What to do & enjoy during Summer on Tenerife
Summer is well and truly here and your thoughts will be turning to treats, visits, days and out and how to keep yourself and your children occupied!
Our Summer Special inside this edition will give you a few ideas; whether it be a spot of summer DIY around the house or a new barbecue, some great days out, places to eat or to relax, perhaps somewhere to play a bit of sport or a bit of personal pampering like a new hair-style or beauty treatment. You might also be looking for a summer playschool.
Summer also means the Tenerife News has a bit of a holiday; this is our three-week edition so we will be back with you on Wednesday, July 8th.
Cyril Creations Hair & Beauty Salon
Summer has arrived and that means it’s time for a new look, a treat for your hair and some pampering for your body to prepare yourself for the beach.
Cyril Creations in the heart of Playa de Las Americas can help twice over. The unisex hair salon is situated upstairs, offering professional French chic at prices we can all afford, whilst downstairs there is a lovely beauty salon offering all the treatments you will need to face the summer.
Cyril Creations is a well-established name in Tenerife, having been here for more than 19 years. The staff are multi-lingual so speak English which is a great bonus. They are very helpful and keep up with all the latest trends.
The salons are very accessible, by car, foot or bus as they are situated in Edificio Altemar on Calle Noelia Afonso, close to the Coral Beach Hotel/Sunprime Hotel. Make it your regular salon.
C/ Noelia Afonso, nº8
(close to Coral Beach Hotel/Sunprime Hotel)
Playa de las Américas
Tel.: 922 793 768
This English nursery at Las Chafiras run by mother and daughter team Julie and Leah is the perfect solution for busy parents this summer.
From July 1st to August 29th, there’s a Summer Club which your child can attend from 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday or any part of it to suit your needs. It’s a safe, happy, totally secure, professional, friendly, fun but educative nursery for all nationalities and aimed at youngsters aged six months to six years. English is spoken so it’s also a great way for your little one to familiarise themselves with the language.
The Summer School will encompass everything from face-painting, a teddy bears’ picnic and postcard making to a mini disco, face painting, biscuit decorating and a bouncy castle.
6 Calle Caracas, Las Chafiras Industrial Estate
(next to British Aluminium, top of Amarilla Golf back road)
Tel: 693 730 444
Loro Parque at Puerto de la Cruz has been flying the flag for Tenerife for the last 40 years and is probably the island’s most famous attraction.
Everyone who visits is enchanted because it is beautiful, immaculately well-kept and has only the best interests of its “occupants” at heart. Every conceivable care is taken to provide the animals with the ultimate living conditions and the Loro Parque Foundation invests millions in research and saving endangered species across the globe.
The park is fantastically landscaped and green and you meander along shaded pathways between the attractions, stopping off to watch the incredible shows with the dolphins, whales and birds. You will step inside the huge aquarium and seven themed exhibits, stand on the revolving platform as you marvel at the penguins and watch in awe at the multitude of animals which include flamingos, iguanas, otters, tigers, tortoises, sea lions, jaguars, chimps and alligators.
There are restaurants and cafes, places to rest, Katandra Treetops to explore, a Thai village, an aviary, parrot museum, Kinderlandia for children, a cinema under an impressive glass dome and so much more. You can make your own way here or take an excursion (and don’t forget about the free little express train from Puerto!)
Av Loro Parque, s/n
Puerto de la Cruz
Tel.:922 37 38 41
British School Tenerife
With two months off during the hottest time of theyear attending a Summer Camp is a great way for the children to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, learn new skills and mix with other children outside their immediate circle giving them brighter memories of their school holidays.
With a different timetable every day camp stays fresh. We use a balance of physical activities, games and creativity with lots of opportunities to explore and discover to build confidence, self esteem and learn lots of new skills in an environment that is welcoming, fun, convenient for parents and most importantly safe.
We are open from 9.00 until 14.30. We have a child care service from 8.30 and a daily school lunch service
Stephany, Carolina and Mónica
British School Tenerife, La Luz (La Orotava)
Telephones: 922 33 69 29
Aqua Club Termal
Give yourself a summer treat and spend a day, afternoon or evening at this fantastic spa.
Once you step into the luscious warm pool, you will feel like you are in heaven!
This is exactly the place you should head for if you want to relax, look after yourself, get rid of stress or simply to indulge yourself.
There is a huge pool split into two and separate areas of the spa circuit, including a range of different jets, a waterfall, hirlpool and a bench surrounded by underwater jets. Each part is specifically designed to work on different parts of your body. Around the pool are two Jacuzzis and there is alsoa plunge pool.
You will also find other treats like the floatarium, the Roman and Turkish baths, bucket shower, Scottish shower and aromatherapy shower where the water is filled with essential oils.
This treat is for all ages, men and women, and there is a fully equipped gym, all beauty treatments, VIP lounge and more and you can enjoy a one-off or membership.
