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Situated on the south west coast of Tenerife, forty minutes from the airport and close to Los Gigantes, Playa de la Arena is a quiet resort much loved by families and couples of all ages. Clustered around the harbour and on the hilltop overlooking the sea, Playa de la Arena offers wonderful views over the bay and the surrounding area. Since the resort is hilly with many steep gradients, it is unsuitable for those who have mobility problems.
A playa de la Arena holiday offers relaxation in pretty surroundings with a guarantee of sunshine. It has a delightful black beach and offers a good range of leisure activities. Its proximity to larger resorts enables visitors to enjoy a wider range of facilities and entertainment without forfeiting the pleasure of their peaceful base.
A playa de la Arena holiday is popular with those looking for a relaxing holiday in the sun. It draws families and couples of all ages to its centre. The closeness of neighbouring resorts is an attraction for those who want to combine the tranquillity of their chosen resort with the wider facilities of its neighbour. Owing to the hilly nature of the resort, Playa de la Arena is unsuited to those with mobility problems.
A Playa de la Arena holiday can be taken at any time of year. Summer temperatures can reach thirty degrees with winter temperatures in the high teens.
Playa de la Arena is just three kilometres from Los Gigantes on the south west coast of Tenerife. It is a quiet resort with a black sandy beach which was awarded the European Blue Flag for cleanliness. There are many bars, cafes and restaurants around the beach and the harbour offering day long refreshments and evening entertainment.
There is a wide range of modern accommodation catering for most budgets. There are shops for holiday essentials and many bars and restaurants. Much of the accommodation is on a hill above the harbour and as the gradients are fairly steep, the resort is not really suitable for those with mobility problems. Playa de la Arena is a haven for those wanting to relax in the sun and recover from the bustle of twenty-first century living.
There are boat trips from Los Gigantes offering big game fishing, whale and dolphin watching, and trips along the coast.
Playa de la Arena has a good number of bars and restaurants providing evening entertainment. There are lively venues with music as well as many restaurants offering good food in romantic surroundings. Party seekers can take short taxi ride to neighbouring Los Gigantes where they can dance the night away.
There are a number of shops providing holiday essentials as well as gifts and souvenirs. Markets in neighbouring villages include the Monday craft market in Alcala.
Since one of the attractions of shopping in Tenerife is that it is duty free, with bargains to be found in perfumes, cameras and electronic goods, alcohol and cigarettes, those looking for a wider range of shopping opportunities should take a trip to Los Gigantes. The commercial centre, up the hill from the harbour, is well endowed with shops including designer boutiques.
Playa de la Arena provides a wide range of cuisine catering for most tastes. There are English style pubs, fast food outlets, restaurants serving international cuisine as well as those offering traditional Canarian menus. Typical Canarian food is the spicy mojo sauce and salty new potatoes that are boiled in sea water before being baked. Fish features prominently on menus and is often served with the green variety of mojo sauce.