A Great Selection of Tapas Bars in Puerto de la Cruz

Fri, January 24th, 2014 - By Andrea Montgomery

Tapas is a great Spanish eating tradition and one that is universally popular with Europeans so naturally when holidaymakers come to Tenerife many of them want to know where they can find good tapas on the island. Although there are certainly good places to eat tapas in Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Américas and Costa Adeje, they are actually quite few and far between, most menus being Italian, Chinese, Indian or the ubiquitous ‘International’ which is a catch-all for family favourites.


Tapas y Cañas, Puerto de la Cruz


But for some reason, over the past 12 months or so there appears to have been a marked rise in the number of tapas menus appearing outside restaurants in Puerto de la Cruz. Some of those menus belong to newly opened establishments, like the stylish Tapas y Cañas in the Ranilla restaurant district and the new Viñoteca outlets, one alongside La Maison Belge Belgian bar on Calle Agustín de Bethencourt and the other in the La Paz district above the town centre. The original Lido Viñoteca on Plaza Católica where the Loro Parque train runs from is consistently busy and is a great little people watching spot in which to enjoy excellent wines and good tapas.


Lido Viñoteca, Puerto de la Cruz


Tasca El Olivo is another great place to sit and enjoy people watching and their tapas is some of the best on offer. Their Pulpito El Olivo is succulent, savoury octopus chunks in smooth, creamy mashed potato topped with paprika and is so addictive that good manners go out the window and everyone tries to bag the lion’s share. Across the square, Arcon Tapas is another lovely venue, tucked into the corner of Plaza Concejil and although I have yet to try it, I have it on trusted opinion that the tapas are indeed exceedingly good.


Tasca El Olivo


For those who like to mix and match their sport with tapas, the lovely little La Rosa Negra opposite the Beehive bar is the perfect spot. The Beehive shows all the top football, rugby and golf fixtures and you can either celebrate or drown your sorrows with a nice plate or four of tapas afterwards.


La Clave, Puerto de la Cruz


Another favourite, and one which offers something a little different, is La Clave on Calle Puerto Viejo where you’ll find some Basque pintxos (tapas usually ‘pinned’ to bread or on a skewer) thrown into the tapas mix. At La Clave the chef will prepare a mixed dish of tapas for two persons which will give you a good range of tastes and textures. When we were last there we asked for a mixed plate of Basque tapas and got a completely different selection from the norm and great value at €14 for seven tapa.


 Tapas at Mil Sabores, Puerto de la Cruz


One of the definite down sides of last year was the news that the ever popular Mil Sabores restaurant had closed its doors due to being, well, exhausted it seems. They were so busy that they couldn’t sustain the pace and so have decided to take a long rest. The good news is the restaurant is now under new management and has re-opened its doors but not with its old Mediterranean menu, it now has a creative tapas menu instead.

Guess where I’ll be eating next time I have a yen for tapas? 🙂

Posted : Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Category : food and drink
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