Tenerife Vacation Guide

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is one of the top warm-weather destinations in Europe. The Spanish islands, the Canaries are a chain of islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.  Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands and boasts the highest peak in Spain – Mt. Teide. The volcano divides the island in two, the Cultural North and the Bustling South. In the lush and tropical north end of the island you will find spanish colonial cities such as the UNESCO world heritage city, La Laguna and fishing village of Garachico.  When traveling to the South you will find golden sand beaches and vibrant coastal towns. The island’s varied topography offers a plethora of options for the adventurer. From beach to forest, explore banana plantation filled valleys, marvel at lunar landscapes, hike through beautiful caverns or try your hand at windsurfing. The four separate microclimates on the island allow for a varied and diverse amount of activities and experiences. Despite the distinct and exotic terrain, you can still travel from one side of the island to the other in less than an hour. At 1265 square miles in size, Tenerife boasts nearly 250 miles of coastline and some 43 miles of beaches. The trip to Tenerife takes between two and four hours by plane from the main Spanish and European airports, and under six hours from the United States, making it convenient and easy to get to.

Tenerife, part of the Canary Islands, is known as the island of eternal spring – temperatures range from 63°-80° year round. Trade winds help the island maintain an ideal temperature and create a natural phenomenon known as A Sea of Clouds that gently push clouds against the hilltops, which causes the air moisture to condense. Tenerife, Canary Islands, has four separate microclimates on the islands, which range from the arid land of the south of the island to the lush tropical landscape of the north shore. Whatever your preference, you’ll be sure to find your ideal climate here. Marvel at Tenerife’s climate contrast by catching the sun on the coast and gazing to the snow-capped peak of Mt. Teide.  Our Tenerife Vacation Guide will give you all the information you need to take a trip to Tenerife- the perfect destination for adventure seekers, romance, families looking for the warm weather destination any time of the year.  Visit the beautiful beaches of Tenerife.

Tenerife Weather – When to Visit

The best times to visit Tenerife is between March and May and from September to November. Winter and summer bring loads of tourists, which make accommodations more expensive and more difficult to find. Meanwhile, in spring and fall, Tenerife continues to enjoy the same pleasant weather as the peak seasons, only without the tourist crowds.

Tenerife Attractions

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Siam-Park-300x122.jpgSiam Park

Stroll around the winding pathways where you will discover the sea-lions from Loro Parque and the Koi Carp swimming beneath the wooden walkways as the lazy river flows gently by. Visit the authentic Thai themed floating market and be taken back to the magical kingdom of Siam!  If you prefer to relax, then why not visit one of the bars or restaurants where you can enjoy your favorite drinks, have a snack or even a meal. Better still, make your way to the purpose built, white sandy beach where you can relax on one of the free sun loungers and enjoy refreshing drinks from the bar.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Loro-Parque-300x143.jpgLoro Parque

At Loro Parque, you can watch the Dolphins as they perform right before your eyes, and see the Orcas with their top class performance. These are just two of the most popular attractions within the Park, and then there are the Penguins who have made their home on one of the largest icebergs outside of the polar regions!  The Park is famous for it’s many Parrots which you can view and enjoy as you move around the Park, but it’s also sanctuary for a wide selection of endangered species from around the world.  From the moment your visit begins, winding pathways will entice you into an exciting world where you can explore Katandra Treetops, the Thai Village and a magical kingdom in a relaxing environment.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Parque-Nacional-del-Teide-300x180.jpgParque Nacional del Teide

The Parque Nacional del Teide covers nearly 75 square miles in central Tenerife. This national park contains the towering Teide volcano, which is currently dormant. Rising 12,198 feet into the sky, Tiede constitutes Spain’s tallest peak; it’s also the world’s third-largest volcano. The rest of the park is not to be missed either. Many visitors describe it as having an “otherworldly” or “lunar” landscape, with its weird-looking rock formations and multicolored lava deposits. The best way to see these volcanic remains is by walking, and there are more than 20 trails you can choose from.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Santa-Cruz-de-Tenerife-300x200.jpgSanta Cruz de Tenerife

