TOP-10 Holiday Locations in Tenerife – insider’s rating.

I’m working with in the tourist industry many-many years and last 6 years living in Tenerife. It hard to remind the times when I’ve been visited Tenerife island as a tourist, by with my daily work I often meet confused customers – island visitors often choose wrong resorts to stay. That’s not because these places are bad, these holiday destinations in Tenerife are simply not corresponding to their expectations or budget. 

The easiest way is describe each destination by climate and we have very different climate zones on the island. Let me explain how it works on so small island. We have trade winds always blowing from North-East. Anaga peninsula with high mountains is located on the North-East part of the island and meets these winds and clouds first. That’s why there’s dense jungle and often rainy and misty – clouds and cold air literally going through the rainforest supplying it with a lot water. So it’s often cold and rainy and high humidity in Anaga peninsula.

Later these clouds are going over San Sebastian de La Laguna (always fresh and sometimes rainy there) and through-over the North and finally hitting huge formation of Teide (highest point of Spain and whole the Atlantic Ocean). Teide is simply too high, so these clouds returns and ‘boiling’ over the North to finally slide to the west along the North-West coast. That’s why in resorts located on this coast, including Puerto de La Cruz (do not confuse with Santa Cruz on the North-East – it’s different story) are enjoying humid and very cloudy skies with comfortable temperatures summer time and a bit chilly winter time. 

In contrary, as more from the North-East to the South – as more dry air and less clouds. That’s why the South of the island is the most popular destination in Tenerife. Simply because in Tenerife South you have warm and sunny climate guaranteed all the year long. 

Temperature differences on the island can be even 20C or more at the same time. For example summer time it could be 35C in Tenerife South and just 15C in Anaga. If you come at winter, it could be 23C in Tenerife South, 18C in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 12C in La Laguna, 16C in Puerto de La Cruz, 8C in Anaga and even -3-5C at the foot of Mt.Teide – all at the same time. Now you have imagination about the difference of climate zones of Tenerife – THINK BEFORE YOU CHOOSE WHERE TO STAY!

Climate is not all staff to consider if about wise decision where to book your hotel, villa or a private apartment to stay in Tenerife. Literally each resort location has own specific, pros and cons, so below I will try to describe in short each of them. Let’s start with the best location. 

 

 

Nr 1 – COSTA ADEJE

Costa Adeje
Costa Adeje

Definitely the best place to stay in Tenerife

There, in Costa Adeje, you always have the best possible climate guaranteed.  

In the area along the shore, under the highway TF-1, up to the border with La Caleta there are closer to the Playa del Duque beach the best hotels on the island located, like Bahia del Duque, El Mirador, Baobab Suites, Gran Tenerfe, Sheraton, Costa Adeje Palace, etc. 

Pros: 

– The best climate on the island.

– The best hotels on the island.

– The best beach on the island.

– Easiest access to all possible tours, activities and things to do in Tenerife – hotel pick-ups often offered and a lot of pick-up points located within walking distance to your hotel.

Cons: 

– It’s not cheap.

 

 

Nr 2 – LOS CRISTIANOS

Los Cristianos
Los Cristianos

Perfect place to stay comfortably in touch with locals.

All the tourist boom and infrastructural development started in Los Cristianos in the 60th of the last century. It offers a mix of good infrastructure, a lot of restaurants, beaches and there are many of locals living as well, so you can get in touch with local traditions, culture and style of life and feel the atmosphere of the South of the island. Some hotels are quite old – reed reviews carefully.  

Pros: 

– The best climate on the island.

– A wide range of hotels and private holiday accommodations to stay.

– Ones of the best beaches on the island.

– Local atmosphere. 

– Easiest access to all possible tours, activities and things to do in Tenerife – hotel pick-ups often offered and a lot of pick-up points located within walking distance to your hotel.

Cons: 

– The town is big enough, maybe not suitable for those who are looking for a quiet place to stay.

 

 

Nr 3 – PLAYA DE LAS AMERICAS

Las Americas
Las Americas

Nice, but quite noisy and touristy place.

