North and South Tenerife — The Differences

There are a whole host of things to consider when researching hotels in Tenerife.

Is the hotel family-friendly or a haven for couples seeking peace and solitude? How much will staying there set you back? And where is it located in relation to any beaches, sights or attractions you may be planning to visit?

Although it is an island, Tenerife takes up a relatively large area of 785 square miles in total.

It’s divided into north and south regions, and the south of the island is more densely populated by hotels and resorts while the north is greener with fewer hotels and only one main resort, Puerto de la Cruz. This is a centuries-old area with history galore to discover, and architecture fans will be in their element in the north.

Restaurants in the north tend to offer traditional Spanish or Canarian food, unlike those in the south, which are more cosmopolitan, driven by the tastes of a diverse array of tourists. Clubs in the north generally cater for locals, so if you are looking for a traditional Canarian night out, head for the north of the island rather than the tourist-orientated south. However, don’t turn up too early as in true Spanish style many venues do not open until very late.

The volcano Mount Teide is based roughly in the centre of the island in Teide National Park and easily accessible from anywhere in Tenerife, north or south.

To the south lie the popular tourist destinations of Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. All are situated within easy travelling distance of one another, with most of the hotels in Tenerife being based in these regions.

As the main tourist hub, the south of the island offers water sports, an array of eateries, shops and clubs mostly aimed at the ever-flowing tourist trade. Hotel visitors are well catered for, although since most of the regions’ tourist facilities have sprung up within the last fifty years or so, the south of the island tends not to have the concentration of history or fine architecture found in the north.

The whole of Tenerife, north and south, benefits from good weather throughout the year. Temperatures generally reach more than 20 degrees C on a daily basis and the island has a subtropical climate with several microclimates. The south of the island is the driest and warmest region and therefore the most likely to deliver summer sunshine on a consistent basis. This is why so many of the resorts are based here.

The capital of the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is situated up in the north-eastern corner of the island, although it benefits from an average rainfall of only 214mm a year. Shopping, eating and sight-seeing are good in Santa Cruz, so if you decide to book your accommodation in the south of Tenerife and want to visit, you will need to take public transport or drive there.

With such a diverse range of hotels and resorts in Tenerife, the choices are endless. North or south — you decide. But wherever you do end up staying, getting around is relatively easy and exploring is half the fun!

First published by Cheap-holidays-Tenerife
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2 Responses to North and South Tenerife — The Differences

  1. Thanks for a very informative article about Tenerife! Just would like to add that Puerto de la Cruz and all that northwestern area is also an extremely interesting part of the island to explore: it offers that unique spirit of the old Tenerife with narrow streets, openwork balconies in canarian style, a great number of bars and restaurants where they serve local seafood, besides there is one of the best bakeries on the island. In short, worth a visit, just take an umbrella in case of rain, which is a frequent guest in that area.

    • Rain can happen anywhere, we are currently in the Sahara and had a storm last night, but it only lasted an hour. Otherwise weather has been much like Tenerife, nice and sunny and even a Calima to make us feel at home 🙂

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