Spain Guide


Tenerife Nightlife

Tenerife's nightlife is rich and varied. Sadly the island has gained something of a "lager loutish" reputation thanks to the antics of certain holidaymakers (mainly Brits!) on the club strip of Playa de las Americas. If it's foam parties, booze cruises and wild nights you're after, you'll certainly get them here.but you'll also find traditional fiestas, fine food and great family entertainment venues.

Playa de las Americas is the place to head for if you want a big concentration of pubs and all night clubs. Some say it's pure hell others think they've died and gone to heaven!

Veronica's is the hottest spot in town a big complex of bars and night clubs where you can party from dusk till dawn. The place is chock a block with clubs, most of which don't start buzzing till 1am.

Be warned that the clubs' touts will be doing their level best to "persuade" you into their particular venues with tactics which have offended some visitors here. You'll also find plenty of "ladies of the night" selling their wares on street corners. So if it's a relaxing, bed before midnight holiday you're after, you'll be better off in one of the quieter resort areas.

Tramp's, Bobby's and Busby's are among the most popular clubs here but you'll find a huge range to choose from. The Caledonian (or "Cally's" as it's known among regulars) is a fun pub favoured by British holidaymakers.the place to go to be entertained by some wacky DJs who encourage audience participation.

As for eating out, Playa de las Americas is packed with burger bars, pizza joints, fish and chip shops and cheap Chinese buffets. Unfortunately many visitors leave here believing that's all the island's cuisine consists of.

Head for the more Canarian towns, such as Puerto de la Cruz or Santa Cruz, and you'll be able to enjoy traditional tapas and typical local dishes including excellent fresh fish, baby goat, gorgeous island stews and fried pork with chick peas. Wash down your meal with one of the local wines, produced from grapes grown in the bowels of a volcano!

Carnival time, coinciding with Shrove Tuesday at the beginning of Lent (normally mid February), is one of the best times to visit the island which explodes into a riot of parades and partying to rival the famous Rio de Janeiro fiesta.

Every town on the island has its own carnival but the biggest and best are to be found in Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz.

Hundreds of young girls don elaborate, glittering costumes to compete for the honour of being elected Carnival Queen whilst young children painstakingly rehearse complicated steps and pirouettes for the fancy dress street parades. It's a fantastic week long spectacle of solemn religious processions, extravagant parades, feasting and partying in the streets.

If you fancy trying your hand at the gambling tables there are three casinos on the island Casino de Taoro at Puerto de la Cruz, Casino Santa Cruz in Hotel Mencey in Santa Cruz and the Playa de las Americas Casino in the Gran Tenerife Hotel.

For a "knight to remember" try the Medieval dinner show at Castillo San Miguel in the south of the island. It's a good family evening of jousting, superb displays of horsemanship, dancing and much medieval merrymaking.

A fantastic show of Spanish flamenco, with a modern twist, can be seen at the Pyramid de Arona Auditorium at Playa de las Americas.

Or try the Palace Show in Playa de las Americas an evening of international cabaret acts and Spanish dancing accompanied by dinner.