My wife and I visited Tenerife last week staying in La Caleta - lovely weather and a nice place.
We were regulars at the Royal Sun for years and had a day in Los Gigantes to see the area and what changes had occurred since our last trip in February 2004.
Firstly, the Royal Sun; some minor activity but a long way from its former glory, and what is happening along the road - it looks like strip mining? A big sign for new apartments, but nothing being built (seems I've seen this before...). A real shame; we loved the Royal Sun and so did my parents who accompanied us a couple of times.
The town itself was still as we remembered it. I was quite worried reading some of the postings that it might be tired and run down - but no - it was busy, and seemed quite bright - even the harbour where we stopped for a coffee.
BUT - what are those apartments and the road out (past the sports club). I counted only one balcony with activity.
The other new block built in Santiago was as I'd imagined it from publicity photographs and not our kind of place at all, although I'm sure it suits some.
We couldn't drive from Los Gigantes to Playa as the road was closed and after following a narrow detour we gave up and went to look at the San Francisco area instead. This was very nice and quite a surprise, quite a Spanish feel to the villa's, great views, but quite a way out.
So impressions overall... Los Gigantes still has the best views on the West Coast, but is now really over-developed and so, less appealing. We are desperate to find an apartment or apartment complex in Tenerife like the Royal Sun with easy walking access to shops and restaurants (my parents can no longer walk far) that we could have for extended periods between October and December and maybe January to April, any guidance would be appreciated.
Roger & Pat