How to Enjoy a Superb Sea Kayaking Trip in Tenerife

Tenerife is a destination filled with a whole variety of must try experiences, locations and attractions you should definitely visit, and excellent places to stay. It really is one of the top destinations for a vacation not only in Europe but also globally, with so much more than might initially spring to mind.

If you are looking for a holiday filled with sun, sand and sea and plenty of opportunity to relax, then this is absolutely somewhere you should head to. What we try to recommend to you, our readers though, is to explore the island and go on some of the wonderful trips and excursions here, as well as enjoying the fantastic beaches and weather to truly make the best use of your time in Tenerife.

One such trip to try out if you’re looking for something different while you’re here, is a superb sea kayaking trip! Recently some of the Tenerife Magazine team joined some of the Pearly Grey team and some friends on this excursion with the excellent Tenerife in Kayak, a company owned and run by the super friendly, experienced and professional Paolo Condolo, who also owns Dive Club Tenerife.

Our group of six met with Paolo and his colleague at the beach in Palm Mar, where the company is based. While some of us had taken this trip before, for those that hadn’t Paolo gave some safety instructions and details about the trip and we were each given a life jacket to wear. Then in pairs we each got into the kayaks which were kept steady by Paolo while we did this and then got handed the oars.

Once we were all in the kayaks, we headed off out into the ocean trying our best to keep the kayaks heading straight and following Paolo’s lead. It felt amazing to be out on the ocean waves which that day were very calm, under the bright blue sunny sky with some great friends. We raced towards the fish farm in the hope of catching sight of some dolphins.

Unfortunately this particular day we weren’t lucky enough to see the dolphins, although on most of the sea kayaking trips in this area you are likely to see them swimming around the fish farm often very close to the kayaks, including leaping in and out of the water. This was our experience on our previous sea kayaking excursion with Paolo.

Even though he provides an excellent excursion, he isn’t able to control nature which of course is sometimes unpredictable. Unlike in the water parks and zoos where dolphins are unfortunately held captive for entertainment, the dolphins in the ocean are thankfully free to make their own decisions.

We were still all having a wonderful time though, kayaking in the open ocean waves, gazing out into the distant horizon and managing quite successfully to keep the kayaking in pairs in almost perfect timing. We headed round the fish farm with views of Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje in the distance and back towards the cliffs of the coast next to Palm Mar.

Once we had reached the right spot we stopped for some snorkelling. Almost immediately even before we jumped into the water, there was a large sea turtle swimming near the surface. Seeing animals like this in the wild is truly an incredible sight and 100% beats seeing them in captivity in a zoo or park. We all quickly put on our snorkelling masks and jumped into the ocean so we catch a glimpse of more turtles and other sea creatures swimming about.

We were able to get a good sighting of the turtles swimming about underwater and enjoying their ocean habitat, plus a variety of different fish. While the water wasn’t exactly warm, it also wasn’t super cold so made it a perfect temperature for a short swim and to cool off after kayaking under the sun. Following this we got back into the kayaks with Paolo and his team mates help and headed back along the coast towards Palm Mar beach.

Before getting back we were able to kayak close to an impressive cave that it’s sometimes possible to kayak right inside when the waves aren’t too strong. Afterwards it was time to head back, so all eight of us kayaked alongside the cliffs towards the beach.

Once we arrived Paolo and his team mate got out first, then helped each of the other pairs in turn to make sure we could all get back onto the beach safely and easily. This is the kind of professional and excellent level of service that it is great to see!

Back at the beach after saying goodbye and thanks to Paolo and changing out of our wet swim gear we were ready for a drink and something to eat after a couple of hours of kayaking and some swimming. Thankfully there is a perfect spot in Palm Mar right on the beach, the excellent Chiringuito Palm Mar beach bar, run by the friendly Martin Hejnar. Here we enjoyed drinks, a live World Cup match on the TV, snacks, a delicious Paella and even a fun game of boules on the beach.

