A February 2006 trip
to Tenerife by Peter Reed
Quote: If you’d like a flavour of Spanish life on a Spanish island, there are places away from the hot spots to enjoy a more tranquil sojourn.
All the apartments have large terraces with stunning views over the farmland, town, airport, and down to the coast. In the distance, the outline of Gran Canaria can be seen. The placement of the terraces means that the sun is captured for most of the day. Breakfast on the terrace under the blue skies and morning sun will remain in our memories for many a year. Sitting by the roadside outside the Finca is an elderly gentleman and his dog, a bronze sculpture, with a further statue in the grounds.
Facilities at the finca include a small indoor heated pool; a massage room and gymnasium; a meditation room; and a launderette. The small lounge area gives the appearance of being part of the original finca, but with the inclusion of a pool table. The furniture and fittings throughout are of the rustic type, keeping with the buildings. The kitchens are fitted with all appliances: microwaves, cookers, kettle, and even an electric juicer. For those wishing to integrate into the local life, there are weekly Spanish lessons.
The finca seems to be the only accommodation in the town for visitors. Thus, a sprinkling of Spanish is useful in the bars and shops. However, most bartenders and check-out staff know a sprinkling of English.
Being about 1,500m up from the coast means the temperature can be colder than the coastal resorts, a disadvantage in winter but probably an advantage in the summer.
For information on the finca, log on to www.finca-vistabonita.com. If you did prefer Los Cristianos, there is a sister establishment, www.aparthotelneptuno.com/portada.htm, with a more modern style.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2006
Finca Vista Bonita
Calle el Portillo S/N, San Miguel de Abona
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
The coups, vegetable, fish, or chicken are superb. My mouth is watering just remembering them. Prices are reasonable—under €10 for most main courses. One portion would be ample for many a couple. In fact, we had so many medallions of pork one night, we took about four back to the Finca for lunch the next day. Very highly recommended, it's even worth a trip if you are staying in the coastal resorts.
Asador El Portillo
Calle del Portillo, No 19, San Miguel de Abona
Tenerife, Spain 38620
0034 922 167 035
Suggested itineraries would include a 5 mile walk along the promenade from Los Cristianos to La Caleta. This is mostly paved and passes along the sea front and all the cafes, restaurants and bars. At La Caleta, a bus can be boarded for the return trip.
Any visit to Tenerife would be incomplete without a trip to Mount Teide. From San Miguel, the twisting road winds up through the beautiful village of Vilaflor (town of flowers) and on to the moon-like landscape around the mountain, a cable car is available for those not inclined (or able) to take to steep walk. From the top of the cablecar there is a further climb to the summit—not to be undertaken in windy conditions. By the top cablecar station is a little café where they serve a heart-warming drink of hot chocolate and rum—worth the trip for that alone!
Another trip not to be missed is to Masca, past Los Cristianos and Los Gigantes, on the west coast, high up into the mountains. There is the most spectacular scenery, but great care must be taken on the drive there—the roads are very steep and very twisty. When we were there, the heavens opened and our planned picnic was eaten sitting in the car. However, the downpour relented to give us a chance to stroll into the village, although the clouds hung low over the mountain tops. This, in fact, made for very atmospheric and dramatic scenery.
Just 12kms away is the most beautiful windsurfing beach at El Medano, and close by the protected area of "red mountain".
We took a trip to the capital, Santa Cruz, but rather than take the car in, we drove as far as the coastal town of Candelaria, about 10 miles short from where we took a bus. But not before exploring this very pleasant town with more Spanish feel than the brash resorts round Las Americas. If considering a coastal holiday in Tenerife without the crowds, this would seem a good choice. Whilst we only saw one hotel there appeared to be plenty of apartments.
The purpose of visiting Santa Cruz was to see the Carnival. However, due to a tremendous overnight storm the proceedings were cancelled. Pity – but we took advantage to stroll around the capital taking in several of the picturesque squares and having a look at the harbour where the cruise liners call.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2006