Gf FaÑabe ****, Costa Adeje, Spain
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Tenerife is the striking (and slightly saucy) grand dame in the archipelago family. Attracting over 10 million visitors a year, the island’s most famous southern resorts offer Brit-infused revelry and clubbing, combined with white sandy beaches and all inclusive resorts. But step beyond the lobster-red tourists and what you’ll find is a cultured and civilised island of extraordinary diversity.
This potpourri of experiences includes tropical-forest walks and designer-shop struts; dark forays into volcanic lava; a sexy and sultry Carnaval celebration that’s second only to Rio, and a stash of museums, temples to modern art and creaky old colonial towns. But above all else, this is an island of drama, and nothing comes more dramatic than the snow-draped Pico del Teide, Spain’s tallest mountain and home to some of the most fabulous hiking in all the country.
The weather is the number one reason most people flock to Tenerife’s shores, to enjoy almost guaranteed sunshine all year. Safe, family-friendly and just a four-hour flight away, it is consistently one of Britain’s top winter sun destinations.
Playa de las Américas is the island's main holiday centre, attracting singles, families and couples while its Los Cristianos neighbour suits a more mature visitor. Costa Adeje's four- and five-star hotels, chic boutiques and manicured beaches are the upmarket choice.
In the south-east, El Médano has near constant trade winds and boasts the best natural beaches on the island. Los Gigantes in the west enjoys long sunshine hours and provides a quieter alternative to the south. In the north, Puerto de la Cruz is the greenest and most traditional resort with plazas, botanical gardens and easy access to historic centres while Santa Cruz combines beach time with shopping, plazas and art galleries.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is a great place to travel. British and German tourists come in their tens of thousands every year to visit its spectacular beaches and lively nightlife. It is also very popular among holidaymakers from the Spanish peninsula, especially during Easter time. Tenerife is probably one of the last European paradise isles. It offers lush forests, exotic fauna and flora, deserts, mountains, volcanoes, incredibly beautiful coastlines and spectacular beaches.
A poor, banana-growing region in past decades, Tenerife has been brought up to European living standards since the arrival of mass air travel in the 1960s, which brought industry and millions of tourists each year. Over the decades this has led to many complexes and houses being built, making parts of the island highly urbanized. While part of the EU for political purposes, the island remains outside its customs and VAT area, making high tax goods such as tobacco and alcohol cheaper than elsewhere in Europe.
Many of the young tourists hang out on the south of the island with older and family tourists choosing Puerto de La Cruz and its environs. On the south side there is consistent summer, little to no wind, and pretty much perfect beach-weather for much of the year though there have been rare instances of cool to cold weather in the Jan-Feb period. Also expect some very wet days for that time of year though most days will still be sunny. There are plenty of hotels, activities and British food and drink.
On the north side of the island you will find more green and vibrant local culture. There is a more Spanish year-round springtime feel. The weather fluctuates a bit more here, but is also mostly pleasant though not as hot as the south.
In between the north and south of the island sits Spain's tallest peak, the barely dormant volcano El Teide (3718m above sea level). Tours previously allowed people into the crater, but tourists are no longer allowed into the crater for safety reasons.
The local currency is the Euro and most places accept credit or debit cards, which require a chip and PIN. There are many exchange bureaus in the main tourist resorts but not in the Spanish places like Santa Cruz.
GF FAÑABE **** is located in Costa Adeje, just 500 metres from Fañabé Beach and El Duque Beach, both having fine sand in a tranquil, residential area that offers a wide range of leisure facilities just a few metres away.
The hotel was completely reformed in order to meet the standards expected by our valued guests. The Hotel is adapted for guests with reduced mobility, having 5 accessible rooms and numerous ramps that make access to the restaurant, pools and facilities in general much easier.
The staff will delight you with their friendliness and attention to your every need, making your stay an unforgettable one, whether you come as a couple, with friends, with the family or alone.
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