Heading north out of town, take a detour to Puerto de la Aldea, with its small harbour and smattering of seafood restaurants – the local specilality is ropa vieja de pulpo (chickpea stew with octopus). For self-caterers, the shady Parque Ruben Día, with its stone tables and benches set under the pine trees, is a nice spot for a picnic. After lunch, enjoy a stroll along the promenade and check out the small black stony beach and the Charco (puddle), where each September an odd festival sees revellers from across the island sloshing around, attempting to catch fish with their hands.
Also just out of town, in the hamlet of Tocodomán, is the well-signposted Cactualdea, which claims to be the largest cactus park in Europe, with over 1200 species of the prickly plant, plus a replica Guanche cave. Expect the usual insipid theme-park eating options; take a picnic if you can.