In Las Americas, please, prepare to see maybe 1 local on 50 tourists on the streets. Almost no residential buildings there, but a lot of hotels and hotels not of the highest standard. But, if you are a fun of noisy night life, overpriced restaurants offering not the best food (they see a customer once – not all, but a lot of that kind of restaurants), crowds of tourists and sometimes a lot of Russians (not everyone will enjoy this kind of company) then it’s your choice. All that compensated with really good beaches, infrastructure and excellent climate! 

Pros: 

– The best climate on the island.

– A wide range of 2- and 3-star hotels to stay (doesn’t mean it cheap).

– Ones of the best beaches on the island.

– Night life (especially in a part called Las Veronicas).

– Easiest access to all possible tours, activities and excursions in Tenerife offered by local tour providers – hotel pick-ups often offered and a lot of pick-up points located within walking distance to your hotel.

Cons: 

– Noisy all the day.

– Everything’s overpriced, if about relation between price and quality.

– Too many Russians.

 

 

Nr 4 – PLAYA PARAISO and CALLAO SALVAJE

Playa Paraiso
Playa Paraiso

Quiet resorts with no beaches.

Hotels are better in Playa Paraiso – if you are going to stay there, top hotels will be in the following order: Roca Nivaria, Hard Rock Hotel, Buenavista or Bahia Principe. On the other side there’s nothing especially to do – only one small rocky beach nearby. More to the West there is Callao Salvaje located with cheaper hotels and no beaches at all. These places are good for those who are looking for more quiet locations, nice weather and ready to spend all vacations by the pool.

Pros: 

– The best climate on the island.

– Quite quiet and idyllic atmosphere.

Cons: 

– No good beaches.

– Limited choice of tours, activities and things to do (not all providers pick-up from Playa Paraiso or Callao Salvaje).

 

 

Nr 5 – LOS GIGANTES, ALCALA and ABAMA

Abama
Abama

Quiet resorts, some of them are really very luxurious (but not in Los Gigantes).

I put these locations in the same group even they are quite different. There are 2 towns – Los Gigantes and Puerto de Santiago offering quite cheap accommodations and extremely beautiful views on the highest cliffs in Atlantic Ocean. Just one real beach there – Playa de Arena, black volcanic sand beach, often overcrowded, because all the people from resorts looking for a beach. There are plenty of restaurants for every pocket. On the other side there are Alcala town with Gran Melia Palacio de Isora (extremely luxury, if you take Red Level part) and Abama with luxury Ritz Carlton resort offering own beautiful beach and amazing golf courses. 

Pros: 

– Almost the best climate on the island.

– Quiet atmosphere.

– Good choice between cheap budget accommodations in Los Gigantes and Puerto de Santiago and expensive, but really extremely luxury in Alcala and Abama. 

Cons: 

– Limited beaches (except of Abama).

– Quite limited choice of tours, activities and things to do (not so many providers pick-up from so far locations unless it very cheap mass bus excursions or expensive VIP tours – nothing on the middle).

 

 

Nr 6 – LAS GALLETAS and COSTA DEL SILENCIO

Las Galletas
Las Galletas

Nice local towns of the South with cheap budget hotels and nice weather.

These 2 towns has no exact border and are typical towns of the South. The difference with previous locations is that here you can find maybe cheapest accommodations possible on the South, but, well, you must be prepared to the poor standards then – nothing for free. There’s beach by the Marina del Sur, sheltered from the open ocean and another beach located by Fraile town, which I call Marihuana Beach – sometimes you clearly feel the smelt in the air walking through this small beach. There are a lot of cheap restaurants and cafeterias with a quite good food in these towns. Generally recommended locations for those who don’t expect luxury and wish to be in touch with local style of life. 

Pros: 

– Almost the best climate on the island (even sunny, but sometimes too windy).

– Local atmosphere.

– Cheapest places to stay in the South of Tenerife. 

Cons: 

– Limited beaches.

– Very limited choice of tours, activities and things to do (fortunately, there’s very good connection with Los Cristianos and Las Americas by public busses, so you can always come to a bigger hotel or to a Pick-Up point there to be picked up for an activity you’ve booked).

– Low standard hotels (I’d rather recommend to book a private holiday accommodation in these towns)

 

 

Nr 7 – PUERTO DE LA CRUZ

Puerto de La Cruz
Puerto de La Cruz

Lush tropical climate, colder winters and often luck of sun.

