Best places to stay in Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The bustling and cosmopolitan capital of Tenerife despite its size is easy to navigate on foot or by the tram system. Most of the attractions, galleries, museums and hotels fall within a triangular area and are all easy to find. The most spectacular building is the Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín" on Avenida Constitución, with its striking wavy design it takes on different shapes depending where it is viewed from. If you want to stay in unashamed luxury during your stay in Tenerife there is one five star hotel in the city but if not there is every level of accommodation from one star hostels to smart apartments.
The Museum of Tenerife has interactive exhibitions and the Museum of Man and Nature has a super restaurant where you can enjoy local dishes such as conejo en salmorejo; rabbit in a piquant sauce. The Noria district is where the trendiest restaurants and bars line the streets and the tables and chairs spill out onto the traffic-free streets. After a leisurely meal take a walk along La Rambla to Parque García Sanabria and admire the open air art gallery.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a very popular port of call for cruise ships as well as an exciting holiday destination. A stroll along from Plaza de España to the port will give you some great opportunities to admire these floating hotels and the chance to stop for a while and enjoy a mojito or refreshing Dorada beer.
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Playa de Las Americas
In the daytime the town is bustling with sun lovers and shoppers but at night the tempo changes as the streets become alive with music until the early hours of the morning. This lively and vibrant resort is popular with party goers young and old who flock to stay in Tenerife every year. The resort fairly hums with the sound of the nightclubs all the year round but the Arona Summer Festival raises the temperature to a new level in August when DJ’s and international live acts host a huge dance party in the Olympic Stadium.
There are beautiful beaches, a good selection of water sports, restaurants and bars that cater to all tastes and lots of fun filled entertainment. From Puerto Colon harbour whale and dolphin watching excursions can be taken as well as boat parties for anyone wanting to keep up the drinking and dancing tempo through the daytime.
It would be hard to decide where to stay in Playa de Las Americas as there is just so much choice. Apartment complexes with beautiful swimming pools have accommodation ranging from affordable studios to three bedroom penthouses that can sleep larger families or groups of friends. Hotels of all standards offer B&B, half-board or all-inclusive packages so visitors can choose their preferred dining option.
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This is the second most popular destination on the island when holidaymakers choose where to stay in Tenerife. Major refurbishment over the years has made Los Cristianos a very classy resort that is busy all year round with residents and tourists. A stroll round the harbour will find you tempted by a choice of eateries where you can rest awhile and try some typical Canarian cuisine and a refreshing drink.
This is a resort that is recommended for families, friends and couples with fun family attractions, water sports and of course the beautiful beach. For a change of scenery visitors can hop on a ferry and go across to the island of La Gomera and explore the Garajonay National Park or for thrilling water action head to Siam Park, a fantastic themed aqua park. Castillo San Miguel is a fun attraction with its nightly mediaeval shows that all the family will love.
Accommodation options range from all-inclusive hotel deals to self-catering budget studios. There are great shops, busy bars, lively caféterias and super restaurants as well as supermarkets, chemists and banks for all the holiday essentials.
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Playa del Duque
If you are looking for outstanding service and a luxury holiday during your stay in Tenerife then Playa del Duque in the Costa Adeje will be the answer to your dreams. The premium beach might be man-made but it is fantastic with sumptuous sunbeds and silky soft sand lapped by crystal clear waters that caress your skin. The beach really is the focal point of a stay in Playa del Duque and there are all the facilities you could possible wish for close to hand. Beach side kiosks, showers and changing areas, sunbeds and thatched parasols are all part of the service of this luxury resort.
The resort is recommended for visitors who like the finer things in life in a classy and calm environment. The elegant promenade runs the length if the sand with stylish restaurants and caféterias providing comfortable seating and shady areas for a relaxing drink. International as well as local Canarian cuisine is served by top chefs in outstanding surroundings. Developed with couples and families in mind the style of Playa del Duque is chic rather than cheap and the accommodation reflects this. The hotels and apartments are first class and attract celebrities and discerning clients who want their stay in Tenerife to be nothing but the best.
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If you would prefer somewhere quieter to stay in Tenerife then Los Gigantes is recommended for families, friends and couples who want atmosphere and ambience but without the frantic pace of the bigger resorts. On the southwest of the island and situated at the foot of the "Acantilados de Los Gigantes" this is a resort that cannot be expanded and spoilt as it is surrounded by the 500 metre high cliffs.
Life in Los Gigantes revolves around Avenida Maritima, the Plaza and the Marina. Most of the bars, restaurants, shops and caféterias are around the marina where it is pleasant to sit and watch the boats come and go against the backdrop of the Atlantic and La Gomera.
The beach of Los Guios may come as a surprise to some visitors as the sand is black instead of golden yellow but it is still soft and makes great sandcastles. It is a safe beach for children and very rarely gets crowded. For a change to the beach there are several swimming pools and leisure areas in Los Gigantes that are open to the public. Oasis Club has pools and water slides, while the El Laguillo complex has freeform pools and plenty of sunbathing space. The intriguingly named Crab Island has a natural pool in the rocks for swimming that is filled by the sea.
There is only one hotel in Los Gigantes that has several stories; all the other accommodation choices are low rise and mainly self-catering apartment complexes. In the resort there a few small but well-stocked supermarkets catering to daily needs as well as shops selling beach items, souvenirs and gifts. A bigger supermarket is a short bus ride away in Playa Arena as are a couple of local markets in the villages of Alcala and San Juan.
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