All in all this was a perfect way to spend a Sunday with a perfect activity of sea kayaking with friends, followed by a fun lunch and watching football at the excellent Chiringuito. We all had a lot of fun and really enjoyed ourselves seeing nature, staying active and socialising with friends. All of this is so important, especially in today’s world which can often be too focused on work and technology. These kind of excursions really are great and are definitely worth trying out in Tenerife, to help break up simply a week of beach vacation!

If you’re staying at Pearly Grey you can book this superb trip with Tenerife in Kayak through reception which also includes the meal at Chiringuito Palm Mar.

Thanks to Paolo and Martin for sponsoring this day for the Tenerife Magazine and Pearly Grey team members and our friends!

 

Stunning 3 Bedroom Luxury Penthouse Apartment for Sale at the Beautiful Baobab Suites

Tenerife has long had a reputation as somewhere to head to if you are looking for a destination with plenty of sun, sand and sea, with an almost guaranteed year-round warm, spring-like climate. Because of this many people choose to either relocate here permanently, for a totally new life, or alternatively decide to buy a second home for holidays and rental opportunities.

One such property that we looked around recently is this absolutely stunning three bedroom, two bathroom luxury penthouse apartment for sale at the beautiful Baobab Suites, in Costa Adeje, in the south of the island.

This property is built on two levels and really is amazing as it has a high quality, modern design and boasts a number of standout features including gorgeous panoramic views that take in the Costa Adeje coastline on one side, and on the other the mountainous interior of Tenerife. These views are enhanced by the floor to ceiling windows throughout the whole property which lets in a tremendous amount of natural light.

Inside on the lower floor you will find a spacious and comfortable lounge area, a modern kitchen/dining room with appliances, three large bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a large terrace area outside which is perfect for dining and sunbathing opportunities. There is also a lovely private swimming pool, Jacuzzi and large terrace on the upper level offering even more perfect sunbathing space.

The location of the property is perfect, being situated between El Duque and La Caleta, just in-land from the Costa Adeje coastline. This means you are close to the ocean and beautiful beaches, but also in a quieter, more relaxed and tranquil area than other parts of Costa Adeje, so you can enjoy living either full or part time here in Tenerife in perfect harmony.

You are also a very short walk from the amazing Activate Sports Club where you can play tennis, padel, beach volley-ball and go to the gym. The apartment is also part of the Baobab Suites which is one of the most luxurious and exclusive resorts on the island, with top class dining opportunities inside.

Overall this is an absolutely fantastic property for a permanent relocation to Tenerife, as a second home in the sun, or as an investment opportunity to rent out to other people coming to enjoy their holidays here in Tenerife. If you are interested in renting out this property after purchase then a professional team from Second Home Tenerife will be able to arrange this optional extra for you, to give you complete peace of mind in your purchase.

For all the details on this luxurious penthouse apartment, see here: www.secondhometenerife.com/en/property/1519792

When people picture Tenerife, luxury investment property might not always spring to mind so easily, as opposed to other destinations such as in France, Italy or mainland Spain. While of course you can find properties to suit almost any budget, including no-frills studio apartments, there is also a growing trend for higher-end, luxurious properties, hotels and resorts. This may surprise some of you, but Tenerife and the Canary Islands in general, are certainly moving up market!

Video by John Beckley

Photos by Kate Michelle Conti 

 

Great Success at this Year’s Jardin Tropical Golf Tournament

In case you didn’t already know, Tenerife is an absolutely perfect place for playing golf at practically any time of the year, making it a top-class destination for golf holidays, tournaments, or somewhere to enjoy weekly golf sessions with friends, family or colleagues if you are lucky enough to live here!

There are a number of factors that make Tenerife so brilliant for golf, including 9 courses across the island, a selection of top-class accommodation, beautiful backdrops such as palm trees, the Atlantic Ocean and incredible Mount Teide, plus of course the gorgeous year-round warm sunny climate.