Calle Galicia, S/N,
Torvisca Alto, Costa Adeje
Tel.: 922 71 65 55
Piramides de Güímar
One of the most fascinating places you can visit is the “Ethnographic Park Pirámides de Güímar”, a step pyramid site that has been studied by archaeologists from around the world. This year the Park pays special homage to its founder, the great Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, since 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of his birth. This beautifully kept centre includes three outdoor routes distributed around the more than 20.000m2 of lovely garden areas, dedicated to the history, culture and flora of the Canaries, permanent exhibitions about Heyerdahl, Easter Island and Navigation, an Auditorium and a Museum, leisure area, cafeteria and a remarkable ‘Poison Garden’ with more than 70 dangerous and even lethal plant species from around the world, in which one can discover the exciting history of venoms and notorious poisoners of all time.
Calle Chacona, s/n, Güímar
Tel.:922 514 510
Hoya del Navio
The most exquisite organic wine.
The beautiful summer weather has arrived and what better a time to sit outside, enjoy the sunshine and sip a wonderful glass of wine or two!
If you are looking for inspiration as what to buy or choose in a local restaurant, opt for the ecological wine Hoya del Navio which is produced on Finca La Hornaca in the north of Tenerife at an altitude of 250 metres above the sea.
On a site of two hectares, the traditional Canary grapes of Listan negro and Negramoll are lovingly nurtured using the cord system to eventually produce the most exquisite of wines. The work is entirely organic farming in order to get the very best out of the harvest and to produce a fruitier and healthier taste. The grapes are picked by hand in a double selection technique and then carefully nurtured, fermented in oak and aged.
Because of the precise techniques involved, an average of only 3,000 bottles are produced so you know you are drinking something very special and the wine has received a number of awards.
Hoya del Navio can be purchased in various outlets in the Canary Islands and is served in a number of restaurants and tascas. For details, do see their website on www.hoyadelnavio.com
La Casa de Los Balcones
Located in the historic town of La Orotava, on the north coast of Tenerife, the Casa de los Balcones is an architectural treasure from the seventeenth century.
Both its façade and interior are of extraordinary beauty, blending harmoniously with its urban surroundings. It is one of the most important handicraft centres for embroidery in the Canarian Archipelago, besides being a learning centre, promoting and popularising this native handicraft.
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tenerife, thousands of visitors enjoy the installations and products on sale each year. The House of Balconies has received numerous prizes and awards for its educational work and popularisation of handicraft.
The typical Canarian patio is highlighted by a large row of balconies on the top two floors enhanced by its exuberant tropical vegetation.
Visitors are welcomed into the cool shady areas where the rich aromas and intense perfumes create a calm ambience with the blue Canarian sky visible through the leaves of the towering palm trees
C/ San Francisco, 3
Tel.: 922 33 06 29
Ferreteria El Palmar
Summer is here and your thoughts should be turning to DIY around your house and garden, with some relaxation thrown in as well.
The new ferreteria/hardware store at Palm Mar can help. It is run by brother and sister team, Carlos and Faby and sells a wide range of goods, including electrical items, and everything from buckets, knives, tools, plumbing items, electrical fittings and batteries to super-glue, locks, torches and much more. Some paint is in stock but a specific colour can be mixed up for you within 24 hours and if you don’t want to buy tools, you can hire them by the day.
Carlos speaks English so you can always ring to discuss what you need and there is free delivery in Palm Mar. He can also undertake decorating, plumbing, repairs etc.
The store is on the right on your way to the beach so you can also stop by to pick up beach chairs, an inflatable or an umbrella or buy yourself a new barbecue.
Opening times (continuous) – Monday to Friday 8am-8pm
Sat 9am-5pm Sunday 10am-2pm
Tel.: 822 14 11 44/638 44 64 43
Estrellas Theatre Group
Looking for something fun to do, want to improve your English? Why not come and join Estrellas Theatre School. For children aged 3 to 18 years.Learn acting, dancing and singing skills in a fun and exciting environment. We also offer extra classes in tap, ballet, hip-hop and a special Dance and Movement class for 3 to 5 year olds as an introduction into the world of performing arts. Our children also get the opportunity to attend auditions for films, advertising, performing arts schools etc.
NEW for September, adult theatre group! We are taking reservations for new students for our new term starting September. Wednesdays in the BST, La Luz, Saturdays in the Wingate in Cabo Blanco and Mondays in Colegio La Salle, Santa Cruz.
For more information check out our website.
Tel.: 647 844 794
Buenavista Golf course, which was designed by Seve Ballesteros and opened in 2003, is located in the extreme northwest of the island of Tenerife, in the region of Daute Isla Baja. It is surrounded by the protected area of Cordillera de Teno and the Atlantic Ocean.
The 18 hole, a 72-par-course, has a length of 6.019 meters. The course has 6 holes of par 3, par 4 and par 5. On the outward nine, the most demanding holes are the par 4 while on the inward route, the par 3 and above all at the 15th and 17th, as they are next to the cliff.
