Linda’s Five Favourite Things About Tenerife

Mon, February 10th, 2014 - By Linda

Tenerife has been my home for over 25 years, but I was born with wanderlust, and I have roamed away. Every time, this island has drawn me back, and every time it happens, I take stock. Here are my top five reasons to make Tenerife my home.

 

Playa La Tejita, El Medano

 

The beach of La Tejita, which is next to El Médano in Granadilla de Abona.  This is my favourite beach in the Canary Islands. Long enough to be a decent walk or run, it’s a touch on the wild side, protected to by the east by Montaña Roja. Don’t expect beachside restaurants. Although last summer it earned the European Blue Flag, facilities are wound down in winter. Do expect not to have to fight for space, and the best sunrises on the island if you are there early enough.

 

Tenerife Auditorium

 

The Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martin dominates the Santa Cruz sea front, curling over the seawall like a gigantic wave. Many compare it favourably with the Sydney Opera House. Designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it is home to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, but it is a venue for much more than classical music. It also hosts the Tenerife half of the Heineken Jazz Festival, has an autumn opera season, frequently hosts musicals and ballets, and performers from Van Morrison to Paco de Lucia to Salif Keita have taken to its stage. In other words it is the Cultural heart of the province.

 

La Caleta

 

Eating in La Caleta is an utter contrast to sophisticated nightlife in the island’s capital. La Caleta in Costa Adeje was a small fishing village.The area is much more upmarket now, but it’s still tranquil, and some of the fish restaurants, I remember from 25 years ago, are still going strong, plus there are several more upmarket establishments these days, so you have a wide choice. Personally, I like it best at lunchtime, scoffing grilled sardines and cold beer in the sun, after lounging on the rocks watching boats come and go.

 

Santa Blues festival

 

Santa Blues in Santa Cruz is my 4th reason. It’s perhaps not what tourists come to Tenerife for, but Santa Cruz hosts an annual Santa Blues festival. It takes place at the end of June; in recent years, over three nights (the format has varied over the years), in the square of the Church of the Concepción, at the end of Calle Noria. I adore Blues, and can think of no better way to enjoy it than standing in the warm breeze, with a cold beer, swaying to the music. Since Blues isn’t that popular here, it never gets too crowded either.

 

Anaga Mountains

 

The Best View in Tenerife is my last reason, from the small village of Benijo on the north east tip of the island. Dark volcanic cliffs and islotes contrast with an incredibly blue ocean, with white tipped waves rolling onto black sand. It is dramatic, stunning, picturesque – really words don’t do it justice. It is, for me, coming from the south side of the island, the cherry on the top of the breathtaking experience of driving through the Anaga Mountains.  I am happy to sit and look at it all day!

Posted : Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 11:25 am
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