A visit to Santa Cruz de Tenerife a great way to experience authentic island life.  Head to the Canaries’ biggest public square — Plaza de España — to people-watch, view the enormous artificial lake and see the sailboat design of the Auditorio de Tenerife.  For a culture fix, travelers can also check out some of the museums, including the contemporary art housed in the Tenerife Espacio de las Artes. The gallery is located in downtown Santa Cruz on Avenue de San Sebastian.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Playa-de-las-Americas-300x200.jpgPlaya de las Américas

Playa de las Américas is an upscale resort on the southwest coast of Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. It’s known for its natural and man-made beaches, lively surf and vibrant nightlife. Avenida las Américas is lined with shops and restaurants. Arona Pyramid auditorium stages flamenco shows. To the north, vast Siam Park water park has slides and artificial waves. Whales and dolphins swim offshore.


Tenerife Tours & Activities

2 HOUR -Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Cruise On Board the Bahriyeli

Discover the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean on this Bahriyeli boat tour from Los Cristianos Harbor. You won’t have to worry about missing a whale or dolphin sighting as you’ll have experienced crew members to answer your questions, and point out any marine sightings. You’ll escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and also get fantastic views and photo opportunities of Mount Teide, the Tenerife coastline, and marine life.  Read more about Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Cruise

Tenerife 3-Hour Luxury Sailboat Tour

Sail away for a day of luxury, food, and fun during this sailing excursion from Tenerife. Spend your day swimming, eating, and relaxing on board your sailing vessel, enjoying the majestic views of the Costa Adeje and keeping your eyes peeled for marine life like whales and dolphins. Round-trip hotel transport, plus snacks and beverages are included.  Read more about Tenerife 3-Hour Luxury Sailboat Tour

Small Group Catamaran Trip with Sea Life Watching, Meal and Transfers

Set sail around Tenerife’s southwest coast on this half-day cruise and travel aboard a luxury catamaran with just 12 passengers on-board. Look out for whales, dolphins, and sea turtles as you cruise along the coast; dive in to swim and snorkel, and tuck into a selection of Spanish tapas, accompanied by beer, cava, or soft drinks.  Read more about Tenerife Half-Day Small-Group Catamaran Sail Including Meals

Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour in La Gomera

Experience Gomera Island on a full-day tour from Tenerife. Start the day with a ferry ride to San Sebastián de la Gomera and then explore the island of Gomera with a guide. Visit the Garajonay National Park and learn about the local whistling language El Silbo, developed because of the region’s deep ravines. Leave the logistics to your guide and spend a fascinating day enjoying nature and learning about Gomera’s unusual culture.  Read more about From Tenerife: Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour in La Gomera 

Stargazing Experience – Telescope Observations on mount Teide

Tenerife’s Mt. Teide is a prime spot for viewing the stars and constellations of the night sky. Departing from south Tenerife resorts, this tour provides a ready-made stargazing experience: with high-tech telescopes and equipment that let you view the heavens in ways usually reserved for professional astronomers. See planets and deep-space phenomena, learn the science behind your observations, and enjoy a traditional Canarian dinner and Champagne to make your experience extra special.  Read more about Tenerife Mt. Teide Stargazing with Champagne and Transfers

Best Tenerife Restaurants

Kabuki  $31 – 60

Abama Golf & Spa Resort, South Coast  This is one of two Michelin-starred restaurants open to non-residents at the Abama Hotel in Guia de Isora. Chef Daniel Franco fuses Japanese and Western cuisine to create delicate, exquisite dishes such as nasu kamo (fried aubergine strips with miso sauce and sesame). Try the degustación (tasting) menu.  Telephone:  0034 902 1056 00  Web:  Kabuki.

