Staying in Tenerife A few days to enjoy its landscapes is amazing. There is no better area to sleep in Tenerife for everyone. Everything will depend on the trip you are looking for. For example, if you want to spend a week relaxing in a good hotel to enjoy the beach, then the south will suit you like a glove. But if you have a few days and want to see the maximum, there are better options. In this post we tell you the best areas and hotels to stay in Tenerife.

Our hotel in Tenerife

During our stay in Tenerife we ​​stayed at the Iberostar Selection Sabila, in Costa Adeje. In Tenerife we ​​were going to end our 21-day trip through the Canary Islands and we wanted to end it relaxed. So we could not choose better. It is probably the best hotel we have ever been to. 100% recommendable

How many nights is recommended to stay in Tenerife?

Tenerife is the largest island of the Canaries. Us we stayed 6 nights and it gave us time to relax and also to get to know the most important thing about Tenerife. In any case, it will depend on the trip you are looking for. If you want a good hotel and beach, it is clear that a week is not going to be short.

But if the beach is not your priority, then we advise you to divide your stay into two areas: north and south. The ideal would be to pass two nights in Santa Cruz or La Laguna to enjoy the north: Anaga, Las Teresitas and others. and then pass three nights in the south to get to know Teide, the Giants and other attractions. So our recommendation is to stay in Tenerife for 5 nights (at least).


1. Costa Adeje, the most popular area to sleep in Tenerife

The south of Tenerife is the most popular area of ​​the island. Because? Basically because of the weather. Although the island enjoys privileged weather all year round, in the south is where it rains less. Approximately in Tenerife there are only 59 days of annual precipitation and 73% is concentrated in the north of the island. So Those who are looking for a beach are not wrong choosing the south.

Costa Adeje is the area with the highest concentration of accommodation on the island. And honestly, it’s one of the most practical areas to stay in Tenerife. It is only 10 minutes by car from Tenerife South Airport and very well connected to some of the best attractions in Tenerife.

A priori we would recommend sleeping in Costa Adeje to those tourists who seek to disconnect in a good hotel, enjoy the beach and get to know some essentials from Tenerife like Los Gigantes or the Teide.

In Costa Adeje you will not lack for anything. You will find restaurants for all tastes, several beaches and also a wide range of leisure activities: shopping centers and the famous Siam Park, one of the best water parks in Spain. The only drawback is that it is a very touristy area.

Our recommendations in Costa Adeje:

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Blanca, at the Iberostar Sábila, one of the best hotels to stay in Tenerife

2. Puerto de la Cruz, the cheapest area to stay in Tenerife

And from the south we went to the west. After Costa Adeje, Puerto de la Cruz is the area of ​​Tenerife that welcomes the most tourists. In part, thanks to their prices. Puerto de la Cruz is the cheapest area to stay in Tenerife. There is a lot of hotel offer. So if you are looking for a simple hotel at a good price, there is no better area than Puerto de la Cruz.

When the South Airport did not exist before, all tourists went to Puerto de la Cruz. That’s why there are so many hotels! And it is that Puerto de la Cruz was the first resort area on the island.

Us We recommend Puerto de la Cruz for those tourists who are looking for cheap accommodation and have a few days to explore the island. Its location is great to do it. It is located quite in the center of the island. You will have Anaga less than 40 minutes by car, you will be very close to the Drago Milenario and 1 hour from the Teide cable car.

If you are looking for a long stay to enjoy the beach, there are better areas. In Puerto de la Cruz you will not lack facilities or attractions either. Don’t forget to bathe in the beautiful Lago Martiánez!

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The best hotels in Puerto de la Cruz:

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The beautiful Lake Martiánez, in Puerto de la Cruz

3. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a smart option

Santa Cruz is the capital of the island and the second most populous city in the Canary Islands (after Las Palmas). We believe that It’s a pretty smart area to stay in Tenerifeespecially if you want to explore the north.

Do you fancy the beach? No problem! Less than 10 minutes by car from the city you will find Playa de las Teresitas, the best beach in Tenerife. Although the south is more famous, none is more beautiful than Las Teresitas.

The main advantage that Santa Cruz has is its infrastructure. The best roads start from there, which will allow you to reach the main attractions of Tenerife in a short time. The furthest away will be Los Gigantes (1 hour and 10 minutes by car). But don’t worry because you can see them in a single day combining (Mirador de Chipeque, Pico del Teide and Los Gigantes).

If you only have a few days on the island and want to do a bit of everything, Santa Cruz is a very smart area to stay in Tenerife. Also, do not forget to visit its beautiful auditorium that reminds us of the majestic Sydney Opera House.

Good accommodations in Santa Cruz de Tenerife:

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Playa de las Teresitas, located on the outskirts of Santa Cruz

4. Playa de las Américas, the best area to stay in Tenerife if you are going to party

Returning to the south, we could not forget to mention Playa de las Américas. It is the capital of Tenerife’s nightlife. There you will find a lot of places where you can go out for a drink and dance until dawn. So If you are looking for a lively vacation by the beach, this will be your area. Apart from the party, it is one of the cheapest areas to sleep in the south of Tenerife.

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The best hotels in Playa de las Americas:

5. Los Gigantes and Puerto de Santiago, one of the best areas to stay in Tenerife if you are traveling as a couple

It is probably one of our favorite areas in Tenerife. If you are traveling as a couple and looking for tranquility, we believe that there is no better area than Los Gigantes. It is in the south of the island, quite far from the main tourist centers. And that is a great advantage. During the day many tourists come to visit the famous cliffs, but at night the magic comes.

The location is not bad. In fact, you will reach the Teide cable car in less than an hour. And the road from there is beautiful! You will also be next to the beautiful towns of Santiago del Teide, Masca and the exciting west of the island with the Drago Milenario and Puerto de la Cruz.

We would spend a thousand and one sunsets on the majestic Playa de los Guíos surrounded by those cliffs. In addition, you can also bathe in the natural pools of Isla Cangrejo, a 10-minute walk from the beach. Definitely, one of the most special areas to stay in Tenerife.

Accommodation recommendations in Los Gigantes:

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Los Gigantes, one of the best areas to stay in Tenerife

6. Los Cristianos, an ideal area to sleep in Tenerife if you want to enjoy with your family

Finally, to end this post with the best areas and hotels to stay in Tenerife, we did not want to forget Los Cristianos. It is also located in the southern part and is the best option if you are traveling with the little ones.

It is very close to the South Airport of Tenerife, so the little ones will not get tired of the transfer. It also counts with a couple of perfect beaches for them. And in its surroundings you will find several water parks where you will have a great time.

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Best hotel in Los Cristianos:


On this map you will find marked the best areas and hotels to stay in Tenerife.


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