This article provides detailed information about the map of Tenerife, points of interest for tourists, the top resorts and things to do during your visit.
Map of Tenerife, Resorts and Points of Interest
Tenerife is one of the leading tourist destinations in the world which consistently welcomes millions of visitors to it’s volcanic shores. Located in the Atlantic Ocean off the shore of Western Africa, Tenerife is the biggest of the seven main Canary Islands and the most popular in terms of tourism. This article will break up the map of Tenerife into the northern and southern areas as most of the popular cities and resorts are located here.
Map of Tenerife, Northern Areas
As we take a closer look at the map of Tenerife north, it’s noticeable how all three of the major cities are located in the northern parts of the island. Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and San Cristóbal de la Laguna are all located to the south of the Anaga Mountains.
Working from the northern tip of Tenerife southwards we begin with the Anaga Mountain range which is also known as Macizo de Anaga. The highest point is “Cruz de Taborno” Which stands at 1024 metres above sea level. This mountain range contains many hiking trails through the lush green valleys and vegetation. The Anaga Mountains is also a protected rural park.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife & San Cristóbal de la Laguna
Below the Anaga Mountains are the cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (picture abobe) and San Cristóbal de la Laguna. Santa Cruz is the capital of Tenerife and joint capital of the Canary Islands. These two cities are the biggest on the island with close to half of the island population living in Santa Cruz and the outskirts. A tram system links these cities together and Tenerife North Airport is located just to the west of San Cristóbal.
Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz is the another city located in the north of the island which is also the smallest in terms of land mass and population. Puerto de la Cruz belongs to the La Orotava region which is famous for it’s lucrative sugar cane and wine production and exportation. On the outskirts of this city is the popular Loro Parque (Parrot Park) tourist attraction, one of the leading attractions on the island.
Map of Tenerife South
Much of the southern region of Tenerife is where you will find the top tourist resorts such as Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje. There are many others dotted around the island that we are yet to cover but we hope to add them in due course.
Los Cristianos is a popular area and resort located close to the southern tip of Tenerife. One of the most eye-catching parts of Los Cristianos is the pretty harbour with the Guaza Mountain backdrop. There are two pretty beaches to choose from here including Las Vistas and Playa de los Cristianos. Hotels, bars and restaurants have been springing up here in the last 10 years as development has continued from the coastal areas more inland.
Playa de las Américas
Playa de las Américas is a custom built tourist resort which is possibly the number one destination on the island. This area is famous for it’s vibrant nightlife and imported sandy beaches from the Sahara Desert. Many tend to stay in the quieter resorts and head here for the party atmosphere on offer. Troya is the top beach in Playa de las Américas with the locals favouring the beaches of El Camison and El Puerito. Las Américas Golf is a beautiful golf course that was constructed in 1988.
Costa Adeje is located north of of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas and is generally considered more sophisticated. This area boasts the beautiful beach resorts of Playa del Duque and Playa Fañabe and two amazing water parks. Aqualand is a traditional water park which you would expect in most top tourist destinations while Siam Park is a Thai-Themed water kingdom with thrilling water rides and it’s own little beach. Costa Adeje is known for it’s fantastic weather thanks to the shielding provided by Mount Teide in the centre of the island.
Map of Tenerife
Map of Tenerife Central
The centre of Tenerife and the skyline is dominated but the awesome Mount Teide Volcano and Teide National Park. Teide is the highest point in all of Spain standing at 3718 metres above sea level, only the volcanoes on the island of Hawaii are taller.