Its early days for the resort of Callao Salvaje, which was once a small fishing village less than 20 years ago. Now, a temporary home for tourists and a permanent home for ex-pat Brits, you can still catch fleeting glimpses of the place it used to be, lurking behind the glossy apartments and souvenir shops. The post dinner entertainment caters for youngsters, couples and families alike. Head to the nearby resort of Costa Adeje for live shows, or if you’re looking to sample Tenerife’s vivacious nightlife, grab a cab to Playa de las Americas and enjoy the numerous bars and clubs on the Veronicas strip
Callao Salvaje has a fair selection of good quality, reasonably priced, restaurants serving very good fresh fish such as samas, snapper, haddock and sea bream – as well as tapas, paella, bean stew, and garlicky mojo potatoes. Try traditional dishes such as papas arrugadas - wrinkly potatoes- and Canarian style chicken with a dollop of mojo sauce on the side. Mojo sauce can be very spicy as it’s made with red chilli peppers, so beware! Or, if you fancy Italian, Indian or Chinese food, the huge choice of eating places in Playa de las Americas is only a cab ride away.
Your villa in Callao Salvaje is the ideal base from which to explore the island. You could start with La Laguna, Tenerife's second most important city and former capital of the island until 1723. The city is full of interesting buildings including San Fernando University and the Bishop's Palace as well 17th and 18th century houses with brightly-coloured facades, elegant churches and an impressive cathedral. The city is surrounded by the luscious countryside of the Aguere Valley, just inland from Santa Cruz.
Would you like to see the largest population of Penguins in the world at outside the Arctic regions? You can find them on an iceberg in Loro Parque which is in Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island. It will take, you 2 hours to get there but what a day you will have! The Park is famous for its huge number of parrots, and a right noisy lot they are too. But it's also sanctuary for a wide selection of endangered species from around the world. Creatures you can see there include dolphins, whales, Orcas and sea lions, pelicans, gorillas, chimps, tigers, and even sharks. While you are in the park you can explore Katandra Treetops and the Thai Village - it’s a magical place for children.