Hospitals in South Tenerife

I’ve been asked to add a post about the hospitals we have in the South of Tenerife, and whilst I have no personal knowledge of using these facilities, I have tried to find as much information to share not only with residents but also with tourists.

The Canary Islands have more private hospitals than any other region in Spain and you will need private medical or travel insurance to access their services.

Hospitals In South Tenerife:-

HOSPITEN SUR (Green Hospital)
Tel. 922750022
Calle Siete Islas 8, Arona,
Staff speak English, German and other languages. Mainly private 24-hour emergency service. Outpatients Tel. 922751182 / 922751662

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Tel. 922752626 / 922792400
Urbanization San Eugenio, Adeje
24-hour emergency service. House and hotel calls.

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A holidaymaker told me the following tale… He developed a lung infection; the symptoms became worse and resulted in a diagnosis of pneumonia. He went to the Quiron, had excellent treatment and care but at a cost. The initial admission tests were €230 followed by intensive care at €2000 euros a day. His travel insurance refused to pay as he should have visited a public hospital first and used his EHIC as stated in their terms and conditions!

So I stress – check your insurance to see where you should go if you need treatment.

There is only ONE public hospital (equivalent to NHS) in the south.

Tel: 922174744
Calle Delta, 9, Arona – Open 24 hours

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You can see it in the hills 2 miles above Los Cristianos. You may need an interpreter, some say the staff speak English, others say not, therefore if it is anything that cannot be diagnosed by looking it is best to take a translator.

On occasions and depending on the treatment required, the sick may be transferred to the public hospital in Santa Cruz

Tel: 922602000
Ctra. Gral. del Rosario, Santa Cruz – Public Hospital

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layout of candelaria hospital

The EHIC can only be used in public hospitals, in Tenerife South this means El Mojón and the Hospiten Sur, which is mixed private-public and it entitles the cardholder to any medically necessary treatment that cannot wait until they return home. You should have your passport or some sort of photo id as well as an up to date EHIC, (if you don´t have your card when you go to the hospital, expect to pay).

If your EHIC is lost or stolen, you should apply for a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC) that will provide you with the same cover as an EHIC until you return home. To apply, call the Overseas Healthcare Team +44 1912181999 (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm). You will need to provide your name – address – date of birth – National Insurance or NHS number.

In an emergency to call an ambulance dial either 061 or 112 but be aware that the Spanish health system works differently to the UK so unless a qualified doctor calls an ambulance it will have to be paid for by someone – that will be you or hopefully your insurance.

There are plenty of clinics in the south that provide excellent healthcare should you need it. To decide if you need a hospital or clinic I would suggest  if you have a bug, an ear infection, a bad case of sunburn, a sprained ankle, unexplained sickness, or a multitude of things that I would class as ‘walking wounded’ go to the clinic. They will give you any medications necessary, bandage you up or whatever is needed to get you back to health. If it is something more serious that may need a bed then go to the hospital. In both of these don´t expect them to speak English so if you can take someone to translate.

Below is a list of clinics close to the holiday resorts take your EHIC in an emergency.

Tel: 922 791 253 / 922 796 300
Avda. República Panamá, 3 (Playa de las Américas)

Tel: 922752474
Pueblo Canario, 238 (Playa de las Americas)
Monday – Saturday 9am – 2pm and 4pm – 8pm.
24-hour emergency service and house calls.

Tel: 922717172
Avenida Bruselas, Edificio Terrazas del Duque, Adeje,

Urb. San Miguel. Tel: 922330550 / 333712 and 333798
24-hour emergency service and house calls

Tel: 922390134
Avda. Santa Cruz, 140 (San Isidro)

Tel: 922785092
Avda. Galván Bello, 23, Las Galletas.

Tel: 922790486
Ed. Valdés Centre, Los Cristianos

I hope the above will serve as a helping hand to anyone that needs medical assistance, whether in an emergency or otherwise.


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Is there cloud in Puerto de la Cruz?

Over the years, I have watched on TripAdvisor the debate about the differences between the weather in the north and south of Tenerife. However recently it has grown more than heated, to the point where anyone who says the north is cloudy is lambasted. The result is page after page of posts removed and anyone wondering about the weather won’t have a clue as to what is happening.

