and smell the sweet scent of the many flowers.

P is for PUERTO DE LA CRUZ

Puerto de la Cruz has everything you could want from a holiday in Tenerife. You will feel like you have entered a paradise as you relax on the beach or take a walk through one of the many gardens. If you want to experience a bit of culture, you can take a walk through the cobbled lanes downtown or just sit on a cafe terrace outside one of the colonial style restaurants lining the streets.

Q is for QUAD BIKE SAFARI

This is along the same lines as the Jeep Safari, but even more fun as you get to drive your own quad bike. It is very exhilarating to ride a quad bike in Teide National Park or through the forests, and the views are stunning.

R is for ROQUES DE GARCÍA

Los Roques de García are rock formations found in Teide National Park, which are thousands of years old. This is a great place for trekking with some amazing landscape and great hiking paths to follow. The views of the park and El Teide from here are spectacular so remember your camera.

S is for SIAM PARK

After a visit to Siam Park, you will understand why it is rated one of the best water parks in the world. It really is that good! You have a huge choice of superb waterslides, some relaxing, and some which will propel you down them at high speed. You can be surfing waves one minute, and watching deadly sharks the next.

T is for TERESITAS

Playa de Las Teresitas is said to be the most beautiful beach in Tenerife, and if you visit here you will see why. The soft golden sands, shipped in from the Sahara Desert, stretches across the whole beach. With the tropical palm trees and the turquoise sea, you could be forgiven for thinking you have arrived in paradise!

U is for UNIQUE

Tenerife is certainly a unique island. From its “Dragon Tree” to its “Lava Caves” there is something different to see and do here for all ages.

V is for VOLCANO

El Teide is an active volcano, but don’t worry, it hasn’t erupted since 1909. At 3718 meters, it is the highest mountain in Spain. The views in this area are breath-taking, and you won’t know which direction to look first. There are a couple of visitor centres, where you can pick up maps and souvenirs.

W is for WEATHER

Tenerife is described as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’, and after a visit here, you will understand why. While the south is a little warmer, there really isn’t that much difference and the north makes up for the slightly cooler weather with the green lush nature. The good thing about Tenerife is that if it’s raining where you are, jump in your car or on a bus and drive for a little while and you are sure to come across a place where the sun is shining.

X is for X FACTOR

With great weather, fantastic beaches, beautiful nature, and lots of top rated attractions for all different ages, I would say that Tenerife certainly has the X Factor!

Y is for YACHT TRIP

A yacht trip in Tenerife is the luxury way to see the whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. With a free snack and drinks included, and also free snorkel equipment, the prices are actually quite reasonable and around €60 for an adult. Some companies will also arrange free pick up and drop off at your hotel. You can also book private tours, but then the price is much higher.

Z is for ZOO – JUNGLE PARK

Jungle Park is Tenerife’s wildlife refuge and adventure park. Over 500 species call the park home, from pumas and tigers to penguins and primates. They are housed in a natural setting of more than 75,000 square meters.

Text and photos by Lynne Knightley

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See How to Uncover Tenerife’s Unique Beauty With The Italian Chica

Living in the Canary Islands is one of the greatest blessings that a person could desire: fabulous weather all year long, breathtaking landscapes worthy of the best covers of National Geographic, a sunny and always welcoming people and the ability to easily travel between the 7 islands thanks to efficient internal flights.

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Each island has its own unique and distinguishing features, and exploring them is an amazing experience that enriches the soul. Thanks to the “Influencer program” of Tenerife Magazine I had the chance to discover for the first time the island of Tenerife and it was an incredible experience!
My stay was at Pearly Grey, an extraordinary resort in the south of the island with every comfort: gym, massage room, two restaurants, a huge pool, Bali beds with spectacular ocean view and much more! From this lovely place, it’s possible to appreciate the magnificent sunsets that nature gives each evening, with the sun disappearing behind the island of Gomera.
The rooms inside the hotel have a stylish and elegant decor, and all of them are equipped with all the kitchen utensils you may need, a private bathroom with a huge shower and my room also had two huge breath-taking terraces facing the ocean: it was such a dream!
To get around the island I used a nice car provided by Poul’s Auto car rental. To collect the keys I didn’t have to wait at any office at the airport: that’s because their cars are equipped with a security box attached to the window, where you just need to type a code to have access to your car.
On the second day of my stay, I went with the Tenerife Magazine team to Oasis Los Gigantes: a delightful recreational complex with pools, bars, and a restaurant overlooking the majestic Los Gigantes Bay. It’s a place I absolutely recommend to spend a relaxing day with friends or family!
During the following days, I explored the island from north to south, trying to discover and capture with my camera all the most characteristic places in Tenerife.
Masca’s walk was one of the most amazing experiences of my life: after taking a taxi to Masca, a village in the northwestern mountains of the island, I walked down to its valley between the imposing rocks, until I got to a wonderful black sandy beach, walking for about 3 hours surrounded by nature only.

