Places to visit in Tenerife

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As the main island of the Canaries, Tenerife is full of life even as it embodies the merging of the old and the new. Up in the mountains, the region remains rustic but the rapid boost in tourism has led to bustling coastal areas. As such, Tenerife has become a melting pot for both culture and capitalism.

It is not uncommon for many travelers to find ways to extend their stay with some making a home in Tenerife. For the locals, the influx of tourists became opportunities to generate income all year round.

The warm temperature throughout the island of Tenerife is one of the reasons why many visitors return at any given time of the year. Due to its proximity, Tenerife and the Canaries is a prime destination for Europeans escaping the harsh winter season.

Apart from its inviting climate, Tenerife is a hub of experiences. The accessibility of tours and activities ranging from water sports to mountain trekking allows guests to choose their own adventure.

Southern Coast

Way down South are the popular tourist havens – Costa Adeje, Las Americas, and Los Cristianos. These three towns feature sandy beaches with a variety of gold, white and black volcanic sands. This is also where guests would find some of the most luxurious hotels on the island, as well as family-friendly accommodations. The municipality of Adeje is also home to the famed Siam Park, dubbed as Europe’s best water park.

Costa Adeje Promenade
 Walking on the Promenade at Costa Adeje – ©amoklv

Also on the Southern Coast is the sleepy fishing village of Las Galletas where the freshest seafood comes good prices. On the East, the town of El Medano has attracted a slew of windsurfers and kiteboarders for its waves.

Central Tenerife

At the center of Tenerife, the views ascend towards the mountains and volcanoes found at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Teide National Park. The highest town in Tenerife, Villaflor, stands as a take-off point to the scores of excursions at the national park. Northwest from the massive park is the resort town of Los Gigantes at Santiago del Teide. This is where guests could see the breathtaking geological formation of Acantilados de Los Gigantes “Cliffs of the Giants.”

Acantilados de Los Gigantes
Cliff of the Giants – ©andreyst

Travelers looking for authentic Canarian architecture can head to the photogenic town of Garachicos that overlooks the cold Atlantic waters. Guest go back in time while walking on the old cobblestone streets and passing by antique churches in this town. From there, travelers could also visit the picturesque Masca Valley. Further along is Europe’s largest underground lava tube, Cueva del Viento in the peaceful town of Icod de Los Vinos. The same town is also home to the millennia-old dragon tree and ARTlandya Doll Museum. On the same coast in the beautiful seaside town of Puerto de la Cruz, this is where almost all tourists come to visit Loro Parque, the top travel destination of the Canary Islands.

Northern Coast

The capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a busy city filled with gorgeous locations including the vintage Noria District, the significant Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, the Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, and the Market of Our Lady of Africa.

Colored Houses in La Laguna
Colored Houses in La Laguna – ©rh2010

On the opposite coast, the historical town of La Laguna is a must-visit with its pastel-colored houses and green scenery. Just above, the Anaga Forests are perfect for nature lovers. At the very tip of Tenerife, the remote coast of Almaciga offers uncrowded breaks and clean waves for surfers. For those who want to soak up the sun, they’ll find the beach in La Teresitas in the north the ideal spot for swimming and sunbathing.

Places in Tenerife

El Palmar Beach

El Palmar

If you’re looking for a quiet, picturesque town to relax in during your visit to Tenerife, El Palmar is perfect.

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Located in the northeast of Tenerife, Tegueste is one of only three landlocked municipalities on the island. The area, at

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Puerto Colón Beach

Puerto Colon

One of Tenerife’s best vacation spots for families traveling with young kids is Puerto Colon. Located south of the island

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Golf Del Sur Golf Course

Golf del Sur

On the southern coast of Tenerife, avid golfers and visitors love to flock to Golf Del Sur, an attractive resort

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Adeje El Duque Beach


One of the most significant keys to the success of Tenerife is the glorious Adeje. At its coast are many

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In present-day Tenerife, the representative in rural tourism is none other than Arico. Its historical and natural splendors drape 179

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Sandstone Bay El Puertito

El Puertito

El Puertito is a modest fishing village far different from the rest of Tenerife. Although nestled between tourist-heavy resorts, this

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Candelaria, the Canary Islands’ symbol of earnest religious devotion, is proof that Tenerife is not just about the glitzy nightlife

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There is no other hamlet that radiates the true flavor of Tenerife’s traditional villages more than Taganana does. Oozing with

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Los Gigantes

Dominating the skyline of Los Gigantes, Acantilados de Los Gigantes (Cliffs of the Giants) offers a kind of view that

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Bollullo Beach La Orotava

La Orotava

This charming colonial town is a museum in itself, with its traditional Canarian atmosphere, flower-filled plazas and more Castilian mansions

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Situated in a deep valley skirted by forested slopes and a rocky coastline, Garachico is an elegant, peaceful town full

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Vilaflor is a tranquil haven, surrounded by rural landscapes and pine trees as far as the eyes can see. At

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El Medano

El Medano has yet to catch up with the modernity of the rest of Tenerife. Despite several developments in the

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Masca Hiking Sunset


A dream destination for every landscape photographer, Masca is magnificent at every angle. No poetic words can do justice to

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Costa Adeje

Costa Adeje was once an overlooked fishing village filled with the world’s most fascinating beaches. It was only a matter

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