Can you suggest any social groups in south Tenerife who welcome retired, active, winter visitors?”

A widower has contacted me to say that he is now visiting Tenerife alone after many years visiting as a couple with his late wife. He says that “between November and April we spent most of our time strolling between La Caleta and Los Cristianos or hiring a car and going `inland` or visiting other areas of the island”. After giving Tenerife a break after his wife died, he says he is now a “lone traveller”, but misses group company. He ends by asking “could you suggest any social groups in the area who welcome short term retired, active winter visitors?”

This reader explicitly said that his enquiry could be used “as the basis for any discussion forum or article” so I’m posting to ask for suggestions on his behalf, as well as for anyone else who might find themselves in a similar position. If you know of anything, please could you add it as a comment in the box below? It would be much appreciated!


  1. Turned up at bojangles recently but no meetings at mo. Keep trying Commodore and bojangles hopefully find groups where us older people can meet especially those of us now single.

  2. Ladies if you would like to make New Friends and widen your social circle come and join us every Thursday at our Make New Friends Get Together between 4 – 6.30 at Bojangles Music Bar, Avenida San Francisco, Los Cristianos, 38650,Arona. Look for a Teddy Bear on our table. Don’t be shy & give it a try, new members always made to feel very welcome. X

  3. Hello, any one in Alcala’ area near Playa San Juan? would be really happy to meet for a coffee, meal, walk etc.

  4. My name is Tom.I’m retired teacher holidaying in Los Criostianos from 14 Jan to 13 Feb.I love outdoor activities walking swimming,and socialising.I would like to meet up with others with similar interests living or on holiday in Los Criostianos around this time.

    is there a group that plays this – or anyone wanting to learn?
    Puerto Santiago/Los Gigantes Area.

  6. Is the Palm Mar Walking Group still operating? If so, what day, time & place does it meet?

  7. Hi, I have used the swallows group in the past and found them a very friendly group of people and am going back to Los Cris in November to April and would like to go on walks with them again. Does anyone have their website or email address please.

  8. Hi. Wondering if there is any dancing (ballroom/sequence) in easy reach of golf del sur for Winter 2019/2020

  9. Looking for walking group in Los cristianos end of May/June 19 when we are here for a couple of weeks just now, relatively fit, Liz/Sophia

  10. For those interested in amateur dramatics, ESTA, the English Speaking Dramatic Association has monthly social gatherings in the north, as well as twice yearly shows. Message me Colin Price on email for more details. Backstage and acting members welcomed.

  11. Andy as I told Peter call into the Swallows on a Monday morning and I am sure you will find something to keep you occupied ask for Carol or Mike they will help you.

  12. Hello
    My name is Andy and I’m here for a while escaping the cold English weather. I’m in Los Cristianos and would be really happy to meet for a coffee, meal, walk etc.

  13. I understand they meet up down in the cafe at Comodoro in LC on Mondays about 10am.

  14. Please forgive my note.
    I used to go to the Swallow meeting.
    So I was assking about the current venue?

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      As I said in my email reply, I’m afraid I don’t know, but hopefully someone will see this and tell you.

  15. Coming out to Los Cristianos for four weeks mid December to escape to cold UK weather. Are there any clubs ie walking, bowls, exercise classes or active social clubs for active late 60’s couple. Have been to Tenerife many times but always stayed in hotels but never long term in apartment.

  16. Hi I notice that some of these replies are quite old now could you please advise if the swallows group still meet every Monday and the pall mar walking group and indeed any other active social groups

  17. These entries make for great reading and I am looking forward to contacting others and making new friends! Thank you all.

  18. I am coming to live in South Tenerife in November. I am a sixty year old woman with lots of energy. Like dancing and walking etc.. Any other independent females who would like to meet up for friendship and companionship?

  19. Hi Wayne. I’m moving out to Tenerife in April and are also looking for new friends to meet up for lunch and other activities x … hope to speak soon x

    (edited by Janet: I’ve removed your email address for safety’s sake, Dawn. If Wayne would like your details he just needs to post below and I’ll pass his email address on to you for you to contact).

