A lively number
Set on Tenerife’s southwest coast, Playa de las Americas is the party capital of the island. Year-round sun and full-on nightlife pull in the Brit crowd, and the duty-free shops and golden beaches don’t do any harm either. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s the classy resort of Los Cristianos just next door, plus windsurfing capital El Medano a 15-minute drive away.
Playa de las Americas doesn’t hold back on its beaches – it’s got 6 of them. The main one is sandy with gently sloping waters and comes with a good quota of kiosks, cafés and restaurants. As for activities, each beach gets busy with volley ball, surfing and jet-skiing, though rockier Playa de Guincho is the one for surfing and windsurfing.
After dark, Playa de las Americas really ramps things up. The place is one big party of karaoke, cabaret, comedians and clubs. You get quite a lot of tribute acts here, too, so expect to hear impressions of Elton John, The Beatles and a rather uncanny Rod Stewart. The main night-time drags are the neon-lit Veronicas strip and the Starco Centre.
Day trips to Santa Cruz
Outside of the resort, less than an hour gets you to the capital, Santa Cruz. You’ll get a good day’s worth of shopping here – the huge El Corte Ingles department store gives Selfridges a run for its money for a start. Or you could take a half-an-hour drive to Teide National Park – here you can take a cable car up to one of the world’s highest volcanoes.