Where’s best to stay in Tenerife

Holidays to Tenerife offer travellers a diverse range of places to stay with popular beach resorts, picturesque fishing villages and historic towns to suit all tastes and budgets. Tenerife is a small island packed full of beach resorts and hillside villages with an interior landscape of national parks and mountains, such as the impressive Mount Teide, that makes for a truly memorable holiday.
Tenerife’s major beach resorts
Head to the south of Tenerife and you will find popular and lively beach resorts where the focus is firmly on sunbathing on the beach during the day and partying hard at night. It’s where the main tourist crowd heads, which means it’s very well equipped to ensure anyone spending their holidays to Tenerife there will not fail in having a good time.
Playa de las Americas
Big and brash Playa de las Americas is the party capital of Tenerife and undoubtedly the island’s liveliest resort. As well as a huge amount of nightlife focused on the main strip of bars and clubs, Playa de las Americas has some fantastic beaches with an impressive array of water sports to try.
Los Cristianos
The harbour town of Los Cristianos was once a fishing village that has grown into a lively beachside resort that still manages to be charming despite all of its fast food joints, restaurants, bars and clubs.
Costa Adeje
Costa Adeje is the refined older sibling of the neighbouring resorts of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. Home to fantastic beaches and seaside entertainment, it sets itself apart by being home to most of the islands 5 star hotels, high end restaurants and swanky bars. Costa Adeje stretches across a large chunk of the coast and as such has plenty of beach space to be enjoyed.
Tenerife’s capital Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, the lively harbour town and capital of Tenerife, has one of the best beaches on the island. The golden sand beach of Playa de las Teresitas is a short drive from Santa Cruz and is dotted with palm trees and is the ideal place to chill out.
Santa Cruz itself is a bustling town packed with shops, restaurants, bars, clubs and art galleries as well as a beachfront auditorium, which hosts top musical events. Santa Cruz is the perfect place to mix beach and city life on holidays to Tenerife.
Where to stay inland
Inland Tenerife is where you can discover charming villages and a slower pace of life as well as towns with a more traditional feel to them than many of those on the coast. Book yourself into a traditional house in the remote Anaga Mountains and soak up the stunning views, or head to the Aguere Valley where the town of La Laguna can be found with its fine examples of colonial Spanish architecture.
Quieter north Tenerife holidays
The north of Tenerife still has stunning beaches and some great resorts but it’s less touristy than the resorts in the south offering travellers more traditional and peaceful towns and villages surrounded by incredible scenery.
Around 300 years ago the fishing village of Garachico was submerged in hot molten lava. The village recovered and has developed into an attractive town with a unique selling point – saltwater swimming pools formed from the lava that covered the harbour. It’s an upmarket and charming town.
Puerto de la Cruz
The town’s wide pedestrian promenade is a fabulous place to sit outside a café with a drink and watch the world go by. Tenerife holidays to Puerto de la Cruz mix days spent on the beach with sight seeing and visiting places such as popular Loro Parque wildlife centre.
Los Gigantes
Domineering basalt cliffs tower over this neat little town. Los Gigantes is a great place to enjoy a spot of sunbathing on the town’s black sand beach or tuck into delicious seafood at one of the restaurants in the marina.

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