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.
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
Tenerife Hard Rock Cafe Location on Map
Buentavista del Norte in the north of Tenerife is not a resort at all, but as it has the luxury 5 star Vincci Selección Buenavista Golf & Spa Hotel, and is being promoted as a holiday destination, we have included it in our resort section.
Buenavista is a village in north Tenerife, and has made no concessions to tourism at all. The village has a small pleasant plaza where there is a tapas bar, a bar cafeteria and a bandstand with bar café underneath. The older local men gather in the plaza to put the world to rights in the 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 Andulacia, where the first settlers came from. There are only a couple of restaurants, and you will find they are not open every day as you would expect in the main resorts. In fact the ones we saw were shut Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The options for dinning are limited in Buenavista, but if you have a car, you can drive to the close by towns for more dining options.
There is an excellent restaurant, El Burgado, on the seafront just down the lane from the Hotel Buenavista, built on the shorelines rugged rocks, and is an excellent 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.
The small beach, Playa de las Arenas, is a very pleasant black volcanic sand beach and gets very busy at the weekends during the summer. The weather is too cold generally to use the beach during the winter and the sea can also get very rough this time of year, so 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 very small coves with rock pools and small black sand beaches along the costal foot path to discover, bewarned 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 particularly good for golfers with an 18 hole, 72 par golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros and opened in 2003, with well-kept greens and a luxury hotel. The hotel itself is a very nice and well-kept 5 star and stands right on the Buenavista Golf course uphill from the seashore.
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 back drop of the Teno Massif Mountains, and the rugged coast line where waves crash in to the lava formed rocks. There is a wonderful coastal foot path that runs from the town, down past the golf course and on past Punta del Roque Negro.
The area is also home to the Punta del Teno, a wild and wind swept place at the foot of the Teno Mountains, and one of the places that you really must visit while on Tenerife, being 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, and as such the weather can be unpredictable at times. In the winter months the sky can be overcast, and with a stiff breeze coming of 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 really beautiful 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 on this part of the island.
Night life 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 may well enjoy it here. It is also a good place to explore the Teno massif mountains. If you don't fancy a long stay here, is it worth considering a two or three night stay to have a look around. The area is very beautiful and we like it a lot.
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
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
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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
Contact form here
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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There has been a technical problem at Swanwick air traffic control centre in the UK this morning affecting flights from the UK including flights to Tenerife.
There are delays to flights of up to two hours with and report of up to a fifth of flights being cancelled at Gatwick and Stansted airports.
There have been restrictions over UK air space from early this morning as most flights start at 6am this is when the problems started. It is reported that the problem is unlikely to be fixed before 2pm.
Gatwick is reporting that 20% of its flights are delayed from 40 minutes to two hours.
Passengers are advised to check with their airlines about possible delays.
The problem is due to a technical fault switching from night time to daytime operations. At night times the sectors of airspace are combined and when it gets busy in the daytime the sectors are split out.
The switch over of voice communications from night time to daytime has failed to reconfigure correctly.
Watch live aircraft movement on our Tenerife airport live radar
Official updates on NATS website.
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.