Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"El Medano - A Relaxing Holiday in Tenerife"

Relax in Tenerife on a Holiday in El Medano

El Medano is the ideal resort for a peaceful and relaxing Tenerife holiday. No busy nightlife, just a traditional way of life.

Where is it?... El Medano is located in the south of Tenerife, just east of Reina Sofia [Tenerife South] Airport. It's easy to get to in a taxi - just 10-15 minutes away.

Why a holiday in El Medano?... A unique resort which you will either love or hate. If you love it you will return year-after-year. If you hate it you will, at the very least, go home relaxed.
El Medano used to be a fishing village, but is now known for its bay and natural sandy beaches, and although the resort has undergone development it remains unspoiled and is certainly not commercialised [don't expect to find places selling "all day breakfasts"]. Conditions here can be a bit windy, which is great for kite and wind-surfing with international competitions being held here.

Spend the Morning ... The best way to start the day in El Medano is to take a walk along the beach towards Montana Roja. This is known as El Medano Beach. Walk until you come to a small rock which you can go round, and you will then be on Leocadio Machado Beach. It will take you about 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other [starting at the Medano Hotel and reaching the Montana Roja]. You can then walk across some land by the Montana Roja [Red Mountain] to the other side via a dirt road, and then continue along the beach [this is Playa de la Tejita]. Take this opportunity for a quick swim in the sea. If it's too windy then just stay in the shallow water, but the sea can be lovely a calm and ideal for a short dip. Follow this by a long breakfast which you can take in one of the many restaurants found lining the promenade.

After breakfast, you can take a walk in the opposite direction until you come to the small harbour where you can watch the fishing boats bringing in the catch of the day. Walk a bit further to La Cabezo beach, and you may be able to watch the wind-surfers or kite-surfers.
Time for Lunch ... After all the walking and sea air, you will be ready for some lunch. We recommend making your way back to the main square - Plaza Principe de Asturias - and go to Bar Restaurante Avenida [also known as Casa Fefo] which is on the promenade next to the main square. If you prefer to stay out of the sun, you may prefer to sit inside and still benefit from overlooking the sea through the large windows. Alternatively you can sit outside and still enjoy the sun, or escape the midday sun under one of the parasols. Choose from a selection of Canarian food including the locally caught fish. There's no rush, and you can sit there with a drink and just watch the world go by. Victor, the manager at the restaurant, will ensure that you are looked after.

Spend the Afternoon ... You may simply wish to return to your hotel for a short siesta, or spend time sunbathing - remember that this is a laid-back resort. If you are looking for an even more traditional village then head to San Isidro where you will also be able to do a bit of shopping. It's just a short taxi ride away and shouldn't cost more than around 8 euros: A taxi will cost around 8 euros.

Another place to visit nearby is Los Abrigos which will cost approximately 10 euros by taxi from El Medano. Again, this is a quiet resort with several restaurants specialising in shellfish, a promenade and quaint harbour. If you would rather stay in El Medano, then you may like to visit Parque Eolico [if you are walking then this round trip will take around 3 hours]. This is a wind farm and renewable energy centre. Visitors can walk around and see exhibits which demonstrate the principles behind both wind and solar power.

Dine out at ... We would suggest Restaurante Familiar which can be found 2 rows back from the promenade in El Medano. This is a popular restaurant in the resort where you will be able to choose from a good selection of both international and traditional cuisine.

Stay up Late ... Stay in El Medano for a few drinks at one of the many bars which line the promenade and remain open until around midnight or even 1am. However if nightlife is what you are after, then jump into a taxi and take the short ride to Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas where you can dance the night away until the early hours of the morning.

Regardless of your age, if you are looking for a laid-back, relaxing holiday in Tenerife, then El Medano may just be the resort you're looking for, but remember ... don't expect to do anything too tiring; do expect a traditional, leisurely way of life.


Gail writes articles on behalf of Corona Holidays who specialise in Tenerife holidays and holidays to El Medano. You can book with confidence as they hold an ATOL Licence and are TTA members. View travel information on destinations and resorts, book hotels, apartments, villas and flights. Take a look at their website at http://www.coronaholidays.co.uk
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