Information & Facts
This Tenerife holiday destination offers plenty of activities
for the few days not spent on Playa la Arena's beaches. Visitors
can take a boat trip to the nearby Los Gigantes, and the whale
watching tours are a must for the whole family. With the Teide
National Park a short trip away visitors can take the cable car to
the top of Mount Teide and enjoy the spectacular view. Visitors
staying in Playa la Arena also have the option of enjoying a fun
night out in Playa de las Americas or a sightseeing stroll through
the nearby villages of Los Gigantes and Puerto Santiago.
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
This area is very hilly and therefore challenging for people
with walking difficulties or parents with prams. The sea can have
strong undercurrents so take red flag lifeguard warnings.
Although there are many bars and cafes, proper nightclubs are
few and far between.
Many international restaurants and tapas bars line the
well-developed promenade. English style pub food is widely
available. It is worth sampling some of the delicious Canarian
dishes, such as salty new potatoes boiled in sea water, baked with
a spicy mojo sauce.
Duty-free shopping is a big attraction of a visit to Tenerife.
The best mall for consumer goods is in the nearby town of Los
Gigantes, although the Commercial Centre in town has a decent range
of shops as well.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).