The Main Holiday Resorts in Tenerife


In this article we talk about the main holiday resorts in Tenerife.

We can say for sure that Tenerife’s main holiday resorts are all at the coast. On the north side of the island we have Puerto de la Cruz with a more humid climate. The vegetation is also more green at this side of the island.

At the southern side are Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and Los Gigantes  as the main holiday resorts. Keep reading to find out important information about each of them. 

Remember to check the links in the article to get more information about each resort

Playa de las Americas

The holiday resort of Playa de las Americas was purpose-built in the 1960s and considered the center of nightlife of Tenerife. If you are going to stay in Playa de las Americas you will have different kind of beaches, shopping malls and restaurants in a walkable distance.

lso here you will find plenty of all kind of bars, entertainment and nightlife:

  • Karaoke Bars
  • Live Music
  • Sport Bars 
  • Entertainment Bars
  • British & Irish Pubs
  • Discotheques
  • Beach Clubs

Playa de las Americas is a 30 min drive by bus away from the Tenerife South Airport Reina Sofia.

We also recommend you to check out our Article about what to do in Playa de las Americas  if you are staying in this Holiday Resort, there you can find excursions and activities which are easy to realise staying in this resort.

We recommend Playa de las Americas specially for young people.


Puerto de la Cruz

This resort is found in the northern part of Tenerife which is much greener than the south side. Here is the world-famous Loro Parque. Also the Botanical Garden is in Puerto de la Cruz.

If you want to have some more quiet holidays we would recommend you this resort specially in La Paz, which means The Peace ☮️ in Spanish.

In Puerto de la Cruz the main beach called Playa Jardin, which has beautiful black sand but also you should not miss out the swimming pools of Lago Martianez. The Canarian Architect César Manrique designed the swimming pool complex, which features lots of volcanic rocks. For sure worth a visit and your attention. The center square Plaza del Charco and its surroundings have retained the local Canarian and historical character.

Have a look on our article to find out what activities we offer from Puerto de la Cruz.

Costa Adeje

Costa Adeje located at the south coast of Tenerife. Probably the most popular resort for families. Here you can find luxury Hotels like Bahia del Duque, Jardines de Nivaria or the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife.

Just next to Costa Adeje is Playa de las Americas. Here is also the Harbour Puerto Colon which is the perfect departing place for a whale or dolphin watching experience and water sports like Jet Ski, Parascending Fly Board and Banana Boat. Here you will find plenty of Beaches in walkable distance.

Check out our article about Things to do in Costa Adeje to find our complete list of To Do’s from the resort (including water sports, island tours, safaris, yacht hire, boat trips and more).

Los Gigantes

The resort of Los Gigantes has spectacular views to the cliffs of Los Gigantes. Important stone formation with height up to 500 meters and more.

The best way to appreciate them in full size is with a boat trips. Los gigantes is a holiday resort ideal to disconnect and to have more quiet holiday in Tenerife.

Counts with souvenir shops, restaurants, cafeterias and some bars. Also a black sand beach can be found at this resort.

Los Cristianos


Los Cristianos, was once a small fishing village. Now with the tourism its evolved into a touristic resort. Also in this resort you will find a beach at the coast.

From the harbour of Los Cristianos is the departing the ferry to La Gomera and La Palma. In Los Cristianos you can find a lot of restaurants. We specially like restaurant El Cine next to the port.

For shopping go to the Swedish avenue, shopping center Pasarella or Santiago 6.

Read our article about things to do in Los Cristianos to get more specific information about this resort.


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