Tenerife's areas explained

courtesy: The Tenerife Property Guide


The Ayuntamiento of Adeje (Adeje County Council) is situated in the South West of Tenerife and has been described as the best organised and managed Council, and the richest county in the whole of Spain. This is evident to visitors by the high quality of public services, parks, gardens, and the cleanliness of pathways and roads encountered whilst visiting.

Adeje Town itself (the county's capital) has recently undergone a complete facelift and it is from here that people can enjoy one of the most popular attractions in the area - 'The Adeje Track' (El Barranco del Infierno) – a three-hour easy trek through lovely countryside to a spectacular waterfall and cave. Walkers can see a wide variety of flowers and plants en route, and there are plenty of rest points available along the way.

Adeje Golf Club (pictured) is a beautiful course with some great holes and spectacular views from every hole. The course and leisure complex is just a short distance from La Caleta and Las Americas and a large number of top class seaside hotels/resorts, and was created with the aim of becoming the most important leisure development in the Canary Islands. The TPG site is ideal if you would like to buy a villa in Adeje Golf, or Costa Adeje.

La Caleta (pictured) is a small fishing village with some lovely fresh fish restaurants and bars and growing sensitively with the construction of high quality apartment buildings and villas.

There is a wide range of high quality property for sale in the most exclusive suburb: El Duque (picture of beach attached), in this lovely and popular area.

The Tenerife Property Guide area – Adeje, includes the following towns/villages/suburbs: Adeje Golf, Adeje Town, Armenime, Barranco del Infierno, Costa Adeje, El Duque, El Galeon, El Madronal, Fanabe, Fanabe Alto, La Caleta, Las Moraditas, Los Olivos, and Playa del Duque.

Callao Salvaje

Translated - Callao Salvaje means 'the wild coast' - is a small coastal town and holiday resort in the district of Adeje on the West coast of Tenerife. The town has a lovely sea-front walk (promenade) and lovely new beach, with great views to the island of La Gomera, and an excellent shopping centre with a wide variety of hotels, bars, fresh fish restaurants and shops.

Looking at a map of the West coast, you will find Callao Salvaje between the towns of Playa Paraiso and Playa de La Arena, just 12km North West of Las Americas on the way to Los Gigantes.

As you might expect, there is a wide variety of high quality property (from villas to apartments) and businesses for sale or Long Term Rent in this lovely and popular residential town. Land, too, for sale in Callao Salvaje is priced well for such a nice location.

The Tenerife Property Guide area - Callao Salvaje - includes the following towns, villages, and suburbs: Abama Golf, Callao Salvaje , El Puertito, Las Cancellas, Los Menores, Marazul, Piedra Hincada, Playa Paraiso, Playa San Juan, and Tijoco Bajo.

Costa del Silencio

This is one of longest-established areas in the South of Tenerife. Growing up beside nearby Ten Bel - the first holiday resort in the south of Tenerife, established by Belgian entrepreneurs in the 1970's (Ten-Bel is made up from Tenerife and Belgium) – it is truly multinational, with English, German and Spanish conversations competing with Dutch, Belgian and Italian ones - not to mention the Scandinavian and local Spanish residents!

As you would expect, there is a wide variety of bars and restaurants offering entertainment to suit everybody's taste and almost anywhere in Costa del Silencio is just a few minutes' walk from the sea and the rocky coastline.

The popular Canarian fishing village of Las Galletas, with its two beaches and harbour, is only a short walk away (15 minutes), and the main airport for the South – Reina Sofia - is just a 15 minute drive away, as are Los Cristianos and Las Americas.

There are a number of shopping centres, schools and supermarkets within easy reach and an excellent bus service links the town with all parts of the island. This highly popular and modestly-priced area offers a wide variety of property (from villas to apartments) and businesses for sale or rent , as well as apartments and villa properties for Long Term Rent.

The Tenerife Property Guide area - Costa del Silencio, includes the following towns/villages/suburbs: Costa del Silencio, El Cho, El Fraile, Estrella del Sur, Garanana, Guargacho, Guaza, La Estrella, Las Galletas, Las Rosas, Oroteanda Bajo, Parque de La Reina and Ten Bel.