  20. Hi, Wayne.
    Maybe you have already met many friends. I am Elena. I live in Tenerife, but come from ther north of Spain.
    I am also looking for new friends. I became a widow some time ago, and most of my friends married and with their own life.
    I am looking for friendship. Someone to gp out to the movies, for lunch, to go out for a walk…someone to talk.
    I hope to hear from you soon.

  21. hello everyone , iv lived in los cristianos for 3 months now & settled in nicely , I would love to meet others that live here & maybe spend some quality time together , im 55 years old , love the outdoor life , walking , beach & even staying in with a good movie .. wayne

  22. Hello,
    I live in Tenerife part of the year and would like to meet people. I am interested in all sorts of things. Any link to group meeitngs very welcome!

  23. My wife and I are staying until March in Gulf Del Sur and would like to meet up with anyone who plays Mahjong for a friendly game now or then.

  24. Hi, I’m a new.young mam 27 and looking for a group to find Friends as haven’t got any in Tenerife and would likely socialise and meet new people. Thank you.

  25. @Tess Spelman, we often stay in Palm Mar and enjoy walking. But we wouldn’t want to slow you down! Can you give me an idea how far & hard you walk, please?

  26. Bridge about 1pm every Wednesday in the Comodoro Los Cristianos

  27. Hi Michael, every Friday at 1pm , the Swallows drama group meet at the Apollo Centre in Los Cristianos at the Porchester Bar on the front next to Zizi’s.
    I went for the 1st time yesterday and was made so very welcome.
    Even if you dont fancy acting etc you can still pop along n meet everyone… X

  28. If golf is of interest, the Paloma Beach Golf Society meet to play golf every Sunday and Wednesday. The contact point is the Queen Vic pub near the Sunday market in Los Cristianos.

  29. Winter Gardens in Gulf Del Sur bowling for all ages beginners welcome shoes and bowls for hire lovely social life . Great wAy to meet people and excercise while having fun.

  30. Many thanks for the posting Janet, and thank you to those who have already replied. I could be kept occupied when I arrive on 25th November! On this occasion I shall be spending most of my time in the south of the island. However the north, and in particular, Puerto de la Cruz has special memories for me. It was the first Tenerife holiday my wife and I took in 1974 and I usually make at least one trip there each visit so perhaps I might still meet `Friends of Tenerife`.
    On a more general note, during my visits over the past few months, I have had my eyes opened by the number of people in a similar situation to myself. Hopefully they might come across Janet`s site and benefit from reading this post.

  31. San Blas Cultural Centre in Golf del Sur provides yoga; meditation; line dancing; zumba gold; art; spanish classes; tango.

  32. Tenerife Swallows – they meet every Monday 11 a.m. at Tejays Bar outside the Apollo Centre. Make yourself known to Carole Hart, who organises get-togethers, quiz and party nights, art groups, dancing, bowls, Petanque. The group raised 11000.00 euros for cancer bus and research.

  33. There is a group called the Swallows that meet in Los Cristianos. I think they meet at El Tejar near the bus staion about 11.00am every Monday to discuss the activities for the week. Just go along and introduce yourself, they are very friendly people.

  34. He try the Palm Mar walking group. We meet every Tuesday outside Clueseau’s at 10 30 am. Lovely friendly people and some beautiful place’s to see with good company.

  35. We moved to Tenerife 12 months ago and came across a group called Friends of Tenerife, who have made us very welcome and helped us meet all sorts of other people. FOT meet once a month, usually for lunch and also there are other activities from time to time. The lunches are always excellent value, and include a couple of euros donation to the registered charity fund they operate, raising money for local good causes. Whilst it is based in the north, mainly around Puerto de la Cruz, and so may not help this gentleman, I can certainly recommend it to anyone in or around here. Website: and Facebook page too.

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