Getting to Know Tenerife’s Municipalities, Adeje to Guimar

Wed, November 6th, 2013 - By Jack Montgomery

Most people will know the name Playa de las Américas, but how many people actually know the name of the municipality where it’s located? There are thirty one different municipalities (boroughs) on Tenerife (far too many for a relatively small island). Some will have familiar names, others remain invisible to many visitors.

Here’s part 1 of our brief run down of all the ‘municipios’ on Tenerife.

Most people will know this one thanks to the growth in popularity of Costa Adeje over the last decade or so. This is the area that has been instrumental in changing the image of Tenerife’s popular southern tourist resorts.

One that’s unknown to many, Arafo is a small municipality in the east of Tenerife with a quite pretty main town that is know for its music.

Another non-touristy municipality in the east with historic towns and some very nice white sand beaches.


Coastline, Arico, Tenerife


Maybe not a familiar name in itself but Arona is home to Playa de las Américas, Los Cristianos and Costa del Silencio.

Buenavista del Norte
Way out north and west, Buenavista del Norte is part of historic Tenerife and has wonderful views, as the name suggests. It also boasts a golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros that is always quiet because it’s too far from anywhere.

Every August tens of thousands of pilgrims make their way to Candelaria in the east. This is where the Patron Saint of the Canary Islands was first sighted. It’s a good place to see what the Guanche kings who ruled the island at the time of the conquest looked like.


Basilica, Candelaria, Tenerife


El Rosario
A real unknown in the east whose main town up amongst the pines in the hills is also known as La Esperanza (the hope) because conquistadors gathered here after being thrashed by the Guanche at La Matanza.

El Sauzal
El Sauzal is an historic borough on the north coast which once played an important part in the island’s past and is now home to the Wine Museum.

El Tanque
A lush, agricultural borough on the north west coast which is good for exploring on foot.


Arenas Negras, El Tanque, Tenerife


Yet another relatively unknown eastern borough which is known for small scale farming and having a small church on a volcanic cone.

Tenerife’s main port until lava from a volcanic eruption in 1706 filled the harbour and robbed it of it’s status. Now the Garachico in the north west of the island is one of the popular spots for excursions.

Granadilla de Abona
The name of the municipality may not be familiar but this one is home to the south’s most laid back resort, El Médano – the choice of windsurfers and kite-boarders.

Guia de Isora
The Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora at Alcalá helped put the name on the tourism map, this borough in the south west is also home to Playa San Juan and a little bit of Playa de la Arena.


Harbour, Playa San Juan, Guia de Isora, Tenerife


The Guanche stronghold of Güímar in the east remains a centre if controversy thanks to the pyramids there but it’s also got a very nice coastal town in El Puertito.

Part 2: Icod de los Vinos to Vilaflor

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