Every year, millions of visitors take holidays to Tenerife. Being the largest of the Canary Islands, it can be a little confusing trying to figure out where to go and what to do, so here’s a quick overview of three of the areas in the south of the island, where most of the tourist resorts are located.
Los Gigantes It’s a hilly resort so if you have walking difficulties it might not be the best choice for you. It’s situated on the west coast and takes its name from the towering cliffs that border the town. The cliffs are a magnificent sight, and offer a touch of mystery since they’re only accessible by boat. The beach is of black sand and fairly small compared to many of the man made golden beaches along the coast. It’s fairly quiet though, and is a lovely spot for relaxing and swimming or surfing. There is a harbour where you can book excursions from simple boat trips to scuba diving. In town are many restaurants offering a variety of foods from standard burgers and chips to a more international cuisine. It’s a relatively quiet part of the island, and is favoured by those who want to get away from the more lively holiday makers.
Puerto de Santiago This area has a more local feel since it’s where many local residents live. Despite this, it has a good resort feel with plenty of facilities including all inclusive hotels, restaurants and shops that are suitable for all the family. It’s a good choice for older visitors who want an authentic Canarian experience.
Playa de la Arena A small, modern resort with an equally small, black sand beach. Hotels in the area offer a range of entertainment that’s quite local in flavour. There are sun beds for hire on the beach, and although it’s a nice resort for children and families it should be noted that the water can be quite rough here, and the sea bed drops off quite sharply so can be hazardous to small children.
All the resorts mentioned above are within walking distance of each other. In fact, it can be quite hard to decide where one ends and another begins. All of the resorts are hilly and if you plan on visiting different regions of the island it would be a good idea to hire a car. If you like spectacular natural scenery and a dramatic coastline, this area of the island will be perfect for summer holidays to Tenerife.