This article was by written Peter Allan
Peter fist visited Tenerife in 1982 staying in Puerto de la Cruz, and is now a habitual visitor to the island having become fascinated by its diversity, spending in excess of 8 weeks a year there. He has travelled all around the island staying in the lesser known resorts and towns, and has a particular interest in the history of Tenerife.
Penelope Cruz, the Hollywood actress, is currently on Tenerife filming for her latest movie Ma Ma. The film is being shot on the streets of Granadilla de Abona and also in the hospital in Candelaria on the north eastern coast of the island.
The Spanish born actress won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the Woody Allen comedy-drama film ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ in 2008, and was again nominated in 2009 for her performance in ‘Nine’. She has also been rumoured to be appearing in the next James Bond movie.
Penelope has brought her family with her so they can enjoy a holiday together on the island while she is filming, including her Oscar winning husband a Javier Bardem and her two children. Her Sister Monica Cruz is also on Tenerife to visit Penelope, both been seen on the beaches of Tenerife this week with their families.
They have been staying at the luxury 5 star hotel The Ritz-Carlton Abama, where the world renowned physicist Stephen Hawkins is to give a Keynote speech at the Starmus festival hosted on Tenerife, in September along with many other speakers including Brain May the guitarist from the rock group Queen, and Apollo astronauts.
These lovely rural houses located in the hills above La Orotava in north Tenerife are a world away from the bustling tourist resorts on the coasts of the island. Situated 1500 meters above sea level the gardens are peaceful and lush, with nothing but the sound of the birds for company.
The new Hard Rock Cafe in Playa de las Americas is now open, the long awaited official opening day was 29th December when the doors were opened to the first customers, and is Tenerife's first and only Hard Rock Cafe.
If you fancy going to this iconic restaurant, the cafe is located on the ‘Golden Mile’ in Playa de las Americas at the Mare Nostrum Resort, Piramide de Arona, where the La Piramide Restaurant used to be, right next door to the ‘Magic Lounge’ and opposite the Safari Shopping Centre where Harry’s Bar is located. (see map below)
The cafe is on two floors with two terraces looking out over the town, and with over 100 pieces of rock memorabilia on display. Next door is the new ‘Rock Shop’, selling tee shirts and other Hard rock café souvenirs to remember your visit.
The Hard Rock Hotel on Tenerife has now opened in Playa Paraiso, you can read more about or book the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife here.
Tenerife Hard Rock Cafe Address:
Avenida De Las Americas
S/N. Piramide De Arona
Playa de las Americas
Santa Cruz De Tenerife
Tenerife Hard Rock Cafe phone number: +34 922 055 022
Buenavista del Norte in the north of Tenerife is not a resort at all. Still, as it has the luxury 5-star Hacienda del Conde Hotel, and is being promoted as a holiday destination.
Buenavista is a small town in north Tenerife making no concessions to tourism at all. The town centre has a pleasant plaza with a tapas bar, bar-cafeteria and a bandstand with bar café. Local men gather in the plaza to put the world to rights in traditional Spanish fashion. The plaza is also home to the most important historical buildings in Buenavista, including the 16th-century church, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Los Remedio.
The town is very typical of the Tenerife style and clearly has its roots in Andalucia, where the first settlers came from. There are only a couple of restaurants in the town, and you will find they are not open every day. In fact, the ones we saw were shut Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The options for dining are limited in Buenavista, but if you have a car, you can drive to nearby towns for more dining options.
The excellent restaurant El Burgado, on the seafront just down the lane from the luxury 5-star Hacienda del Conde Hotel, is built on the shorelines rugged rocks. It is a perfect location to have lunch, dinner, or simply have a drink watching the huge waves crashing on to the rocks just yards away. This restaurant closes at 9pm though, so no late-night dining.Places to Stay in Buenavista
Where is Buenavista?
Buenavista is located on the northwestern coast of Tenerife at the foot of the Teno Massif Mountains. You can see the location of Buenavista on Tenerife on the map.
The small beach, Playa de las Arenas, is a lovely black volcanic sand beach which gets very busy at the weekends during the summer. The weather is too cold generally to use the beach during the winter. The sea can also get very rough this time of year, so it is not suitable for bathing at times. In the summer months though, the beach can get very busy as the locals like to bathe here.
There also some tiny coves with rock pools and small black sand beaches along the coastal footpath to discover. Be warned though, access to these is via rugged terrain and steps.
The only facility at the beach is a kiosk selling ice-cream, drinks and snacks. There are no toilet or restaurant facilities at this beach.
