Tenerife has two parts, the North and the South. Each of them has different characteristics. From their weather to restaurants, traditions, and culture. However, both are extremely wonderful and worth to visit. In this article, we will be focusing on South Tenerife, Spain. It offers a lot of fun and exciting activities. South Tenerife Airport is also the second busiest airport (next to Gran Canaria) in the Canary Islands.
10 things that you should do in South Tenerife, Spain
1. Siam Park
Siam Park is considered the best waterpark in the world. It’s open all year round, even in winter, since Tenerife has a subtropical climate, which makes this island one of the warmest during winter. In this park, there are a lot of slides, a lazy river, and a big wave pool. It’s really a perfect getaway with your family or friends!
Aqualand is located in Costa Adeje. It’s not as busy as Siam Park but you’d still definitely enjoy your stay here. Aside from pools, they also have dolphin shows which can really entertain you.
3. Jungle Park
Jungle Park is the largest zoo in South Tenerife and also considered a beautiful park. It’s set out like a natural jungle. You’d see a lot of different animals while enjoying your walk through this stunning park. Kids and adults would both love Jungle Zoo.
4. Monkey Park
Monkey Park is not as large as the Jungle Park. However, this still a must-visit when you’re in Tenerife, especially if you’re traveling with your family. In this park, you’ll see animals in their natural habitat, without any shows! Some animals that are here are also endangered, and monkey park has a deep respect for these animals.
5. Los Cristianos
Los Cristianos is a town in South Tenerife. It has two main beaches, the Las Vistas and Los Cristianos beach. They both offer calm and clean water. There are also a lot of activities you can do there aside from swimming, one of them is boat riding.
6. The Market in Los Cristianos
This market is the largest market in South Tenerife. It is a good place for you to go shopping or to buy souvenirs. Since it is a typical large market, expect that it’ll be crowded, so you should really watch your valuable things when you go here.
7. The Light and Music Fountain (Playa de las Americas)
It’s a lovely sight to see at night. It attracts a lot of viewers. It’s a very short show (lasts about 15 minutes) that could entertain you and your family or friends.
8. Montana Chayofita
Montana Chayofita is a small mountain perfect for a short climb. If you like a little adventure, then this attraction is recommended. It won’t take you long to climb this mountain, probably about 15 minutes of the climb only, however, the view is stunning that you won’t get disappointed when you reach the top. The perfect time to climb this is in the afternoon before the sunset.
9. Explore the beaches
South Tenerife surely has a lot of beautiful beaches that you could explore. Some of which are Playa Las Vistas, Playa El Camison, Torviscas beach, Playa del Duque and a lot more! Make sure to bring your best beach outfit when you visit South Tenerife.
10. Barranco del Infierno
Barranco del Infierno offers you a lovely hike to see Tenerife’s highest waterfall. To preserve the environment, only 300 people are allowed to enter per day. Because of this, you have to book online in advance in order for you to have access to this wonderful attraction.
Sample Weekend Itinerary to South Tenerife, Spain
Staying in South Tenerife for only 3 days is not a problem. You’d still be able to see a lot of attractions and you’d still enjoy your weekend getaway in this wonderful place. Here is the recommended itinerary if you’re planning to visit South Tenerife.
Monkey Park– On your first day, it is recommended to visit Monkey Park. Explore and learn more about different animals in this park. However, don’t expect an animal show as they do not have that here. You will see animals in their natural habitat, which I think is better. Enjoy!
Playa de Los Cristianos– After a day in the park, it feels good to relax at the beach. Head to Los Cristianos if you want a relaxing beach getaway. Not only you can swim here. But you could also choose other activities. What more could you ask for?
Barranco del Infierno– A must place to visit while you’re in South Tenerife. It is a wonderful hike that will take you to the highest waterfall in Tenerife. A great sight to see after a tiring hike. Also, please remember that you should book your ticket online as Barranco del Infierno limits their visitors to 300 people a day only, this is to preserve its environment.
Montana Chayofita– In the afternoon, don’t miss Montana Chayofita, a very small mountain in Tenerife. The hike will take you about 15 minutes only. And when you’re on top, the view is very stunning. Especially during sunset, that’s why this attraction is recommended to visit in the afternoon for you to see how lovely the sunset is.
