Tenerife South

Tenerife south is famous for its warmer climate, beaches, and tourist resorts. It extends from the southern coast up to the midlands but does not typically include the higher mountain regions.

Ayuntamientos in Tenerife South

Santiago del Teide

Sunset on the Los Gigantes cliffs in Santago del Teide, Tenerife
Santiago del Teide

Santiago del Teide, besides the iconic Los Gigantes cliffs, is renowned for its charming town center, historic architecture, and access to the volcanic landscapes of Teide National Park.

Guia De Isora

Playa Abama in Guia de Isora, Tenerife
Location of Guia de Isora on Tenerife map

Guía de Isora, featuring charming towns like Alcalá and Playa San Juan, offers a blend of coastal beauty and rural charm. The municipality is renowned for its stunning beaches, traditional Canarian villages, and diverse landscapes, including the upscale Abama resort

Adeje

El Duque beach, Costa Adeje
Location of Adeje in Tenerife

Adeje, known for its coastal gems like Playa de Fañabé and Puerto Colón, is a hotspot for sun-seekers. The ayuntamiento hosts world-renowned attractions, including Siam Park with its water adventures and the expansive Siam Mall for shopping enthusiasts.

Arona

Los Cristianos Harbour
Location of Arona ayuntamiento in Tenerife South

Arona, encompasses the vibrant Los Cristianos with its bustling harbor and beaches, as well as the coastal areas of Palm Mar, Las Galletas, and Costa del Silencio. The ayuntamiento is a blend of lively tourist hubs and tranquil seaside retreats, making it a dynamic destination on the Tenerife South coast.

San Miguel de Abona

Sunset in Golf Del Sur
Location of San Miguel de Abona on a Tenerife map.

San Miguel de Abona features coastal gems like Golf del Sur and Amarilla Golf and charming towns, including the villge of San Miguel. Notable attractions such as the golf courses, and the medieval jousting at Castillo de San Miguel provide unique experiences, making San Miguel de Abona an enticing destination in Tenerife South.

Granadilla de Abona

Sunset in Golf Del Sur
Map showing the location of Granadilla de Abona on Tenerife

Contrasting the traditional fishing village vibe of Los Abrigos with the free spirit of El Médano’s windsurfers and kitesurfers, Granadilla de Abona showcases diverse coastal experiences. Additionally, hosting Tenerife South Airport, the municipality seamlessly blends authentic charm with recreational energy, offering visitors a unique taste of both tradition and adventure.

Arico

Arc de Tajao in Arico, Tenerife
Map showing the location of Arico in Tenerife

Arico, famed for rock climbing and embraced by bikers for its diverse terrains, harmonizes natural beauty with adventure. This Tenerife South municipality captivates with rugged landscapes, rural charm, and opportunities for both outdoor enthusiasts and cycling aficionados​

Vilaflor

Tenerife Suuth - Vilaflor
Map showing the location of Vilaflor in Tenerife

Vilaflor, Spain’s highest village, invites visitors with its elevated charm and panoramic vistas. Nestled near Teide National Park, this tranquil municipality serves as a gateway for exploring the natural wonders surrounding the island’s highest peak, providing a serene retreat for nature enthusiasts and hikers.

Airport and Accessibility:

South Tenerife is served by Tenerife South Airport (Reina Sofia Airport), the larger of the island’s two airports. It’s conveniently located near major tourist areas, making it an ideal entry point for visitors heading to southern resorts. The airport offers numerous connections to European cities and is well-equipped to handle a large volume of tourist traffic.

Ferry Access: The port at Los Cristianos is a major hub for ferries and boat services, connecting South Tenerife to other Canary Islands such as La Gomera, La Palma, and El Hierro. Regular ferry services provide both passenger and vehicle transportation, making island-hopping convenient and scenic.

Marinas: South Tenerife boasts several marinas, such as Marina del Sur in Las Galletas and Puerto Colón in Costa Adeje.

These marinas cater to yachting and boating enthusiasts, offering facilities for docking, rentals, and sailing excursions. The marinas are also centers for water sports and leisure activities, including diving, fishing, and whale and dolphin watching tours.

Boy on beach with beach ball

Climate and Weather:

The south of Tenerife is renowned for its warm and sunny climate, a stark contrast to the north’s more humid and cooler weather. Here’s a brief overview of what to expect in each season:

Spring (March to May): Mild temperatures, averaging around 20-25°C (68-77°F), make springtime ideal for outdoor activities.

Summer (June to August): The warmest months, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). The weather is generally dry, offering perfect beach conditions.

Autumn (September to November): Similar to spring, with comfortable temperatures and less crowded tourist spots.

Winter (December to February): Cooler, yet still pleasant, with average temperatures around 18-22°C (64-72°F). It’s popular among those escaping colder northern winters.

Key Towns in Tenerife South

South Tenerife is a tapestry of vibrant towns and serene hidden gems, each offering unique experiences. Each location, from the bustling resorts to the tranquil villages, contributes to the region’s allure, offering a perfect mix of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion.

Playa de las Américas:

The heart of South Tenerife’s energetic atmosphere, known for its lively beaches, nightlife, and entertainment options.

Playa de Las Americas

Los Cristianos:

Perfect for family outings, it combines relaxing beaches with a variety of dining and shopping venues.

Los Cristianos Harbour

Las Galletas:

Known for its picturesque maarina and pebble beach, Las Galletas is a charming small coastal town that offers a more authentic and tranquil Canarian experience.

View to the cliffs at Costa Del Silencio from Las Galletas

El Médano:

A paradise for windsurfers and kitesurfers, this town is cherished for its natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle.

Wind-surfing in El Medano, Tenerife South

Vilaflor:

Standing as Spain’s highest village, it offers a peaceful retreat with stunning mountain scenery and hiking trails.

Tenerife Suuth - Vilaflor

Tourist Attractions in South Tenerife:

South Tenerife is a treasure trove of attractions catering to a wide range of interests some of the most popular of which are listed below. As well as these activities there are a host of other things to do that cater to every energy level. From chilling poolside of a luxury hotel to parasailing from Adeje to sea.  

Siam Park:

Recognized as one of the world’s best water parks, Siam Park offers thrilling rides and a wave pool in a Thai-themed setting.

Tenerife South - siam park

Golfing:

Golfers are spoiled for choice in Tenerife South with a choice of high-quality courses including Abama Golf, Golf Costa Adeje, Golf Las Américas, Golf del Sur, and Amarilla Golf. Each course offers a unique and exceptional experience for players enjoying the sunny surroundings of the southern coast

Golfing in Tenerife South

Aguilas Park(Jungle Park):

A wildlife park featuring exotic birds and animals, along with spectacular shows.

Otter in Aguilas Park<br />

Water Sports:

The coastal areas, especially El Médano, are hotspots for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and other water sports. Tenerife South is also a great location for both beginer and experienced scuba divers.

jetski tenerife south

Dolphin and Whale Watching:

Boat trips from ports like Los Cristianos offer opportunities to see dolphins and whales in their natural habitat.

Pilot whales in Tenerife

Hiking:

The region’s diverse landscapes, including the nearby hills and rural areas, are perfect for hiking enthusiasts.

Hiking in Tenerife South above Los Cristianos

Nightlife:

Areas like Veronicas in Playa de las Américas are famous for their vibrant nightlife, with a plethora of bars, clubs, and live music venues and all areas have a variety of bars and restaurants.

cocktails in Tenerife