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Visiting the valley of Teide, the highest volcano in Spain, was another exciting experience: its scenery resembles the high mountain landscape, and it’s unbelievable how in just one-hour driving you can go from the heat of the palm-lined beaches to the cool mountain weather with its green pines.
The north of the island is very interesting also: from the capital of Santa Cruz, in the northeast, it’s possible to reach in a few minutes by car the beautiful beach of Las Teresitas but also the amazing protected area of the Park of Agana.

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In the most western part of the island, there is Punta Teno: a hidden and pristine gem, surrounded by the many contrasting shades of blue ocean.
In addition to exploring the island, I was lucky enough to try other types of experiences like the amazing relaxing massages by Judith of Origins Wellness, and a Yoga and Meditation session in a dream place with the talented Emily of Yoga Vibe Tenerife.

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A week in Tenerife has literally flown, and I will definitely return as soon as possible to continue to visit and discover all the secrets of this fabulous and unpredictable island!

Special thanks to my amazing sponsors for their extraordinary organization and for making me feel at home during my entire stay. They all helped to make this incredible and unique experience possible!

Our team would like to offer a big thank you to Kate Michelle Conti aka The Italian Chica for this blog post and all the amazing photo and video content she produced during her stay here in Tenerife. We hope to see her again soon! To see more of Kate’s travel photography, videos and blog posts make sure to check out her website and follow her on her social media channels:
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Celebrity Visits to Tenerife

With its beautiful sandy beaches, breathtaking mountains and moderate climate, it’s no wonder that Tenerife is the most visited of the Canary Islands. In fact, over 5,000,000 tourists visit this amazing island each year. Among visitors to the island are many famous celebrities.

Celebrities on Holiday in Tenerife

Kerry Katona, winner of the UK reality show I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of here! in 2004 and lead singer of the former group Atomic Kitten visited Tenerife in 2009. She visited the island with two of her children, and the photos taken reveal the great time they had at one of the many resorts on the island.

Famous Celebrity Concerts in Tenerife

The Sun Live Festival held every summer in Tenerife always features a concert by a famous musical artist. More than 15,000 tourists and locals have shown up to see world famous crooners like Rod Stewart, Elton John and Simply Red. It has now been announced that in July of 2011, soft rock singer Michael Bolton will be featured act at this year’s big concert. No doubt, Michael will greatly enjoy the beautiful climate and beaches before and after his big show.

Many residents of Tenerife still remember the large concert held in 1993, where Michael Jackson visited during his Dangerous tour. More than 45,000 attended this record setting concert in Tenerife. Jackson enjoyed his stay at the island with several of his family members.

Movies Filmed in Tenerife

In 2009, part of the motion picture The Clash of the Titans was filmed in Tenerife. This popular movie starring Liam Neeson, Mads Milkeson, Sam Worthington and Ralph Fiennes features the beautiful scenery in Tenerife as its backdrop.

In February of 2011, it was announced that the sequel to Clash of the Titans will also be filmed in Tenerife. It is estimated that this production will put at least 5 million Euros into Tenerife’s economy.

Flying to Tenerife

As we have seen, Tenerife has attracted many celebrities to the island. So why not make it your next holiday destination? Many great deals on flights to Tenerife are available from major cities in the UK.

Located just 11 kilometres north of Santa Cruz is the Tenerife North Airport. This airport handled over 4,000,000 passengers in 2010. Over 1,000,000 passengers have flown in on cheap flights from Spain each year.

The Tenerife South Airport is a bit larger than the North Airport. It handled over 7,000,000 passengers in 2010. Flights from Germany, Finland, Spain and many other countries offer direct on a daily basis into Tenerife. It is especially busy during December to February, which is the peak tourist season in Tenerife. Travel deals can also be found even in peak season.

Guest post by Sergio Manuel Da Silva Santos. Sergio writes articles about travel destinations around the world.

