Towns of Tenerife – where is the best place to stay?

Towns of Tenerife – where is the best place to stay?

Before traveling to Tenerife, two very important questions arise; where is the best to stay and what will the weather be like? As we have mentioned many times, Tenerife, despite its small size, is very diverse, also climatically. Therefore, it cannot be clearly stated where it is best because of the different needs and tastes of each tourist. The towns of Tenerife may and are not very far away, their weather conditions can differ radically. Therefore, if you want to learn more about the weather here, check out our article “Tenerife Weather“!

Simply put, the island is divided north and south. North is definitely rainier with higher air humidity and richly developed fauna and flora. Therefore, it is part of the island less touristic. On the contrary, the south is dry and the rain is extremely rare. The sun burns almost all year round and it is here that most of everything related to the tourist industry accumulates. It is also worth mentioning that sometimes a very attractive price offer may relate to an unfavorably located location, which is associated with commuting. If after a few hours of reading conflicting information about Tenerife you start to hurt your head, then we advise you to read our short guide, which we hope will help you decide where to go.

Towns of Tenerife – west of the island

  1. San Juan
  2. Los Gigantes

Towns of Tenerife – north of the island

  1. Garachico
  2. Puerto de la Cruz
  3. San Cristobal de La Laguna
  4. Santa Cruz

Towns of Tenerife – south of the island

County Granadilla de Abona

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San Isidro

The city is located quite close to the airport, almost completely inhabited by natives. In fact, the only attraction here may be the low price of renting an apartment. The nearest beach is about 5 km further in the town of El Medano. The bus connection with the main towns is also not the most efficient, so do not go without a car. It should also be added that in this town the vast majority of apartments do not have a swimming pool, which is also a significant downside.

  • Climate conditions: sunny, moderate wind
  • Tourist intensity: low
  • Car rental: recommended
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El Medano

If you woke up on a beach full of blondes, in Hawaiian shorts and with a surfboard under arm, it’s very likely that you’re in El Medano! It is one of the windiest towns of Tenerife, and both a paradise for windsurfers and kite surfers, whose colorful, fabulous kites can be seen from afar. The proximity to the airport is also a big advantage, as long as low-flying planes are not an obstacle. In El Medano we will find many nice eateries at an affordable price, with great local cuisine and seafood. The golden beach with a view of the charming Montaña Roja mountain adds incredible charm to this place. Eagerly visited by both tourists and residents from all over the island, especially on weekends.

  • Climate conditions: sunny, strong wind
  • Tourist intensity: average
  • Car rental: recommended
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Los Abrigos

It is a small town, very quiet and calm, almost empty. It’s hard to say what caused it. Perhaps all the charm is taken by neighboring Los Abrigos – El Medano. Its biggest attraction are natural swimming pools, which are definitely worth seeing. If you decide to stay here, we recommend you rent a car because of the poorly developed communication and location away from many attractions of the island. It is an attractive place, very close to the airport.

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: low
  • Car rental: recommended

County San Miguel de Abona

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Golf del Sur and Amarilla Golf

If you’re a golf fan, this place is definitely for you. However, if this is not your hobby, you can just get bored here. It is a very charming but peaceful part of the island, rather poor in spectacular attractions. You will find here friendly pubs and bars. Also you will meet many retired Europeans living here for some part of the year, of course playing golf. You definitely need a car if you don’t want to waste time on the bus.

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: average
  • Car rental: recommended

County Arona

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Costa del Silencio and Las Galletas

They are two neighboring towns, there is rather peace and quiet in them. They are inhabited by both native Canarians and many nationalities who settled on the island. We will find here many cozy restaurants and cafes. In both towns you will find pleasant places to walk and rest, there are also beaches, unfortunately only rocky. Accommodation, quite attractive in terms of price, but located far from the highway, which is associated with longer access to major cities.

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: low
  • Car rental: recommended
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Palm Mar

Opinions about this city are very divided. The very location of Palm Mar raises a lot. It is located near the airport and only a mountain separates it from Los Cristianos. However, to get to Palm Mar you have to get through another place, and quite a lot of traffic jams occur in this area. If you decide to stay here, we strongly advise car hire. Nice, quiet town, has a long beach and several bars and restaurants. Usually Palm Mar tempts with attractive prices of apartments, they are usually new apartments with swimming pools in the complex. Typical southern weather, it pampers vacationers virtually all year round.

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: low
  • Car rental: recommended
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Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos, Las Americas and Costa Adeje are such a Tri-City. The lively towns merge with each other creating a great empire of attractions and entertainment. They are connected by a long promenade, a huge number of restaurants, bars and discos, high tourist intensity and beautiful weather.

