When the sun goes down
When the sun goes down on Las Caletillas, it really comes to life. The bars and restaurants here are great places to spend a few hours drinking, eating and listening to live Spanish guitar – you can even get the musicians to serenade a loved one! While it’s not party central, you won’t have to hunt far if that’s what you’re after. Head into Candelaria or Santa Cruz for livelier night time pursuits.
Treat those tastebuds
Saunter along the café-strewn shore and you’ll reach the larger town of Candelaria, where the cafés and restaurants open around mid-morning. Here you can buy artisan breads, cakes, pastries and ice cream, to satisfy that sweet tooth, or enjoy a mid-morning coffee and a chat.
Try the Canarian cheeses, Iberico ham and local wine at Tasca Mi Taberna where you’ll find locals drinking and catching up. If you’re craving an authentic slice of Italy, head to Verona for a delicious pizza. Cheap breaks to Tenerife are all about eating and sitting in the sunshine.
Walk to the far end of the promenade to see the Basilica and the Guanche statues at Plaza de la Patrona. Venture a few streets back from the promenade and you’ll find Rambla los Menceyes. Here you can see the original, volcanic stone statues that have been eroded by the sea.
The Teide National Park should be on any holiday itinerary and it’s just a 45-minute drive away. You can visit in the day or night – or both – but once you’re there you won’t find it hard to understand why it’s the number one tourist destination in Tenerife. You can either take a five-hour hike to the top or choose to get a cable car – it all depends on what you’ve been up to the night before.
If you’re looking to reach more remote areas of the island, hiring a car is a good idea. Plus it means that you’re able to go at your own pace.
If you do hire a car, we’d recommend a trip to the village of Masca – it’s like stepping into the pages of a history book. Appearances can be deceptive – it may be tiny, but it’s the second most visited place in Tenerife. There’s a lot to see here, so we’d advise spending a whole day on the trip.
You could also visit the village of La Laguna, which was once the capital of Tenerife. Take a stroll around the market, where you’ll find stalls selling trinkets, vegetables and flowers. You’ll feel as though you’ve gone back in time as you walk down the medieval streets. If you’re visiting during holy week you’ll get to see religious guilds dressed in dark hoods, carrying the cross – it’s quite a sight to behold.