Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, which are a group of Spanish Islands located off the north-western coast of Africa; it is a prime year round holiday destination
. Most U.K. tourist flights fly to Tenerife’s south airport – Reina Sofia. Tenerife is a volcanic island, the beaches are of soft black volcanic sand and take a little getting used to although golden sand has been imported to some of the tourist areas.
On the south-west coast of Tenerife is Puerto Santiago, originally a small fishing village in the municipal district of Santiago del Teide.It is the central holiday resort of three, Los Gigantes and Playa de la Arena been the other two neighbouring resorts. Puerto Santiago has retained some of its original charm; it is a modern resort but still has a traditional feel, a peaceful place, great for a relaxing holiday break. Puerto Santiago is located on a hillside overlooking the old fishing port. The resort beach is small but attractive some water sports are available here as well as amazing views across the Atlantic.
You may want to hire a car and explore a little further a field, alternatively why not hire a bicycle and ‘discover’ the region further. This is an area where you can enjoy some scenic walks approximately a 30 minute walk will bring you to the resort of Los Gigantes with its bustling marina and stunning rocks. You can spend some time watching the fishing vessels coming and going and the yachts moored nearby. Los Gigantes is surrounded by magnificent views; there are several lovely black sandy beaches. You can snorkel or try other water sports available at the resort or relax at a nearby bar and watch the world go by!
Boat trips from here are very popular with various options on offer they are a lovely way of seeing the coastline and for seeing the whales and dolphins, well worth doing.
In Puerto Santiago visitors get pleasure from time spent on the beach, strolling and exploring the streets, browsing in the shops taking refreshment in one of the many bars and generally soaking up the tranquil atmosphere. The roads are hilly so this resort is not suitable for people with walking difficulties. Nightlife here is low key compared to other resorts on the island. You can enjoy a lovely meal in one of the good quality restaurants; you should try the fresh fish dishes and the locally produced wines! Many of the hotels offer good entertainment programmes if you prefer.
There are opportunities to go on excursions from the resort to nearby towns and other places of interest; one of the better beaches along the west coast about 5 minutes away is at Playa la Arena.
If you are looking for an unhurried holiday break with a good choice of accommodation and restaurants Puerto Santiago could be the place for you. Average sunshine hours for Dec/Jan. are around 6 hours with daytime temperatures at 20-21 degrees, July 11 hours of sunshine and temperatures about 28 degrees.