Temperatures rarely get too hot or cold, the skies are generally blue, winds are rarely too strong and there is little average yearly rainfall. All in all, Tenerife is a golfing mecca!

Throughout the year at the various golf courses, there are a variety of different tournaments offering a great challenge for players who love to compete on Tenerife’s beautiful courses. One such tournament is the excellent Hotel Jardin Tropical Torneo de Golf which this year celebrated the 24th Edition (XXIV).

Each year this tournament brings together more than 150 players who are absolutely passionate about the sport, to compete in what has become one of the most highly regarded golf tournaments in the Canary Islands.

The tournament was once again held at the absolutely stunning Abama Golf course located in the South-West of the island, a short drive away from Jardin Tropical. This course really is spectacular, with palm trees, lush fairways, beautifully maintained greens, streams feeding into lakes and an excellent clubhouse with restaurant, bar, golf-shop and other facilities.

As well as this, players can enjoy spectacular views across banana plantations out to the bright blue Atlantic ocean and La Gomera in the distance. There really are few better places to enjoy a great game of golf than in amongst this gorgeous tropical like golfing paradise.

It goes without saying though, that despite the beautiful surroundings, the players were here to win and there was some excellent golf on display throughout the tournament, with a healthy dose of competitive spirit. Despite the competitive nature of golfers, it was all good-natured with everyone enjoying themselves; keeping their cool while trying their best to win.

The shots on display were a good indication of the high level of quality that exists in Tenerife which in part is a testament to the excellent golf courses across the island, where you can also find top-class private golf tuition.

Following the tournament’s conclusion, later on in the evening, there was a cocktail dinner and prize giving ceremony at the beautiful Hotel Jardin Tropical. There was a delicious variety of freshly made food served such as sushi, mini burgers and grilled meat, plus a wide selection of different drinks.

This was an excellent way to see off this year’s tournament with everyone in high spirits and enjoying the beautiful outside surroundings of the hotel including palm trees and stunning swimming pool. Towards the end of the night was the prize giving ceremony for the runners-up and winners.

There were speeches made by those who helped to organise the event and help to run the hotel including Fabien Drogue, Subdirector of the hotel. There was also a farewell goodbye from Saad Azzam who has decided to step down from his role as General Manager of the hotel.

Overall this was another highly successful year for this much beloved and well-regarded tournament and has been another great success for Hotel Jardin Tropical and Abama Golf. This tournament was also in collaboration with the official Tenerife Golf organisation and is part of the official circuit of golf tournaments throughout the year in Tenerife.

Here are the upcoming tournaments:

Many thanks to:

John Beckley and Kate Conti from Canary PR for the photos and video they produced.

Alex Bournay – official tournament video

Paulino Diaz Lorenzo – official tournament photos

 

How to Experience Luxury at its Finest at Las Terrazas de Abama

Many people feel that they know a destination from one or two visits, or even just from what others have told them, or they may form a stereotypical image of a place based on a few cliched photos or articles. These stereotypes often seem to persist despite significant changes or the fact that these perceptions have relatively little basis in everyday life.

For example, the cliche of Brits all loving a cup of tea and sitting down for an afternoon tea break together in the afternoon is very antiquated but is still seen as typically British. Sure many Brits do love a cup of tea, but you’re just as likely to find them enjoying a latte or cappuccino as tastes are changing, with some surveys suggesting coffee is now even more popular than tea in the UK!

The point is, don’t take so-called “common knowledge” for granted, because one of the only constants in life is that it is constantly changing. Sometimes this change is for the worse, but very often it is for the better which is something not reported as much in the mainstream media. A great case of a significant improvement in action, is tourism in the Canary Islands which is evolving to become increasingly more upmarket, luxurious and sustainable. This is happening across the islands, including here in Tenerife.