As readers know, I write a daily weather blog and add it to the Facebook Group Tenerife 4 All. Fortunately, Sheila is a member of the group and she accepted the role of ‘Northern Weather Girl’. As she lives in Puerto, she is on the spot to say what is happening in the resort.

At the height of the ‘debate’, I said on Queenie’s blog  …

I read that today was likely to start grey but perhaps that was just the north of the island because it is a clear and sunny in Chayofa

Sheila’s reply was …

Correct here in the North it has started grey but I think the sun will break through very soon.

And, the above webcam images were all captured within minutes of each other showing the differences. I, therefore, don’t understand the constant animosity that TA generates when it comes to answering questions on the weather.

It is well documented that the Canarian archipelago has a unique climate that is determined by the trade winds. These blow in from the north and push low-lying clouds (bruma) up against the mountains, the result, the locals call ‘la panza del burro’ in English the belly of the donkey. The clouds often bring moist air with them creating what is known as ‘Horizontal Rain’ – not rain, in the true sense, but mist that provides constant moisture for the banana plantations, vineyards, and crops that flourish in the north of Tenerife.

November to February are generally the months most affected but even in summer, the clouds brought by the trade winds can sit stubbornly over Puerto making it frequently look grey.

However, every cloud has a silver lining, and this is what makes the north softer and greener.

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Keeping Kids Safe on the Beach

With tragedies happening on a regular basis the following is just a reminder to be careful while enjoying our beaches.

Fun in the sun and fun in the water are a perfect combination on a hot day, but you need to watch your kids at the beach, at the pool, in a water park, in fact anywhere where there is water. Safety needs to be put first, especially where kids are involved.

The following tips will ensure everyone has a wonderful time and comes home safely at the end of the day.

Children should never be left unsupervised in the water. It only takes seconds and just a few inches of water for an accident to happen. There are obviously going to be times that you cannot watch the kids. You might have to go to the bathroom so assign a guardian, to watch them in your absence. Tell them “You are in charge until I come back”. Make this someone specific, as you can’t assume that someone is going to naturally take over.


Make the lifeguard your friend – when it comes to the ocean, their knowledge is next to none. In one summer, these guys will spend more time on the beach than most people will in their entire lives. You should respect what they tell you and ask for help if you have a problem.

Teach your children to swim as soon as possible. Until they can, they should always wear a swimming vest. Other type of inflatables, are not always safe. Never ever, let your child take an inflatable mattress or other inflatables toys, into the water without supervision as currents can quickly take them offshore.


Fun in the sun means plenty of protection. Apply sunscreen early, as it needs about 15 to 20 minutes to absorb into the skin. While the label may say “waterproof,” no sunscreen is truly waterproof, and should be reapplied after swimming or every two hours. Also protect with a hat, light clothing, and lip balm.

Keep hydrated, it is easy to forget to have enough to drink. Often children are so busy having fun they may not let you know they are thirsty. Make sure you keep lots of water to hand and offer it to them often.

The beach should be a safe play area but children can get disoriented and get lost. A good idea is for them to wear an identification bracelet or to write your phone number on their skin or a garment that the child is wearing

Children playing in the water make noise. When they are quiet, you get to them quickly to find out why.

Know your swimming limitations if you think the water might be too rough for you, then err on the side of caution. Don’t put yourself or your kids into a dangerous situation and keep well away from areas that are known to have an undertow.

What is an undertow? Every day, some 6,000 waves break on any given beach. They push water up the beach and gravity pulls it back down, as backwash. When big waves break on the beach, a large uprush and backwash of water and sand are generated. Beachgoers feel like they are being sucked underwater when the wave breaks over their head – this is undertow. Swimmers will be tumbled around roughly. It is typically dangerous for children who can’t walk up the beach against the strong flow.

Recognize when someone is in trouble – tell your child if they see anyone in trouble do not try to help but to alert you or call 112.


Enjoy the beach this summer but please take care.


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The sparkle that is Arona

I use the expression “sparkle” literally for Arona’s Golden Mile, (Avenida de Las Américas) is full of glitter and glitz. While fairly well known, it isn’t famous enough to be included in Wikipedia’s Golden Mile listings, but for those who love Tenerife’s classiest shopping area it could be Las Vegas.


Friday evening when temperatures were in the mid-thirties, we met a friend for dinner. As we drove down, there were signs that the road was closed to traffic then I remembered I had mentioned in Queenie’s Blog there was a craft fair this holiday weekend.

