El Médano was another stop off on our journey down to the South, the plan was to grab some tapas for lunch and hopefully meet up with an online friend Linda Wainwright.

Parking seemed to be a major issue, we were on the verge of giving up of ever finding a place to park the car when we spotted a gap we could squeeze the forfour into. Looking down on the beach below us, there were plenty of windsurf sails and kites out on the water. We walked along the street until we could drop down onto the promenade, as luck would have it we spotted a free table and took our chance that the food would be alright.

El Médano was busy, it was just after 2pm, every restaurant and the beach was packed out. Within minutes of sitting down at the Vetusta Tapas Bar on Playa El Médano, two very cold cañas were served and we’d made contact with Linda who was free to join us. We ordered papas bravas, bocerones and puntillas and people watched, it was fascinating. Known as the laid back surf resort, El Médano attracts surfers to Playa Machado and naturists to Playa Tejita.

We weren’t disappointed by our tapas, it was fresh and delicious, we had just finished when Linda arrived with impeccable timing and bearing a gift! Knowing that we wanted to taste local wine during our trip, Linda had very thoughtfully brought us a bottle for Flor de Chasna dry white wine. We spent a lovely hour chatting on the seafront about life in general and Tenerife, before we really had to be making a move and continuing our journey to Callao Salvaje.

We said our goodbyes, managed to find our car again and went to check in to our next hotel. I’d definitely like to return to El Médano for a proper explore, maybe not in the peak of summer though when it’s a bit quieter.