A Guide to Tenerife’s Quiet Resorts

Fri, July 12th, 2013 - By Jack Montgomery

People looking to book a holiday to Tenerife often ask about resorts that aren’t too lively and that have a bit of local character.

To help anyone trying to make a decision about which of Tenerife’s more tranquil resorts would suit them, here’s our brief guide.

Los Gigantes
Pros: Good selection of bars and restaurants; the resort has stunning views and it’s a friendly laid back environment.
Cons: It’s more British than Spanish, although it does feel as though it has some local character. The beach is quite small.

 

Los Gigantes, Tenerife

 

Puerto Santiago
Pros: More Spanish locals live here than in Los Gigantes and it has a decent beach that doesn’t get too busy.
Cons: Although there are bars and restaurants, they’re spread out. There’s no real central focus to the resort.

Playa de la Arena

Pros: Great little beach and the centre is compact with a good choice of bars and restaurants.
Cons: Although there are Spanish restaurants, the resort doesn’t feel very Spanish. It might be too quiet for some.

Alcalá
Pros: A small Canarian fishing village with a charming plaza surrounded by restaurants.
Cons: Accommodation is limited and there’s not much of a beach, although there’s a good sun deck area.

 

Playa San Juan, Tenerife

 

Playa San Juan
Pros: Has a Canarian fishing village personality, good restaurants and a great beach.
Cons: Lack of accommodation and away from the harbour area is more working town than charming.

Callao Salvaje
Pros: A decent choice of bars and restaurants and now boasts a new beach.
Cons: The centre is a bit of a mish mash and somewhat lacking in character.

Playa Paraiso
Pros: It has a great little swimming pool complex and a nice little man-made beach.
Cons: Not great when it comes to the restaurant scene, no Spanish vibe and a lot of unfinished buildings.

 

Montaña Amarilla, Costa del Silencio, Tenerife

 

Costa del Silencio
Pros: It has the most amusing fountain on Tenerife and the area below Montaña Amarillo is a revelation.
Cons: A lot of it isn’t easy on the eye; it lacks a Spanish feel as well as beaches and is a bit of a jumble.

Golf del Sur

Pros: It’s good for golfers, has a nice marina and there are a decent amount of bars and restaurants.
Cons: Apart from not having a decent beach, this is a resort that is British through and through.

 

El Médano, Tenerife

 

El Médano
Pros: Great, long sandy beaches; a diverse range of attractive bars and restaurants and a wonderfully laid back atmosphere thanks to being a mix of bohemian surf scene and local fishing community.
Cons: It’s nearly always windy – great for windsurfers, bad for hair.

Bajamar and Punta de Hidalgo
Pros: An Anaga Mountain backdrop; very Spanish character in summer; a choice of beaches or open air seawater pools and great fish restaurants.
Cons: Away from the promenade, neither are very attractive and can be a bit dull (in personality) in winter.

 

Bajamar, Tenerife

Garachico
Pros: One of Tenerife’s prettiest historic towns; very Spanish atmosphere; boutique hotels, home to the famous lava rock pools and plenty of restaurants.
Cons: Lacks a good beach; gets loads of daytime visitors and might be too Spanish for some.

To find out more information to help you make your decision, simply click on the name of each resort.

Posted : Friday, July 12th, 2013 at 11:00 am
Category : towns & resorts
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