For many, the image they have of Tenerife is somewhere full of cheap, low-quality hotels, restaurants and bars, and defined by sunburnt Brits baking on the beach. This though is a completely tired stereotype that doesn’t do the current travel and tourism scene here in Tenerife justice at all. Sure you will find plenty of sun, sand and sea here all year round, perfect for an amazing family beach holiday, but for those looking for something more luxurious, active and different from what you’d expect, Tenerife has so much more to offer!

One such amazing example of this is Las Terrazas de Abama Luxury Apartments located in the south-west of the island, in a beautiful area between Los Gigantes and Playa de Las Américas. Unlike these resorts and other areas in the south, Las Terrazas de Abama is a world away offering tranquillity, privacy and luxury at its finest!

While you are only a short drive away from some stunning beaches and more touristic areas with shops, restaurants and bars, you also have a real sense of exclusiveness and undisturbed peace. There are two excellent on-site swimming pools, including an incredible infinity pool with gorgeous views across the adjacent Abama golf course, out towards palm trees, banana plantations and the amazing Atlantic ocean with La Gomera in the distance.

If you have an image of Tenerife in your head of packed beaches, noisy bars and all you can eat buffet restaurants, then relaxing in the infinity pool gazing out at the picture-perfect panoramic vista with total peace and relaxation, will make you completely forget this stereotype.

The apartments themselves offer a true touch of luxury with incredible attention to detail, what’s more, you will find wonderful on-site facilities as well the swimming pools, such as the top-class Abama golf course where you can enjoy a round of golf in the stunning palm tree-lined surroundings or take some private classes.

You will also find the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy where you will be able to enjoy some private tennis lessons with the tennis coaches. As well as these sporting facilities if you also want to stay in shape there is also an excellent onsite gym.

At Las Terrazas you are very well catered for in terms of dining with the onsite MELVIN Restaurant with their top class team and excellent food and drink options for breakfast and dinner. This includes a variety of different themed dishes, created using excellent high-quality ingredients, by the highly trained professional team lead by head chef Diego Dato, who trained under Martín Berasategui, who with eight Michelin stars, is widely seen as one of the best chefs in the world.

So, if you think you know Tenerife already, based on a stay you had years ago, or the stereotypical images of sun, sand, sea and cheap beer, then this post should show you that there is certainly a more energetic, stylish and luxurious side of the island that is really starting to take off. Places such as Las Terrazas de Abama are certainly at the forefront of this revolution!

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My First Job in Buenavista del Norte

In 1960, I spent my first three weeks in Buenavista del Norte exploring the region on foot and mastering the language. Because everybody was Spanish-speaking and curious about the solitary young ‘extranjero’ in their midst, they all greeted me and asked countless questions. Every evening, I looked up new words in my dictionary and studied  Spanish grammar. Soon I was able to hold my own with anybody.

Doña Lutgarda’s cousin, Mata Cabra, offered me work, helping to construct a banana plantation. Juan Gonzales from Los Silos was our ‘encargado’. Juan, only a few years older than I, was a highly capable foreman. He was supportive and respectful of his work crew. Some dozen men and women, we made the daily ride to the worksite on the back of a lorry. We left the plaza at 7.15 a.m. and returned at 6 p.m. five days a week. The work was very hard but I had lots of fun and I earned enough to pay for my keep in the Pension Méndez.

Our job was to excavate the plantation from the prickly wasteland. We did this mostly by pick and shovel. The men filled woven baskets full of clay and rock. The women carried these on their heads and dumped them into the lorry.

Occasionally we used dynamite to blast rock that defeated our picks and crowbars. Juan taught me how to lay sticks of dynamite, insert the explosive caps, and wire everything to the plunger. None of my fellow-workers dared to use explosives so I earned a reputation for fearlessness. Juan was an expert in all things from construction to managing plantations. We became good friends and I learned an enormous amount from him. We remain friends to this day.

When we’d finished excavating, we had what looked like an empty swimming pool the size of a football field. Then we built a stone wall as a foundation and brought soil from the mountains. We planted Irish seed potatoes and local banana corms. With water that came from reserves inside the mountains through complex networks of pipes and channels, we irrigated the planting.

