Despite being close to the south airport, having a fun and funky, home-grown personality and boasting some of the best beaches on Tenerife, El Médano has avoided falling victim to the developers. It remains free from mass tourism for the same reason that many independent travellers love it – the wind. This is windsurfing and kite-boarding country. But you don’t have to strap yourself to a board to appreciate it.
Beaches – El Medano Town Beach
Forget the shipped-in sands at Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas, Santa Cruz and Costa Adeje, the long pale golden-ish sands that front El Médano are the real thing. Stick close to the hotel and there’s less chance of a sand blasting, head further along towards Montaña Roja if you want to feel the wind in your hair… and everywhere else.
Shopping in El Médano – Surf and Tie-Dyes
You won’t struggle for any surf related gear in El Médano and the weekend craft market is a good place to buy a bona-fide travellers outfit complete with accessories – think harem pants, tie-dyes and leather bracelets.
Hotels in El Médano
Fall out of the hotel and into the surf at Playa Sur, go for the more sophisticated look at Arenas del Mar or relax in one of the south’s oldest hotels, the Hotel El Médano whose stilts over the sea are unique on the island; a fact which has brought the of threat demolition in the past.
I Like the Nightlife
There’s a nice mix in El Médano; from chilling out above deck with a cava and the surf scene at Flashpoint or head below for a bit of head-banging music at the Underground.
Food and Restaurants
An international surf scene means there’s a more interesting selection of restaurants than you’d normally find in a Canarian town of this size. There’s sushi, crepes, burgers and veggie food. But it’s hard to beat tucking into tapas overlooking the harbour.
Walk this Way
There’s fabulous coastal walking in both directions from El Médano but best is an ascent of Montaña Roja for a 360 degree vista that includes the lovely, long, wide and crowd-free Playa Tejita.
Like any good Canarian town, Plaza el Médano is the social hub of the town and the venue for markets, concerts and fiestas… and it’s right on the beach which makes it different from most Tenerife town plazas.
Befitting a town with an alternative personality, there are lots of interesting fiestas and festivals in El Médano. Sansofé, throughout August, has something for everyone – except party poopers. The real big events though are when the international extreme sports stars roll into town for world champion windsurfing and kite-boarding competitions.
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