Discovering South Tenerife
The southern part of Tenerife is the tourist heart of the island. It is very popular for its wonderful black sand beaches, like Puertito de Guimar which lies on the coast. Its mild climate and warm waters all year round, are perfect for those who are passionate about water sports and seaside tourism.
Thanks to its fantastic landscapes, the southern part of Tenerife is ideal for excursions, as it offers a lot of facilities like bars, restaurants, theme parks, discos and golf courses.
Why to visit the South
The southern part of the island is very different from the northern one, choosing where to spend your holidays means to select specifically the type of holiday you want to experience.
The northern part, with its centre Puerto de La Cruz is calmer and has lower temperatures in winter. In the south you can experience a more exciting holiday in the name of fun and a more tropical climate.
There are many more tourists in the south and the whole region is ready to welcome them with a great variety of accommodation facilities to suit all ages and tastes.
If you choose to stay in the southern part of the region, you can easily spend a day or more visiting the northern part, as they are not far away. You will discover a totally different atmosphere, more authentic and fresh as there are fewer tourists.
One of the most interesting areas of the south is Costa Adeje.
The municipality of Arona
Arona counts 40,000 inhabitants circa. Located in the southern part of the island, it is one of the main tourist resorts of Tenerife. Los Cristianos and Las Galletas are old fishermen’s villages, but today they offer estates and resorts and are among the most important tourist centres of the island. Visitors should make a point to visit Playa De Las Vistas, the longest beach of Tenerife.
The centre of Arona is home to interesting and important popular architecture. Designed by architects in collaboration with biologists, Parque Central de Arona displays wonderful collections of tropical palms and rocks.
Dolphins and Whales
The southern part of Tenerife, in particular its southwestern coast, is perfect for spotting dolphins and whales in their habitat. There are many companies which organise excursions. Boats sail from the ports of Los Cristianos, Puerto Colón and Los Gigantes. There are many options available, suitable to all needs and wants.
In the southern part of the island you will find the best waterpark in the world, according to Tripadvisor.
Siam Park is the biggest theme park In Europe. It is inspired by the antique Reign of Siam, Antique Thailand, and was opened in 2008. It offers many different attractions for people of all ages, from the classical water attractions to a real Thai floating market. The park is well connected to the main surrouding tourist destinations: you can reach it from Arona by bus, by taxi, by car or on foot (if you are ready to take a 7km walk)
El Teide : you cannot miss it!
The southern part of Tenerife does not offer only entertainment and beautiful beaches. You need to plan an excursion to Mount Teide, the third biggest volcano in the world and the highest peak in Spain and of the other islands in the Atlantic Ocean. An excursion to Mount Teide is a wonderful way to interrupt the routine with a very exciting experience. From the top of the volcano, near the crater, you will enjoy a wonderful view, surrounded by the fumarole of this giant.
We recommend that you plan your trip in advance. This environment is protected as it is very fragile so it is necessary to book your visit in advance on the website of the park.
Let’s have a look at the best beaches in the South. There are many beautiful seashores: enjoy as many as you can.
Playa del Camison
This sandy bay is one of the most popular of the area as it is protected from the winds and suitable for families. It is in the centre of the fortress of Las Américas where lies Playa de Las Américas.
Playa de Las Vistas
Flanked by a long boulevard, Playa de las Vistas will let you experience both the beach and the city.
Playa de la Pinta
This wonderful beach is fascinating both during the day and at night, as it is surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops.
Palaya del Bobo
It is a little secluded beach, close to the more popular Playa de Troya, perfect for a relaxing day.
Torviscas beach is a wonderful well-equipped beach 290 metres long
Playa de Los Cristianos
A wonderful and famous urban beach
Hotels overlooking the sea
Where to stay? This area offers a great variety of hotels of different categories, from the cheapest to the most luxurious, to meet any needs and suit any budget.
You should leave from Los Cristianos to appreciate the territory. Stop in the heart of the most tourist area, or, if you prefer, find a more secluded spot. You can choose from a great variety of boarding houses, bed and breakfasts, hotels or you can even rent a flat.
You are almost ready for your adventure in the South! You only need to book a flight. Obviously straight to Tenerife Sur Airport.
Tenerife South Airport
Tenerife South Airport Reina Sofia, entitled to the Queen of Greece, is the second biggest airport of the Canary Islands and is close to the towns of El Médano (in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona) and Los Brigos.
This airport offers its visitors the same comforts and facilities they would find in bigger ports of call and it is perfectly linked to the surrounding tourist centres, by means of efficient bus lines.
Rent a car Tenerife South
Rent a car once you arrive at the airport: having your own vehicle is ideal for moving around, getting to most picturesque spots and enjoying the coastline.