Tenerife, Open all Hours

Mon, May 26th, 2014 - By Jack Montgomery

We arrived in the small Italian town around 6.30pm. I clocked a supermarket in the piazza, just a few yards from our hotel. We checked in, unpacked essentials and I popped out to pick up a bottle of wine and some water for our walk the next day. The supermarket had just closed. It was 7.05pm on a Saturday night.

A few months ago we were in France and arrived in a decent-sized historic town at 7.30pm. By the time we’d booked into our hotel and spruced ourselves up to go out to eat it was 8.30pm. We picked a snazzy looking modern place and took a seat.

“Sorry, we’ve only a limited menu,” the apologetic waitress informed us. “Because it’s so late.”

Closing down the kitchen at 8.30pm on a Saturday night is extreme. The trouble is that living in Tenerife we take ‘civilised’ opening hours for granted.



A popular question asked by people who are due to touch down on Tenerife during the evening is ‘will there be a supermarket open where we can pick up essentials?”

If you get to your resort before 10pm the answer should be yes.

Spanish and Canarios are late owls. They eat lunch late, they eat dinner later. They work late, they shop late. This state of affairs suits visitors with anarchic arrival perfectly.



The main supermarkets usually stay open till 9 or 10pm. All resorts have supermarkets of varying sizes. In places where there is a big resident population, like Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz, there are plenty of supermarkets of all sizes. Some, like Super Cor on Plaza Charco in Puerto stay open till midnight.

In purpose built resort areas such as Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje, the choice isn’t quite the same but there are still plenty. Shopping centres (centro comerciales) are a good place to find them.



Even Sundays aren’t a problem. Some supermarkets close but others remain open, often with slightly reduced hours.

As for finding somewhere to eat. So not a problem. Bars and restaurants stay open till the last customer has finished eating or drinking… or so it seems. We were in a vinoteca (a cross between a wine shop and a tapas bar) a few weeks ago. The sign said it closed at 11pm. A group of Spanish arrived at 11.30pm and were served without question. We arrive back on Tenerife late and we know we can grab something to eat even in the bar at the top of our road, three kilometres from the nearest town.



Fancy a burger at midnight or churros at 6.30am (highly unlikely)? No problem.

There is nearly always somewhere to get something to eat and drink, no matter what time of night or morning it is.

Subsequently, we don’t think about opening times at all… until we’re faced with a ‘closed’ sign in another country.

Posted : Monday, May 26th, 2014 at 1:28 pm
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