Costa Adeje's anchored on one of the most upbeat strips of Tenerife’s coastline. Big hotels link arms with the seafront, and the offering of cafés, restaurants and shopping centres will leave you spoilt for choice. Next door, there’s a spot of friendly holiday competition in the form of Playa de las Americas. This place plies its trade in pulse-pounding nightlife, live music and tip-top waterside scenery.
Playa de la Arena
Resort-wise, Playa de la Arena is a bit of a quiet customer on the west coast of Tenerife. It doesn’t party hard like full-throttle Playa de Las Americas, 30 kilometres away – and, frankly, that’s the appeal. You get all the bars and restaurants you need without the non-stop pace. And with its craggy coastline and mountain views, the place looks pretty good, too.
Playa de las Americas
You’ll find Playa de las Americas in the sunniest part of Tenerife. It’s nabbed a spot on the south-western tip, which means it’s bang on for some winter sun. That’s not all it’s good for, either. This place deals in lots-of-laughs breaks, thanks to its mob of beaches, jam-packed strip and a giant waterpark.
Sleepy and Tenerife don’t usually get thrown together in a sentence. But this pocket is just that. A trio of coves is cut into its shoreline, and there are a couple of shops, bars and restaurants in the centre. Other than that, you’ll need to head to nearby Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas, who are more than willing to help out.
Puerto de Santiago
Puerto de Santiago slots into the sophisticated west coast of Tenerife. Its neighbours Los Gigantes and Playa de la Arena are the slices of bread and this place is the filling. The fishing village still bangs the traditional drum, with a laidback, family-friendly vibe. And you can easily walk to the connecting towns for something extra.
Los Cristianos is the main port town on Tenerife’s south coast. Until the Seventies, its harbour was teeming with shipping boats loading up rum and salted fish. Nowadays, it’s yachts, ferries and glass-bottom boats that come and go, while luxury apartment blocks and restaurants have sprung up along the picturesque seafront.
Guia de Isora
Guia de Isora, on Tenerife’s west coast, is an up-and-coming resort with an old-school Canarian feel. The main town is a quiet affair up in the mountains, with sweeping views of the Atlantic. Down by the sea is Playa San Juan, home to a small harbour and a chic prom. And next door is Alcala, a fishing village with a pretty main square.
Los Gigantes is a pretty seaside town on Tenerife’s southwest coast – it’s nestled into the rock face, with the dramatic 300-metre cliffs called The Giants running off to the north. Life moves at a leisurely pace here, with the marina being the hub of the town – you’ll find relaxed bars and restaurants here, with views over the black volcanic sand of Los Guios Beach.
Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz sits on Tenerife’s north coast, amid a landscape of tropical fruit plantations. There’s a lovely traditional feel to the place, with its quaint harbour and pretty old town, yet it does sophistication very well, too. Nouveau cuisine is served up in colonial-style restaurants, while the bars mix cocktails with Canarian singers. As for the coastal scene, you’ve got a duo of architect-designed beaches to enjoy here too.
You’ll find the sleepy town of Las Caletillas on Tenerife’s north-east coast. It’s a 15-minute drive from Santa Cruz, and it offers a more peaceful atmosphere than the busy capital. There’s little here, save for a clutch of hotels. That said, a café-lined promenade connects you to the larger village of Candelaria.