The Quick Getaway to Playa Fañabe with the Family
The island of Tenerife, a part of the Spanish archipelago chain that makes up the Canary Islands, is very popular with tourists. Thanks to the mild winters and summers, the island rarely goes above 35° Celsius and is even cooler along the coastal areas.
Plus, the afternoons usually have a delicious breeze blowing off the oceans, helping to cool off sunbathers and swimmers alike. The island, about 150 kilometres off the Atlantic Ocean coastline of the African country of Morocco, has a large population of English expatriates (especially in the southern resort towns) and is a great place to go on a quick family holiday. The main airport on Tenerife, Tenerife South Airport, is on the southern coast (like its name suggests). This may explain the popularity of the larger resort cities on the island being in the south. Playa de las Américas, the largest, is full of young, urban residents and tourists. For those looking for a quieter site, Playa Fañabe fits the bill perfectly.
This smaller resort town is only 20 kilometers north of Tenerife South Airport and is very easy to get to, thanks to its convenient proximity to the TF-1 highway (the main throughway on Tenerife). Playa de las Américas, and its nightlife and shopping districts, is only a short 5 kilometer journey away, back towards the airport. Playa Fañabe, being quieter, has only a limited amount of hotels and apartments.
You may need to book your room(s) early, especially during the most popular times, which are the Easter holiday and the months of July and August when many people look for cheap summer holidays to break up the work schedule. Thanks to the trade-winds that seem to continuously blow through the southern resorts, the temperatures are very moderate, even in the hottest months, with the averages not even getting above 30°! The ocean temps, meanwhile, are the warmest between August and October. The beach here is brilliant, thanks to the imported Saharan sands, and has a nice mixture with the more traditional, blacker volcanic sands (especially closer to the tide) that make up most of the beaches on the Canary Islands. Meanwhile, the water that surrounds Playa Fanabe is considered one of the cleanest spots on the island and was awarded the Blue Flag, a symbol of its cleanliness and multitude of tourist activities and services in the area.
Situated close to the sea there are many activities related to the water that is popular with most visitors. There are excellent areas here to try your hand at snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as shops that will rent you the equipment and take you out for lessons. Jet-skiing is another popular activity. If you are of the adventurous type, you should take advantage of the afternoon windy conditions and try your hand at parasailing and paragliding. There are also many boating activities you can take part in, thanks to a travel kiosk, where you can try your hand at fishing, whale, and dolphin watching or just general sightseeing. You can also rent or hire boats and catamarans and enjoy a lazy summer day on the ocean.
The town itself has many restaurants and bars, with a nice mixture of local and international flavours to take advantage of. If you are in the mood for seafood, you might want to consider going to the small fishing village of La Caleta, just a short 3 kilometres further north along the beach. There are a couple of shopping areas, as well, though the larger resort area of Playa de las Américas has a better variety.
The famous Aqualand Octopus waterpark is situated in between Playa Fañabe and Playa de las Américas, on the other side of the TF-1 highway. This is a very popular place with the locals and tourists alike, especially during the summer months. There are many different slides, both for little ones and for the bigger kids (whether they are 10 or 110)! In addition to the water slides, there are also dolphin shows (though you might want to consider missing these during the busiest times of the year, as the queues lessen during the show times). There are even a few courses in the area for those of you that are golfing enthusiasts. Even if you stayed here for a month, you would have a hard time doing everything that this area has to offer you!