Tantalising Tenerife, Spain

Hola readers,

I hope this finds you well. Sorry I have been a bit quiet lately. I’ve just come back from a four day break in Tenerife, Spain. I have always wanted to go as my family members have gone before me.

We stayed at the H10 Big Sur hotel in Los Cristianos, it was an adult only hotel located close to the beach. The hotel décor was lovely, refreshing and the bedrooms were clean, nicely decorated and the beds were comfortable. Each room had an outside terrace. There is an outdoor pool and lounge area as well as a chillout area on the roof. The breakfast was wonderful, there was ample choice of porridge, continental breakfast, fruit, juices, omelettes, breads and pancakes. I’d definitely recommend the hotel, it was great, I’d avoid the dinner though! Los Cristianos is having some improvement works which is good.

Los Cristianos has a family friendly beach with beach loungers to hire with parasols. There are lots of cafe’s and bars selling local food and food I would call for the “Brits abroad market”. Beer cost 1 euro for a pint, the gelato was tasty and ample choice for those who love icecream like me! There are plentiful stalls selling excursions, whale and dolphin boat trips, parasailing and so forth. There are plenty of benches painted and decorated to sit on and take in the view.

We walked along the coast and stopped along the plentiful beaches. The beaches are sandy, clean and there are places to play beach volleyball if you feel inclined. There are plenty of lifeguards around, toilets and facilities for those who are disabled and decking for wheelchairs to get access to the beach. Also, if you have mobility issues you can hire a mobility scooter for 70 euro for the week. This is great as there is so much to see and it’s easy to get around.

The weather in Tenerife is constant and you can always rely on the weather. Being an island off Africa you get great weather, when we were there it was 30 celcius. The breeze was warm but did burn , it was so deceiving, especially for a fair skinned Irish girl!

Walking along the beaches we stopped for a libation and had some Cerveza at Chiringuito Puntavista and watched the waves crash along the volcanic black rock, it was mesmerising and hypnotic.

Walking can be hungry and thirsty work. We stopped for lunch at La Palapa Lounge Beach Bar, we decided to stick to local cuisine and had a mixed paella, it was so tasty and we had some Vina Sol wine to accompany the meal whilst looking at the beach and sea. I would recommend it.

Afterwards we continued basking in the sunshine walking along the palm tree festooned promenade.

There was an abstract art sculpture which I did like.

Watching the atlantic ocean is so mesmerising, there are plenty of surfers and surf schools you can sign upto and hire wetsuits and surf boards. The waves are great, so a must for any surfer or budding surfer.

Having walked a fair bit, we took some shade in some shops and treated ourselves to some beachwear, well a girl’s got to treat herself 🙂

We stopped at a retro style bar called Restaurante Vilaflor which had a eclectic playlist of German techno, current music and then Barbara Streisand. Their cocktails were served in wellington boot glasses as were the pints of beer! Very random.

The prawns in garlic, chilli oil were tasty and we dipped some bread into the sauce. The owner was rather eccentric, and that’s why we visited there a couple of times as we looked out on the sea and people watched.

The prawns in garlic, chilli oil were tasty and we dipped some bread into the sauce. The owner was rather eccentric, and that’s why we visited there a couple of times as we looked out on the sea and people watched.

Walking around the coast, we reached Playas Las Americas which had dark sand and pebbles. I wasn’t so keen on there, as it felt a bit enclosed. We walked a bit more to investigate and watched the views.

Upon our visit we went to Café de Paris which was a fantastic restaurant and had freshly caught seabass with canarian potatoes and two sauces, one red, one green and salad. It was so tasty and the view watching the surfers added to the ambiance. Staff were friendly and the food was superb.

I enjoyed my few days in Tenerife, the people were friendly, the views were great, the sun shone and it was a relaxing break. I’d recommend it all, to families, to friends, couples and multi generational holidays. Food and drink were cheap depending on what you wanted to eat, sometimes you did have to pay for the view, but it was worth it.

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