Insider Tips - Tenerife

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Our top insider tips for Tenerife:

 

Living in style

The former mansion in La Quinta Roja in Garachico has been transformed into a delightful country hotel − with great food and wine. Roof terrace with jacuzzi and sauna. Good value for money. Restaurant, cafeteria and tasca (wine bar) open to non-residents. 20 rooms. Glorieta de San Francisco s/n | Tel. 9 22 13 33 77 | www.quintaroja.com | Moderate

 

Fish, fresh off the boat

Las Aguas and San Andrés, two coastal villages in the northeast, are popular places for islanders at weekends. The sea breeze must whet their appetite, because the restaurants do a roaring trade serving fresh fish and seafood. Two restaurants with good reputations are El Rubi and Marisquería Ramón. Both open daily | Calle El Dique 19 and 23 | Moderate

 

Wine tasting

The Casa del Vino in El Sauzal offers wine tasting with expert guidance for only 1−1.50 euros per glass. Tue−Sat 10.30am−9.30pm | Sun 11am−6pm | Admission free | www.tenerife.es/casa-vino 

 

City Centre restaurant

La Hierbita or ‘Little Herb’ in Santa Cruz, Tenerife’s capital city, is very popular with young people. There is a wide selection of tapas, generous portions of Canarian fare, plus plenty of local wines. Occupies an old house with several rooms in a narrow city centre lane. The young owners offer a large menu of typical Canarian dishes at lunch-time, mainly tapas in the evening. Closed Sun. | Calle Clavel 19 | Tel. 9 22 24 46 17 | www.lahierbita.com | Budget−Moderate

 

Hidden beach

Playa de Bollullo - hidden away beneath a range of steep cliffs not far to the east of Puerto de la Cruz lies this 200m long, pitch-black beach. There is also a small beach bar. Few tourists discover this beach as it’s a bit of a trek to get there, but worth the effort. Av de Colón, 18, Puerto de la Cruz.

 

Great night life

Under an old stone bridge is La Noria, the centre of Santa Cruz’s nightlife. Young revellers get together here in the bars and bodegas. It has traffic-free streets and atmospheric lighting. You can chill out in lounge style in Arcos de la Noria. Beyond that they come thick and fast: in Lagar there’s live music, opposite the cool Mojos y Mojitos and Los Reunidos bars, then comes the Marqués de la Noria bodega and the classic tasca El Porrón. Every day from 10pm | Calle Antonio Domínguez Alfonso. 

 

A close encounter with whales

Every day boats such as the Lady Shelley set sail from harbours in the southwest in search of dolphins and whales. The modern catamaran  Lady Shelley is based in Los Cristianos.  3 trips of 2−5 hours | 22−58 euros | Tel. 9 22 75 75 49 | www.whalesanddolphinsoftenerife.org/boats/boat-ladyshelley.html 

 

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