El Rincón de Juan Carlos  $31 – 60

Acantilado de Los Gigantes, South Coast  Family restaurant in Los Gigantes where the eponymous Juan Carlos, awarded his first Michelin star in November 2015, prepares superb dishes using local ingredients. An astonishingly good value degustación menu includes such delights as succulent cochinillo negro (local prized pork) with autumn truffle.  Telephone:  0034 922 8680 40  Web:  El Rincon de Juan Carlos.

Lucas Maes  $11 – 30

Barranco de la Arena, South Coast  Tucked away on a motorway slip road between La Orotava and Puerto de la Cruz, Lucas Maes is a beautifully restored traditional mansion and chill-out terrace overlooking banana plantations and the ocean. The degustación menu changes seasonally and includes the likes of warm beef carpaccio in a red wine reduction with goat’s cheese and aubergine.  Telephone:  0034 922 321 159  Web:  Lucas Maes.

Los Roques  Under $10

Calle La Marina, South Coast  Stylish, contemporary restaurant serving first-class Mediterranean/Canarian fusion cuisine in the fishing village of Los Abrigos, with a romantic outside terrace overlooking the small harbor. Friendly, professional service, an excellent-value degustación menu… and an instantly addictive dessert of avocado and lime sorbet in white chocolate.  Telephone:  0034 922 749 401  Web:  Los Roques.

El Cine  Under $10

A no-frills bar/restaurant tucked away behind the promenade in Los Cristianos, and something of a legend in its own lunchtime. The menu is small, the tables and chairs are plastic and you have to queue to get a seat. Fish and seafood is the main attraction, with fried chicken thighs for the non-fish eaters.  Telephone:  0034 609 107 758  Web:  El Cine.

Otelo  Under $10

Hugely popular traditional restaurant with a large open terrace overlooking the impressive Barranco Del Infierno. This is the place to come for the specialty of the area, pollo al ajillo – tender but crispy baked chicken pieces infused with garlic.  Telephone:  0034 922 780 374  Web:  Otelo.

Best Tenerife Bars & Nightlife


Costa-Adeje, South Coast There are dozens of beachside bars in Costa Adeje, but none quite as classy as Acanto Cocktail & Lounge Bar located next to the cute and quirky shopping center El Mirador on Playa del Duque beach.  This high-ceiling Canarian mansion serves up a mighty mean Mojito and other exotic cocktails, plenty of top shelf spirits, as well as those much-needed frosted beers and fresh fruit juices that beach-goers and promenade strollers crave at regular intervals.  Acanto is undoubtedly the pick of the crop if you’re looking for a luxurious Tenerife bar in a perfect location and with impeccable service.  Telephone:  0034 682 521 401  Web:  Acanto.

Monkey Beach Club

Playa de Las Americas, South Coast  Ideally positioned on the famous sands of Playa la Troya, the Monkey Beach Club overlooks the Atlantic and is without doubt one of the coolest places to savor an ice cold beer or refreshing cocktail.  At nightfall the atmosphere remains relaxed but the food becomes more deluxe with the Monkey Beach Bar & Grill menu; tasty prime cuts of meat and fish, gorgeous desserts and some choices for the little people too.  The Monkey Beach Club is a must for anyone staying in Playa de las Américas and anywhere else in the south for that matter – top marks for one the best bars anywhere in Tenerife.  Telephone:  0034 922 790 656  Web:  Monkey Beach Club.

Magic Lounge Bar

Playa de Las Americas, South Coast It has a laid back vibe sprinkled with a heady dose of cool tunes and live music from the island’s top shelf performers, all bundled into a sophisticated party atmosphere as Magic transforms into Tenerife’s top nightclub for all ages.  The beautiful baroque design of Magic lures Tenerife’s shiny, happy party people by the dozen, as they mingle and move to 70s, 80’s and 90s funk and disco tracks that we all know and love.  Telephone:  0034 628 190 897  Web:  Magic Lounge Bar.