Finally, we built a cinder-block wall around the plantation to protect the future fruit from the constant wind that blew in off the Atlantic.

At weekends, we would hunt octopus among the rocks. Sometimes we’d go inland and find ‘mora’ trees laden with mulberries. I’d take my straw hat full of ripe berries back to the pension and Doña Lutgarda would make mulberry pies. Juan and I scaled Teide and explored the ice cave and the crater.

Don Juan-Pedro came from Arico and also lived in the pension. He taught school up in the tiny hamlet of El Palmar. One day, he invited me to talk to his class. Juan-Pedro used a blue motor-cycle but because the gravel road was so steep and dangerous, he asked me to walk the few kilometres up a rocky path to the tiny school.

His pupils had never seen an extranjero before and plied me with questions. When I told them I’d attended school for 13 years, there were cries of disbelief. Juan-Pedro talked to them in rapid Spanish and calmed them down. That night at dinner, he told Doña Lutgarda and the girls about my visit. “Why was there such a commotion when I said I’d attended school for 13 years?” I asked.

“Children in isolated hamlets attend school for only a few years,” he explained, “so 13 seems like a lifetime to them.”

“What did you say that pacified them?” I asked.

“Oh, I just told them we Canarios can learn in three years what it takes the feebleminded Ingleses 13 to master!”

Doña Lutgarda and the girls laughed. But they believed him!

When the construction job ended, Don Salvador offered me employment. Don Salvador lived in Puerto de la Cruz. He and Don Pancho owned ‘Alhambra’, a firm in Buenavista del Norte that exported bananas to Scandinavia. With a mixed work crew, we collected green piñas from the plantations and packed them in straw or pine-needles for protection.

Miguel the lorry driver drove them overnight to Santa Cruz to be shipped to Stockholm or Helsinki. Banana stalks are cut green. They must be packed, kept cool and shipped rapidly to their market. Sometimes we worked 20 hours straight to get a lorry-load to the cargo boat waiting at the port.

While working for Don Salvador, I fulfilled my ambition and graduated to carrying a machete. Epifanio, a quiet man with a lifetime’s experience of banana production around El Rincón, taught me how to judge the ripeness of a growing banana stalk. He showed me how to reach up with the machete and cut one so that it rested its 20 or 30 kilos comfortably on my shoulder.

Doña Lutgarda Méndes Hernández and her large family, my co-workers and the villagers of Buenavista del Norte taught me a great deal. For their warm hospitality, for the gifts of their language and friendship, for sharing their culture and their ways, I salute the people of Tenerife with respect and gratitude.

Text and photos by Ronald Mackay

To discover more of Ronald’s amazing year-long adventure in Tenerife, take a look at his book here:

Fortunate Isle: A  Memoir of Tenerife

 

Exceptional Relaunch Event at the Stunning Hotel Jardín Tropical

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Tenerife, you will find you are spoiled for choice as there is something to suit practically any budget or taste. For those searching for truly exceptional accommodation with sophistication, class and a real air of exclusivity, then you needn’t look any further than Hotel Jardín Tropical in Costa Adeje!

Don’t worry though, this is definitely not an old-fashioned boring style of luxury, but instead a far more modern, stylish and chic variety that is ideal for every generation, and is perfect for couples, families or solo travelers.

Simona Gattone (@_simona_fit)

 

One way in which Jardín Tropical have managed to maintain their coveted position as one of the top hotels in Tenerife is through continuing to innovate and update their brand, accommodation and services. The demands of travelers are constantly changing year after year, so it is important to adapt in order to stay relevant and meet these needs.

Too many hotels are satisfied with staying the same, but this is certainly not the case with Jardín Tropical who decided that is was time for a major renovation to enable them to stand out from the increasingly crowded accommodation competition that now exists in Tenerife.

