5 Idyllic Rural Hotels on Tenerife

Tue, September 27th, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

Everyone knows that a holiday in Tenerife equals sun, sea and sand. Two weeks stretched out being gently roasted under a friendly sun is a perfect antidote to another disappointing British summer.

It’s what many people consider the ideal holiday, many but not all. Some of Tenerife’s real treasures lie away from its beaches and resorts. The heart of the island is found in the landscapes, towns and villages in the hills where cabras are more common than cocktails and a Spanish phrase book is essential if you want to actually know what it is you’ve just ordered in a restaurant. Even that won’t always help – try looking up popular local dish escaldón and you’ll see what I mean.

Rural accommodation in the hills is often in gorgeous old colonial buildings and charming fincas.

Here are five of our favourite rural hotels on Tenerife


Hotel Senderos de Abona
Granadilla de Abona is a good base for exploring the southern slopes of Tenerife by foot, on two wheels or under horse power, in this case actually on horses. The 18th C hotel is located on a picture postcard street beside one of the most striking churches in the south of Tenerife and has a fab restaurant. The coast is about a 20 minute drive away.

Hotel Rural San Miguel
Set in and around a beautifully restored 17th C mansion and farmhouse, rooms have been designed to keep a flavour of their original purpose. Thankfully they haven’t gone as far as leaving any hens in the one that used to be the hen-house. There’s also a fantastic thermal bath in a cave. A bonus is that it is in San Miguel de Abona which has a few excellent restaurants. For a change of scene, El Médano and Golf del Sur on the coast are only a short drive away.



Señorio del Valle
Part of the visitor centre of the same name so you get a wine and cheese corner, pony and horse rides, a rural museum, art exhibitions and a tasca that sells the most delicious goat meat within a few steps from your room. Santiago del Teide is one of the most scenic spots on Tenerife and Los Gigantes, Masca, Playa de la Arena and Puerto Santiago are within easy reach.

Hotel Rural Victoria
A stunning looking 16th C mansion Located in the heart of my favourite town on Tenerife, elegant and historic La Orotava. There’s loads to explore in town for culture lovers and Puerto de la Cruz is only five minutes away for a greater choice of night-life and restaurants.



Hotel Quinta Roja
The historic town of Garachico boasts a choice of inviting boutique hotels. The best is probably the San Roque, but La Quinta Roja shades it for me because of its location on what is probably the prettiest plaza on Tenerife. With this one you get rural and the beach, or more accurately the famous volcanic rock pools, in one picturesque package.

Staying in rural Tenerife offers an experience that is a million miles away from the one experienced by visitors who stay in the resorts.

Posted : Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 3:08 pm
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