As we came out of the car park, market stalls lined the road. We paused for a moment to survey the flamboyant scene, people with bags, families casually browsing and lovers strolling hand in hand.

Tenerife’s thriving arts and crafts scene is often linked to fiestas and on this occasion, local artisans display a wide range of hand produced goods. The mixed bag of stalls included toys, ceramics, embroidery, woodwork, as well as jewellery. As we walked down the road, the smells of Vanilla, Rose, and Jasmin fill the air from the handmade soaps.

After our meal, we sat on the seafront wall like three kids dangling our feet and licking ice cream cones as we watched the world go by.

We recognised the middle-aged street artist seen earlier in Fund Grube with his young girlfriend whose rear end could give Kim Kardashian competition. It was hard to say what she looked like with her booty so big and her waist so small. It was all a bit hypnotising to be honest.

The PR guy clad in black looking like he was auditioning as an old-school mob boss for “A Bronx Tale“. He smiles at the punters but when they refuse his menus, he mumbles “cheap bastard” as they continue on their way, funny, he does it all the time.

As we finally headed to the car, we heard the sound of music. Amongst the fairy lights, twinkly restaurant signs and colourful stores a group of traditionally clad folk entertained passers-by. The dancers, their garments fluttering, in the evening breeze, moved like water transformed by the music. They advanced, retreated, pirouette, their arms waving above their heads as they flowed and swayed in graceful arcs, limbs in constant motion. They brought a wordless interpretation of rhythm, in a way the audience could understand no matter what their language.

Never let it be said that tradition isn’t in south Tenerife, it creeps up unexpectedly and allows residents and visitors the chance to get to know local traditions and for a short while to ‘feel Canarian’.

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Restaurante Margarita, Los Cristianos

At the moment, these reviews are coming thick and fast, I assume because it is summer and friends are taking their annual holidays so meet-ups are happening regularly.

We met friends on Monday night when we ate at Taurus, and on Tuesday, Jim and I were meeting Rob (who set up the Facebook Group Tenerife 4 All ) and his wife Mary. This was our second meeting the first being when we had drinks in Parque Santiago VI and once we realised how well we got on face-to-face we decide a second get together was called for.

It’s been a while since we went to Restaurante Margarita but it’s the sort of place where the food is reliably good and the entertainment second to none. I booked a table using their Facebook page and was impressed with the speed of the response, in only a matter of minutes our table was confirmed as being outside with a view of the entertainment.

Now this is where I made my mistake, the others were having starters and despite the fact I said I wouldn´t have one, I was overtaken by a bout of ‘eyes bigger than belly syndrome’. With garlic prawns, two lots of breaded mushrooms one with alioli the other with chilli sauce, and my cheese and blackberry we tucked in. The portions were huge!

We needed to take a break and asked if our main course could be delayed by 20 minutes. These were going to be prepared by the lovely Martha who has been working the BBQ to death for years, and she said “no problemo!”

OMG when our mixed kebabs arrived they were falling off the plates. Not because the plate was full of salad and chips (which there was a lot of) but because there was so much meat. It was delicious, and I felt bad that I couldn´t finish it because I was so full. However, it was packed along with the salad and I took it home. There was enough for Jim and me by adding a few chips to have a meal the following evening. Ordinarily, my girls are the ones that benefit from take-homes, but the meat was so gorgeous they had no chance, apart from a couple of pieces from Jim and Mary’s plates that I had wrapped separately.


Now totally satisfied we settled down for the entertainment. First Boy George, more my kids era than mine however, he certainly had the look and when he opened his mouth, I thought he had the sound. Pip Brown next did his Michael Buble show, always quality and finally Ged Bolton giving us Rod Stewart. I have been a fan of Rod’s since first seeing him at The Redcar Jazz Club in the 1960s when he used to sing with Long John Baldry, and Georgie Fame. So for me this was the highlight of the evening, especially when Ged sang “for the lady in the corner” (aka me!) Handbags and Gladrags.

All that is left to say is for two people who hadn´t been to Restaurante Margarita for a while, and for two people who had never been it was a superb night.

Thanks naturally go to Eddie whose professionalism make the venue so special; it really does stand out from the crowd.

(NB: The food images are mine but the entertainment posters are from Facebook as it is hard using a camera through glass).
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