Vacation in San Juan

San Juan is a centre for water sports

The sleepy fishing village of San Juan on the west coast of Tenerife is popular with water sports enthusiasts, particularly those keen on snorkeling and diving.

It has two beaches, one stony and the other man-made and of fine sand close to the harbour.

San Juan retains its Canarian character yet is handily placed closed to many of the main tourist centres.

There are a number of bars, fish restaurants and cafes along the sea-front Paseo Maritimo, which are much more local and typical of the island than will be found in the bigger tourist towns.

A farmer's market takes place at San Juan every Wednesday from 9am-2pm selling fresh local produce and draws visitors from far and wide.

The more developed nearby resort of Playa de La Arena has a Blue Flag beach of volcanic black sand, and offers a variety of restaurants from Thai to Italian.

Half a mile from San Juan is the recently-completed five-star Abama Hotel and golf resort, one of a new breed of luxury hotels springing up in Tenerife to cater for the more sophisticated visitor.

Its attractions include a spa based on the principles of Thailand's famous luxurious Chiva-Som retreat. Abama also offers private villas, guest bungalows and a yachting marina.