If you have read my first blog post about Fanabe then you will be happy to know that El Duque is so close to here. If you continue to walk a little further from Fanabe, you will come to a lovely area of expensive shops and quaint but large hotels. This is where it oozes with class and you will also find some charisma of traditional hotels which paints the true reflection of typical Canarian buildings.
On my second visit to Tenerife, El Duque was a place where I walked past and ever since then this is the place that always makes me smile. I think secretly it has a part of my heart.
The stunning hotels are all ‘top end’ range and you are truly spoilt for choice. Their interiors are just as beautiful as the exterior and this is what Tenerife is all about! Choice, style and character.
I mean, who could not fall in love with the pretty buildings, bright colours and delicate details? It is simply stunning to me. One of the best-kept secrets is the Hotel Mirador in El Duque. Not many people know this but from the outside of the hotel facing onto the sea, there is a walkway into the hotel where you can stroll into and take a sneak peek at the buildings inside. On some days, there are little stalls along this route which offers you an opportunity to buy local items such as hand-made jewellery and Mojo. All of the finest quality and a nice gift to take home.
Don’t get me wrong, if you are staying at the hotel, this area (or public members) does not have access into the actual hotel, so from a security point of view, you are safe.
The colourful buildings and quaint little shops inside the hotel make it a gem of a place to see what is on offer. It is not easy to spot and so many people just walk past it so if you are heading that way, make sure once you pass the restaurant of the Hotel Mirador, facing the sea that you spot the entrance and call in. Sometimes there is a security person there but it is fine, just ask and they let you go through for photographs or to look at the few shops. Really polite and nice people.
From the Hotel Mirador, you will get to see the wonderful beach of El Duque. You can look back over to view the small, light sandy beach which is sheltered by the rocky cliff cove. The seaside blue and white shower huts are perfectly placed in a row along the beach. Great for photographs and even better to keep cool in the bubbling temperatures in all year round heat.
Do not be fooled if the sun is not shining as you can get a really good tan and burnt, even on a cloudy day. The first day that I went to visit El Duque, it was not sunny so the photographs do not justify the brightness of what the day can be like but it gives you a flavour of the true beauty of the place, even on the dullest of days. It was still really warm and shorts weather.
Off the beach area and at the back of the Hotel Mirador, you can see some lovely backdrop mountains with some wonderful architectural buildings which give the whole place a luxury feel. There has been no cost spared in this area and the hotels go full out to impress. If you want to stay in this area, you will be looking at 5-star hotels but if you can afford it, go for it. Grab a holiday bargain if it is available and live a bit of luxury and class.
There is also a really nice Mall close by which is worth a visit, even window shopping is fun. Inside the shopping Mall (Plaza Del Duque – do not get confused by another area called Centro Commercial Del Duque Plaza) as they are totally different. You can take a drink and chill out for an hour in Plaza Del Duque and it is a good way to take a break from the sun as it is a little cooler in here. It is quiet and quite refined so if you like a touch of class, this is the place to head too. Whether you can afford to buy anything from the designer shops is another matter but hey! it’s your holiday so go and check it out and be part of the experience.
I hope that this blog post has given you a snippet of the enchanting El Duque and I would love to receive any comments that you have to offer regarding this feature.
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