Do you think winter is overrated? Is the average beach boring? If your idea of paradise is a sunlounger at sea-level with the highest peak in Spain looming in the background, we can help. Holiday rentals on the island of Tenerife serve a wide variety of travellers. Families with little ones hang out in water parks and on kid-friendly beaches. Couples dine out at gourmet restaurants and watch sunsets over majestic cliffs. Party-goers dance until dawn, and nature lovers hike in the shadow of Mount Teide. Let's delve into a few of your options.
Villas to rent in Tenerife for the wild and the weary
Whether you're sick of the daily grind and longing to sleep under a parasol, or feeling ready to take on the kind of summertime nightlife that makes the papers, you'll find satisfaction with a Tenerife villa.
If Costa Adeje's beaches don't get you, its water parks will
One of the area’s most popular resort destinations, Costa Adeje serves up plenty of reasons to book a villa in Tenerife. Holiday rentals here might be whitewashed luxury homes within sight of a stunning volcanic black sand beach – La Troya, Pinta and Torviscas, to name a few. If you’ve brought the little ones, there’s a smattering of water parks and whale watching tours to keep them happy, or you can lay low with little more than a sunbed and parasol. Chic restaurants and snazzy clubs abound, but the vibe’s a bit more chilled out than your resort neighbours to the south.
Nature-made beauty and man-made fun in Las Américas
Just south of Costa Adeje, the holiday haven of Las Américas is usually referred to as Playa de las Américas – that’s how important the beaches are, both natural and man-made. Prepare for brilliant sunlight during the day, and bright neon at night when the town’s Las Vegas–style hotels and resorts come to life. Find a private villa on the outskirts and you can relax in your private pool before heading to Avenida las Américas for shopping and dining.
Los Cristianos, a fishing village that decided to have more fun
Snuggled on the southern tip of Tenerife, close to Costa Adeje and Las Américas, Los Cristianos is the southernmost coastal town in this holy trinity of sun, sea and sand. Aside from – you guessed it – its fabulous beaches, the town has a picture-perfect harbour offering fishing trips and pleasure cruises, plus ferries to the neighbouring island of La Gomera. Holiday lettings, especially private villas, are a great way to preserve a sense of calm while staying close to the action. Things are especially buzzy along the long promenade bordering the beach. It’s lined with bars, cafes and restaurants serving traditional Canary Island cuisine.
El Médano villas where you can rediscover your inner chill
Holidaymakers on their way to southern Tenerife often picture crowded sand and pulsing nightclubs, but villas to rent in El Médano offer a soothing alternative. If you’ve ever been so laid-back you fell off your sunlounger, you have the right idea. Restaurants and bars line the oceanfront promenade around Plaza de Principe de Asturía, the main square, and families, older travellers and Spanish tourists and windsurfers enjoy dining alfresco after a blissful day in the sun.
Gaze at the cliffs of the giants in Los Gigantes
Head north and west from the neon-lit tourist towns of Tenerife’s southern coast and be gigantically charmed by Los Gigantes, home to the Acantilados de los Gigantes or “cliffs of the giants”. This relaxed seaside town manages to be both wildly impressive and easy to manage. It’s single beach, Los Guios, is rarely crowded and you’ll likely be able to walk to shops, cafés and restaurants from your holiday rental. You can also stroll over to Puerto Santiago or Playa de la Arena, 2 resorts that have their own black sand beaches.
Find your cultural side in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Let’s say you want a little more out of your holiday than sun, sand, water sports, nightlife and delicious Spanish dining. Believe it or not, Tenerife has you covered. Villas for rent in or near the island’s biggest city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, might reflect some of the colonial, baroque or neoclassical architecture that’s been preserved throughout the port. The Church of the Immaculate Conception and the 1700 Palacio de Carta are standouts. You might want to look for holiday lettings with views of the Tenerife Auditorium with its white, sail-like roof, an inspirations to designers and seafarers alike.