Arrived on 2nd of Jan from Prestwick.
TAXI to hotel 22 Euros.
Stayed at HOTEL ZENTRAL CENTRE in PDLA for 4 days before moving.
Hotel suits us fine, clean, big rooms with proper black out blinds, quiet, roof top pool with great views of Los Cris on one side, Tiede on another and La Gomera on the other.
Dont go here if you are looking for kids clubs or entertainment as there aint any!
We then moved to HOTEL LA PINTA for 7 nights on a GROUPON promotion deal. Hotel was ok, I would say the best thing about it was probably the location. We knew we were going to have to sit through a presentation to try to sell us timeshare which was fine.
Our room was a bit disappointing, TV was rubbish with channels alternating on the same numbered channel throughout the day! Balcony door didn't lock and air con didn't work. You would think that if somebody was trying to sell you something then they would show you the better side of things?
Anyway, the important stuff-
Where we ate - (We were there as a couple however our friends and kids were in Tenerife too so we met up with them some nights)
SAL NEGRA, San Telmo, Lovely tapas overlooking the beach. Portions are for sharing so don't order too many!
LA MARTINA, CC Safaris, Only ate there as we were struggling to get into any place else. Food was ok, but I wouldn't rush back.
HABIBI, San Telmo, Great Lebanese restaurant. Mixed starters consisted of a good variety of everyting, great dips and bread. Mains were chicken, beef or lamb kebabs and two portions of gypsy prawns. Delicious!
BIANCOS, cc Safaris, food excellent, service terrible. To be fair they were really busy however we had to ask someone to clear our table as there was virtually no room to serve our meal because of empty or unused glasses!
240 DEGREES, A reasonably new Spanish place in San Telmo. Waited ages for a table and then was very disappointed by the food. Put it down to teething problems.
CARLOS, near LA PINTA HOTEL. BRILIANT!. We ate there three times out of 11 nights. My girlfriend and I decided that that was going to be the final place for our last meal. It has a Portugese chef so it is a bit different from other restaurants. The service is excellent. Our favourite dish was Piri Piri Prawns, which consisted of Prawns, chilli, garlic, tomatoes, fennel, cream, mushrooms and onions. Our favourite dish of the holidays! Also great steaks, sizzling platters, meat kebabs hanging on a skewer dripping in garlic butter etc, yum!
OTELLOS, Fanabe. Cheap and cheerful garlic chicken, although it did taste like it was reheated from the night before!
SEBASTIONS, located in SUNSET BAY CLUB. 5 of us went for tapas one afternoon. Excellent! The young waiter advised us of what they had that day and we had Prawns in garlic, Duck crepe, Spinach gratan, Patatas Bravas, Padron peppers, Meatballs, Chilli squid, Chorizo and some brilliant warm home made rolls and dips.
BOMBAY BABU, under LA NINA HOTEL. Only had a carry out but very tasty Indian food.
MESAN CASTELLANO, PDLA. Great Spanish restaurant with no menu. Just tell them what you like and they will cook it and bring it out. We had Garlic Prawns, a huge steak on a sizzling platter and another plate of stew type stuff. Didnt know what it was but it was delicious.
TRAPICO, FANABE BEACH FRONT. Fantastic tapas place. I was just looking at the menu and the waiter asked me to go into the restaurant to look at the food. They had a fantastic array of local specialities and the chef was busy cooking Rabbit with Canarian sauce. We decided to eat there and it was brilliant. We had Iberico Pork, Prawns, Fish, Chicken, Meatballs etc etc. (The place is near the end of the row of shops/restaurants on the way to Playa Del Duque)
OASIS RESTAURANT, ADEJE VILLAGE. Brilliant! All they do is Garlic Chicken (miles better than OTELOS) Chips and a simple salad accompanied by wine or beer! The place was absolutely heaving with locals and a few tourists.
PS - ADEJE VILLAGE is lovely and well worth a visit.
FIRST LOVE, PDLA. (If you walk past the MONKEY BAR on the way to LOS CRIS, turn right at ZARA and head to the beach and it's on the right hand side) Run by a lovely young Italian couple who have been together since they were 14 (Hence the name of the restaurant) Chef sits down beside you to discuss what you would like to eat and advise you. Very fresh food and the couple are extremely nice and very passionate about what they do. Only had lunch, however we will definately go back nexyt time for dinner.
MIISHU CLUB, PUERTO COLON BEACH - It is a newish Teppanyaki/Chinese/Japanese place. We had a few drinks at the bar but never ate here as we had arranged to meet friends. Very very nice chill out feel to the place. One of the owners is the main Teppanyaki chef who used to be at the SLOW BOAT at CC SAFARIS.
OTHER BITS AND BOBS-
EXCHANGE RATE - Best was 1.19 to the pound.
WEATHER - FANTASTIC. Clear blue skies every day of the holiday.
LOOKY LOOKY MEN - Didnt seem to be as persistant as they used to be.
COCKROACHES - Never seen one!
TIMESHARE TOUTS (SEE ABOVE) - A few at Puerto Colon beach area. They tried the old scratchcard trick but as my friend found out they took you to a place where the RCI reps were although they denied that they were anything to do with RCI.
Oh well, thats enough from me, roll on MAY!