The team here at Tenerife Magazine were invited to the fantastic relaunch party that took place recently, and it is clear to see that the owners of the hotel are not ones to merely settle for half measures. This was an absolutely brilliant evening, that was befitting of the exceptional  full-scale renovation that has taken place at this beautiful tropical-themed resort, that stands out superbly from the crowd.

Before the actual relaunch event started we were able to take a look around one of the newly renovated apartments. Inside, all the furniture, fittings and design had been completely updated, creating a truly stunning interior. It is no exaggeration to say that this is somewhere big and comfortable enough to live in.

Re-opening Night

As the major 18-month refurbishment of Hotel Jardin Tropical comes to an end, our iconic hotel reopens with a night to remember! Thank you Gina Akers TV & Radio Presenter, TV Beauty Expert & Writer for taking part in this special night of ours.

Posted by Jardin Tropical on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

As we stepped outside of this incredible room, we were greeted with an absolutely giant terrace area which is bigger than a lot of the gardens people have at their homes! This was an area more than sufficient to host a party and had a selection of tables, seats and sun loungers. What’s more, the panoramic view of the palm tree lined pool and ocean are absolutely sublime.

Simona Gattone (@_simona_fit)

After this, it was time for the party, and those invited were in for an absolute treat. Befitting the event, everyone that showed up was dressed to impress with the men in shirts, smart trousers and shoes, and the women in stylish dresses and high heels. The guests’ chic clothing choices certainly matched the mood of the evening perfectly and of course the gorgeous surroundings of the redesigned hotel.

The evening began with a wide selection of different drinks at the superb new bar near reception. The atmosphere was buzzing and everyone was having a brilliant time, with conversation flowing and plenty of compliments from the guests about the hotel redesign, friendly staff and of course the beautiful setting.

Following this everyone headed to a spacious upper terrace area with a bar overlooking one of the hotel pools located next to the ocean. Here attendees were treated to more drinks and a selection of delicious food such as oysters and tasty mini crab burgers.

There was also a live DJ playing chill out music, creating the perfect ambience as the sun set behind neighboring La Gomera in the distance. With beautiful weather (as is to be expected in Tenerife), stunning palm trees, an excellent selection of food and drink, music to fit the mood and plenty of great conversation, it didn’t seem as if the evening could get any better!

Once the sun had set, everyone headed down to the picture perfect pool by the ocean where we were treated to an acrobatic performer, a group of live drummers and then music from a live band! Just as with the complete makeover of the hotel, those who had designed and coordinated tonight’s event seemed to have thought of everything!

There was yet more fantastic food and drink to enjoy, and  speeches by a number of different people including Saad Azzam the General Manager of Hotel Jardín Tropical, Fernando Clavijo Batlle, Presidente del Gobierno de Canarias, Carlos Enrique Alonso Rodriguez, Presidente del Cabildo de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, Alcalde de Adeje and others.

Following this, to top off the evening there was even a fireworks display which really did feel like the icing on the cake of a brilliant evening of entertainment and fun. This was an event that really did do this incredible hotel and beautiful full-scale refurbishment justice.

We would like to offer our thanks to everyone involved and for the invitation to enjoy this exclusive party which our team all thoroughly enjoyed. It is without a doubt that Hotel Jardín Tropical will continue to grow from strength to strength as they retain their position as one of the very best places to stay, in one of the greatest destinations in the world!

Jardin Tropical – Re-Inauguración 2018

Fiesta de Reinauguración del Hotel Jardin Tropical! 🎥: Alex Bournay

Posted by Jardin Tropical on Friday, April 13, 2018

 

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The Other Side of Tenerife

When someone says they’re going on holiday to Tenerife what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Do you think of package holidays and Brits abroad? This is the reputation it seems to have, but in reality, there’s much much more to discover.

Most of the “touristy” areas of Tenerife are located in the south part of the island. If you are willing to venture on to the north part of the island you will find an abundance of history, culture and scenery to explore. Even though Tenerife is the biggest of the Canary Islands it is by no means very large. You can easily drive from one side of Tenerife to the other in just a couple hours. This makes it an ideal road trip destination.

