My favourite chilling out times on holiday don’t involve lying on a beach watching my skin turn funny colours. They tend to involve a long cool beer with drips of condensation racing each other on their way to wet the table top. They also usually involve harbours and bobbing boats.
There’s something soul soothing about sitting with the sun on my face watching the boats roll in and watching them roll away again.
Most of my memories involve Greek Islands but there are quite a few places on Tenerife where you can sit in the sun on the dock of the bay.
Los Gigantes has cracking ingredients for a bit of quality harbour-side time; a swish marina, views of the cliffs that are hard to beat and bars and restaurants a few feet away from the water. The only downside is that because they’re west facing, they can be in the shade for parts of the day.
Playa San Juan
Playa San Juan delivers tranquillity, pleasing views, a nice beach, bobbing boats and stylish cafés… but they’re just a wee bit far away from the boats to feel truly harbour-side.
Puerto Colón in Costa Adeje has a good looking marina and the added bonus of a pretty little beach. There are plenty of bars but the views aren’t as good as Los Gigantes and the peace is ruined by the army of PRs pushing boat trips to everyone that passes.
Good views, sandy beaches and a fishing fleet make Los Cristianos an appealing spot for a harbour-side Dorada. It’s a bit big for that essential quaint harbour feel and the bars along the seafront are too far from the harbour to really qualify as harbour-side but I’ve spent many pleasant afternoons at the port building downing a cool one waiting for the La Gomera ferry.
Golf del Sur
San Miguel Marina at Golf del Sur looks smart, is quiet, has a yellow submarine and nice views of the area’s golf courses but it’s slightly outside of the resort centre and feels more functional than somewhere to chill out with a drink.
Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz boats one of the most attractive old harbours on Tenerife. The Cofradía de Pescadores beside the harbour has great food and views of the fortress walls as well as bobbing boats. However, as the fishermen go out at night and return early morning, there’s not a lot of watching the boats rolling out going on.
Tenerife’s newest marina at Garachico is in a wonderful position next to one of Tenerife’s prettiest towns. But it feels too new at the moment to have those perfect ingredients.
Small, plenty of fish restaurants and a pretty harbour area, Los Abrigos comes close to meeting the requirements. But the ascending lines of the harbour-side area means it doesn’t quite fit the bill.
With fabulous views inland, a mix of swanky yachts and tiny fishing boats, fish stalls and a laid back vibe, Las Galletas next to Costa del Silencio ticks all the boxes. What lifts it further above the rest are the restaurants that actually jut out over the water.
Perfect… apart from the fact there are no octopuses strung out on lines to dry.
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