Is it possible to eat a decent meal for €10 per head or less within or close to the resort areas of Tenerife?
The first time we set foot in the Anaga Mountains in the far north east of Tenerife we were totally blown away. The rugged terrain of proud peaks, emerald slopes and a scattering of tiny hamlets didn't fit in with the picture of Tenerife that had been fed to us by various print and TV media sources.
Tressardi Restaurant in the La Paz district of Puerto de la Cruz is one of those places that's always busy and wandering past its covered outside terrace is a test of willpower as the unmistakeable aroma of fresh pizza hits the nostrils.
Each island has its own version of traditional costume, and even within an island there are variations from community to community. In Tenerife traditional dress has evolved over the years, but retains a 17th century feel.
Lying on a beach in Playa de Las Américas or Costa Adeje it's easy to forget that the land beneath your sun lounger is potentially unsafe and that Tenerife, like all the Canary Islands, has its roots firmly in a very violent past and for all we know, a possibly violent future.
La Terrasse had already caught my eye with special opening offers at the Apolo commercial centre in Los Cristianos and faced with ham, tomato, and grated emmental cheese with a beer, wine, or water for €5.40 I couldn’t resist.
On an island that is a year round holiday destination, when there is no 'out of season' as such, May is the quiet month in tourist terms.
In April, with the new growth on the vines in the valley just beginning to flourish, the place was deserted. Our visit began in the outside area, where anxious farmers deliver the grapes, all are thoroughly checked and analysed before being accepted and prices confirmed.
For those who have the wallets to match their egos; want to feel like a VIP for that special anniversary or who are just fed up to the back teeth with the words 'crisis' and 'austerity', there are no shortage of ways to part with your cash on our tropical paradise.
For three days in May artistic anarchy is the order of the day in Puerto de la Cruz as Mueca, the international festival of art in the street, transforms the town into a surreal wonderland.