Los Patos Beach La Orotava
For me the best beach on Tenerife. This is a great beach for both sun worshipers and surf enthusiasts as the waves on this beach really carry you away. This beach ispopular with young people but never gets over crowded (maybe because acces is quite difficult) This beach is also clothes optional so you can go au naturel if you wish.
From El Rincon roundabout (la Orotava/Puerto de la Cruz) drive or walk down to the end of the road.Park car near restaurant and continue on foot down a narrow valley (baranco) steep at times for about 10/15 mins. When you reach a clifftop path turn left and follow path for 150m until you arrive at some steps that lead down to the sea. The beach is directly below you. In actual fact there are 2 beaches - acces to the larger 2nd beach is sometimes impossible due to high tide.
The trek to Los Patos is quite long but believe me it's well worth it.
Other things to do on Tenerife
There is a lot you can do on such a small island! There is a few museums, Quad Safari, The Quard Park, Underwater Scooters, Horse Riding, The Monkey Park, Jeep Safari's, Living Stones Walk & Discover, Bananera Atlantic Gardens, The Aquapark & Loro Parque & lots more. You can get all your info at the info exhursions in Tenerife. Most of the places got a free bus to take you to the them or will come & pick you up at your hotel.
Mercado de Nuestra Senora de Africa
The market building in Santa Cruz is lovely. "The Market Of Our Lady Of Africa" is surrounded by a wall that is entered via a lovely archway (which unfortunatley was covered in scaffolding) and inside stalls fill the courtyard and shops line the outer wall. The whole place is decorated in this somewhat moorish looking pink & white rendering, which is very attractive, and the square is dominated by the clock tower,
As always the food in the market here looked streets ahead of what we get in the UK, most notably the fresh fruit and veg, which is so loevly it made me wish I was self catering.
On the Sunday there was a flea market taking place in the streets between the Cathedral and the Market.
This was a stop on a transatlantic cruise that we took on the Vistafjord. We sailed into Tenerife on a lovely day.
We came back to Tenerife aboard the Rotterdam, also before going transatlantic. A lot of the souvenir shops are gone, but the good stores with excellent buys remain.
Tenerife is a whole world on one island. You can pick bananas or throw snowballs on the same day. You can swim in the Atlantic. You can go mountain climbing. Take your pick. Teide, which looms above everything, is the highest mountain in all of Spain.
The population is more than 200,000.
In the middle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the main port,in the middle of the Plaza de Espana, stands a tower in the shape of a cross that is a memorial to the Civil War dead.
Tenerife's National Park is Las Canadas, the ancient crater around the dormant (since 1798) volcano, Teide, which is the highest point in the whole of Spain.
The island of Tenerife has an area of 2,053 sq km and a population of 220,000 lives in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Some Holiday Celebrations of Interest to Tourists
May 3- Celebration of the founding of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
May 20- A festive religious excursion or romer&iacure;a in honor of San Isidro Labrador in Los Realejos, Tenerife.
First Sunday in July- Celebration in honor of San Benito Abad in La Laguna, Tenerfie.
August 16- Day of the tradition and romería on honor of San Roque in Garachico, Tenerife.
August 25- Day of San Ginés in Arrecife, Lanzarote.
August 28- Romería in honor of San Augustín in Arafo, Tenerife.
September 6-8- Celebration in honor of La Virgen del Pino in Teror, Gran Canaria.
December 13- Day of Santa Lucia in Gran Canaria.