Canarian Memories

Tenerife is my favourite of the Canary Islands. It’s breathtaking in a completely different way, and offers everything a summer holiday should. Puerto de la Cruz on the island’s north coast is a fantastic choice of resort, and with its stunning black sand beaches, it makes for some pretty impressive photos too.
Due to its popularity, holidays to Tenerife are rife, with some fantastic package deals on offer. Puerto de la Cruz is a great choice for families, but that also means travelling with tired children. A great way to cut down on travel exhaustion is to kick it into touch before it even begins, by pre-booking a night in one of the great value airport hotels on offer countrywide. Wherever you travel from, you’ll find a hotel to suit your budget, with comfort and convenience as standard, such as the fantastic range of Gatwick Airport hotels, for those cheaper flights from the capital.

Rested and raring to go, you’ll find getting around the resort is easy, thanks to a reliable bus service running between the main towns and resorts. Alternatively, I’d suggest hiring a car as there is some breathtaking scenery if you dare to venture a little further afield, such as Tiede National Park, with its eerie volcanic landscape and soaring mountain range.

If you’re sticking close to resort, you won’t be short of activities, and my first one would be down at the beach. You’re spoilt for choice really, as there are three main beaches, with the busiest and best in terms of facilities being Playa Jardin. There are many water-sports on offer, which you might be grateful of when it comes to cooling down in the summer heat. 

Alternatively, if you get a bit bored of lazing on the sand, put your walking shoes on and have a wander around the beautiful botanical gardens, or the picturesque San Felipe castle. Plaza del Charco is where you’ll find your main historical sites, including a pretty old town. 

Are you into your shopping? Well, like me, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a mall that more than caters for our needs!

When night falls, the resort remains varied, and you’ll find no shortage of entertainment. Firstly, let’s talk food. This being a hugely popular holiday destination, of course you’ll find plenty of British dishes around, so if you’re a little fussy and like to stick to your home comforts, don’t worry. However local cuisine here is fantastic, as well as the seafood, and certainly worth a try.

Food digested, head down to Plaza del Charco again for the best of the lively bars, or go for a moonlit stroll along the promenade and call in at one of the bars down there. However you spend your evening, it will be memorable.


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