With its scenic setting and effortless charm, it’s no surprise that El Medano is known as Tenerife’s most laid-back resort. While other areas of the island are made up of bustling beaches and tourist-led attractions, you’ll find an authentic side to the Canaries here with a distinct family-friendly feel. Nowadays, the resort caters to keen surfers, beach dwellers and families in search of a peaceful setting on holiday.
The Canary Islands benefit from a gentle climate, offering year-round sunshine and pleasant temperatures in the winter. This makes El Medano a great spot for winter holidays, helping you benefit from a dose of sunshine when you most need it. El Medano is also known to be a particularly breezy resort, gaining popularity with windsurfers and water sports enthusiasts in the summer season.
If you don’t fancy braving the waves, you’ll have the opportunity to laze on the island’s sand-swept beaches. Warm shallow waters make the ideal setting for swimmers, while the sheltered bay provides a safe space for little ones to paddle. El Medano is located near the largest natural beaches in Tenerife too, so you’ll have plenty of places to land your lounger.
Los Cristianos can be reached with just a short trip down the road, offering all the fun of an old-fashioned beach resort with plenty of charm. There’s two beaches to be found in the resort, as well as a long promenade jam-packed with restaurants, shops and bars.
Playas de las Americas
If you’re seeking excellent nightlife, head to nearby Playas de las Americas. While you shouldn’t expect anything too raucous, you’ll find a number of night spots to keep you entertained. Dip into a karaoke bar, linger over cocktails or don your dancing shoes at one of the many disco clubs in the resort.
Those in search of sophistication should add a visit to Costa Adeje onto the day trip itinerary. Shopping fans will love delving into the designer stores, while those looking to enjoy fine dining will be spoilt for choice with its excellent selection of waterfront restaurants.
Exploring El Medano…
Embrace the water sports scene
Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a keen beginner, El Medano is the hot spot for water sports. Its high winds in the summer combined with shallow waters make it a popular place for surfers and windsurfers, with most of them congregating near the Montana Roja. You can take lessons here, or hire surfing equipment from one of the nearby rental shops. If you don’t fancy getting your feet wet, kick back with a drink and enjoy the surfer culture in a beachside bar without stepping onto a board.
Enjoy laid-back nightlife
While El Medano’s nightlife doesn’t compare to that of its neighbouring resort Playas de las Americas, there’s still plenty to keep you occupied when the sun goes down. Instead of busy bars and clubs, you’ll find most of holidaymakers and locals spend their time in the square on the seafront. There’s a charming café culture in this part of town, with quaint tapas bars serving up delicious dishes as live music plays. Linger over a drink or two and soak up the atmosphere.
If you ever tire of El Medano’s golden sands, there’s a good amount of shops to dip into on your trip. Most stores sell a good selection of surfing gear and swimwear, with the odd place stocking quirky souvenirs and gifts. There’s also a supermarket that caters to just about anything you’ll need. If you’re looking for designer boutiques and on-off fashions however, head to nearby Playa de Las Americas.
Beaches in El Medano
With its natural sands, El Medano isn’t short of great beaches to enjoy. The town beach is a prime location for those with children, its sheltered bay and shallow waters making for a great place to play. Additionally, you’ll find an adventure playground situated just off the beach, as well as several ice-cream shops to please the little ones.
Situated nearby, Playa Tejita is a natural beach that has become popular with nudists. Meanwhile the end of the board walk is where you’ll find Playa Manchado, a sunny spot and surfer’s paradise.
Cuisine in El Medano
This part of Tenerife is famed for its excellent food and drink, making a great destination for keen foodies. Tapas and traditional Spanish-style dishes are served throughout the resort, as well as a number of international eateries and British restaurants. Take your pick of Canarian, Japanese, Mexican or Italian – you’ll find it all in El Medano
When it comes to must-try Canarian dishes, Papas Arrugadas are a favourite. Wrinkled and salted potatoes served with a spicy mojo sauce, you’ll find them in most of the restaurants in the resort. Additionally, make sure you try the selection of tapas dishes on offer – from Spanish-style tortilla to glorious seafood dishes.
Restaurants in El Medano
There are places to eat on every corner in El Medano, whatever your budget or tastes. The backstreets of the city make way for charming tapas bars and laid-back eateries ideal for a light snack. Head to the seafront and you’ll find a great number of seafood restaurants too – combined with spectacular surroundings, of course. Take a stroll through the cobbled streets of El Medano and there’s even more to be found, where you’ll discover everything from crepe bars to ice-cream parlours.
Whether you’re in search of a quiet setting for your next beach break, or an authentic taste of Tenerife, you’re sure to fall in love with El Medano. There’s more than enough to keep you captivated – from its adventurous water sports to its eclectic dining scene.
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