Playa de Las Americas Travel

Playa de Las Americas Holidays – Tenerife’s Party Resort

Playa de las Americas

Many UK holidaymakers describe Tenerife as their dream holiday island. So, what is it about this island that makes it so popular with the UK holidaymakers?  The island of Tenerife is the biggest of the Canary Islands, and probably the most popular with visitors and holiday makers. Actually, studies indicate that over the last one hundred years holidaymakers have risen from one hundred a year to a staggering 11 million. For an island of just some 800.000 inhabitants, this implies that Tenerife really does have rather a lot to write home about and is an impressive level of tourism!

Although Tenerife is probably best-known for golf resorts and its southern shores, the isle is actually one of marked contrasts – from golden sands to black volcanic beaches; from mountain peaks to green valleys. It’s this dramatic scenery which not only draws in those wanting to take pleasure in the bright shores but also appeals to those needing a more active, walking or nature-based holidays.




If your idea of a great holiday involves relaxing on a beautiful beach by day, and a lively night-life to keep you entertained in the evenings, then Playa de las Americas might just be for you.

This purpose-built popular holiday resort is certainly lively, with hotels from budget to 5 star, so there’s something to suit all tastes.

Its beaches are man-made, meaning they have light sand and clear seas, perfect for relaxing. It’s a popular and lively resort, considered by many to be the party capital of Tenerife, and with many bars and clubs, the party never stops!

Although primarily a beaches and bars kind of resort, there are plenty of fun activities to do during the day. Golf and horse-riding are popular in the area, and you could even learn to snorkel or surf on the beautiful coastline. The Central Park of Arona offers several squares and gardens to wander round and over 40 varieties of palm tree to spot, and there are traditional market stalls along the coastline selling a variety of goods.

Eating out in Playa de Las Americas

To get the best out of your holiday experience the general rule of thumb is to go native when eating out in Playa de Las Americas.   Immerse in the free entertainment of local fiestas as you drink and eat at local restaurants.

It is still generally very reasonable to eat out in Playa de Las Americas, for around 30 Euros per person you can eat and drink good quality food at many places in the  town and sea front area.  Go for menu del dia ( basic 2 course menu ) including bread and a drink for around 10 Euros per person, this offers the best value for your money.

Another interesting local eating choice in Playa de Las Americas  are the famous local guachinches.  The locals create makeshift stalls that serve a menu of traditional local food. In these guachinches, you can discover the locals’ way of life and enjoy authentic Canarian cooking.

If you prefer the more authentic Canarian cuisine, Playa de las Americas does have some Spanish restaurants.   Meson Castellano is an unusual restaurant, it doesn’t have a menu, but the waiters will bring you dishes based on the food you like. With highly-recommended steaks and fish, and a variety of tapas including Iberian cured ham, olives and cheese, it certainly offers a genuine Spanish experience.

Pizzeria Da Angelo,  located in Calle Torviscas Num 6, is recommended for its low prices and sea views, offering a tapas menu, as well as British grub and is child-friendly.

 

 

 

The vibrant nightlife

Come nightfall, and the town really comes to life. Veronicas Strip is where the main party is every night, and the many bars and nightclubs open until the wee hours. Sound of Cream offers cheap drinks, dance music and a lively atmosphere popular with tourists.

If clubbing and pubbing isn’t your thing, there are some more sedate options available. The Arona Pyramid offers a range of shows from traditional flamenco, ballet and musicals. Exit Palace offers a range of live music and musicals, which varies from season to season. Most resorts also host their own entertainment, so there’s always plenty on.

Here are the  top 5 things to do in Tenerife

See a Volcano

Heading the list is a journey to the rooftop of Spain. Mount Teide, a slumbering giant of a volcano, is the highest peak in Spain, rising 3718 metres above sea level.

Mount Teide

Mount Teide

 

El Teide is breathtakingly remarkable, revealing nature’s violent side beneath an almost constant blue sky.

The terrain in Teide National Park is equally astounding, with moon like plains,  rivers of rock lava flow embracing the mountain side like melted candle wax and awesome landscapes that have been home to many top films including the Clash of the Titans and One Million Years BC.

The landscape is also often used by scientists to test robots destined for other planets.

 

 

Enjoy family fun at the Siam Park

Siam Park, Tenerife’s new water kingdom is amongst the best water parks in the world. Set against a backdrop of magnificent Thai structure it is a park unlike any other and a perfect place for the whole family to enjoy a day of fun.

Siam Park Tenerife

Siam Park Tenerife

 The impressive facilities at the park include a chance to stretch out on the enormous white sand beach, catch the surf at the astounding Wave Palace or meander by means of a world of tropical fish along a river, flowing over cascading waterfalls and verdant landscapes.

For the young and also the young at heart head for The Lost City – it is a children attraction that adults love!

Go wild at Carnival

For a week the roads of Tenerife’s capital are flooded with revelers from all around the planet, in search of music, colour, jubilation and fun.

The Carnavals held on the island have become one of the world’s greatest parties, an explosion of joyfull fun and glitter that perfectly brings together the carnival essence  for a few days a year. If your looking to see at least one of Spain’s festivals then the carnivals of Santa Cruz are well worth visiting.

 See a 1.000 year old Drago Tree

Legends say that when dragons die they become dragon trees, and it is clear why this living fossil is among the symbols of the Canary Islands, and one of the great treasures of Canarian flora. Until recently, Dracaena draco was regarded as native to Madeira, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde; yet, it’s now also been seen in wild populations in Morocco.

The islands are home to numerous impressive dragon trees, today, the greatest and most famed dragon tree, which is 17 metres high and has a diameter of 20 metres at the foundation, stands in Icod de Los Vinos (Tenerife). It weighs approximately 150 tonnes not including the roots.

There has been much debate over the tree’s exact age, and some say it can be over 5000 years old; however, recent estimates suggest the tree is no more than 800 to 1000 years old.

Explore the Masca Marvel

Masca is Tenerif’s solution to the lost world and is one of the very scenic regions of the isle and is situated in the northwest at the foot of the Teno Mountains. This beautiful small hamlet might be somewhat hard to reach but it is well worth the journey, which takes you through deep ravines winding roads with hairpin bends and interlaced with lush green flora.

The scenery on the way is breathless and the natural beauty of the spectacular place is overwhelming once you reach Masca.

Until lately it was almost unknown, but has now become a center of fascination for those touring the island. The setting of the village is bewitching and its own houses perch on the narrow ridges of dramatic rock formations. It truly is a photographer’s dream destination.

A snaking descent along a narrow mountain road adds an awareness of experience to arriving somewhere that feels suspended in time.

Play Golf in Tenerife

Tenerife has the perfect all year round climate for golfing holidays as well as some top class golf courses.  Winter golf breaks Tenerife are a must, when the rest of northern Europe is in the middle of a cold winter you can rest assured that you will be greeted by warm temperatures, ideal for a round or two.   One of the most popular golf courses is located at  Amarilla Golf and the Gold Del Sur golf club.

 

Amarilla Golf Tenerife

Amarilla Golf Tenerife