As I only had 4 nights on Tenerife I chose to explore two locations while I was there. I stayed in La Laguna for two nights and Garachico for two nights. On the drive from the airport to the first location, I stopped at Playa Las Teresitas. The photo above was taken from Los Organos viewpoint and shows how beautiful this stretch of beach is!

La Laguna is where the university is located and felt more residential. I enjoyed being around the locals and discovering the history of the city. Go to eat at Tasca 61. They use local organic produce to cook their homemade meals and serve wine and beer from nearby. If you are wondering where to stay, check out La Laguna Gran Hotel. This boutique hotel is a combination of old and grand with modern and minimalistic.

On the drive from La Laguna to Garachico, there are countless stops you can make. One of my favourites is Playa Jardin. I had never been to a black sand beach before!

Garachico is a beautiful seaside town with some pretty amazing coastline. Rock pools are strewn across the northern Tenerife coast but some of the most enjoyed, are the ones in Garachico.

In Garachico I stayed at Hotel San Roque. A historic stately mansion which has been restored into a luxury boutique hotel. The service at Hotel San Roque is impeccable. The hotel is filled with beautiful artwork and places to relax like their rooftop sun deck. My days were spent wandering the streets of the town and stopping every so often for some wine and tapas.

I know there is so much on the island I didn’t have time to see.  Masca and Mount Teide are just a couple of the wonders that have me yearning to go back to Tenerife.

If culture, scenery, authenticity, and escapism are more your thing you should definitely think about exploring northern Tenerife. In the south, you have a multitude of resorts and beautiful beach options. It all depends on the type of holiday you want, but I’m convinced Tenerife has something to suit everyone.

Text and photos by Lauren McGill (Owner of NY to Anywhere)

Check out more of her travels at www.nytoanywhere.com

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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

Top 5 Romantic Places in Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, why not surprise your loved one with a romantic long weekend in Tenerife. It may not be the first place you think of to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but you will amazed by just how romantic this island can be!

This is the first of two Valentine’s Day specials. This one focuses on the charming city of Puerto de la Cruz in the north of Tenerife. So share this with your loved one and enjoy a few relaxing days together in the Tenerife sunshine.

HOTEL: HOTEL BOTANICO

This is a spectacular hotel in Puerto de la Cruz. Everything here is beautiful, such as the amazing artwork by Canarian artists, the relaxing gardens, and the flower arrangement in the lobby. The facilities are first class, and the hotel staff are courteous, always smiling, and can’t do enough for you.

The rooms are excellent, and all have fantastic views, which can be admired from the furnished balconies. They are of a large size, and all have flat screen TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is also air conditioning, a safety box, a minibar, and a beautiful marble bathroom complete with toiletries, bathrobe and slippers.

There are a couple of restaurants inside the hotel serving delicious food, and don’t forget to try the breakfast buffet. I quite honestly have never eaten one quite like it before. There are many places to just sunbathe and read a book in peace, and they have an excellent spa area, which you can read more about below.

The hotel is up a hill from the centre of Puerto de la Cruz. You can walk down in around 15 minutes, or use the hotel’s courtesy bus to take you there and back. It is also possible to take a taxi for a reasonable price.

For a romantic getaway in Puerto de la Cruz, this hotel can’t be beaten.

http://hotelbotanico.com/en

SPA: THE ORIENTAL SPA GARDEN

You won’t have to go far to find the Oriental Spa Garden, if you stay at Hotel Botanico, as the spa is part of the hotel.

This exquisite spa, with its extensive facilities, is pure luxury. It is set in the hotel’s perfectly manicured gardens. I highly recommend the Thermal Circuit with its steam room, waterbeds, aromatherapy, and sauna. It is pure bliss! The swimming pool is amazing with hydro- massage jets and a waterfall, and the Jacuzzi in the cave is great for romance.

The staff here are friendly and professional, and are attentive to customer needs.