The area is perfect for golfers with an 18 hole, 72 par golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros opened in 2003, with well-kept greens and a luxury Hotel. The hotel itself is a lovely and well-kept 5 star and stands right on the Buenavista Golf course uphill from the ocean.
The municipality of Buenavista includes most of the Teno Rural Park which has been declared a protected area. The scenery is here is very dramatic, green and beautiful, with the backdrop of the Teno Massif Mountains, and the rugged coastline where waves crash into the lava formed rocks. There is a lovely coastal footpath that runs from the town, down past the golf course and on past Punta del Roque Negro.
The area is home to the Punta del Teno, a wild and windswept place at the foot of the Teno Mountains, and one of the places that you really must visit while on Tenerife. It is one of the most beautiful parts of the Canary Islands.
The historic towns of Garachico and Los Silos are a short drive away.
Also, you should be aware that Buenavista is in the north of Tenerife. As such, the weather can be unpredictable at times. In the winter months, the sky can be overcast, and with a stiff breeze coming off the Atlantic, it can be positively cold in the evenings with a chance of rain. So if you are particularly looking for some winter sun, our advice is to look elsewhere and head somewhere on the south of the island.
Having said that, this part of Tenerife is stunning, and we really love it. The best time to visit Buenavista for the best weather is in September when the warm summer sun is most evident in this part of the island.
Nightlife in Buenavista is non-existent save for the few bars used by the locals in the town.
If your idea of a break is doing very little in a non-tourist area, you will enjoy it here. It is also an excellent place to explore the Teno massif mountains. If you don't fancy an extended stay here, it worth considering a two or three-night visit to have a look around. The area is lovely, and we like it a lot.
Places to Stay in Buenavista
A plane landing at Tenerife north airport, Los Rodeos, skidded off the run way on Wednesday evening after landing. The aircraft experienced trouble after landing in heavy rain and had difficulty stopping due to the flooded runway.
USP Hospital Costa Adeje
Urb. San Eugenio. Edf. Garajonay, s/n 38660 Adeje
Tel. 0034 922 27 07 00
Fax. 0034 922 75 22 21
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Accidents and Emergencies
Clinical analysis laboratory
Home visiting service with independent telephone number
Fleet of ambulances
Laboratory and blood bank
Diagnosis by image
Restaurant and café
Marketing and business department
English translators and interpreters available
More info about Costa Adeje
Emergencies (Police, Ambulance and Fire)
Policía Nacional (National Police)
Guardia Civil (Civil Guard)
Guardia Civil de Tráfico (Traffic Police)
Tel.: 922 283 157
Tel.: 922 256 344
Tel.: 915 620 420
Emergencies at Sea
Tel.: 900 202 202
The British Consulate in Tenerife is located in the island capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the north eastern coast. Santa Cruz can be accessed by car and bus from all the major resorts of the island.
British Consulate Address in Tenerife
Plaza Weyler, 8, 1º
38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
902 109 356 (in Spain)
(+34) 917 146 403 (outside Spain)
Consular phone lines are open from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Website: Tenerife Consulate
The consulate is open to visitors Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30am to 1:30pm, excluding public holidays. Consular phone lines are open from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Emergency Travel Document (ETDs)
You can apply for an emergency travel document (sometimes known as an ‘emergency passport’) if you’re a British national outside the UK and your full validity passport has been lost, stolen, damaged or has expired.
To apply for emergency travel documents from Tenerife click the link below to book an appointment.
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Update 18th March 2020, 13:56
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has just announced that all hotels in Spain will be closed on Tuesday 24th March 2020.
Update 14th March 2020, 22:25
Latest from Jet2, they are concetrating on customers travelling in the next 72 hours.
Update 14th March 2020, 10:25
Jet2 has just anounced the cancellation of all flights to the Canary Islands with imediate effect
Read more information about the Coronavirus measures on Tenerife.
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More heavy rain is forecast for Tenerife for the next couple of days following on from last week’s heavy downpours.
Aemet, Spain’s Met Office, have issued another yellow weather alert for today and tomorrow for heavy rain with up to 25mm precipitation in one hour .
November is one of Tenerife’s most unsettled months coming as the seasons change. Last year was very much the same and this year has drifted into December.
If the sunshine is important to you as a holiday maker, then the months to avoid on Tenerife are generally November and February as these tend to have the most unsettled weather patterns and the most rainfall.
Here is a video of some bad weather earlier this year in Los Cristianos where waves are crashing over the harbour walls.