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El Medano

Started by Started by: jonathan
Hi all
I am currently trying to plan a late-summer holiday. Nayra will be 6-7 months old at the time - which means there are a few more considerations than normal!
El Medano, Tenerife seems to have a lot going for it:
- relatively short flight
- civilised (ie in terms of getting hold of baby food, medicine etc)
- short transfer from the airport
- wide choice of accommodation - much of which is self-catering
- last but not least, good windsurfing!

Just wondered if anyone had any experiences of El Med - good or bad?
Also, is there anything obvious I have missed off my baby-orientated wish list?


Last updated: 29/05/08 08:43 By: jonathan
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Added by beth on 29/05/08

I could write a book about travelling with children/babies to windsurfing sites. We've been to Lanzarote, Cape Town, Costa Rica, Bali, Mexico, Cape Verde and California with our two. All of these have worked well. I think the main concerns are clean water, decent food and mosquitos. It is also nice to be able to see the sailing site from where you're staying so you know when you should go out and when to stay home with children.

Take lots of sunblock, hats, stuff for the kids to do. They don't get to go windsurfing so will need entertainment.

Lanzarote has worked really well but I'd be very interested to hear about Tenerife.


Added by Shef on 29/05/08

Hi Jonathan,

Can't really give you any more good advice on what Beth has already given you. Please let us know how you get on - I'd be very interested to find out how you rate El Med and how much Nayra enjoyed it.

Sheena and I have only holidayed on the UK since Rory and Iona births. This June we are going to Vassiliki for the childcare, so the pair of us can get out on the water at the same time.

Looked at Lanzarote a couple of years ago but didn't think it would be suitable. Beth, I'd be interested to know where you went/organised it with the children in mind for future hols.

Enjoy - hope to be on the beach with you all soon.

Dave Shef

Added by jp on 29/05/08

hi jonathan
el medano is great in the summer, windiest time of season.Web site for OTC IS GOOD & so is the surf centre playa surf for rental kit & help.Robin hood water sports has appartments to rent. I hope this may be some help.
have fun james

Added by beth on 01/06/08

More on Lanzarote -

We stay in Costa Teguise in either the Sands Villas or some houses a friend of ours manages. We've been there for windsurfin and surfing holidays and it works very well. I think we've been there 8 times. For the kids it's great because they meet other people, there are trampolines, water parks, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking... for us there is some pretty good windsurfing right out front. Then if you want waves it's up to Jameos if the wind is strong enough. Obviously we like the place.

Best time to go is early July before the crowds get there.


Added by jonathan on 03/07/08

just to complete my part of the thread - in the end we decided to take it easy and use Neilson at Dahab - as they provide childcare etc. We are going in early September, so Egypt is probably our best bet for wind.
Tempted though I am by El Med, it doesn't have the advantage of childcare - probably our major consideration at present (not that we have any intention of leaving Nayra in a creche all day.. but a few hours whilst we both windsurf would be nice)

Added by diane18c on 03/07/08

Kiddies' activity on a Nielson holiday in Turkey.

Just have to say that we thought Nielson in Turkey was super! Diane.