The Terrace Bar

Amarilla Golf, South Coast  Situated at the heart of the picturesque resort of Amarilla Golf & Country Club, The Terrace Bar offer’s a relaxed atmosphere, sumptuous surrounding, and a great selection of drinks.  With one of the largest sun terraces on the south of the island, join them and enjoy a nice refreshing drink while taking in the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and then kick back, relax and top up your tans.  Choose from an extensive range of drinks, including their fantastic cocktail menu, enjoy bar snacks and keep an eye out for happy hour and their regular drink promotions.  Telephone:  0034 638 473 813  Web:  The Terrace Bar.


Playa de Las Americas, South Coast  Welcome to O’Neill’s, there they have something for everyone. Their guarantee to you is that you will have a wicked night!!  Try out your karaoke skills and dance to your fave 80’s and 90’s classics!…  They have the craziest and wildest staff to make sure you have an unforgettable holiday. Dancing staff, crazy games and the wickedest drinking games (and forfeits). The fancy dress nights are not to be missed!  Then they have the sexy and stunning shot girls who will keep you entertained all night long (as long as you’re buying them shots that is).   Web:   O’Neill’s

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe Tenerife, the biggest Cafe in Europe is located at Avenida de Las Americas right in the heart of the famous Golden Mile. It has a groundfloor and a first floor  the capacity of the premises are over 600 people. Includes a fantastic luxury bar, two spacious terraces – one  of them located at “The Top” with its own bar and views over the Golden Mile. Hard Rock Cafe Tenerife is a place where you can enjoy live music from our local artists.  Telephone:  922 05 50 22  Web:  Hard Rock Café.

Best Tenerife Hotels

Royal Hideaway Corales Suites

These suites, far from being spaces in which you simply sleep and rest, are a fundamental part of the experience. They feature impressive ocean views and cater for every need and desire of the guest.  In the 114 designer apartments the sea feels within your grasp thanks to the seafront views over La Enramada beach which make the horizon feel closer than ever.

Iberostar Grand El Mirador – Adults Only

The 124 suites of the Grand El Mirador offer an excellent opportunity to fall a little more in love with your partner. They’re a mixture of a warm ambiance, exclusive services and details such as a canopy bed, dressing room, and living room, while nearly every room has views of Playa del Duque. La Balconada also allows you to enjoy a VIP zone with a pool and solarium for just a select few. Discover a hotel that’s only for guests 16 years of age and up and that includes: SPA Sensations, fitness room, free Wi-Fi, water sports, an impressive outdoor pool, meeting rooms, doorman service, three restaurants and two bars, among other select services and facilities.

Royal Hideaway Corales Beach – Adults Only

Royal Hideaway Corales Beach is a hotel concept which has been created for adults only. It’s perfect for romantic getaways, peaceful trips without kids, making new friends, and more. It is equipped with a number of exclusive facilities for adults only, such as pools, restaurants, bars, a wellness area and an extensive Fitness & Fun activities program.

HD Parque Cristobal Tenerife

HD Parque Cristobal Tenerife hotel is located in Playa de las Americas, very close to Siam Park and next to Playa de Troya Beach.  With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, it comprises bungalows, extensive gardens, aqua zones and sports facilities.  The hotel is modeled on a traditional Canarian village.

Hotel Las Madrigueras Golf Resort & Spa – Adults Only

The Hotel Las Madrigueras Golf Resort & Spa is a 5* small luxury boutique hotel located in Playa Las Americas (Tenerife), with three-story colonial style, blends perfectly into the landscape, offering a panoramic view over the golf course “Golf Las Americas” and the island of La Gomera.

Iberostar Grand Salomé – Adults Only

Located in the unique destination of Playa del Duque, the Grand Salome is an exclusive space with stunning architecture, which offers an array of experiences and activities designed for active adults. Indulge in the hotel’s top-rated cuisine at any of its six restaurants and four bars. Experience all this and much more when you stay in the recently refurbished suites at the Grand Salome. “Wave of Change” is a pioneering initiative from Iberostar group to reduce the use of plastics, to promote responsible consumption of seafood and improve coastal health.