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Tenerife Resort Report, Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos Overview
Located a mere fifteen minute’s drive from Tenerife’s south airport, there’s hardly time for visitors to ditch the woolly jumpers for skimpy T-shirts before arriving in the centre of Los Cristianos. Some cruel souls have dubbed the resort Los Crustianos because it’s favoured by mature northern European visitors, but that doesn’t paint an accurate picture of the town’s personality.

Just over fifty years ago Los Cristianos was still a small fishing village, then a Swedish broadcaster suffering from MS found its climate had curative effects, shared his discovery with the world and the rest, as they say, is history. Nowadays the resort has grown into a thriving holiday destination. Although it has been outgrown by it’s newer neighbours, Los Cristianos has one quality that Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje don’t; it’s still a Canarian town at heart.

Beaches in Los Cristianos
Many consider the expanse of golden sand, aka Playa de las Vistas, as one of Tenerife’s best beaches. It has all the usual facilities (sunbeds, parasols, toilets, showers etc) and also boasts an area for people with mobility problems. Playa de Los Cristianos in the centre of town is smaller but good for watching the boats coming in…and going out again. For more natural surroundings Playa Callao at the southern end of the resort is ideal for letting it all hang out.

Where to Stay in Los Cristianos
In the Thick of it ““ Hotel Reverón Plaza (4*) Not only central but has bags of individualistic style, elegance and charm. This is a hotel with character that harks back to the golden age of travel.
(0034) 922 757120; www.hotelesreveron.com; double room and breakfast from €100 per night)
The Quiet Life ““ Arona Gran Hotel (4*). Set at the southern end of the bay, the Arona Gran offers luxury, style and tranquillity from the moment you step into its cavernous lobby dripping with foliage.
(0034) 922 750 678; www.springhoteles.com; double room with breakfast from €172 per night)



Restaurants in Los Cristianos
Special Occasion – The eponymous Alain of Le Bistrot D’Alain (C/Del Valle Menéndez, 23; (+34) 922 752 336; closed Monday) performs magic as a culinary cupid, combining herbs and sauces with unlikely partners and creating matches (quail and pear, chicken liver with honey and apple) made in gourmet heaven; A delicious slice of France in Tenerife.
Going Local – Mix it with the locals at La Tasca de Mi Abuelo (CC San Marino; (+34) 922 794 466; closed Monday). A wonderful tapas menu includes mushrooms wrapped in Serrano ham. You might even get treated to some live music courtesy of the owner”¦if he’s had enough to drink.
Fish ““ Simply El Cine; somewhat of an institution and basic, cheap and fresh. (C/Juan Bariajo, 8; (+34) 609 10 77 58; closed Monday)
Meat Free – The Olive Garden (El Carmel, 5 (+34) 922 791 115) has an international range of choices whether you’re vegetarian or not. The choice on the veggie menu rivals that of their meat and seafood dishes. Now that’s rare and well done at the same time.



Nightlife in Los Cristianos

Heard that nightlife in Los Cristianos shuts down at midnight? Wrong. Whilst the bars aimed at visitors do tend to wind down around midnight, those at San Telmo aimed at the resident Spanish population don’t liven up till then. Check out the area at 2am on a Sunday morning and you’ll see what we mean. Our Bar Hopping in Los Cristianos article has some suggestions for bars with live entertainment whilst lively, cosy bars like Grouchos and Mestizo and a few others are ideal gin joints for a more bohemian scene.

The Los Cristianos WOW factor
With a bustling port on the doorstep, this is the place for sea going trips and to take advantage of the opportunity to explore La Gomera, La Palma & El Hierro. Los Cristianos also has one of the best carnivals in the south of Tenerife (Feb/March) ““ a good time for cross dressers and party animals to visit.

Who’d Like Los Cristianos?

Despite having a relatively youthful Canarian scene, Los Cristianos isn’t really the best choice for younger visitors or families. The tranquil pace of life here suits people looking for a resort that has plenty of bars and restaurants but isn’t too lively. With it’s aim to be a barrier free paradise, it’s also the best resort on Tenerife for visitors with mobility problems.



Tenerife Magazine’s 5 Star Ratings

Accommodation: 3 stars – Not as many quality hotels as you might expect in a resort of this size.
Restaurants: 4 stars ““ A good balance between international cuisine and Canarian.
Beaches: 5 Stars – You’ve got stunning Las Vistas and the town beach bustling for those who like their beaches a bit manicured and Playa Callao for those who don’t.
Nightlife: 3 stars – There are a good choice of diverse bars, but they are spread all over the place.

