Travel & Accommodation
We flew into South Tenerife with Ryanair. I wasn’t too impressed with the 6am flight time, but I got round it by falling asleep at 10pm the previous night fully clothed, allowing me precious minutes of extra sleep in the morning.
I’ve mentioned before, but I don’t exactly love flying. Thankfully, Ryanair let us sit together because half the seats were empty.
Lucky ducks that we are, some of our family have an apartment in Tenerife, so that’s where we stayed. We got the 111 bus from stop 32 outside the airport to Los Cristianos (timetable here). We were warned to check the bus said Los Cristianos on the front and not Santa Cruz, which is at the opposite end of the island.
Where to eat
The first place we ate was an Italian called Rimini which advertised freshly made pasta. I had the nicest spinach and ricotta ravioli. B had some chicken-y pizza I wasn’t paying attention to because I was in love with my pasta. The couple of staff we spoke to were lovely, and we got free sparkling wine as a ‘small present’.
We eat a lot of Italian food, and another great place was Locanda Italiana. If memory serves, we couldn’t finish our pizzas they were so huge!
B has a thing about Hard Rock Cafés so we ate lunch there once. A cocktail on the roof terrace would have really cemented the holiday mode, but it wasn’t open. I settled for a sangria and a veggie sandwich so good I’ve since tried to replicate it several times. I also scoffed a mac & cheese side, which is never a bad thing.
The next place I wouldn’t like to name because it was the most bizarre dining experience, I think, ever. We found it on TripAdvisor when searching for vegetarian restaurants.
There was nothing wrong with the service; they weren’t rude or anything. They were actually really attentive when they were there. It’s just that they left us completely alone in the restaurant for about 20 minutes after which time some of the, um, colourful regulars came in. One of whom, later in the evening, slowly revolved on the spot clutching his pet dog.
However, the food was friggin’ delicious! We had a marinated aubergine antipasti and white bean crostini, on the house. And, just before we left, we were given free sorbet, limoncello, and honey rum. It was some of the most authentic and scrumptious Italian food we’ve tasted, and huge portions as well. It’s just that the atmosphere left us both going “umm….what?”
There’s also a place called Chill Out right on Playa de las Vistas, the next beach along from Los Cristianos. B had what was, in his words, up there with the best burger ever. High praise indeed. I really, really enjoyed my pizza from there, too. I could have stayed all afternoon, sipping cocktails and watching the beach. Free WiFi as with most places, and lovely service.
Most restaurants in Tenerife seem to do a bit of everything – meaty stuff, Italian, veggie, pizzas, so we never really struggled to find places we could both happily eat.
What to do
This holiday was all about chilling out on the beach. There wasn’t a ton of sightseeing or activity. But, Tenerife is one of those places where you can do as much or as little as you’d like.
I was quite happy ambling along Los Cristianos beach, to Playa de Las Vistas, which we did most days. I loved just looking at all of the sea front shops and bars, the sand art, and people-watching. Elderly ex-pats playing boules, kids screaming with laughter running away from the waves, and Brits like us slowly burning to a crisp on the beach.
I can’t tell you the amount of times I collapse-napped on the balcony of our apartment. It was so hot, and we walked so much, I was just knackered. I was pretty stressed at work up until this holiday, too, so I think I needed the chance to rest.
Carrying on past Las Vistas, there were a ton of shops I recognised (Mango, Zara, Bershka!), colourful buildings, posher bars, and marble promenades. It’s a really beautiful place. I wasn’t a huge fan of Las Americas, because it felt a bit more 18-30, if you know what I mean?
One thing we did spend a day on was Siam Park. We found there was a free bus to Siam Mall, but we missed it. For ease, we grabbed a taxi at 6 euros. We later found we could’ve got on any bus stopping at Magma, and it’s just a couple minutes’ walk from there.
Around the beaches, there are a ton of kiosks selling tours and tickets. We didn’t find any doing discounts for Siam Park, so it’s probably worth checking online for any promotions. The people who had bought online didn’t seem to get into the park any quicker than those of us just paying on the day.
We didn’t wait longer than 20 minutes for any ride but this was during term time. I can’t imagine how busy it would be in peak season.
They have small lockers there for 8 euros, 5 of which you get back when you hand in your key. The large ones were 10. We got our stuff for 2 people into a small one quite easily.
I did most of the rides with my eyes shut. But, I only went under once at the end of Kinaree. My favourite was probably Volcano, which is basically like a big toilet with a laser show. Way better than it sounds.
If you want to go through the shark tank but don’t fancy the huge slide, there’s a sneaky lane at the end of the lazy river which takes you through. I loved it and I’d go back and do every ride again.
I definitely recommend a trip to Siam Mall when you’re in the area, which is right next to the water park. It has H&M, Zara, and Mango. I was happy to find an Oysho there, too. There’s a nice big roof
terrace with a load of restaurants, which is a really lovely place to sit and eat.
All I would say is probably don’t do what we did. We did the park first then had to carry around wet towels slowly soaking through our bags. I had no makeup on, matted hair because of the water, a burnt pink face, and bad tan lines. So, I was slightly grumpy.
It would be a great idea, if there were a few of you, to rent a car for the day and change bags if you want to do the mall and the park in the same day.
I absolutely loved this holiday. We didn’t do an awful lot but that’s exactly what I wanted and needed. I’d never been to Tenerife before and, tbh, it wasn’t somewhere I thought of as a ‘me’ destination. We went because it was a cheap and spontaneous opportunity, but I’m so glad we did.
I have so many happy memories of lovely food, walks on the deserted beach at night, and feeling so calm sitting on the shoreline. I’ve surprised myself, but Tenerife is definitely in my top 5 holidays ever.