The Market in Los Cristianos– Of course, before you leave South Tenerife, you should take some souvenirs with you! The Market in Los Cristianos is recommended as it is the largest market in Tenerife. It means there will be a lot to choose from. However, please expect that it will be crowded.
Where to Stay in South Tenerife, Spain
(Prices are subject to change depending on the dates that you preferred. These prices are available on Oct. 18-19, 2019. Visit their official website to check more accommodation and prices.)
Where to stay in South Tenerife if you’re a Backpacker
This hostel features a garden, shared lounge and free WiFi, Hostel Chillax Costa Adeje is located in Adeje, 1.2 km from Aqualand and a few steps from San Eugenio Shopping Centre. All rooms feature a kitchen and a shared bathroom. The property is set 3.1 km from Plaza del Duque Shopping Centre. At the hostel, each room has a balcony with a sea view. Guest rooms will provide guests with a dishwasher. The nearest airport is Tenerife Sur Airport, 18 km from the accommodation.
Price: Starts at $13 per night for Mixed Dormitory Room including taxes and charges, and it’s partially refundable.
Campobase.box offers accommodation in El Médano. Free WiFi and a shared kitchen are offered. All guest rooms come with an oven, toaster, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer, and a desk. All rooms have a shared bathroom. The rooms at the hostel are fitted with a seating area. Guests at Campobase.box can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire and car hire are available at the accommodation. The nearest airport is Tenerife Sur, 8 km from the hostel.
Price: Starts at $15 per night for Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom including taxes and charges, free breakfast, and it’s partially refundable.
Ashavana Hostel has free WiFi. The accommodation features a shared kitchen and organizing tours for guests. At the hostel, rooms have a wardrobe. The rooms have a shared bathroom with a bidet and a hairdryer. Guests at Ashavana Hostel can enjoy an Italian or a vegetarian breakfast. The nearest airport is Tenerife Sur Airport, 9 km from Ashavana Hostel.
Price: Starts at $15 per night for Bed in 10-Bed Female Dormitory Room including taxes and charges, free breakfast, and it’s partially refundable.
Where to Stay in South Tenerife if you’re on a Budget
Featuring free WiFi, Albergue Rural La Cañada is located a 10-minute drive from Los Cristianos. This hostel has a shared lounge and dining room, and rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Each simply decorated room has bunk beds and access to shared bathroom showers. Bed linen and towels are provided. Tenerife South Airport is within a 10-minute drive of the property
Price: Starts at $22 per night for Single Room including taxes and charges, free breakfast, free cancellation, and no prepayment needed, you can pay at the property.
Located on the beachfront in San Isidro and featuring a shared lounge, Terraza Soleada has free WiFi. Boasting a shared kitchen, this property also provides guests with a barbecue. A tour desk can provide information on the area. At the hostel every room is equipped with a shared bathroom. A continental breakfast is available daily at Terraza Soleada. The nearest airport is Tenerife Sur, 7 km from Terraza Soleada.
Price: Starts at $28 per night for Single Room including taxes and charges, add $3 for breakfast, and it’s partially refundable.
Situated in a small fishing village, and near one of the most extensive, white sandy beaches in Tenerife, the Hostal Carel provides smart and practical rooms – perfect accommodation for a relaxing, sun-filled holiday. Hostal Carel boasts spacious rooms, all of which are exterior facing. You can unwind in your room in the evening and watch some TV. Stroll down to the beach in the morning, and spend the day lying on the sand and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel has its own cafe and bar, where you can grab a snack, some tapas, or a drink in the afternoon.
Price: Starts at $50 per night for Twin Room including taxes and charges, free cancellation, no prepayment needed, you can pay at the property.
Where to stay in South Tenerife if you want Luxury
Located in Tenerife’s Guía de Isora, this complex overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the neighboring island of Gomera. It has 7 outdoor pools and a spa, a golf course, tennis courts, and a beach. The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is made up of Moorish-inspired buildings housing guestrooms and villas. Each room and villa has an ethnic style, and most enjoy views over the gardens and the Atlantic Ocean. All come with luxury marble bathrooms, and interactive TVs with internet access. The Ritz-Carlton, Abama offers 10 restaurants. There is a large spa, featuring 10 treatment rooms and a water circuit, as well as a gym. The hotel also offers A Ritz Kids for younger guests.
