Visiting the pretty resort of Los Gigantes has always been difficult for those who live on the island as unlike holidaymakers we are not transported there by taxi, tour operator coach or TARDIS. We arrive by car and our problem is finding somewhere / anywhere to park in this popular resort. Of late, however the resort has been quiet. Whether the older tourists that are the main stay of Tenerife’s western resorts are finding the summer temperatures too hot, (the west is reputedly the hottest part of the island). Or whether it is due to the Los Gigantes Hotel having been closed for several months for refurbishment I don´t know, but from a personal and selfish viewpoint, this quietude has actually been a good thing.
Driving down into town this weekend the thought was how far we would have to walk after we parked, or even if we could park! But luck was on our side, someone up there was smiling down on us because we found a slot in the Church Plaza. I can honestly say I have never seen that before, it was exactly where we wanted to be.
Generally speaking, the bars in Los Gigantes don’t really do it for me although we do regularly visit Route 66 in the adjoining resort of Puerto Santiago, but that is for the great entertainment from both Old Dogs New Tricks and Whiskey and Traveller Blues Band. On this occasion, we were visiting what for us was a new bar.
Of course, I had heard of the Green Corner, it has always been a focal point in Los Gigantes not just for tourists but locals too. I would imagine sitting on the huge terrace with a splendid view of the church and square on a sunny afternoon, in the centre of the resort, watching life go by is extremely pleasant.
After our first piece of good luck getting parked directly opposite the bar, our second pleasant surprise was just how nice it was. The Green Corner Bar has a large open terrace to relax on as well as a covered area should you wish a bit of shade. The furniture is modern fresh and green and although the actual bar is small, it is tasteful. The reason for our visit was that we know the new owner, Paul. He is a musician and because of his connections with various bands, we anticipated that the entertainment would be great.
When we arrived at 8.30 the music, an acoustic blues set, had already started and continued until 10.00. Although this is considered early in most venues, I think it is a great idea. Directly opposite the Green Corner is the Highland Paddy. It looks a nice bar from what I could see (there were quite a lot of notices stuck around the entrance) but the owner or maybe it was the manager waved his appreciation across the road and seemed to enjoy the music. Highland Paddy’s entertainment starts at approximately 10.00 pm so by working together, both venues benefit. Those enjoying a drink can appreciate the early music from the Green Corner and those drinking on the terrace later in the evening can benefit from Paddy’s music. Can´t beat a bit of co-operation in these money critical times.
I would certainly recommend the Green Corner. The staff are lovely; the atmosphere warm and cheerful. The bar will be open during the day so whether you want to watch a sporting event on the flat screen TV’s, let the kids play a game of air hockey or pool, if you just want to relax and trap the sun on the terrace or listen to quality entertainment on a night – you’ll be sure of a good time.
Note: the images used are from the internet, I hope to replace if Paul can send me some he has taken.