It’s infamous and seems to be loved and reviled in equal measures. But is the Veronicas area of Playa de las Américas on Tenerife the place to go for a top night out or a dangerous, seedy world inhabited by drunken yobs, muggers and prostitutes?
Where is Veronicas?
Ironically, the strip of bars and clubs that has earned the whole of Tenerife a bit of a reputation over the years only covers a small area of Playa de las Américas right on the border with Costa Adeje. As well as bars and clubs there are cafés, restaurants and supermarkets. Nearby are the Troya beaches and a rugged part of the coastline that’s popular with surfers.
Veronicas by Day
By daytime, Veronicas isn’t particularly attractive but it is low-rise and more 70s bland than offensive. On the seafront side there are some quite inviting and stylish café bars where I’ve sipped a beer or two to break up the long promenade walk from Los Cristianos back to Fañabe in Costa Adeje.
In many ways it doesn’t seem any different from other areas of the resorts on this part of Tenerife’s coast.
Veronicas after Dark
By night the scene changes dramatically; the neon lights go on, the dancers get to work and the PR touts take to the streets in packs offering mind-numbing combinations of cocktails and shots at rock bottom prices.
They can be a nuisance for sure and most of the moans that come from those who actually frequent the bars at Veronicas are related to the PR’s ‘enthusiasm’ to get people into bars and subsequently earn a commission.
Read online reviews and you often get wildly opposing views ranging from Veronicas being a ‘run down dump’ to it being ‘modern, clean and presentable’. I tend to go with the latter view. A lot of the bars are contemporary looking and relatively stylish; not something you can always say about some of the bars aimed at an older age group in the surrounding area.
It is a magnet for the teen to early 20s brigade and they lap up the good music and cheap booze until dawn. Subsequently you get boisterous behaviour which, in the main, is only people having a good time and letting their hair, and occasionally other things, down. I’m surprised when people are surprised by this. When I’ve been at Veronicas in the early hours I haven’t witnessed anything that has been particularly shocking.
There can be petty crime but that, unfortunately, comes with being an extremely popular holiday destination. As always it’s sensible to be, well, sensible about where you store anything valuable.
As for being seedy, I’d say no. Veronicas exists to show people on holiday a good time. As well as the bars on the actual strip, there are also some chic clubs in the vicinity including Tibu, Monkey Beach Club and Papagayo Beach Club that attract British Première League football players, soap stars and local fashionistas whilst Tramps regularly features top international DJs.
Ultimately, it’s a case of horses for course where Veronicas is concerned.
Anyone under the age of 25 looking to party every night will probably love Veronicas. Anyone over 25 who wants a more sophisticated holiday experience won’t and should probably steer clear.
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