As the sun sinks on 2011 I thought I’d share some of the wonderful places I’ve visited this year and which have become firm favourites. Where have you enjoyed being on Tenerife this year?
Weekend Getaway. Heading up into the hills of Vilaflor, I was lucky enough to spend a weekend at the beautiful Hotel Spa Villalba in late summer. Pine scented peace and tranquility combined with rural luxury and a pampering spa to turn this into the most relaxing and rejuvenating weekend of the year. It will become an annual pilgrimage from now on.
Going Native. This year’s Festival of San Abad was a bit of a wash out in weather terms but it was just the excuse we needed to spend much of the afternoon in the chiringuito with country wine and the smell of wet goat. Lovely.
Dinner with Friends. The year began in a rather fishy fashion with an outing to the Cofradía de Pescadores in Puerto de la Cruz. Restaurants managed by the fishermen’s union, Cofradías are a guarantee of the freshest fish cooked simply and served in humble, but spotlessly clean surroundings. The rather upmarket version in Puerto has added style and a harbour view to the mix.
Room with a View. A capacious corner balcony with uninterrupted ocean views over La Gomera on one side and a grandstand vista of the cliffs of Los Gigantes on the other was the icing on the cake of the sexiest room I’ve stayed in to date on Tenerife. I’d go back to the Hotel Barceló Santiago in Puerto de Santiago in a heartbeat.
Coffee Break. A visit to Los Cristianos is the only excuse I need to head to my favourite bar in the resort, Mestizo. A cool and relaxing place to spend your after dark hours, by day the cane chairs of its sunny terrace are the perfect venue to enjoy their aromatic coffee. I must find out what brand they use…
Beer at the Beach. When the day’s work is done and it’s time to enjoy the sunset with a glass of the cool stuff in hand, there’s one place that rings my bell every time – the über cool Chiringuito beach bar of the Hotel Villa Cortes in Playa de Las Américas. What more could you want?
Lunch with a view. In February I finally got round to visiting the newly refurbished Humboldt Mirador in La Orotava which I can see from my front door. I discovered a chic and trendy café with widescreen views right across the La Orotava Valley which Humboldt once described as: “I have never beheld a prospect more varied, more attractive, more harmonious … than the western coast of Teneriffe.”
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