Tenerife offers visitors a terrific choice of beaches – black volcanic sand at Los Gigantes, golden beaches at Los Cristianos and Las Teresitas which is pure Saharan desert sand – it’s spectacular! Most of the beaches have good facilities, and you can do water sports in many of the larger resorts.
A trip to Mount Teide is a must – the view from the top is incredible, along with a boat trip to nearby La Gomera or a day at Loro Parque, with its many exotic and colourful animals. But if you like a more action-packed day out, Siam Park – one of Europe’s biggest waterparks is the one for you.
Seafood is a speciality on Tenerife and one way to add a bit of local flavour to your meal is to try one of the Spanish wines, Canarian rum or local lagers.
If you’re planning a night out, most of the big bars and night clubs are in Playa de las Americas. Other resorts have their share of night-life, but it tends to be quieter, with the odd disco or music bar.
Best places to visit when renting a car in Tenerife
If you plan to rent a car during your stay in Tenerife, here’s a number of popular resorts and destinations that are well worth checking out during your stay on the island.
Playa de las Américas
The resort of choice for pleasure and sun seekers, well-established as Tenerife’s holiday and party capital. There are eight main beaches in total, all of them backed by a string of bars an restaurants, a choice of water sports and a popular water park, so there’s something for everyone in this lively holiday hotspot no matter where your interests lie.
Puerto de la Cruz
The Canaries’ earliest tourist centre, Puerto de la Cruz has offered relaxation as far back as the nineteenth century. Three small beaches of black sand and an eight-acre lido with seawater pools and fountains are main attractions; there’s also the famous Loro Parque. Please note: sea currents are strong therefore sea bathing is only recommended for strong swimmers.
Puerto de Santiago
The small hilly resort of Puerto de Santiago provides a fantastic setting for a relaxing holiday. Santiago is a charming village with nearby marina, small rocky coves and spectacular views of the Los Gigantes cliffs offering a good choice of bars, restaurants, open-air cafés and shops.
Relaxing Los Cristianos has a small centre with a charming square and a rocky coastline. Daily activity focuses around a promenade and is dotted with pavement cafés. The resort boasts a shelving man-made beach of golden sand which attracts holidaymakers and locals alike and overlooks a small harbour.
Costa Adeje is made up of three popular resort areas – San Eugenio, Torviscas and Fanabe. Each area has its own sandy beach and a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. The attractive marina of Puerto Colon is a perfect setting for a relaxing stroll or simply watch the world go by in one of the many bars or eateries.
Located on the south western coast, Playa Paraiso is nestled in coves and surrounded by dramatic cliffs and banana plantations. This small fishing village is a quiet place and enjoys activities such as scuba diving and breathtaking walks.
Exploring further gives you the chance to experience the genuine Spanish fish restaurants of Playa San Juan and Alcala harbours.
Dominated by the spectacular cliffs of Tenerife’s west coast, the small hilly resort of Los Gigantes provides the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday. The resort offers a selection of bars and restaurants and is one of the most stunning areas of natural beauty in the Canaries.
Los Abrigos is a pretty, traditional fishing village, which lies to the south of Tenerife. Displaying a far quieter side to the island than most tourists experience, Los Abrigos is well known for the idyllic harbour which provides so much to the village. While away a gentle afternoon watching the boats and people go by. Some aircraft noise will be experienced during the day due to the proximity of the airport.
Playa de la Arena
An expanding resort on Tenerife’s sunny west coast, Playa de la Arena is dominated by great black cliffs, which drop dramatically down to the Atlantic Ocean. The black sandy beach benefits from a sheltered position. Playa de la Arena is very popular with those seeking a relaxed and quiet holiday.