Los Cristianos was visited by tourists already in the 1960s, and today it is one of the most important cities of Tenerife. Los Cristianos has many important offices and is largely inhabited by Canarians. Tourists flock here because of the variety of attractions, restaurants, bars and discos. Los Cristianos also tempts with nice, wide beaches and excellent weather. There is a harbour here that offers connections to other islands and many water sports. There is also a bus station connecting the south with virtually every corner of the island, so this is a great place if you prefer not to rent a car.

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: high
  • Car rental: not necessary
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Playa de las Americas

Las Americas is a great place if you don’t like boredom and like to have everything near. Communication at a high level, we can find taxis on almost every corner, and bus connections are very active. Attraction hunters must visit “Safari” and “Veronicas”. A beautiful, modern street, full of shops, restaurants with live music, charming illuminations and fountains – this is Avenida de las Americas, commonly known as Safari. An ideal place for evening walks and dinners. Veronicas has a much more party function than a representative one. “Street discos” during the day are simply a string of colorful pubs and bars, which at night turns into a large party, and only a few manage to leave it before dawn. For more demanding clubbers, the pearl of Veronicas is the Papagayo club, which stands out with its exclusive look. More on Papagayo can be found in the guide “Parties in Tenerife”.

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: high
  • Car rental: not necessary

County Adeje

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Adeje

It is the main town of the municipality of the same name. It is located above the highway, at the foot of the mountains, mostly inhabited by Canarians. If you decide to stay here, you have to reckon with commuting to get to the beach. The town itself is very charming, atmospheric, away from the tourist noise. There are many pleasant pubs and cafes that are attractive in terms of price and, above all, quality. A popular tourist destination is the beautiful “Barranco del Infierno” gorge – if you fancy meeting nature, we recommend going on a trip here.

  • Climate conditions: sunny, sometimes cloudy
  • Tourist intensity: low
  • Car rental: recommended
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Costa Adeje

The pride of Adeje is undoubtedly the coast, called Costa Adeje. It is divided into smaller parts, which are also very different from each other. But it is Costa Adeje that has two wonderful water parks – Siam Park and Aqualand and the most hot, Latin disco on the island – Achaman. Costa Adeje on its coast contains a series of beaches, which you can read in our guide “Beaches of Tenerife”. Being in the area: Playa de Torviscas, Playa Fanabe and Playa del Duque, you can safely give up car rental, because the promenade that connects all beaches, you can get everywhere on foot. Along the way, you’ll notice the enormity of ice cream stalls, shops, cozy pubs and large restaurants preferring various cuisines of the world.

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: high
  • Car rental: not necessary
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San Eugenio Alto and Torviscas Alto

These are two popular parts of Costa Adeje located on the other side of the highway, on a hill. There is a whole bunch of apartments for rent, most with swimming pools in the complex. An advantage can be the attractive price of the accommodation, close proximity to beaches, center, shops and buses. The downside may be a hill, which you have to overcome by returning to the apartment – which can be important if you are traveling with children, for example. There is quite a high density of both local and tourists, and the weather spoils you almost all year round.

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: average
  • Car rental: recommended
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El Duque

El Duque belonging to Costa Adeje is one of the most expensive parts of the island, full of exclusive hotels, exquisite restaurants and boutiques. It is a very well-kept district. The vast majority of people we meet here are tourists. El Duque has a beautiful, bright beach with palm trees and a long promenade. It is a perfect place for pleasant walks and romantic dinners. The weather is usually hot, as in the whole south, sometimes clouds appear, but they disappear just as quickly. El Duque has very good public transport.

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: high
  • Car rental: not necessary
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La Caleta

A charming, small fishing village. Quiet and peaceful, very close to El Duque. A pleasant place to relax and taste the seafood. Due to the small number of attractions, we recommend it for people not looking for many experiences or as a starting point. La Caleta has a black beach, but the most loved place for swimming is a cove among the rocks, on the main part of the town. A little further, it is also worth seeing due to its “wild” character, the beach of hippies, hidden behind the hill .

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: low
  • Car rental: recommended
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Callao Salvaje

A quiet, charming town, full of nice houses and new apartments. It can be attractive when it comes to renting a flat, but it is definitely required to have a car if you do not want to waste time traveling by bus. A slightly distant location can be a big advantage, however, Callao Salvaje is a good starting point to Los Gigantes, Abama or Costa Adeje. In Callao Salvaje we find a large beach that was built only a few years ago. It is not the most spectacular, but it has everything it should have. There are several interesting pubs and bars along the coast. Residents of Callao Salvaje come literally from all over Europe, so it’s hard to tell who’s a tourist and who’s a local resident.

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: average
  • Car rental: recommended
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Playa Paraiso

The newly built Hard Rock Hotel has become the highlight of Playa Paraiso. Around which you will find several pubs and restaurants, but don’t expect a bustling town. If you are looking for peace and quiet, here you will definitely find it. Bus connections in this part of the island are not the most common, so you should also think about renting a car. The beach at Playa Paraiso is not great, but it has its own charm. Certainly, housing prices may be tempting in this place. A big advantage is also quite a short distance from the main resorts of the island.

