Costa del Sol
From Playa de la Arena you can enjoy the stunning cliffs, black sandy beaches and little coves that characterise this region of Tenerife. This family friendly resort is centred around the black sand beach, with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes to choose from. The nearby towns of Puerto Santiago - a picturesque fishing port - and Los Gigantes have almost merged with Playa de la Arena over time. Los Gigantes is a popular town with lots of restaurants and bars, breathtaking cliffs and a pretty marina.
In Playa de la Arena there are a number of shops along the main promenade selling daily essentials, beach toys, as well as souvenirs and ice cream. The larger supermarkets can be found on the edge of town. The small fishing village of Alcala, 10 minutes' drive away, is home to a market every Monday and is great for stocking up on fresh produce for a BBQ back at the villa. Or head to the larger Playa San Juan market on a Wednesday and Sunday morning, where you can barter for local handicrafts and fresh produce.
The fabulous promenade has a good choice of bars and restaurants serving both international and typical Canarian cuisine - some offering great sea views. A few of the bars have live entertainment including tribute acts and quiz nights. If you’re looking for fresh seafood, the little fishing port of the neighbouring village, Puerto Santiago, is the place to go. Or head to Los Gigantes, just 10 minutes along the coast, for an greater selection of dining options.
Playa de la Arena has a stunning natural beach formed of black sand, which has been awarded Blue Flag status. There are sunbeds and parasols to hire and plenty of restaurants nearby. The waters are crystal clear, popular with anyone wanting to try snorkelling or diving due to its rich marine life. Or why not try your hand at windsurfing?
The marina in nearby Los Gigantes has a number of boat trips on offer to see the whales and dolphins. There are 2 waterparks within a 25 minute drive, Aqualand and the famous Siam Park, with a plethora of waterslides to keep the whole family entertained. There is a bowling alley located in nearby resort of Fanabe, 25 minutes' drive away, as well as a selection of bikes for hire along the seafront.
Located 40 minutes’ drive away, the rural hamlet of Masca is often referred to as one of the most beautiful places to visit in Tenerife. Set in a ravine in the Park of Teno, Masca offers spectacular scenery. If you’re feeling adventurous you can arrange on a steep trek down the ravine to the sea, where a boat meets trekkers to take you back to one of the coastal towns.
Mount Teide National Park – a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site – is an hours drive away. Ascend by foot or cable car to be rewarded by fantastic views of the volcanic landscape.
For anyone interested in golf, the award winning Abama Golf & Spa is located 20 minutes' drive away, whilst the popular Costa Adeje course can be reached in 25 minutes.
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