We were surprised by the size of Callao Salvaje, referred to as a village by the locals, it didn’t take us long to find out why. We were staying at Pearly Grey for our base to explore the South of Tenerife which occupies a frontline position here.

This is a mainly residential area with a few hotels and a smattering of shops, bars and restaurants. There’s a black beach called Playa de Ajabo with a bar and a small promenade. Don’t get me wrong, there’s everything you need here for a quiet holiday if you’re not very adventurous, it’s just on a small scale, the larger resorts are approximately 8km away.

We enjoyed the facilities at our hotel on our first night, with a sundowner at The Edge, which is a roof terrace bar and restaurant open to the public, followed by an excellent meal in the hotel restaurant.

The second evening we were flagging after a full day out exploring and only a curry would revive us. We found the Indian restaurant Bombay Babu and ordered a take away to eat on our terrace. I chose something completely different for my curry, a king prawn chesney (madras hot), it was quite honestly the best curry I’ve ever had. Our take out was just what the doctor ordered, we paired it with a bottle of Flor de Chasna, which was our second bottle of Tenerife wine and watched a terrific electrical storm taking place between us and the island of La Gomera.

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