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: average
  • Car rental: recommended

Towns of Tenerife – west of the island

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San Juan

A town with attractive housing prices. It is a not very popular place, inhabited mostly by Canarians. The advantage can be quite an interesting location, close to the charming and somewhat “exclusive” Abama beach, to the cliffs of Los Gigantes or to the Masca gorge. We have a fairly long beach with dark sand and interesting views.

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: low
  • Car rental: recommended
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Los Gigantes

In terms of views, it is one of the prettiest towns in Tenerife. The cliffs at Los Gigantes are literally breathtaking. The small harbour that is located here is a factory of attractions, every day goes from here a lot of boats and motorboats that take tourists on various cruises. There is also a small beach with a magnificent view on the cliffs. The town itself is small, fairly quiet, though vibrant during the day. The center at the harbour is filled with pubs, and the town itself is quite numerous with Germans who clearly like this place. Many travel agencies offer affordable accommodation, but keep in mind the location of Los Gigantes, the car is an advantage here.

  • Climate conditions: sunny
  • Tourist intensity: average
  • Car rental: recommended

Towns of Tenerife – north of the island

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Garachico

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries here was the largest port of Tenerife, literally connecting trade with America and Europe. Unfortunately, in 1706 the volcanic eruption “flooded” the city and the thriving port with seven layers of lava. Today, only memories of Garachico’s heyday remain. Currently, it is one of the most historic villages of Tenerife. Very calm place, associated rather with beautiful views, large waves, good and cheap Canarian cuisine. Garachico is nice, in a typical Canarian style, people are very friendly here. The biggest attraction of this town are natural swimming pools, created just in the frozen lava and this is probably the main reason for the appearance of tourists here. The village is inhabited mainly by Canarians. In winter you can expect variable weather here, in summer definitely warmer and less rain.

  • Climate conditions: cloudy and sometimes rainy
  • Tourist intensity: low
  • Car rental: recommended
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Puerto de la Cruz

If you decide to conquer the northern part of the island, this place definitely has potential. Of course, the main attraction here is “Loro Parque”, which from a small parrot house, over the years has become a zoo full of surprises. However, Puerto de la Cruz has much more to offer. The city itself has interesting buildings, full of magical streets with cozy restaurants and cafes, parks and squares. The beaches are dark but very pleasant. Bays full of whirling waves make a great impression just off the main promenade. Variable weather, typical for the north of the island. Quite high temperatures in summer, rainy in winter. Many nations settled in Puerto de la Cruz, although probably the most Germans. If you do not plan major escapades, you can do without a car, although being here is worth a look to nearby cities.

  • Climate conditions: sunny but also quite often cloudy and rainy
  • Tourist intensity: high
  • Car rental: recommended
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San Cristobal de La Laguna

A university town full of young people, but with a suprising peace. La Laguna has an amazing atmosphere, it owes it to its architecture from the 16th and 17th centuries. A walk among the streets of La Laguna takes us many years back, it will be a pleasure to drink coffee or have dinner in this place. It’s a typical Canarian town, so it’s an opportunity to taste the local culture and of course the local cuisine and wines. Rain often appears in La Laguna, but usually briefly. The town is located deep in the island, hence it does not have a beach. However, thriving public transport allows us to reach every corner of it.

  • Climate conditions: sunny but also quite often cloudy and rainy
  • Tourist intensity: average
  • Car rental: not necessary
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz has its own climate, but it is not a seaside, quiet resort. The capital is definitely teeming with life. If you like traffic and big cities you will definitely find yourself here, especially in February! Not everyone knows that Tenerife has the second largest carnival in the world, right after Rio de Janeiro. Yes, here you will feel that Tenerife is an island hot like a volcano! Besides carnival, Santa Cruz boasts a beautiful long beach with white sand and palm trees, which significantly stands out from other beaches of Tenerife, we are talking of course about the “Las Teresitas”. In addition, in the capital there are several very impressive parks, full of palm trees, lush flowers and fountains. Also auditorium, which confusingly resembles the architecture of Sydney Opera House. A significant majority of the population here are Canarian.

  • Climate conditions: sunny but also quite often cloudy and rainy
  • Tourist intensity: average
  • Car rental: not necessary

We describe for you the most popular in terms of accommodation places in Tenerife. If you did not find the name of one of the cities on our list, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the nearest one that we described. Tenerife has many beautiful places, but remember that not all of them are well connected with the other. Before choosing a starting location, it is worth analyzing our map of attractions so as to have everything that interests us at hand.

If you already know where to stay in Tenerife, don’t forget to familiarize yourself with our offer of trips and attractions.