Places to Stroll on Tenerife

Wed, February 2nd, 2011 - By Linda

When I immigrated to Tenerife, my dad came every Christmastime, and when I was working he hopped on a bus and explored the island. Now he’s 87, his capacity to get about has diminished.
So when he came this Christmas the challenge was to find places within a pleasant drive which offered a short, interesting walk and a good cup of coffee at the end. These were the places we came up with.

Santa Cruz is a treasure trove of interesting sights, but gentle walking was the important consideration. I came up with two excursions. One to the compact but very interesting museum, which lies right underneath la Plaza de España, El Castillo de San Cristóbal, and the other to the market of Nuestra Señora de Africa. The museum is on the site of what used to be the main city fortification, and of special interest to Brits is that it houses the canon which separated Lord Nelson from his arm at the battle of Santa Cruz in 1797. There is information in English, and my dad was fascinated by this glimpse of Anglo-Spanish history. He loved the market too. There you can find fresh, local produce ranging from the ubiquitous banana to fresh bread to herbs and spices, all sold with a smile, and in the centre a café to rest and enjoy a surprisingly good coffee.

What my dad enjoyed especially about Santa Cruz was getting off the usual tourist track, and he found the same in Santiago del Teide. One of the things in looking for a non-taxing walk was that it should be flat-ish, and that’s not easy on this mountainous island. The drive to Santiago del Teide from Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Américas is a treat in itself, as you climb the hillsides, but once there it’s quite flat, and very tranquil and pleasant to stroll around. It also boasts several excellent places for coffees or food.

Las Galletas, near Costa Del Silencio in Arona is another place where the walking is easy. My dad enjoyed looking at the boats which bobbed in this small bay, or were moored up to the newly renovated piers as we ambled along the harbour. The original promenade is lined with bars and restaurants, and there are several around the harbourside. Spoilt for choice for somewhere to eat or sup, we opted for delicious ice cream and sat on a bench, gazing out to sea, as my dad made the most of the sunshine.

In the end I live in El Médano, and on the days I couldn’t make an excursion he pottered quietly into town for his coffee. El Médano is easy walking too, and the seafront walk has plenty of benches to stop for a while to rest.

All in all it was a very successful visit. I’d been worried that he might find it hard going, but he was fine and thoroughly enjoyed every outing. Now I just have to think up places for next time!

Posted : Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 9:58 am
Category : days out
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