  1. mike

    This is a very nice site. There is a lot of very valuable information on this site for any traveler. The Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa looks like a wonderfull place to stay I would definatley consider this for my wife and my self. Have you been there yourself? Nice work on the Search for the Perfect Hotel section. You seem to be linked up very well with some affiliate business Nice job on this site.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Mike and no I have not stayed at that particular hotel, but I have been to it and it is nice 🙂

  2. Lauren

    Wonderful guide! I appreciate that you provided such a wide variety of tips. Seems like an incredible place to vacation…no doubt that I would love to hop on a plane and go right now!!! What are some other islands in the area that you could combine with this destination to make a long trip? Thanks.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You can go to some of the other Canary Islands, Grand Canaria, Lanzarote, or La Palma. Thanks for reading!

  3. Martha

    Coming from a beach travel destination myself, I have to admit I like the whole concept behind your website. It offers a very interesting and informative setup, apart from having such an attractive outlook. The amount of advertising makes it all so colourful and helpful. It is actually quite inspiring to get anyone to visit the place.

    Wish you would one day put the same amount of work on other beach travel destinations… which in my opinion, would definitely make this one of the best travel guide site I have ever visited.

    Well done and wish you a whole lot of success.


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Martha I plan on it. Just trying to back track and provide travel guides for all the beaches I have covered so far, taking me a while. Thank yo so much for your thoughtful comments.

  4. Jason

    This is a great article. I never heard of Tenerife before. I plan to go on a summer vacation with my girlfriend, but I haven’t decided where yet. I wanted to go to somewhere exclusive and warm. This little island seems to be the perfect location that I have been looking for. This will be the next vacation point for me :).

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      And the good thing is prices here are very reasonable, more on the cheap side. So you will get a lot more for your money than other similar destinations.

  5. Josh Lister

    Wow! Sounds awesome! I haven’t been to two islands in the Canaries and they are both lovely and warm. Hopefully, I’ll get to Tenerife one day. There seems to be a lot to do. Some decent bars, clubs, water parks, sailing and a Hard Rock Cafe.
    Have you been before?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, I have been there 🙂 I absolutely love it. It’s beautiful and the beaches are awesome 🙂

  6. John

    I can smell the salt in the air from the water. I would really like to take the cruise out on the ocean to snorkel with the fish and sea turtles. Very diverse place where you can see snow and go swimming in the ocean the same day. Looks like an addition to the bucket list.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes John. It is amazing to go from beach to snow. Pretty great beach destination. Thanks for visiting!

  7. Steven Varley

    Being from the UK Tenerife is a popular destination, I have never been though but have been just across the water in Lanzarote.

    At night you can see the lights from Tenerife it looks beautiful next time I go Lanzarote (usually once a year) a may get an excursion to Tenerife if I just have a day what would you recommend.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, that is not far at all! You would really love Tenerife if you love Lanzarote. I would go to Mt. Teide, if you like that sort of thing. It is pretty amazing really. Thanks for visiting Beach Travel Destinations.

  8. Anis Chity

    Hi there I have been to Tenerife this summer with my friends, it’s amazing that weather is hot and everything is extremely cheap!

    I really recommend everyone to visit it, I ate lots of sea food for cheap!

    Thank you for the great information Leahrae!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, sea food is way cheap! Absolutely love the octopus there. Thanks for reading Anis!

  9. GeeRie

    Wow! Love this whole site. Never heard of a lot of these places. Thanks to you I have a great idea of things to do in many places of the world. I love the sun, sand, and beaches! So this particular article about the Canary Islands peaked my interest. Thank you for being so detailed informative.


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Gee for visiting! Just a passion of mine, and I remember my first trip. Knowing or having this information is very helpful, so thought I would help others. Thanks for visiting Beach Travel Destinations!

