THE QUI­ETER SIDE OF TENER­IFE

MARC BURROW en­joys a Ca­nary Is­land break which feels a world away from the bright lights of its com­mer­cial re­sorts

Solihull News - - TRAVEL -

I HADN’T even heard of Los Abri­gos be­fore this trip. Roughly trans­lated, I’m told it means “The Over­coats” – a name per­haps more apt for a Bri­tish sub­urb than a Ca­narian one.

If you’ve ever flown into the is­land’s south­ern air­port, you’ve been within touch­ing dis­tance of this au­then­tic lit­tle fish­ing vil­lage be­cause it’s less than 10 min­utes from there by car.

Los Abri­gos’s small, func­tional har­bour is home to the tini­est flotilla of fish­ing craft, where a smat­ter­ing of sea- front fish restau­rants sit only a stone’s throw from the waves.

Each one pitched for our cus­tom, but un­like the reps of the bars and clubs in no­to­ri­ous Playa de las Amer­i­cas, th­ese felt like lo­cal busi­ness own­ers, gen­uinely proud of the fare they had to of­fer.

Los Abri­gos is only a five- minute taxi ride from our base for the week: CLC World’s lux­u­ri­ous Sun­ning­dale Vil­lage at Golf del Sur. CLC World do tend to fo­cus on higher end des­ti­na­tions but the Sig­na­ture Suite that we stayed in was par­tic­u­larly op­u­lent. It’s only avail­able to CLC mem­bers, but to me it was worth the mem­ber­ship alone.

The roomy twobed­room villa style ac­com­mo­da­tion was spread spa­ciously over two floors.

Out­side, there’s a good sized pa­tio space with a large din­ing ta­ble and the ul­ti­mate out­door sym­bol of VIP life – the hot- tub.

Be­ing a lit­tle out of the way, Los Abri­gos is best ex­pe­ri­enced with a hire car. If you want to go full- on VIP, book your­self a con­vert­ible for get­ting around. We plumped for a tasty BMW 2 Se­ries from Sixt. Fan­tas­tic though it was to ex­plore Tener­ife’s vol­canic scenery by car, I main­tain that if your home life is lived at 100mph then there’s noth­ing bet­ter than do­ing ab­so­lutely noth­ing and Sun­ning­dale Vil­lage, with its trop­i­cal gar­dens and the ma­jes­tic Mount Teide as a back­drop, is the ideal place for R& R.

Best of all, there’s more than enough sunbeds to go around.

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