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Where to stay in Tenerife? Best Cities + Hotels

Looking for the best place to stay in Tenerife?

Follow the guide, we’ve tested, listed and detailed for you the best places to stay in Tenerife, as well as the best accommodation on this island paradise.

An island where the weather is always fine, with breathtaking scenery and idyllic beaches; a place straight out of a modern-day fairytale, Tenerife!

Ranked as the Canaries‘ largest island, the island of eternal spring attracts some 5 million visitors every year. Want to be part of it? Follow our guide to our 10 favourite towns to stay in in Tenerife.

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Here are the best cities to stay in Tenerife, with hotels ranging from upmarket to budget. They all have excellent reviews and are in great locations!

🚨 These hotels are some of the most popular so don’t delay booking. Plus, they offer free cancellation, so don’t worry if you change your mind.

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Where to stay in Tenerife for the first time: Costa Adeje

Looking for the best place to stay in Tenerife on your first visit? While its beaches are definitely worth a visit, its friendly atmosphere is no less appealing.

Located on the south-west coast of the island, Costa Adeje is certainly my top choice for first-time visitors to the island of Tenerife, with its colourful atmosphere and abundance of things to do. Costa Adeje will welcome you with stunning views of Mount Teide and beautiful beaches where you can relax.

In Costa Adeje you’ll find some of the best traditional restaurants, cafes, beach bars and shops on the island. One day you can enjoy beaches with turquoise waters and the Blue Flag (a certification of cleanliness), the next you can go hiking with magnificent views over the landscape. What’s more, if you feel like partying, you can dance the night away at parties held on the beach and in the famous resorts of San Juan and Playa Paraiso, located just to the north of the city.

As one of the best places to stay in Tenerife, I highly recommend making a reservation in advance if you don’t want to lose your favourite spot. Many hotels have a free cancellation option, so don’t worry if you change your mind. Here are the best places to stay in Costa Adeje.

Best hotels in in Costa Adeje

Top of the range

Iberostar Selection Sábila: This luxury resort is one of the best places to stay in Tenerife. This superb resort offers a beautiful swimming pool, spa, good fitness centre, private parking and water sports activities. Rooms at the Iberostar Selection have private balconies and stunning sea views. This adults-only paradise is ideal for couples. See price and availability.

Best value for money

Royal Sunset Beach ❤️: Located 100 m from Fañabe, this beach hotel has a swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a large gym. See price and facilities.

Cheap hotels

Endless Summer House: This centrally located hotel offers a terrace, barbecue facilities and a good breakfast. A great place to stay in Costa Adeje. See price and availability.

Flat

Club Villa Mar: This stunning flat is one of the best places to stay, with a superb terrace with views and a swimming pool. See price and availability.

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What to do and see in Costa Adeje?

  • Fancy an afternoon at the water park? Whether at Siam Park or Aqualand, your children will love playing in the water and seeing the sublime dolphins on show!
  • If excellence and class had an address, it would undoubtedly be Playa del Duque, where a clean and chic environment awaits you!
  • The activities available on the Costa Adeje are mainly water sports, including scuba diving and whale watching.
  • There are also plenty of well-maintained golf courses to keep you interested!
  • Taste some delicious Indian dishes at Welcome India and discover some incomparable flavours!

Where to stay in Tenerife to visit: Santa Cruz

One of the most attractive port towns to stay in Tenerife is Santa Cruz.

This town is an excellent base for visiting the island, especially if you love food, history and architecture!

Its historic city centre is particularly well preserved. Here you can discover ancient churches and palaces dating back to the 17th century.

Best hotels in this city

Top of the range

Iberostar Selection Sábila: This luxury resort is one of the best places to stay in Tenerife. This superb resort offers a beautiful swimming pool, spa, good fitness centre, private parking and water sports activities. Rooms at the Iberostar Selection have private balconies and stunning sea views. This adults-only paradise is ideal for couples. See price and availability.

Best value for money

Royal Sunset Beach ❤️: Located 100 m from Fañabe, this beach hotel has a swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a large gym. See price and facilities.

Cheap hotels

Endless Summer House: This centrally located hotel offers a terrace, barbecue facilities and a good breakfast. A great place to stay in Costa Adeje. See price and availability.

Flat

Club Villa Mar: This stunning flat is one of the best places to stay, with a superb terrace with views and a swimming pool. See price and availability.

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  • Downtown Santa Cruz is a beautiful place where you can wander the docks and watch the ocean
  • The Rambla is one of the most pleasant alleys in Santa Cruz
  • Discover the Tenerife Auditorium and admire the beauty of its modern architecture
  • Visit the Botanical Gardens
  • The beach at Santa Cruz(La Playa de las Teresitas) is a place where partying, relaxation and tranquillity go hand in hand

Where to stay in Tenerife with your family: Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz is by far the best place to stay in Tenerife with your family! Puerto de la Cruz is the largest town in the Spanish Canary Islands. It is located on the north coast of Tenerife and is famous for its black volcanic sand beaches and the huge Loro Parque zoo.

