Take a Sunset Stroll on Tenerife

Fri, April 5th, 2013 - By Jack Montgomery

A lazy, sunset stroll is one of the joys of being on holiday. There’s no dinner to prepare, no chores to be finished. You can simply turn your face to the golden globe, smile, relax and lap it up.

Tenerife is known for its year-round sunshine but not everywhere on the island enjoys a top notch sunset stroll. Take Santa Cruz and the east coast of Tenerife for example. The sun disappears from the capital much earlier than towns on the south, south west and north west coasts. It also disappears behind the hills rather than into the sea.

Having a backdrop of a row of hotels doesn’t do it for us either.  Although the main southern resorts in Costa Adeje, Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos enjoy a good sunset, some parts don’t have the best background for that essential dreamy stroll.

With that in mind, these are some resort areas that tick the right boxes.

Playa de las Américas

 

Playa de las Américas

Tenerife’s tourist nightlife capital might seem an odd choice for a sunset stroll. However, the section of the coast that runs from Playa El Camisón in front of the Mare Nostrum Resort to the Chiringuita in front of Hotel Europe Villa Cortés is surprisingly un-resort like. After the soft sands at El Camisón, the coastline is relatively rocky, attracting more of a surf scene than a sun lounger one. Much of the path is a bleached, wooden board-walk that wends its way between abstract modern sculptures to an appealing and inviting sea pool complex which also has that essential sunset ingredient… a beach bar.

Costa Adeje – Del Duque to La Caleta

 

Playa del Duque, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

There are parts of Costa Adeje that don’t make the grade in the sunset strolling stakes because they’re just too built up. But the section from the end of Fañabe running to the fishing village of La Caleta offers prime sundown walking. There are cream coloured coves, blow-holes, stylish beach side cafés and restaurants, white sands at Playa del Duque, the occasional yacht moored off the bay and rock sculptures. Combined they make an attractive package that is a blend of the simple and the sophisticated.

Puerto Santiago to Playa de la Arena

 

Los Gigantes at sundown, Tenerife

The coastal route between these two south western resorts delivers one of the most impressive sunset strolls on the island. This is thanks mainly to the sun illuminating the Los Gigantes cliffs, making the towering giants even more spectacular than usual. Best though is the light show in the sky that’s put on as the sun drops behind La Gomera on the horizon.

Puerto de la Cruz

 

Customs House, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Victorian visitors to Puerto de la Cruz used to refer to it as the gold port because the setting sun comes right down the town’s throat bathing it in a warm, golden glow. Stroll along the harbour walls and you’ll witness the same sight travellers enjoyed centuries ago as the old customs house is transformed by the low sun. Alternatively head along Avenida Colón, passing street artists and Cesár Manrique’s sculptures in Lago Martiánez to the laid back surfers’ beach of the same name where the setting sun bids its nightly farewell to the dramatic northern coastline beyond.

Posted : Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 3:26 pm
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