The news that last weekend a brand new Tenerife nightclub opened its doors may come as no surprise at all to most people. But to anyone who has ever holidayed in the resort of Los Cristianos where it's based, it might.
Los Cristianos was originally a fishing settlement to which, in 1957, Swedish vet, broadcaster and MS sufferer Bengt Rylander came and discovered something amazing – the hot, arid climate sent his MS into remission. Rylander returned to Sweden to broadcast his news and before long, fellow MS sufferers arrived to join him, along with their visiting friends, families and neighbours. The rest, as they say...
Unlike its younger and considerably racier neighbour, Playa de Las Américas, the resort of Los Cristianos has never embraced a night owl culture, preferring to close its bars around the midnight hour. But long after the holidaymakers have retired to their hotels, the San Telmo area of Los Cristianos is just starting to wake up.
Enjoying grandstand views over Playa Las Vistas, the row of restaurants, bars and nightclubs that make up the San Telmo area are a magnet for younger Canarios, residents and holidaymakers in the know, who flock to the area to party until the wee hours.
By day and evening, restaurants like the Sal Negra, with its delicious seafood tapas, offer an eclectic range of menus including Chinese, Lebanese, Italian, traditional tapas and Spanish cuisine on their terraces overlooking the beach.
But as the night's restaurant trade is slowing down, the bars are hotting up, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights when local party animals arrive to give the bright lights of Playa de Las Américas a run for its money. And now there's a new, cool venue to entice clubbers to shake their booty on the dance floor – the Viu Lounge bar (San Telmo s/n, Los Cristianos, Arona; open Wed and Sun 8pm-1am, Thur-Sat 8pm-4am, closed Mon-Tues; www.viuloungebar.com) has opened its doors in San Telmo.