Review: Golf del Sur
Tenerife's Golf del Sur - our winter escape
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We do not tend to plan our winter escape far in advance. As soon as the British weather really gets us down, and we are in need of some sunshine, I visit http://www.skyscanner.net to identify the cheapest flights to Tenerife South. This time, midweek January flights with Thomson were £69.00 each return from Manchester. (Ryan Air may have been cheaper but I refuse to use them on principle! ) I then contact the Hotel Vincci Tenerife Golf Hotel in Miguel de Abona to negotiate a good room rate (we quote the cheapest we can find on the internet and they match it but, as we are regulars, always give us one of the nicer rooms). Read my review of the hotel.
A few weeks later, Kindles loaded and cases packed, we’re off to Manchester Airport. After a 4 ½ flight and ten minute taxi ride, we’re out on the sun decks overlooking the sparkling sea. Bliss!
Most tourists whizz past the Golf del Sur region on their way to the more lively resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas, missing out on the delights offered by this coastal area. The main resort tends to be full of ex-pats and British families staying in the numerous villa, apartment and timeshare complexes. However, we like to stay at the Hotel Vincci Tenerife Golf – a sophisticated 4* hotel situated on a rocky peremptory in Miguel de Abona. Here we enjoy far-reaching views of the Atlantic and the fishing village of Los Abrigos from the balconies and sun decks, and of San Blas and distant Mount Teide from our front door. The hotel mainly attracts mature European couples or families with older children as there are limited facilities for youngsters. Its proximity to the airport means there are often airline pilots and cabin crew staying over. There is some aircraft noise during the day and evening but we do not find this a problem as it is drowned out by the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks. Amazingly reviewers are more likely to complain about the latter!
There is a pleasant walk from the hotel across a rocky beach and cliff path to the fishing village of Los Abrigos where you can watch the catch being brought in, and enjoy watching the sun set from a choice of harbour-side restaurants including Los Roques, http://www.restaurantelosroques.com voted one of the top 10 restaurants in the whole of Spain by Tripadvisor members. In the opposite direction a coastal path leads to the San Miguel Marina which contains a bar, numerous yachts, a yellow submarine that takes under sea tours, fishing boats that can be chartered and, until 14 February 2014, the magnificent Frigate Shtandart – an exact replica of the man-of-war built by Peter the Great in 1703 in order to defend Saint Petersburg currently functioning as a training tallship and museum.
In the evenings the San Blas Square opposite the hotel comes to life with crooners singing songs from the 60s and 70s, as people enjoy their restaurant meals or drinks in the bars. It is often warm enough to sit outside – a real treat for my husband who is a smoker. The one nightclub Taboos gets lively on a Saturday night but the rest of the week provides tasty Italian food with plenty of offers such as Two for One Pizza and Pasta or half price bottles of wine. Haweli’s Indian Restaurant provides a 3 course special for 10.95 Euros each. Hattie’s Tearooms provides delicious lunches and afternoon teas. Further restaurants and clubs are a short tax ride away near the Santa Barbara and Winter Gardens complexes.
The beaches in the immediate area are black volcanic sand but just north of the airport is the bohemian surfing resort of El Medano with golden sandy beaches where you can watch the antics of kite and wind surfers. It can be reached via a 2 hour coastal walk from the hotel but there are buses and taxis available.
Inland you can visit the many delights of the Island including the Mount Teide National Park. The volcano last erupted in 1909 and is surrounded by lava flow and pillars twisted and windblown into surprising shapes, and some unusual plant life including the magnificent towering Tajinaste that can grow 10 feet tall and is a cone of bright pink flowers when in bloom – and the tiny Teide violet. I also visited the North of the Island which is greener, cooler and contains the marvellous botanical gardens but it is a long trek from the South. All in all a lovely winter retreat – sometimes quite breezy – but where winter sunshine is virtually guaranteed over a 10-14 night holiday.
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