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
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.