Guia de Isora
Guia de Isora, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Dry and sunny, the region of Guia de Isora incorporates the resorts of Alcala and Playa San Juan on the west coast of Tenerife.
Guia de Isora
From this part of the west coast you can see the neighbouring island of Gomera, enjoy the sunsets and golden beaches. Located between Los Gigantes and the Costa Adeje with the Teide National Park right behind you, there are ample options for days out.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Guia de Isora Reviews
The main beach at Playa San Juan is sheltered by the harbour and has clear waters. There is also a secluded golden beach backed by steep cliffs and (in theory) private to the Abama Hotel. The beach in Alcala is very small but it also has sunbathing areas, a pretty promenade and natural rock pools.
Things to Do
Follow the coastal path from Playa San Juan to the impressive cliffs of Los Gigantes, passing the villages of Fonsalia and Alcala and the seaside resorts of Playa La Arena and Puerto Santiago. Enjoy lovely views across the banana plantations and the rocky coastline along the way, with the comfort that there is a regular bus service running roughly the same route if you get fed up.
Stroll around the steep little streets of the hillside villas of Guia de Isora, located 5km inland. Take a break in the church square or with some fresh tapas at one of the village bars.
Take advantage of the facilities of the Abama Gran Hotel at Playa San Juan, including the Spa centre, tennis club and golf club. At Abama Golf you can play amid palm trees and lakes with views to La Gomera and choose from an 18 hole course, a 9 hole course and a 3 hole practice course.
Out and About
There are plenty of cafes and some excellent tapas and seafood restaurants in Playa San Juan, in the town, behind the beach, down by the pier and around the little marina where the local fishing boats are moored. It is one of the island's best spots for a sundowner and has small children's play areas and pleasant seafront walks.
Alcala is dotted with bench lined squares with sea views, small playgrounds for young children and a handful of shops, tapas bars and pavement cafes. The market is held in Alcala on Monday mornings.
Head up the hills through the village of Guia de Isora and you will soon reach the boundaries of the Teide National Park. Explore the park or visit Canarian mountain villages such as Chio and Masca.
Siam Park in Playa de las Americas (17km) is set in landscaped grounds with a Thai theme and has thrill slides, a leisurely lazy river, a big wave pool and an area for little ones. Aqualand Waterpark is also just 15 minutes drive away and has a variety of slides and the ever popular dolphin shows.
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