You’re planning your holiday on Tenerife but aren’t sure where to stay? The truth is, the answer really depends on what you want and need. It goes without saying that all of Tenerife is beautiful, surrounded by ocean and just the right size for endless day trips. Still, choosing the right home base is crucial to fully enjoying your holiday — so read on for a nutshell guide for where to stay in Tenerife, depending on your general needs and interests.
Singles, Couples and Groups Looking for 24/7 Fun
If you’re 18 to 30 and interested in intense evening entertainment, Playa de las Américas is the place for you. The resort is the hub of Tenerife nightlife, with a host of restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from, while also offering any number of daytime activities.
Las Américas also has five beaches and is well-connected with other tourist hotspots, making it easy to spend the day exploring the island and come back in time for a night on the town.
It’s worth mentioning that La Laguna also has a great selection of clubs and bars, but these are local haunts that aren’t that tourist-oriented. The university town is definitely a place to visit, though, with places like the Buho Club offering live concerts every weekend.
Families with Kids
One of the most popular locations in Tenerife for families with kids is Los Cristianos, and with good reason. The town has its share of tucked-in neighbourhoods where you’ll be sure to get a good night’s sleep, but is also home to two zoos — Jungle Park and Monkey Park — and is a 10- to 15-minute drive from Tenerife’s two waterparks, Aqualand and Siam Park.
Other good choices for family accommodation are La Caleta (on the west coast) and nearby Fañabé, both catering to visitors with little ones. (For further tips read — Tenerife for Toddlers: Fun, Tot-Friendly Activities for Families on Holiday.)
Peace & Quiet Lovers
If low-key relaxation is your cup of tea, you’ll love Las Galletas: it’s a quite residential village with affordable hostels and authentic local restaurants like Los Vinitos, that also has a sports port with a variety of cruises and stuff like jetski rentals, as well as a beach with Friday-night live music.
Playa San Juan is another beautiful choice off the beaten path, the scenic fishing village on the west coast near Guía de Isora boasting year-round sunshine and authentic local living.
Outdoor Sports Fans
Tenerife is really a heaven for the active holiday-goer: it’s perfect for watersports of all kind, has a fantastic network of hiking/biking trails that include mountain top and rainforest treks, and has great winds for paragliding, too. Having said that, each kind of sport has its top locations, so if you’re into something particular, it’s best to stay where the action’s at.
The location of the world cup in windsurfing and kite surfing, El Médano is the mecca for all things surfing, but Playa de las Américas is where you’ll find the island’s best surf schools. Experienced local surufers also like the area around Punta del Hidalgo, in the north. Anaga and Teide have the most fabulous hiking trails, although coastal walks are nearly as awesome.
While the south coast of the island is more touristy and dynamic, the North is slower-paced and full of the island’s cultural heritage sites. Mature tourists often prefer staying in these older urban settlements, like Puerto de la Cruz, Icod de los Vinos and La Orotava.
If you’d rather stay in the south, Los Gigantes is quite popular among seniors and has a two well-kept lidos or outdoor public swimming pools that are frequented by locals and visiting families.
Once you’ve based yourself in the right place, all that’s left is choosing the right set of daily excursions so you experience the best Tenerife has to offer. Have Fun Tenerife specializes is just that, so be sure to check out our huge selection of Tenerife activities and don’t hesitate to contact us for help in making your holiday truly memorable!