Tenerife, the island of eternal spring, is surrounded by the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean and it is known for its perfect climate all year round. In the shade of El Teide volcano, on the UNESCO Mankind Natural Heritage List, there are spectacular beaches, thick laurel forests and majestic cliffs that let your imagination take flight.
Tenerife, with two international airports and just a few hours away from the major cities of Europe, is the perfect destination to get away from the routine and cold winters. Let yourself be seduced by the culture, history and the natural beauty of the island.
The Villa Habitats Del Duque is located in the South of the Island of Tenerife, 15 minutes from the Reina Sofia Tenerife South airport and 60 minutes from Tenerife North Airport.
Playa del Duque is a premium beach on Costa Adeje in southern Tenerife. This whole area is a high-quality, exclusive resort; the essence of chic. And the beach is just as fantastic! Walk along the soft golden sand, feel it between your toes… take a dip in the warm, crystal clear waters… unwind on sumptuous sunbeds in glorious sunshine while listening to the sound of the waves gently lapping the shore. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Playa del Duque is made for beach lovers, people who like to relax, people who love the finer things in life. A place this good deserves to fly the Blue Flag with pride. This prestigious status has been awarded to Playa del Duque for its cleanliness, high standards and outstanding facilities: A mark of excellence. The beach is popular with holidaymakers, particularly those who enjoy a calm, classy environment.
Stroll along an elegant promenade that runs the length of the sand. An array of stylish restaurants and cafés provide plush seating areas for a relaxing drink and shaded tables to enjoy a spot of lunch. International cuisine is available as well as traditional tapas and Canarian specialties. Visitors can also enjoy some boutique shopping, with many designer labels adorning the windows of upmarket outlets.
A full range of facilities are on hand; from showers to changing areas, ice-cream kiosks to sunshades. There is also plenty of parking nearby and a large taxi rank. Local buses run from major resorts all over the island to Playa del Duque.
Shops are open Monday to Saturday between 09.00 and 13.30. They open again from 16.00 – 20.00 (most close on Saturday afternoon). The big supermarkets are open 09.00 to 21.00 6 days a week. Apart from the major tourist resorts, shops are closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Souvenir shops tend to open 7 days a week. Major credit cards are accepted at most shops but you will need photo ID, passport or driving license.
Commercial centres are generally areas of shops, bars, restaurants, supermarkets and nightclubs. They have CC after their name. The ones on the outskirts of towns cater mainly for the Spanish and usually cheaper than those in tourist areas. This cheaper price is very noticeable in supermarkets catering to the locals. Spanish brands labelled in Spanish are good quality and similar to UK supermarkets own brands.
In Tenerife, most chemists or Farmacia open during normal shopping hours and are usually closed Saturday afternoons. It is not difficult to find them as they are marked with a green cross. There is a network of duty chemists that open 24 hours a day to provide cover for emergencies. There is a list displayed in each chemist that gives the address of the one on duty in the area for any given day, so do check the window for the sign.
Over-the-counter medicine is easy to get, apart from antibiotics and most pharmacists will supply the Spanish equivalent of your prescription drugs without a written prescription if you run out.
SHOPPING AND DUTY FREE
Although duty free Tenerife it is outside the EC customs territory and as a result the customs allowances for outside the EU apply and you are restricted to the amount you can take back to the UK. To generalise duty free goods are alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco and perfumes. It is cheaper to buy these goods from supermarkets than in the airport duty free shops.
There are banks in every town, village and tourist resort in Tenerife. Opening hours are from 08.30 to 14.00 hours Monday to Friday. Between October and June some banks open on Saturday mornings. Outside these hours you can still use the 24-hour cash points.
ACCIDENT, ILLNESS, & HOSPITAL CARE
If you need to go to hospital, Spanish medical facilities are among the best in the world. Medical and hospital services aren’t free, so be sure that you have appropriate insurance coverage before you travel. You can find a list of some of the hospitals HERE as well as
Las Americas (Green Hospital): 922 75 00 22.
International MEDSERVICE: 922 79 05 63
Only telephone the police if you need them to stop a crime in progress. The police here speak very little English so simply let them know where you are and they will come straight to you.
To report a crime after the event, or to obtain a police report for any reason, you should go to the local police station. If you don’t speak or understand Spanish, take someone with you who does. If the police can’t understand you, they won’t make a report. If you are the victim of theft and are covered by insurance, you need a police report to make a claim. An alternative way of making a report is to call the Multi-lingual police central office – 902 102 112. An English operator will go through your report with you and send it to the local police station
If you’re driving a car, as well as papers for the car you must also carry your driving licence and passport. If you’re stopped and can’t provide all of these, you will get an on-the-spot fine.