My husband and I are deciding between living as full time residents on Tenerife or mainland Spain(Costa del sol or Costa Blanca). As my main consideration is the weather in the winter I prefer Tenerife but after much research I am concerned about the social aspect. My husband will be travelling back to the UK for work regularly and one of the great things available on the mainland is the U3A, a club with lots of activities.
This doesn't seem to be active in the Canary Islands and I am worried about how I will make new friends etc without this framework in place. I won't be working and don't want to be isolated and bored. There seems to be some ex pat meeting places in the North of the island but I can't see anything similar in the South. I realise that there is lots going on in the South but I would like to be in an area where there are clubs that are welcoming to new residents.
Does anyone have any advice on the best area to base ourselves whilst we are renting for the first year that would be good for us.