The island of Tenerife is comprised of three large regions: North Tenerife, South Tenerife, and the Metropolitan Area. The north is simplicity, peace and beauty. The south is all movement, coastline and cloudless skies. Each region is different from the others, and each has something special to offer. Below you can discover more about each of them, and the differences between them.

Tenerife’s two largest urban centres are Santa Cruz, the island’s capital, and San Cristóbal de la Laguna. These make up the Metropolitan Area. Most of the island’s population lives here, and it’s the hub of political power and culture on Tenerife.

South Tenerife

Playa de Las VistasSouth Tenerife stretches across almost the entire southwest coast of the island, from the town of Candelaria to the town of Santiago del Teide. Here you can find some of the most popular places in Tenerife, such as Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and Las Americas [read more].

North Tenerife

Torre de Santa Ana, GarachicoIn the north of Tenerife, everything is green, and the landscapes are a mixture of rugged coastline and volcanic beaches. It is made up of 14 of the island’s 31 municipalities [read more].

Metropolitan Area

Centro Histórico de La LagunaLa Laguna Historic Centre. The Metropolitan Area is made up of only four municipalities: Santa Cruz, La Laguna, El Rosario and Tegueste. The majority of the island’s population is concentrated here [read more].

Popular destinations

Tenerife’s most popular tourist destinations can be found in the south of the island, where the sun is always shining, the beaches are straight out of a dream, and the boardwalks are endless. This, combined with the exciting pace of life means that the south is a highly desirable destination. Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and Las Américas are the most popular spots.

In the north of the island, the spectacular natural beauty of Puerto de la Cruz makes it clear that the north can hold its own against the south.

Costa Adeje

TorviscasIn Costa Adeje, you will find one of Tenerife’s best leisure scenes: magnificent restaurants and top-quality hotels. Here, you can find such popular spots as Siam Park or the Barranco del Infierno. Thousands of visitors choose this town every year for their stay on the island [read more].

Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos, TenerifeExcellent beaches, an unbeatable leisure scene, an extraordinary environment and a perfect climate are some of the reasons for this town’s popularity [read more].

Las Americas

Las Vistas, AronaLas Americas enjoys a prime location, a coastline dotted with spectacular beaches, extensive boardwalks and one of the best leisure scenes on the island [read more].

Puerto de la Cruz

Lago Martiánez, Puerto de la Cruz, TenerifePuerto de la Cruz is the most important destination in the north of the island. It’s a peaceful place, and although it offers buzzing nightlife and daytime entertainment it’s not quite as wild as the south of the island. In Puerto de la Cruz, you will find beautiful volcanic sand beaches and one of the most lovely town centres in Tenerife, among many other attractions [read more].

Towns and villages

MascaDotted all over the island, far away from the crowds of the more touristy locations, we can find the wonderful villages and farmsteads of Tenerife, true havens of peace and beauty. Inland or on the coast, in the north or in the south, every village and every farmstead is its own small world, and each one of them will surprise you with unique Canary Island details that will simply blow you away [read more].