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Los Gigantes Beach Preparing A Sandy Welcome

Dangling from coils of rope, workmen in hard hats drilled into the cliff face as curious tourists pressed to see through the metal fence sealing off Los Guios beach in Los Gigantes on Tenerife’s west coast. It looked like a military assault course but it is preparation for the planned Easter re-opening of this most beautiful and iconic beach, closed after 2 sun bathers were killed in November 2009 by a rock slide.

Clasped in the palm of the giant cliffs that give Los Gigantes its name, the beach owed much of its popularity to the power and splendour of the imposing cliff face. The black volcanic sand was well populated on the afternoon of All Saints Day, 1 November 2009 when a 40 metre stretch of cliff crumbled sending down a cascade of rocks. Despite the best efforts of emergency services and volunteers (read our eye witness account) local lady Vanesa Arias and holiday maker Marion O’Hara died.
It’s been an emotional 15 months for the tight knit community – inquests, recriminations and a still to be resolved court case against the local mayor and 2 staff, have all kept the wounds raw. Finally after council battles with the coastal authority for permission and funding, it all looks on course to welcome Easter holiday makers back onto the sand.
Santiago del Teide council have a 500,000 euro budget for the work that started a month ago. It’s tricky stuff holding back the forces of nature but a team of experts have swung into action. Parts of the cliff have been sprayed with liquid cement and iron support poles have been driven into the cliff face at points 4 and 9 metres high to further strengthen it. Special meshing shipped in from Santander has been draped over the rocks to contain any small trickles of rock and dust.

The workmen will have been too busy to appreciate the views from their lofty perches but even on the slightly cloudy day of my visit the marina just behind the beach was bobbing with activity and the island of La Gomera loomed large in the distance. A cage lowered from a crane allowed the leverage to power poles into the sturdy rock, the abundant local bird life must have found it all very bizarre but they weren’t staying too far away.


There are plans to extend the beach further along the cliff face once funding is found to ensure that area too is suitably re-enforced. In my days on the west coast Los Guios beach was a regular swimming haunt of mine, it will be good to see it teaming with activity again. There will always be painful memories of the tragic rock fall but hopefully the pleasure given to local families and tourists once again enjoying nature’s bounty will be a fitting memorial.

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Hey Mr Sandman Sculpt Me A Dream

Deflated, utterly deflated, I’d lift my bucket having lovingly packed it with sand and tapped it on the bottom with my little spade but it would crumble at the edges , less like a castle and more like a disaster. Then the tears and tantrums would come, a bit embarrassing as I was 29 at the time. maybe that’s why I am so impressed by the Tenerife sand sculptures that appear by magic on Las Vistas beach in Los Cristianos.

Good old King Neptune may be a fish out of water but he still seems to have got the girl. These elusive artists used to leave a blanket out for appreciative passers by to throw coins but the police have cracked down in recent years, that makes it even more pleasing to see that they are loyal to their art. I have seen some of the creative masters at work, it starts with a large mound of sand that slowly evolves like an alien pod in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, careful moulding and moist droplets strategically placed produce the finished effect.

The crocodile seems pretty popular and keeps snapping back into place but the weird cuddling couple above only made one appearance, maybe the sculptor turned over two pages in his book by mistake. It’s a tough job for these artists as even if some snotty little kid doesn’t decide to kick lumps out of the works they have to break them up themselves to start again on a new creation.

The mermaids are one of my favourites, just look at the detail, they look quite alive in the faces, I believe I proposed to one when staggering back along the sea front after a pleasant Dorada fuelled evening. It would never have worked out, she was too emotional, one problem and she just went to pieces. As for the monkeys, some would say they represent the local planning committee.

Full marks to all the sculptors, their creations always attract attention and put a smile on so many faces. Maybe the council could hold an open competition on the beach some time and give the artists a little bit of fame and legitimacy, it’s just a thought.

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Top Ten-erife Sun Bed Prices

Not everyone wants to spend their holidays getting up at the crack of dawn to throw towels over a poolside sun lounger so they can pass the day travelling no further than the distance from the shallow end to the bar. For many of us, a trip to Tenerife simply wouldn’t be complete without a few days on the beach.
But the cost of hiring sun beds and that all important umbrella can quickly mount up over the course of a week or two’s holidays to Tenerife.

