This article provides information about the best holiday resorts in Tenerife and the facilities and features each resort provides..
Best Holiday Resorts in Tenerife
Some tourist locations are fairly commercialised with late night entertainment while others are more for a relaxing holiday
Many of the top resorts in Tenerife are located on the south and west coastline, Santa Cruz is one of the exceptions as is the ever popular Puerto de la Cruz city and province. Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos, Playa Paraiso and Costa Adeje are fairly well grouped together on the southwestern coast of the island. Los Gigantes, Playa de la Arena and Puerto de Santiago are all located to the north along with several other popular tourist resorts.
Playa de las Américas
Playa de las Américas or simply Las Américas is considered the party capital of Tenerife which is located on the southern coast. During the day this resort is active with sun lovers soaking up the warm sun on the beautiful beaches or spending their Euros in the numerous shops here. Playa de las Américas boasts 6 beautiful beaches that offer a wide range of water sports and other activities. Jet-skiing, scuba diving and snorkeling are popular on these beaches but so are surfing and windsurfing on a breezy day.
Los Cristianos, Tenerife
Los Cristianos underwent major tourism redevelopment back in 2007 and has emerged as the second most popular resort behind Playa de las Américas. Located just to the south of the number one resort, Los Cristianos boasts a beautiful harbour that is overlooked by the mountainous backdrop. The harbour used to be busy with shipping up until the 1970’s but is now the location for smaller ferries and luxury yachts. Most of the action here takes place around the promenade where you will find plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants.
Costa Adeje, Fañabe & Playa del Duque
Costa Adeje is located a little further northwest than the previous two resorts and is well known for having some of the best weather on the island. Mount Teide tends to shield this area from the colder northern winds which helps to keep the temperature warmer. Costa Adeje is perhaps more sophisticated than some of the other resorts but there is still plenty to like here.
Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz is another of the top resorts in Tenerife which is located on the northwestern coastline. Puerto de la Cruz retains much of it’s traditional Canarian character, probably more so than any other island resort. Some of the top attractions here include Lago Martiánez, the Botanical Gardens and the hugely popular Loro Parque (Parrot Park). The climate is this part of Tenerife tends to be a little cooler than the southern areas and the landscape is lush green.
Los Gigantes name is derived from the massive Acantilados de Los Gigantes (Cliffs of the Giants). This is one of the major tourist attractions on the island of Tenerife and the the top attraction of Los Gigantes. The image above of the cliffs is taken from the rock pools which are another top tourist attraction here. Located on the western coastline, this area is popular for it’s amazing panoramic views out over the Atlantic Ocean. The popular resorts of Puerto de Santiago and Playa de la Arena are both located within 3 km to the south.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the Capital City of Tenerife and joint Capital of the Canary Islands. This City is the most densely populated of the island with close to 200,000 permanent inhabitants. Located in the northeast of the island, Santa Cruz is one of the most visited areas on northern Tenerife. The beautiful City of Santa Cruz boasts some amazing architecture, museums and the Mercado Nuestra Señora de África (Market of Our Lady of Africa). Playa de las Teresitas is one of the top beaches in northern Tenerife which has imported sand from the Sahara Desert.
Map Of Tenerife
The image above is only a rough indication, this page shows the map and points of interest in Tenerife.
More Resorts in Tenerife
Below are some more of the smaller but equally popular resorts in Tenerife.
Puerto de Santiago
Puerto de Santiago is located on the western coastline, around 1 km south of Los Gigantes. This is a much quieter resort than most but still ideal for family holidays. There is a small black sand beach here that is never gets too busy with several more popular beaches in close proximity. Boat boats are popular in Puerto de Santiago, there are plenty of bars and restaurant serving up a variety of Canarian Cuisine.
Playa de la Arena
Playa de la Arena is located around 3 km’s south of Los Gigantes and less than 2 km’south of Puerto de Santiago. This area is much more tourism orientated than some resorts along the western coast with plenty of bars, restaurants and hotels. There a black sand beach here that was awarded the Blue Flag. The best known hotel resorts here are Barcelo Varadero and Playa De La Arena.