Due to its relatively small size, it’s not difficult to visit several Tenerife towns and/or cities in one day. It takes roughly one hour to travel from the north of the island to the south. It's a journey that can be done either by car or by public transport – as there are coast-to-coast transport connections.
That being said, it’s important at the start of your trip to decide what kind of city you’d like to see. There’s a difference in culture, traditions, food, climate and local inhabitants between Tenerife towns and cities in the north and south.
This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just that there is definitely a difference. There are cities where the locals are very much in touch with their traditional Tenerife roots, customs and past culture. La Orotava, at the foot of Mount Teide, is one of the island’s cultural hotspots with lots of exciting offerings. La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has some beautiful nature spots and Anaga Natural Park, a biosphere nature reserve. Lastly, there is Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The island’s capital city captures the heart and soul of the coast, and benefits from very good weather all year. The architecture is also fascinating, and the restaurants and bars serve high quality food.
Culture, tradition and beaches in Tenerife Towns and Cities around the island
When visiting the tourist resorts of Playa de Las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje, you get to see different weather, inhabitants and food. For decades, countless foreign tourists have come from far and wide to these places. They are located in the municipalities of Adeje and Arona, and have the best weather in the region.
It’s not difficult to bump into the occasional German or Belgian couple who are also staying there. The influx of tourists in these resorts has affected the local restaurants, which serve more international cuisine. The north also boasts a popular tourist resort in Puerto de La Cruz, renowned for its vegetation and architecture.
There are also a number of western Tenerife towns and cities that are worth a visit. Tacaronte is well known for its top-quality wine and the natural beauty of its coastline. El Sauzal is perched on top of a cliff looking out towards the Atlantic Ocean. Valle de Guerra is the home of the Casa de Carta Ethnographic Museum. And Tegueste hosts one of Tenerife’s most important romerias (pilgrimages).
In addition to La Orotava and El Puerto, the north is home to several other Tenerife towns worth visiting. La Matanza del Acentejo and La Victoria del Acentejo are where Alfonso Lugo’s army fought against the Guanches in the 15th century. There is also the market village of Santa Ursula. In Los Realejos, you can see one of Tenerife’s most beautiful (and oldest) beaches: Playa del Socorro.
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These Tenerife towns are the ideal place to sample delicious local food.
If I wanted to spend an enjoyable day amidst culture, monuments and tradition, I would undoubtedly go to Isla Baja. For tourists, it’s best to start your trip in Icod de Los Vinos, which is renowned for its wine production. It is also the location of the island’s oldest Dragon Tree and has one of the best views of Mount Teide. After that, I recommend you visit Garachico, the island’s former port. This is the ideal place to eat fresh fish and traditional food. Next, I would go to the beautiful village of Los Silos to see the coast and the banana plantations. Finally, I would go to Buenavista del Norte, and buy some delicious Echeto sweets to eat on the Teno Bajo coast (Teno Natural Park).
The southeast region is where you’ll find the most discreet and perhaps unknown towns in Tenerife. Candelaria is on the east coast, and is definitely worth a visit. The image of the Virgin Mary in the beautiful basilica is the highlight of this town, and it attracts countless pilgrims from all over the globe – particularly in August. Güimar is a town located on the inland route TF822. Here, you can see the Pyramids of Güimar Ethnographic Park – as well as take a short walk to the small port. The agricultural centre in Granadilla de Abona lies further to the south, where you can enjoy a relaxing day on the beach. The town of Villaflor is nearby and its altitude of 1,400m above sea level is the highest of all the towns in Tenerife.
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These Tenerife towns are some of the breath-taking ones that the south has to offer. You can relax in the sun and discover the arid natural landscape while learning more about the region’s peaceful culture.
Wherever you go there is always an enchanting place to visit in Tenerife
As you can see, there is a visible contrast between Tenerife’s many towns and cities. These differences let tourists choose where they want to go, and allow them to experience the various foods, traditions and languages that the island has to offer. Please visit some of the Tenerife towns and cities that we’ve listed for you. We’ve gone a bit more in-depth in our summaries of these places so that you might be able to enjoy not only the popular hotspots, but also discover the little secrets that the island and its towns have to offer.