Tenerife

Traditional Painted Fishing Boat, Tenerife

Spectacular beaches meet exotic flora, fauna, and nightlife

The largest of the 7 Canary Islands, Tenerife hosts one of the world’s most popular carnivals, the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. A place of astounding ecological diversity and a seaside paradise, your Tenerife guide should include; Parque Nacional del Teide, Playa de las Américas, and the ominous but fascinating El Teide volcano, the highest peak in all Spain. Expect a vibrant nightlife, fascinating museums, and of course, many outdoor activities.

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Inside Auditorio de Tenerife
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Tenerife's most recognizable building
Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanico)
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The perfect getaway within a getaway
Win
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South Tenerife's answer for gamblers
Los Gigantes
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4.0
One of Tenerife's most famous landmarks
Montaña Amarilla
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4.8
More Tenerife geological wonderment
Parque Nacional del Teide
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4.0
The world's third largest volcano
Playa de Las Americas
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4.0
Tenerife's most famous beach
Plaza de la Concepción
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4.8
A perfect people watching spot
Roque Cinchado
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4.8
Twisted geology
Tower of Power
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Europe's biggest water park
Teide National Park
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4.0
Tenerife's most unforgettable attraction
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Neighborhoods in Tenerife

AbonaAnagaAricoBuenavista del NorteIsoraLa OctaviaParque Nacional del TeideSanta Ursula TaraconteTeguesteValle de Güímar

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Abona

Welcome to Tenerife life
Playa de las Américas
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Dominated by Tenerife’s 3rd biggest city, Gransadilla de Abona, the Abona area is where visitors will likely arrive at the Island’s main airport. Sun lovers will adore the many fine beaches here like those of el Médano or La Tejita. Meanwhile the agriculture of San Miguel and the nearby touristic paradise of Arona, show visitors a well rounded view of Tenerife life. Further inland, natural wonders like the crystal waters of Vilaflor, and incomparable vistas of Teide National Park await.

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Anaga

Tenerife's liveliest corner
San Andrés, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Anaga is the largest neighborhood of Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife being the largest municipality therein. Situated at the Northernmost tip of the Island, visitors to this area will enjoy some of the most important sites here including; Castillo de San Andres, Teresitas Beach, the Anaga Massif, and many more iconic places. Nightlife, outdoor adventures like surfing and diving, a whole world of activities awaits tourists and locals at Tenerife’s most populous and popular destinations.

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Arico

Secluded and so non-commerical
The rugged coastline of Arico
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Characterized by a rugged coastline and growing wine production capacity, the Arico area of Tenerife is the least commercialized part of the Island. Most visitors choose Arico for the villa rentals along the seashore, which offer Tenerifes most secluded and hassle free accommodations. The area is also a significant historical area, well as a great place to find superb cheeses and other agricultural products. Don’t expect a thriving nightlife, but do expect a laid back vacation atmosphere here.

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Buenavista del Norte

More natural wonders in paradise
View of Buenavista del Norte
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Buenavista del Norte, outstanding for diversity of landscape and touristic activities, is one of the best kept secrets of these Islands. Anchored in tradition, the beautiful settlements along this part of the Tenerife coast are as fascinating as they are picturesque and quaint. Be sure and visit Valle del Palmar, Teno Alto, Masca and Los Carrizales, places of undeniable charm and beauty. When you tire of photo ops and sightseeing, world class golf and a thriving nightlife are at hand too.

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Isora

Uncluttered Island life
A stretch of Playa del San Juan
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One of Tenerife’s least populated but most picturesque areas, Isora boasts some of the Island’s finest beaches and best sightseeing gems. For those who love to fish, swim, or just lap up the sun, this may be the best place for it on Tenerife. Great weather, with fewer crowds make for uncluttered enjoyment. Agricultural by nature, tourists will also find some of the best restaurants fed by produce from nearby. Be sure and visit Playa de San Juan and especially Guía de Isora while in the area.

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La Octavia

North Tenerife touristic magnet
Puerto de la Cruz
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La Octavia consists of more coastal villages and beautiful countryside, as well as several Tenerife beach playgrounds. More than a fifth of the population of the Island work and play in this area. Fantastic vineyards, secluded beaches, fine restaurants and bars, towns like San Juan de la Rambla and others, this area is still a touristic hot spot. The neighborhood is somewhat dominated by the resort city of Puerto de la Cruz, where you’ll find anything and everything an Island traveler needs.

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Parque Nacional del Teide

The center of the Canary Islands
Parque Nacional del Teide
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Parque Nacional del Teide is centered around the Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano. At 3,718 m, the volcano is the highest peak in all Spain, and the world’s third largest volcano. The park’s spectacular environment, made up of diverse geological, botanical, and wildlife specie, offers visitors a wondrous visual to behold from almost anywhere on Tenerife. The park also stands as a living laboratory for understanding how geological processes effect the evolution of oceanic Islands.

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Santa Ursula

A mix of tourism, history, and agriculture
Land's end near Santa Ursula
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Santa Ursula owes its name to the township at its center. Once famous for the aboriginal presence in the area, the picturesque countryside here once again appeals to the outdoors type visiting Tenerife. Primarily an agricultural area, this neighborhood too offers beaches and secluded sightseeing for visitors. In the North of this area, tourists will find historic La Victoria de Acentejo, for the Spanish victory here in 1494,more commercial and perhaps more interesting as well.

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Taraconte

Country life in a coastal paradise
View from hilltop in El Sauzal
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The Taraconte region consists of the Taraconte township, the picturesque surrounding agricultural areas, and the town of El Sauzal. Famous for the wines, this area is also one of the best places on the Island for getting a feel for the locals. Be sure and also sample the unique honey rum of this region. Primarily farmland and vineyards, the small village of El Sauzal is nonetheless famous for its scenery, the view from the cliffs there being one of the most breathtaking in the Canary Islands.

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Tegueste

A crowded city center during a festival
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The Tegueste area of Tenerife is another agricultural area dominated by scenic pastures, mountain landscapes, and of course picturesque and lagged coastline. Not as touristic as some of its neighbor areas, it is nevertheless well worth spending some sightseeing time, if just to sample some local wildflowers or produce. Expect to find Canarian village life in tact here, and be sure and enjoy the central Plaza de San Marcos, as well as some of the most scenic houses on this part of the Island.

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Valle de Güímar

Explore more Tenerife urban wonder
Panorama of the Güímar volcano
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Valle de Güímar is a wine growing region that includes the municipalities of Güímar, Arafo and Candelaria, and some of the most beautiful urban villages and landscapes on Tenerife. Primarily agricultural, the region is home to the famous pyramids of the same name. Also, fascinating cultural intricacies like the fact that nearly everyone in Arafo plays a musical instrument abound here. Sites like the Basilica of Candelaria, a Catholic pilgrimage, offer still more touristic interest here too.

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