The greens of 5 holes are close to the rocky coastline, and one seems to hit the ball right into the Ocean.
Buenavista Golf has been designed with great respect to the nature and in our commitment with it, the course has obtained the quality certificate and environmental management of all resources, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 acknowledged by TÜV.
From Buenavista Golf we invite you to enjoy playing golf in the best golf course of the island, and if you never have played , we give you the opportunity to engage through Baptisms of Golf and children’s courses.
C/ Vista La Monja s/n. Buenavista del Norte
Tel.: 0034 922129034
Fax: 0034 922128044
Tipsy Terrace Swim & sport
Did you know that the lovely Tipsy Terrace restaurant/bar/bistro at Los Gigantes also has a fantastic swimming pool, mini golf and tennis courts to enjoy?
The facilities are set in very attractive, secluded, safe and quiet grounds with real grass, trees, shrubs and flowers and there is a car-park customers can use on calle el Hibisco to make your visit even easier. The bus stop is also right outside.
Head here with all the family and you will have a wonderful summer treat; not for nothing is Tipsy Terrace described as Los Gigantes’ “hidden secret”.
Prices are also very affordable. Adult pool fee : 4 euros, Child pool fee : 2 euros, Mini golf adult : 4 euros, Mini golf child : 3 euros, Tennis per hour : 10 euro and Racket hire : 1euro
Tel.: 922 86 84 32
Calle Hibiscus 4, Los Gigantes
Siam Park, the water kingdom opened its doors in 2008 as the most spectacular theme park with water attractions in Europe.
Siam Park adds a whole new dimension to the leisure offering in the Canary Islands and is located in Adeje, south of Tenerife. Siam Park will amaze everyone with its diverse attractions and exotic settings.
The park covers 185,000m2 of natural landscapes and exquisite oriental design make it a major new development in tourism, where all the family will experience adventure, excitement and plenty of adrenalin.
Every attraction offers a unique experience and combines with the mystery of the ancient kingdom of Thailand, to transport visitors into a world of excitement and magic.
Siam Park offers exclusive facilities for every occasion; events, birthdays, conventions and concerts. It also has its own surf school where both adults and children can learn to surf. Siam Park belongs to the Loro Parque group, know internationally for it’s high standards so the best quality is assured.
Avenida Siam Park, s/n,
Playa de la Américas
Tel.: 922 69 14 29
Santa Cruz is buzzing and if you want to taste the cosmopolitan atmosphere against a backdrop steeped in history, head for the fabulous Hotel Taburiente.
Situated in the centre of the city, in front of the García Sanabria park and next to La Rambla, it’s urban, stylish, beautiful, has fabulous rooms and decor, including suites, exquisite cuisine with several restaurants, a swimming pool, gym, jacuzzi and the service to match its excellent reputation.
Its philosophy is to offer the best atmosphere and value for money in the capital.
At Hotel Taburiente, you can also pop in to eat or have a drink; try the fantastic Restaurante GOM, a reference point in Santa Cruz for innovation in service and in the kitchen. There is a friendly and light-hearted approach to customers, with good prices and a stunning interior, combined with exceptional flavours, textures and aromas of the Spanish avant-garde cuisine.
C/ Dr Jose Naveiras, 24A
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tel.: 922 27 60 00
Let’s Dance cheer & dance camp
If you want to do something really, really different this summer, why not sign up for a Cheer and Dance Camp to be held in the south of Tenerife?
The weeks will take place during July and are being organised by Let’s Dance, the hugely popular Callao Salvaje dance school run by Amanda Lambert and her professional team.
You will probably have read about the success of their Tenerife Tigers cheer-leading squads and now you can get hooked as well.
The Cheer and Dance Camp (you can choose your dates in July) is aimed at all levels, from beginners upwards, and the age range of six to 14 years, GIRLS or BOYS, please note!
Please do phone Amanda as she will give you all the details, times and the venue. This is a brilliant opportunity to have fun and make friends this summer and all nationalities are welcome.
CC Perla Blanca, Calle Lave
Tel.: 922 743 639
Make sure you visit Santa Cruz’s newest attraction this summer.
The gardens feature more than 2,000 different plant species, of which 472 are palm trees, the best and largest collection in Europe. One of the unique species is the tahina palm, discovered in 2008.
It has lakes, streams and waterfalls set in 11,500 square metres and there are rubber plants, exotic fruits and puzzle trees. The most delicate are contained within “El Octógono”.
There are 14 sections in all and a tour of the Palmetum has been likened to “a walk around the globe” with many countries represented, including Hawaii, Africa, Central America, Borneo, the Philippines, Australia, the Caribbean, Madagascar and even the Solomon Islands.
Guided tours are available in a number of languages but these have to be booked in advance by email.
Avda de la Constitution, 5
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tel.:697 651 127