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Beautiful beaches

Being an island, Tenerife doesn’t disappoint with its abundance of coastline and has around 70 sandy beaches to choose from. Playa de Las Teresitas near Santa Cruz

is a man-made beach protected by a breakwater. Golden sand was imported from the Spanish Sahara (now the disputed Western Saharan region) in 1973 to off er an alternative to Tenerife’s indigenous black sand beaches — a feature of its volcanic heritage. The beach quickly became one of the most popular on the island. In the south, another long golden beach, the blue- fl ag Playa las Vistas, links Playa de las Américas with Los Cristianos. The beach shelving away from the

town of Los Cristianos is another impressive stretch and overlooks the harbour where boat trips can be taken to see dolphins and whales, as well as to visit nearby islands. It’s a good place to watch the local fi shing boats and there is a sailing school close by for anyone who wants to gain new skills. Playa del Duque in Adeje is a

man-made beach regarded as quite an upmarket option, with small and intimate striped huts and palm

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Las Teresitas

umbrellas. The whole area is rather cosmopolitan and is also close to the western end of Playa las Américas which has a good array of stylish restaurants, cafés and boutique shopping nearby. Two other beaches of note are Playa

la Pinta in Puerto Colon, a secluded beach with fi ne sand and dramatic views of Mount Teide, and to the south of Fanabe, Torviscas. On the Adeje coast, this is another artifi cial beach with golden sands and good amenities including showers, hammocks and watersports.

Keith and Riva Elliott, RCI weeks members, own at Club Calida at La Manga in Spain. Keith shares the highlights of one of his island holidays.


Family fun in the winter sun The children loved the Siam Park

Few places are more ideal for a winter holiday than Tenerife. It is especially good if you have small children as it’s an easy island to travel around. You don’t have to spend too long in a car or excursion bus, even when visiting the other side of the island! We have been RCI members for 12 years and

discovered Tenerife when a friend recommended it. He too had small children, wanted winter sun and a family-friendly destination. We hired a car at the airport but we

could have enjoyed our time there happily without it. However, the car enabled us to visit more popular places like nearby Playa de las Américas for shopping.

adventure with its water features and exciting activities, while a trip up Mount Teide proved an interesting expedition for Riva and me. The half-day trip by coach takes you to Vilafl or, the highest village in Tenerife, and into the moonscape of the Las Cañadas national park. Take the cable car up there for some great views. Not that we needed to scale the mountain

for that, as the view from our very roomy three-bedroom apartment looking out to sea was a delight. The girls insisted that daily breakfast on the generous balcony was compulsory! And on several evenings, with friends to babysit, we wandered down to the harbour to enjoy a leisurely and romantic meal for just the two of us. We were so busy that we never managed

to go whale-watching as we’d planned. Time fl ies by in Tenerife!

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Playa del Duque




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