Puerto de La Cruz is nice place to live, but not specially the best to spend a holiday. Well, it depend. It’s much cheaper than the South, because there’s colder at winter and cloudy most of time. Clouds make the climate much more humid and plants love that, but tourists aren’t plants and most of them are looking for sun. Don’t be disappointed with the weather and make wise choice. Is you want to avoid the sun, like green tropical scenery and didn’t forgot a light jacket winter time – this is the place for you. There are some really good hotels, even the majority of hotels are typical so-so 3-stars resorts. If you’re looking for something really good and luxury, choose the Botanico Hotel.

Pros: 

– Black sand volcanic beaches.

– Lush tropical vegetation, nice parks and gardens.

– Cheap. 

Cons: 

– Cloudy most of the time.

– Colder climate winter time. 

– Extremely limited choice of tours, activities and things to do (be prepared to go by yourself to the South and back for most of things to do – it costly and time absorbing, unless you have rented a car with navigation).

 

 

Nr 8 – GOLF DEL SUR & AMARILLA GOLF

Golf del Sur
Golf del Sur

Sunny, sometimes extremely windy, far everywhere and nothing to do, if you don’t play golf.

Golf del Sur and Amarilla Golf are a bit strange locations. You have sun and strong (and sometimes extremely strong) wind guaranteed. There are a lot of  good hotels and a lot of golf courses as well. There are beaches, but not the best ones. If you don’t play golf, you will be definitely bored there and you’d like to do some activities, but you will realize there are just a few providers picking up from this area and it’s too far everywhere – too long and complicated by public transport and too expensive by taxi. To join most of tours, unless these are private VIP tours, you will have to come at least to Los Cristianos – closest ‘normal’ location.

Pros: 

– Good hotels.

– Good golf courses (important for those who play golf).

– Sunny.

Cons: 

– Too windy most of the time.

– Too far everywhere.

– Extremely limited choice of tours, activities and things to do (be prepared to go by yourself to Los Cristianos to join tours and activities).

– Poor beaches.

 

 

Nr 9 – SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE

Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Nice and modern city. Would you like to spend your vacations in a city?

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is modern city and capital of Tenerife, centre of the island’s economy, but maybe not the holiday destination. This is good location for shopping lovers, but shopping is definitely better somewhere in London or New York. There are no beaches in Santa Cruz and you will have to get to San Andres or to Candelaria to the nearest beaches. Well, some people choose Santa Cruz just because the name. Unless you are coming to participate in the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (2nd biggest in the world after Rio) this choice will be a bit strange. Weather is okay in Santa Cruz all the year long, a bit colder than on the South, especially winter time (approx 5C lower).

Pros: 

– Good for shopping.

– Quite good weather.

– Contact with local modern culture.

Cons: 

– No beaches.

– No tours and holiday activities to do (be prepared to go by yourself to the South and back for most of things to do – the express public buses nr 111 and 110 are the options).

 

 

Nr 10 – LA LAGUNA

La Laguna
La Laguna

One of the coldest locations on the subtropical island.

La Laguna as we call it here or San Cristobal de La Laguna as you can see it on the maps is a city rich in architecture with beautiful streets in the old town and well… it is cold, really cold winter season… I’ve met not once people that booked hotel for vacation in La Laguna because the name and because it was much cheaper… They thought there’s everywhere the same subtropical weather in Tenerife and they expected to spend their holiday on the beach in winter… Well, let’s land down and look into the cruel eyes of reality. There are no lagoon in La Laguna, no beach and sea – La Laguna is the coldest town on the island located far from the shore on a high altitude and influenced by winds and clouds from Anaga located right by La Laguna. There’s chilly almost all the year long and in winter there could be 8C and rainy while on the South is 23C and sunny. That’s why hotels are cheaper there!

Pros: 

– Nice historical part – old town.

– Close to Anaga – paradise for independent hikers.

Cons: 

– Coldest town on the island.

– No beaches and lagoons despite of the city name.

– No tours and activities to do at all (be prepared to go by yourself to the South and back for most of things to do).

There are also smaller locations on the island, but here I showed my rating of the most popular locations where 95% of island’s visitors are going to stay. Hope this article clarified many things to you and now you understand better what’ll be your favourite location to stay along your holiday in Tenerife.