In order to ease the financial burden of all that soaking up Tenerife’s rays, I have undertaken extensive and exhaustive research on Tenerife’s beaches (no sniggering or comments of “˜nice work if you can get it’ please) in order to compare the price of hiring sun beds.
Now all you have to do is factor that cost into your holiday and decide if it’s worth re-mortgaging the house for a spot on the beach outside your hotel door, or saving up to 50% of your expenditure by moving a few deckchair spaces along the coast”¦

So here in the interests of best value for money is the cost of hiring a sun bed and parasol at ten of Tenerife’s most popular sun worshipping venues:

Joint 10th place. Coming in at least value for money on Tenerife at a staggering €10 for a sun bed and parasol are Playa Fañabe (above) and Playa Torviscas (green zone). Spend your whole fortnight on either of these Costa Adeje beaches and you’ll run up a holiday extra of €140!
8th place. Just 20 cents short of sharing the least value podium is Playa Del Duque at a whopping great €9.80. At least you have the on-beach entertainment here thrown in for free.
7th place. Proving that location, location, location really does make a difference, just a few yards further along the same sand, Playa Torviscas turns into a yellow zone and the prices drop by €2 to €8 for a sun bed and parasol.


Joint 6th place. Occupying the central ground at a fairly reasonable €6 for a day’s comfort and shade are three of Tenerife’s most popular beaches; Playa Camisón in Playa de Las Américas, Las Vistas (above) in Los Cristianos and Playa de la Arena on the West coast.
3rd place. Heading towards the top spot for canny sun-seekers is Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz which stacks up at a very reasonable €5.50 for a day beside the sea.
Joint 1st place. Winners of Tenerife’s best value for money beach furniture at a very holiday budget-conscious €5 for a sun bed and parasol are the lovely Playas Troya 1 and 2 in Costa Adeje where two weeks in the sun will cost you precisely half of what it’ll cost you further along the same coast.
And special mention goes to the fabulous Lago Martiánez in Puerto de la Cruz where you get to feel like you’re on the set of a Bond movie for your €5 sun bed and parasol.

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Scene on the Beach at Playa del Duque

The sand takes me by surprise. It seems a strange thing to say, but my first reaction on stepping onto Playa del Duque, one of the most upmarket beaches on Tenerife, is one of confused surprise. The pale golden sand doesn’t feel like”¦well sand.

This is a new one on me. Tenerife’s black volcanic sands can burn like a branding iron and some man-made beaches such as Playa de las Teresitas feel like being at the centre of a Saharan sand storm at the first suggestion of a breeze, but they are usually soft on the soles. With every step, Del Duque’s harsh pale grains nip at my feet with the ferocity of miniscule terriers.

After being mugged by the sand, the next objective is to find a spot to lay out my beach mat. In front of me is a wall of straw umbrellas and beyond that, hugging the shoreline, is another wall of rainbow coloured parasols. It’s a sizzling hot Saturday morning in August and Spanish mainlanders are on the beach en masse occupying their favourite playa position right beside the water’s edge. They seem to instinctively know the surf’s limitations, their towels inches from where the waves teasingly lap the sand.

As a sufferer of beach claustrophobia, I stretch out on the empty expanse just behind the sunloungers and soak up the surroundings.

Lying at the western end of Costa Adeje, Playa del Duque is separated from the rest of the resort by a large rock formation jutting far out into the sea which acts as a natural curtain lending the beach an air of detached exclusivity. The Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque dominates the backdrop to the beach. Its palatial main buildings and mock Canarian beach-side architecture makes the area feel like one giant film set. Del Duque’s St Tropez style beach huts and a white restaurant on stilts, straight out of the Caribbean add to the Hollywood feel of the place. With its movie star looks, golden sand and powder blue seas, it’s a beautiful looking beach for sure.

The feeling of being on a film set is enhanced by the fascinating beach opera being performed all around me ““ a beach opera starring Del Duque’s colourful hawkers. The score is provided by fruit vendors carrying baskets filled with melons, pineapples and coconuts who sing “˜Tooty fruiteee, veetameen, cocos-nuts’ as they parade between the bronzed audience.

The dancing comes courtesy of a couple of svelte, sarong sellers demonstrating their wares by weaving amongst the sun beds, swirling and twirling bright sarongs with the grace and sensuality of harem dancers. Finally, preparing the extras for the shoot, are the South East Asian masseurs; gently kneading sunbathers’ muscles that are, let’s face already pretty damned relaxed.