  10. Thevin

    Great article. Thank you for this amazing vacation guide. Now I know the best places to go and stay when I visit Tenerife Beach the next time. Definitely a great place to visit.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank Thevin. Glad you enjoyed reading about Tenerife Beaches and everything they have to offer.

  11. Burt Whyte

    This Tenerife Vacation Guide post is filled with all the stuff great vacation guides are made of. From varying beautiful locations, awesome weather friendly temperature, tips on securing best price planes tickets, airports preparation, hotels, hangouts, places to visit, the fabulous list goes on and on.

    If you are not in a vacation mode, this post has you sitting on the edge of anticipation filled with excitement and all around fun to expect on your trip for a piece of your paradise. The visuals all play a role in complementing the ‘feel of being there’. This is a lovely piece on vacationing in Tenerife, to say the least. Bookmarked for future references or referrals!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much for your wonderful Comments Burt! I am really glad you enjoyed and the exact affect I want to bring to everyone, must be working 🙂

  12. Brent

    Wow, I had never even heard of this place althoughI had heard of the Canary Islands. It looks beautiful. I figure it would be tiny but if it has 2 airports AND a Hard Rock Cafe, it must be pretty big. You have went international!!! Or first time I saw you going international anyways. Another great article. Thank you.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Brent ! Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and has awesome beaches!

  13. Tyler

    Wow, this guide is very extensive and helpful!

    If you were to suggest a time of the year to visit Tenerife that wasn’t too hot and also had the best deals on hotels, which time would you suggest? Am considering a trip myself but don’t want to smother with heat!


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok, go in the winter, October thru January. One thing to remember. The trade winds blow in Tenerife. And I do mean blow, they are strong and will keep you much cooler in the hot weather.

  14. aishahomemadecupcakerecipes

    I’ve wanted to go to Tenerife for quite a while! Your article is so detailed and thorough, not to mention helpful. You’re clearly very knowledgeable about beach destinations 🙂 It’s really helpful how you’ve divided your article up into sections so I can quickly scroll through and find what I need. I especially like the recommendations of places to eat. Sun, sand and good food – its all I need!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, sun sand surf and food is all you need! I totally agree! Thanks for reading 🙂

  15. Ed


    Every time I read one of your posts. My bucket list grows. Keep the great information coming. I may just see the whole world!


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok Ed, I agree and Tenerife is an awesome place. Especially if you love sand, sun and of course beaches 🙂

  16. Dan

    This makes me very excited into looking here for my next vacation! Is there a strong english speaking presence there? Or do most locals speak spanish?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok, this is a big German area, so you will find people speaking Spanish, German and English 🙂 It is going to be a good mix of the three.

  17. jen

    Great review! I keep a list of places I want to go and will be adding this for sure! It looks like there are tons of things to do, and the weather is perfect. Wishing I was there now instead of knee deep in snow.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it is a great place! Thanks so much for visiting Tenerife and BeachTravelDestinations! Let me know if you need any further information.

  18. Martin

    This is a great article and I love Tenerife. I have mainly been to the south of the island and frequented many of the bars you’ve mentioned and been to many of the attractions listed also.

    My favorites were the Siam Park, Loro Parque and going up Mt. Teide.

    I would also recommend staying at the Iberostar in Costa Adeje which is just down the hill from the retail center. We went all inclusive which was great for fussy eating chilren!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hey Martin, thanks for reading my Tenerife Vacation Guide. I will take your advice and add the Coste Adeje to my list. Always looking for great places that are family friendly as well. Glad you enjoyed!

  19. Joy

    This place look like the unique paradise that I have been looking for. Thanks for the great review. I’ve been trying to decide where our next vacation is and after a while they all look the same, but so far this little island is definitely standing out as a gem that I think we may have to consider.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It really is a gem. What is nice, is that it is so diverse. You can be on the beach enjoying the surf, sand and sun and then head to Mt. Teide where it will be snowing and the volcano is grumbling. Very beautiful and interesting place. Thanks for visiting the Tenerife Vacation Guide!


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