A visit to the Oriental Spa Garden will become your favourite memory of a romantic trip to Puerto de la Cruz.

www.hotelbotanico.com/en/spa/

RESTAURANT: RÉGULO

The Régulo restaurant in Puerto de la Cruz is a lovely place for a romantic dinner in a beautiful historical building. Here you are welcomed as though you are a guest in the owner’s home. Restaurante Régulo is a family business, which makes it all the more special, and the staff here are extremely friendly and helpful.

The menu is mainly Canarian style food, which tastes fantastic. I recommend the salmon in champagne sauce, and the lamb shoulder, which is also very good. If you want to sit in the delightful patio area, then it is best to reserve a table a few days beforehand.

The atmosphere in the lovely Restaurante Régulo is relaxed, and the prices are very reasonable.

http://www.restauranteregulo.com

ATTRACTION: LAGO MARTIÁNEZ

In Puerto de la Cruz you will find Lago Martiánez, which 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.

There are many sunbeds to choose from so find your favorite pool, grab yourself a sunbed and sunbed cover, which are included in the admission fee, and just relax! If it’s a little too hot, then it is possible to hire a parasol for €2.50.

The admission cost is very reasonable at €5.50 for an adult. You can stay inside until closing if you like, or come and go as you please all day, though there are restaurants, bars, and kiosks inside.

This is a great place to come to wind down after a couple of busy sightseeing days, as it is always possible to find a hidden spot to put your sunbeds, and just rest for a while.

This is nothing like sitting around your hotel pool; it is a place of relaxation where you walk out feeling wonderful.

ociocostamartianez.com/en/history-of-costa-martianez-lago-martianez/

BAR: BLANCO BAR

Blanco Bar is great for dancing to old school, hip hop and Latin music. The interior design is lovely, and the whole place is sleek and clean with a great atmosphere.

If you arrive early, before 11pm, you will find the bar quite empty, but this just means you can grab the best seats with a view to the street. Upstairs it’s possible to relax in an armchair in quieter surroundings, and then head downstairs when you want to dance.

The fabulous cocktails are reasonably priced with a large mojito only costing around 5 euros, which will be served to you by some great staff who tend to smile a lot. Another great drink to try is Canarian honey rum, which brings back memories of my first trip to Tenerife in 1996, where I ended up having a honey rum fight with my friends!

It gets crowded quite quickly after midnight with most people being in their mid-twenties to mid-thirties. It’s also best to dress lightly as it can get rather hot on the dance floor. Time will fly by though, but don’t worry about finding your way back to your hotel, as there are always taxis waiting on the corner by the bar.

Check out the website for the latest events.

http://www.blancobar.com

Text and photos by Lynne Knightley

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Snow in Tenerife on Mount Teide

Lately there has been A LOT of snow in Tenerife, so much so that I have had people writing to me very worried that their holiday in the sun in Tenerife is going to be more about snowmen than sandmen.

I am here to put your mind at ease.

Yes, there is snow in Tenerife right now, and yes, the snow is just as cold there as anywhere else. However, the good news is that it tends to stay up high in the mountains, and covering Mount Teide, Teide National Park and some of the villages and towns like Vilaflor that are much higher up than the coastal resorts.

This means that the beach resorts are sunny with temperatures still somewhere between around 18 degrees and 22 degrees depending on where you are. You could actually go up the mountains in the morning, build a snowman, and come back down to the beach after lunch, and sunbathe (and maybe build a sandman).

So, pack your gloves and your swimwear and go out and discover the best of what Tenerife can offer. Of course, you could always make some woollen bikinis, and swimming shorts to take with you just in case 😉

To see the weather for Tenerife visit Playa de las Americas weather or Puerto de la Cruz weather or Teide National Park. The summit of Mount Teide is much colder and the weather for this can be seen at Mount Teide Summit.

Whatever the weather, I am sure that you will have a wonderful time in Tenerife 🙂

Text and photos by Lynne Knightley

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