I sometimes think people watching should be classified as an actual activity, like hiking or shopping. I don’t know if it’s a particularly British trait or if every other nationality enjoys it too but for me, it’s a great way to relax, soak up the beauty of my surroundings and simply drift away. These are my personal favourite places to indulge…
Plaza Charco, Puerto de la Cruz
Being my home town, it’s the place I probably spend more time in than anywhere else. When Jack and I first set foot on Tenerife to consider relocating here, we travelled from the south and arrived in Plaza Charco where everything was green; the only voices we heard were Spanish speakers; parrots shared the branches of the laurel trees with the pigeons; and families and friends were enjoying the sunshine and each other’s company. We were instantly hooked, and still are.
Parque García Sanabria
To me, the fountain where Fecundidad bathes is the very heart of Parque Garcia Sanabria and the perfect place to sit and watch rainbows forming around the sculpture’s plump knees and follow the amazing variety of people who use the park throughout the day. Some just use it as a short cut, others practise Pilates and Yoga; take their kids to the swings or like me, just sit and enjoy the beauty of the landscape.
The bandstand café of the lovely Plaza de la Libertad in Garachico is one of those places where I could sit for hours. Not only do I have the perfect view of the most picturesque plaza on Tenerife but I also get to watch visitors taking selfies on the steps of Nuestra Señora de Los Angéles and the pigeons using Simón de Bolivar´s head as a look-out post. And they do nice coffee.
The harbour port at Los Gigantes is a constant hive of activity. While ticket sellers ply their trade with the endless stream of passers-by, whale and dolphin watching boats glide in and out, one set of awe-inspired visitors being exchanged for those who have yet to experience the thrill of seeing these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.
Las Cañadas Parador
Few places on the planet have a better view than the terrace of the Parador café in Teide National Park but it’s also awash with a steady stream of visitors to distract from the scenery. Coach tours, hikers, cyclists and day trippers all converge here to use the toilets and to enjoy a drink and a snack in an out-of-this-world location.
Enjoying a beer at one of the cafés that line the boardwalk in El Médano is one of my absolute favourite places to drift away. Although the steady stream of visitors constantly passing by is enough to keep me occupied, it’s the rainbow sails of the wind-catchers in the background that really steal the show.
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