Tenerife’s Top Ten Resorts

Wed, January 5th, 2011 - By Andrea Montgomery

There’s no such thing as a truly independent recommendation when it comes to which of Tenerife’s resorts is right for you.
Some people will recommend the place they go to year on year, even though they’ve barely ventured anywhere else on the island. Others feel compelled to disparage places as if they were a competitor.
Everyone has their prejudices, whether they admit it or not.
And when it comes to being biased, I’m no different – but at least I’m up front about it and my credentials are good – I know all the resorts inside out.

So here is my completely personal account of Tenerife’s top 10 resorts for holidaymakers.


1. Playa de Las Américas
Playa de las Américas is like a self-contained pleasure dome where all the needs of holiday makers are met under one virtual roof.  Golden beaches, trendy bars, clubs, entertainment, a good choice of restaurants and designer shops, all presented in a sunshine wrapper. It’s not where I’d choose to holiday, but it’s Tenerife’s top resort.

2. Puerto de la Cruz
This is my choice and the place to come if you want something of the ‘real’ Tenerife along with your beach and sun. You won’t find Karaoke or tribute acts in Puerto de la Cruz, just oodles of character, old fashioned charm and nearly 300 restaurants around its harbour, plazas and cobbled streets. At its liveliest in summer when Spanish mainlanders arrive.

3. El Médano
Surf and sun are the main ingredients of El Médano with the island’s only natural golden beaches and lots of them. This resort is the ideal combination of southern weather and Tenerife culture with a great family-friendly town beach, good restaurants and laid-back bars. If you’re the sort of person who uses the word ‘dude’, you’ll love it.

4. Los Cristianos
A busy port and ferry terminal, Los Cristianos is buzzing with activity by day but is largely quiet by midnight. A long promenade for strolling, great beaches with wheelchair access and a wide choice of restaurants and shops, it’s got more character but less chic than Playa de Las Américas.

5. El Duque, Costa Adeje
The ideal resort for the ‘more discerning’ holidaymaker, El Duque is as far away from the traditional image of Tenerife as it’s possible to get. Manicured beaches, designer shops, classy restaurants and pretty coastal walks. Popular with well-heeled Europeans and short on nightlife, it will suit anyone looking for luxury and tranquillity.

6. Costa Del Silencio
I’d choose this resort simply because it’s next door to Las Galletas which is the real top resort here. If you’re looking for somewhere full of charm and character with great restaurants and good shops you won’t be disappointed with Las Galletas but you’ll have to find accommodation in Costa Del Silencio.

7. San Eugenio, Costa Adeje
The archetypal Tenerife resort offering great value for money and all the facilities families love. Souvenir shops, restaurants serving British food, Karaoke, tribute acts, a good beach and centrally located for water parks and animal parks. San Eugenio is ideal for anyone on a budget who enjoys a lively nightlife and their weekly ‘fix’ of the soaps.

8. Los Gigantes
Los Gigantes is a popular family holiday resort in a stunning location with some of the best weather on Tenerife. It’s friendly and compact so you quickly feel at home and people come back here year after year. Perfect for anyone whose baked beans have to be Heinz and pint has to be Tetley’s but you’ll need a car if you want to explore.

9. Santa Cruz
The perfect base for city lovers, Santa Cruz gives you museums, art galleries, parks, bars, shops and possibly the best beach on Tenerife a short bus ride away. If you’re looking for culture, interest, history and that city buzz you can’t go wrong; sun, sea, sand and shopping – what more could you want?

10. La Orotava
If you want to feel like you’re actually abroad when you come to Tenerife, La Orotava will fit the bill nicely. History, culture, charm and Canarian lifestyle are the order of the day here and the pace is distinctly gentle – perfect for explorers but not for clubbers or beach babes.

Posted : Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Category : beaches
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