Then the villains of the piece appear in the form of a police car at the back of the beach; the singers fall quiet and the dancers, with practiced perfection, drop their sarongs to reveal bikinis. As the sarongs fall to the ground covering the rest of their stock the two girls follow suit, lying atop the bright cloths like any other sunbather”¦and Act 1 of ‘scene at Playa del Duque’ comes to a close.

After broiling nicely for an hour and a half in 30C+ temperatures, my flesh feels cooked enough to slide easily onto a kebab skewer. Common sense dictates a change of scene. I make my way across the harsh sand to the cool shade and even cooler décor of the stylish beachfront bars at the rear of the playa, order a frosty beer and settle back to see what Act 2 brings.

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PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour 2010, El Médano, Tenerife

They say “it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good” and while much of Tenerife broiled in the excessive calima heat and high winds that covered their world in a fine layer of Saharan sand and sent them running for the sanctuary of their air conditioning, the wind catchers of El Médano pumped up their kites and took to their boards.

It was a shaky start to the PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour when Sod’s Law reared its head dictating that the Tenerife venue whose default setting is breezy-to-windy, dawned on the first day of competition with a cloudless sky… and dead calm.
The world’s top kiteboarders who had travelled from all corners of the globe to compete, kicked their heels in the sand and took up the mantle of honorary vacationers for the day.

Wednesday came with a warning from the Cabildo (Island government) of expected searing temperatures in the wake of yet another calima, and a forecast change of wind direction and speed.
Shortly after 2pm the forecast kicked in; the wind shifted position and sent the weather vanes spinning from 10 to 20 knots in the space of 30 minutes.
Abandoning their lunch plates to a Marie Celeste fate, the kiteboarders rushed to the shoreline of Playa Machado to pump up their sails and launch their kites.

Switching tack from coy wallflower to rampant lover; the wind battered riders, spectators and organisers on Thursday and Friday, racing across the sands at speeds that averaged 37 knots and peaked at 52 knots. Anyone who stood still for more than five minutes joined the impromptu sand sculptures of sails that littered the beach.
The conditions pumped up the adrenalin levels for the competition, producing first class waves and testing competitors to their limits.

For those who adopted the go hard or go home attitude which was flying round the camp, new records were there for the taking and Frenchman Sebastien Garat broke his own previous record jump height by almost five feet to set a new world record of 52 feet for the greatest height recorded on the Shadow Box* on a PKRA World Tour Competition.

On the final day of the competition the wind settled into a beefy average 20 to 25 knots and I sacrificed my hair condition to join the ranks of wind-swept and interesting people who had gathered to watch the finals of the freestyle and wave eliminations.
In the morning the men’s freestylers Youri Zoon and Andy Yates wowed spectators with some breathtaking tricks while the petite Spanish Gisela Pulido pulled off some neat moves and spectacular crashes as the conditions continued to bring out the best and worst in the Playa Machado waves.

Retiring to the iconic surf dude Flashpoint bar restaurant (shame about the website) for lunch and a respite from the mad wind, we talked to local windsurfer Richard who described the wind as “Like a Swiss cheese ““ full of holes, but it’s creating some amazing waves!” If only the same could be said for the effect it was having on my hair.

Shortly after 2 pm the wave event reached its final stages at El Cabezo where the testing conditions took no prisoners and produced some incredible style and power from Brazil’s Guilly Brandao who sailed into first place.

As the last of the air was released from sails and boards were zipped into bags, the wind catchers wandered off into the El Médano sunset to meet again in Argentina at the beginning of November 2010.

*A Shadow Box is a neat little GPS gizmo which is attached to the board and records everything from speed and acceleration to jump height and degree of rotation.


PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour 2010 Results

Freestyle double elmination results
Men
1. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)
2. Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS)
3. Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA)
4. Ariel Corniel (Ozone, DOM)

Women
1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)
2. Ania Grzelinska (North, POL)
3. Kristin Boese (Best, GER)
4. Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR)

Wave results
Men
1. Guilly Brandao (Mormaii, BRA)
2. Sky Solbach (North, USA)
3. Bruno Bordorsky (RRD, BRA)
4. Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL)

Women
1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)
2. Ainhoa Garcia (Airush, ESP)
3. Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR)
4. Ania Grzelinska (North, POL)

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