You’ll find plenty of charming, laid-back beaches here, ideal for relaxing. In this region, luxury lovers must visit Lago Martiánez and enjoy a cocktail by the luxurious palm-fringed pools for the ultimate experience.

The beauty of Puerto de la Cruz is that here you’ll not only find luxury resorts next to incredible beaches, but you’ll also have access to the green part of the island. With a little more rain than other parts of the island, this area offers beautiful botanical gardens with many different types of plants and flowers. Tenerife’s famous volcanic black sand beaches can also be found here. These volcanic sand beaches look great in photographs, so don’t forget your camera!

Puerto de la Cruz should definitely be on your list of places to stay in Tenerife.

Best hotels in this town

Top of the range

Iberostar Selection Sábila ❤️: This luxury resort is one of the best places to stay in Tenerife. This superb resort offers a beautiful swimming pool, spa, good fitness centre, private parking and water sports activities. Rooms at the Iberostar Selection have private balconies and stunning sea views. This adults-only paradise is ideal for couples. See price and availability.

Best value for money

Royal Sunset Beach: Located 100 m from Fañabe, this beach hotel has a swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a large gym. See price and availability.

Cheap hotels

Endless Summer House: This centrally located hotel offers a terrace, barbecue facilities and a good breakfast. A great place to stay in Costa Adeje. See price and availability.

Flat

Club Villa Mar: This stunning flat is one of the best places to stay, with a superb terrace with views and a swimming pool. See price and availability.

🌃 Find other accommodation at the best price

This seaside resort has not finished wowing you with its many attractions :

  • For partying, there are two major events on offer; the sardine festival and the annual carnival.
  • As for the old town, it’s a great place to visit on foot and make the most of its streets.
  • You’ll love the Lago Martinez aquatic complex, with its pools and mountain views
  • Visit Loro Parque zoo

Where to stay in Tenerife as a couple: Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes is a great place to stay in Tenerife as a couple.

Los Gigantes is an old fishing village on the island’s south coast, a 25-minute drive from Costa Adeje in the north. Although the village is becoming more popular with travellers every day, Los Gigantes is still not as touristy as other parts of the island and that’s why I recommend Los Gigantes as a place to stay in Tenerife for anyone looking for a local experience. To reach Los Gigantes, the southern airport, Reina Sofia Airport is more convenient.

The famous beach in this area is Playa de la Arena. It is a quiet sandy beach surrounded by picturesque palm trees. Although there are only two beaches in Los Gigantes, you’ll find friendly local cafés and restaurants with a Spanish atmosphere. You can simply stroll down to the harbour and enjoy the beautiful views and discover the pretty spots along the coast. In Los Gigantes, you’ll also see some stunning cliffs overlooking the shore at Puerto Santiago and you should definitely go hiking on these to enjoy the scenery!

Best hotels in this city

Upscale

Iberostar Selection Sábila: This luxury resort is one of the best places to stay in Tenerife. This superb resort offers a beautiful swimming pool, spa, good fitness centre, private parking and water sports activities. Rooms at the Iberostar Selection have private balconies and stunning sea views. This adults-only paradise is ideal for couples. See price and availability.

Best value for money

Royal Sunset Beach ❤️: Located 100 m from Fañabe, this beach hotel has a swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a large gym. See price and facilities.

Cheap hotels

Endless Summer House: This centrally located hotel offers a terrace, barbecue facilities and a good breakfast. A great place to stay in Costa Adeje. See price and availability.

Flat

Club Villa Mar: This stunning flat is one of the best places to stay, with a superb terrace with views and a swimming pool. See price and availability.

🌃 Find other accommodation at the best price

  • Spend a few hours relaxing on the beach at Los Gigantes
  • Visit the hamlet of Masca in the north of the island
  • Admire the view from the impressive cliffs of Los Gigantes
  • Visit the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit, a church surrounded by pubs and restaurants but which has made a name for itself with its authentic architecture.
  • Take the Maritima Acantilados for superb boat trips and see dolphins

Where to stay in Tenerife to party: Playa de las Americas

The Playa de las Americas is a dream destination for party-goers! Here, nightlife takes centre stage, with nightclubs, bars and trendy clubs to keep you dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

Best hotels in this city

Top of the range

Iberostar Selection Sábila: This luxury resort is one of the best places to stay in Tenerife. This superb resort offers a beautiful swimming pool, spa, good fitness centre, private parking and water sports activities. Rooms at the Iberostar Selection have private balconies and stunning sea views. This adults-only paradise is ideal for couples. See price and availability.

Best value for money

Royal Sunset Beach ❤️: Located 100 m from Fañabe, this beach hotel has a swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a large gym. See price and facilities.