Price: Starts at $274 per night for Deluxe or Twin Room with Resort View, taxes and charges not included, it’s non-refundable, but offers free breakfast.
Located in Adeje in the south of Tenerife, Royal Hideaway Corales Beach – Adults Only by Barceló Hotel Group boasts exclusive facilities for adults only, such as 3 pools (2 adults only), restaurants, bars, a wellness area, and an extensive Fitness & Fun activities program. A terrace or balcony and ocean views are featured in certain rooms. Bathrooms include high-quality finishes as well as a tub and separate shower. Royal Hideaway Corales Beach features free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can also benefit from a buffet-style restaurant for breakfast and dinner and À la carte restaurant specialized in Nikkei fusion cuisine. Two more restaurants, a bar, and a traditional Italian ice cream shop are also available for all guests. The Spa and Wellness center offers an extensive array of massages and treatments. There is also a Fitness center and a Barber & beauty shop.
Price: Starts at $294 per night for Junior Suite Sea View Single Use including taxes and charges, free breakfast, free cancellation, and no prepayment needed, you can pay at the property.
This adults-only oceanfront complex offers personalized butler service in all rooms. Each room has a private terrace with ocean or garden views. The Red Level at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora is an exclusive private area of the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora. Guests have access to all hotel facilities, including a wide range of international restaurants, 8 bars, including a beach bar, a lagoon-style infinity pool, and tennis courts. All guests at the Red Level receive free access to the gym, as well as one Ritual de Aguas spa circuit per stay. Each spacious, elegant room at the Red Level comes with a coffee machine, an iPod dock, and free WiFi. Bathrooms include a hydromassage shower and an over-sized bathtub. Liquid Garden Pool & Lounge serves healthy afternoon snacks and drinks, while the exclusive Red Level lounge offers free tea and coffee all day. There is direct access to Alcalà Beach from the hotel. 40 minutes’ drive from Las Cañadas del Teide National Park, and 35 minutes from Tenerife Reina Sofia Airport (Tenerife South Airport).
Price: Starts at $326 per night for Deluxe Double Room including taxes and charges, free breakfast, and it’s non-refundable.
List of restaurants that you can try while in South Tenerife, Spain
It offers local, Mediterranean, European, and Spanish cuisine. With an amazing atmosphere, you’d definitely enjoy eating here.
Operating hours: 7:00pm-11:30pm (Tuesday-Saturday)
Address: Calle Pedro Gonzalez Gomez 20, 38600, Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife, Spain
Serves Mediterranean, Spanish, European and International cuisine. Expect friendly staff and a nice meal when you get here.
Operating hours: 6:30pm-9:30pm (Monday) / 3:00pm-9:30pm (Tuesday-Saturday)
Address: Avenida el Jable 24 | Local 23-24, 38678 Callao Salvaje, Adeje, Tenerife, Spain
It offers local, Seafood, Italian, International, Spanish, and European cuisine. If you want a pasta with a great seafood combination, then head to Ricos Restaurant.
Operating hours: 12:00pm-11:00pm (Monday-Saturday)
Address: Paseo Estocolmo 10 | Centro Los Cristianos, 38650 Los Cristianos, Arona, Tenerife, Spain
It a barbecue and steakhouse restaurant. If you love steak, then head to this restaurant as it offers one of the best steaks in Tenerife.
Operating hours: 1:00pm-3:30pm and 6:30pm-11:00pm (Sunday-Saturday)
Address: Calle Bencomo 42, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Imperial Tai-Pan is a combination of Chinese, Japanese, and Thai restaurants. In this restaurant, you can try their sushi which most of the customers love! Head to this restaurant if you’re into Asian cuisine.
Operating hours: 1:30pm-11:00pm (Sunday) / 1:30pm-11:30pm (Monday-Saturday)
Address: Urbanizacion Americas 5, 38660 Playa de las Americas, Arona, Tenerife, Spain
How to go to South Tenerife, Spain from the UK
Via Ryanair: (one way)
*From London Luton to Tenerife South Airport
Oct. 13 (Sunday) 06:35-11:10
Ticket Price: £87.63
Via Easyjet: (one way)
*From London Gatwick to Tenerife South Airport
Oct. 12 (Saturday) 16:35-21:05
Ticket Price: £85.75
* Prices are subject to change. You can visit Skyscanner for more details about the ticket prices.