Information & Facts
Puerto Santiago's black sand beach is European Blue Flag
accredited. There are also boat trips, walks, visits to
neighbouring Playa la Arena and Los Gigantes, day trips to nearby
towns and points of interest to be enjoyed. Many hotels also offer
their own entertainment. For those visiting in July, the annual
fiesta and fireworks display in honour of Our Lady Carmen is not to
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.
The ocean currents around Tenerife can be very strong and are
not advised for weak swimmers.
Most of the entertainment in Puerto Santiago is provided by the
hotels. The nightlife is fairly laid back and many bars close at
midnight, though there is a multitude of additional options at
There are the usual assortment of international restaurants in
Puerto Santiago, but the local Canarian eateries are the best. Try
some of the traditional dishes, such as roast chicken in banana
cream or 'wrinkly potatoes' in the local
mojo picónsauce. One of the best-recommended restaurants
in Puerto Santiago has to be Pancho, while TJ's Entertainment Bar
serves pub food like sandwiches and 'plough person' lunches.
There is no shopping district in Puerto Santiago, but there are
an assortment of shops that cater for tourists. Shopping on the
island of Tenerife is tax-free, so it is possible to find good
deals on cigarettes, perfume, alcohol, electronics, and other
goods. There are a larger variety of shops in neighbouring resorts
like Los Gigantes. A unique souvenir from Tenerife is the
locally-produced sweet rum called Ron Miel.
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).