Five Non-Touristy Resorts on Tenerife

Mon, October 10th, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

Resorts like Costa Adeje and Playa de las Amèricas are in many ways the consummate holiday destinations with great hotels, more restaurants than there are days in the year, beaches galore and bouncing bars and club where the partying lasts from dusk till dawn. What they don’t supply is an authentic taste of Tenerife; for that you have to look elsewhere. Los Cristianos feels Canarian to a certain degree, but has more of a air of being a tourist resort where some Canarios live and play.

Puerto de la Cruz, on the other hand, is a Canarian town that has tourists and would be the best choice for anyone looking to experience Canarian culture in a coastal location that also has a wide choice of bars and restaurants. However, for those who want their Canarian experience to come in a smaller, slightly more quaint package, there are other options.

Here are our 5 suggestions for resorts that have a decidedly un-touristy personality.



Los Silos
An off the beaten track choice with one good hotel, the Luz del Mar, which is located near the coast where there’s also an unusual whale skeleton sculpture. Los Silos is a charming town with quite an arty personality (there are great little fiestas there like the storytelling festival in December) that is still somewhat of a secret in tourist terms.

El Médano
El Médano boasts only a handful of hotels despite having long, sweeping, beautiful natural beaches. The constant breeze keeps it off the radar of the big tour companies and on the radar of wind surfers and kite-boarders. It’s rare to read anything about El Médano that doesn’t include the words laid back and bohemian…but that’s because it is. Cool bars, stylish restaurants and a chilled scene where if anyone wears a football shirt it’s more than likely to have Iniesta and not Rooney written on the back.



Alcalá is home to one of Tenerife’s most luxurious hotels, the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora. The town itself possesses none of the hotel’s glitz and glamour just a simple, attractive square with a few restaurants and bags of charm.

Home to some of the best little hotels on the island and a big favourite with day-trippers who flock to one of Tenerife’s most picturesque towns to dip their toes in the lava rock pools which ruined the town as a port but put it on the map as a modern day tourist attraction. After dark it’s a very different scene in Garachico and only for those who really mean it when they say they want to stay in an authentic Canarian town.



Las Caletillas
Las Caletillas doesn’t attract many British visitors even though the town where it’s located, Candelaria, is a place of historical importance that attracts upwards of 100,000 pilgrims every August to honour the Virgin of Candelaria. As well as the virgin, you get nine Guanche kings and an eye-catching basilica.

Posted : Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 9:17 am
Category : towns & resorts
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