Cheap hotels

Endless Summer House: This centrally located hotel offers a terrace, barbecue facilities and a good breakfast. A great place to stay in Costa Adeje. See price and availability.

Flat

Club Villa Mar: This stunning flat is one of the best places to stay, with a superb terrace with views and a swimming pool. See price and availability.

🌃 Find other accommodation at the best price

  • Admire the Fountain of Lights and Music, and take a souvenir photo of this remarkable show of dancing waters that becomes enchanting in the evening.
  • At the ‘ Bbq Spice indian tandoori’ restaurant , the food is excellent, the atmosphere lively and the service impeccable. Go there for a spicy dish with friends; it’s pure delight!
  • Enjoy a lively evening in the Sax Rock Bar, to the rhythm of good rock music.
  • Be sure to visit the Kaluna Beach Club for half a day by the pool, sipping a good cocktail and listening to a variety of music.
  • Take a catamaran cruise on Tenerife and you won’t want to miss the chance to find out more about underwater life.

Where to stay for culture: La Orotava

Here’s a really great place to live in the north of Tenerife! We recommend you stay here to fully immerse yourself in Spanish culture.

Best hotels in this town

Best value for money

Royal Sunset Beach ❤️: Located 100 metres from Fañabe, this beach hotel has a swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a large gym. See price and facilities.

Cheap hotels

Endless Summer House: This centrally located hotel offers a terrace, barbecue facilities and a good breakfast. A great place to stay in Costa Adeje. See price and availability.

Flat

Club Villa Mar: This stunning flat is one of the best places to stay, with a superb terrace with views and a swimming pool. See price and availability.

🌃 Find other accommodation at the best price

  • Discover the natural pools of Charco de Laja and share good times with the family!
  • Casa de los Balcones, or the House of Balconies, is a true 17th-century masterpiece that stands out for its flower-filled wooden balconies and an interior that is reminiscent of ancient Canarian civilisation in every way.
  • Escape to the Pinoleris nature reserve and plunge into the dense forest of pines, feyall-brezal and laurisylves.
  • The Corona Forestal Nature Park is a magical place in the heart of La Orotava.
  • Visit the coastal area of the Costa de Acentejo and contemplate its cliffs and extraordinary flora and fauna.

The port of Santiago

What a wonderful place to stay in Tenerife! Close to Géants, the Port of Santiago is within walking distance, which is great news for walking enthusiasts!

  • At the Santiago Sporting Centre, you can play sports in its games rooms, relax by the sea and enjoy your meals in a friendly restaurant.
  • Take a Twizi safari and explore the mountains of Tenerife in 100% electric cars.
  • Put your trust in the Espiritu de Bueco diving club and enjoy a fun and educational experience in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Spend an explosive evening at the Route 66 bar , where the most talented rock bands perform.
  • Creative Canary Studios – Foto will take you on a fabulous tour of the island of Tenerife in the company of professional photographers, and you’ll leave with souvenir photos of you and your family in a breathtaking setting.

Costa del Silencio

Looking for peace and quiet on Tenerife? Then Costa del Silencio is the place to stay! This tourist area of Arona, in the south of Tenerife, will amaze you with its beauty, its infrastructure and its many accommodation options.

  • Playa Amarilla is a splendid beach for swimming, but also for taking photos next to the yellow rock carved by the waves
  • Discover the underwater world in all its splendour thanks to the “Wet Monster ” diving club.
  • Have a drink at the Britannica Bar and enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere!
  • Take a day trip to Mount Teide National Park and discover unsuspected landscapes!
  • Hire a boat or yacht and cruise the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean!

El Medano

Known for hosting numerous international windsurfing tournaments, this town to the north of Tenerife airport offers you a comfortable, fun and dynamic environment to stay in Tenerife.

  • We highly recommend Playa del Médano for a moment of relaxation and rest by the sea!
  • Enjoy your favourite water sports on the beach, including surfing, windsurfing, snorkelling and kite surfing.
  • Take a stroll along the Plaza El Medano, opposite Playa Grande, and breathe in the sea air
  • Visit the El Medano Shopping Centre and wander through its 4 floors to find some great shops to explore!
  • And don’t forget to visit the Ermita de Nuestra Señora de los Mercedes church for an emotionally-charged spiritual experience!

Callao Salvaje

What could be more natural than staying in a residential area on Tenerife? Are you tempted? Then head for Callao Salvaje!

  • What about yoga? With Island Yoga, not only is it possible, but it’s a real pleasure to attend these classes.
  • Playa de Ajabo is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area
  • Stock up on souvenirs at Diamonds n Diamonds shopping centre
  • The Buzzin Bar is the perfect place to finish off the evening with a drink or cocktail with your friends!
  • For your meals, the El Taller restaurant is perfect.

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