Golf del Sur

Golf del Sur nestles between the TF-1 motorway and the Atlantic Ocean, only a few short minutes' drive from Reina Sofia airport on the way to the two major South coast resorts of Los Cristianos and Las Americas. 'The Golf', as it is affectionately known by the locals, was created around the championship golf course bearing the same name, which comprises three sets of 9 holes.

Despite its name, 'The Golf' is not just for golfers, as there are leisure opportunities for everyone to have a great holiday, no matter what your interests are. There are many lovely residential and holiday complexes in this little oasis - some around the periphery of the course, others enjoying views of the course or the sea and mountains. A wide selection of bars and restaurants is on offer within each complex, with the main commercial area of San Blas only a short walk away from any of the resorts.

Our 'Golf del Sur' area incorporates Amarilla Golf, with its wide variety of tourist and residential complexes and villas, its shopping centre, and of course its championship Golf Course. 'The Golf' and Amarilla Golf are linked by road.

Along the coast to the East are the lovely, main fishing villages of Los Abrigos and El Medano as well as a number of seaside hamlets. Each town has its town centre, civic square, churches, markets and harbour with a wide range of restaurants. Each town, again, has its own 'fiesta' week with some of the most spectacular firework displays you will see anywhere in the world. El Medano is popular world-wide for its great beaches, the Montana Roja (Red Mountain) and the adjacent wind-surfing facilities.

Beware though - it can be very windy in 'The Golf' (but very sunny too!). This very popular area offers a great selection of property (from villas to apartments) and businesses for sale or long term rental.

The Tenerife Property Guide area - Golf del Sur includes the following towns/villages: Amarilla Golf, El Medano, Golf del Sur, La Mareta, La Tejita, Las Chafiras, Llano del Camello, Los Abrigos and Sotavento.

Las Americas

The most popular of all the holiday destinations in Tenerife, Las Americas, offers the classic combination of sun, sea and sangria. Developed over the last thirty years, Las Americas is the brightest and most exciting venue in the South of the island, drawing a wide range of nationalities from all age groups. Serious sun worshippers can choose from a number of excellent beaches offering a wide variety of facilities and water sports, whilst nightlife lovers can dance the night away in a massive choice of bars, pubs and nightclubs.

Las Americas is also popular for property investment or for those interested in buying a holiday home in Tenerife. Playa de Las Americas (as the name suggests: 'Playa' means 'beach'!) has several lovely, safe sandy beaches with every water sport you can imagine on offer; the magnificent, brand new, Siam Park (the largest theme park in Europe!); countless shopping centres and innumerable bars and restaurants. The whole area comes alive at night with an amazing variety of nightclubs, stage extravaganzas, discos and a casino.

Nearby is the more peaceful and lovely harbour suburb of Puerto Colon, complete with regal yachts, elegant multi-million euro launches, fishing boats and luxury motor cruisers all tethered to their moorings. Puerto Colon also has its own sandy beach in a sheltered bay popular with both sunbathers and swimmers. Las Americas is great for investors wishing to receive an excellent year-round income through Long Term Rentals. On the other hand, it is also suitable for those who wish to live here in Tenerife permanently or would like to be close to the city's hustle and bustle.

There is a huge range of properties for sale (from villas to apartments), and of course businesses for sale.

The Tenerife Property Guide area - Las Americas, includes the following towns/villages/suburbs: Golf Las Americas, Las Americas, Puerto Colon, Roque del Conde, San Eugenio Alto, San Eugenio Bajo, Torviscas Alto, Torviscas Bajo.

Los Cristianos

The main port in the south of Tenerife, and only 15 minutes from Reina Sofia airport, Los Cristianos is a pretty harbour town with a history that predates the tourist boom of the 1970s and 80s. For many years this holiday hub was a quiet fishing village and if you look hard you can still see evidence of its humble origins in the typical Canarian architecture of the older buildings. Nowadays however, the town offers a vibrant holiday experience with its two golden sand beaches, multitude of bars and restaurants, excellent shopping centres and, of course, its year-round sunny climate. There is an abundance of accommodation to suit all budgets, including hotels, timeshare and self-catering apartments.

As you might expect, a wide range of excursions is available from the harbour-side, including dolphin and whale watching, game fishing trips and party cruises. The port is also the main hub for passenger ferries to neighbouring islands (La Gomera, El Hierro, and Gran Canaria, La Palma, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, often via the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The town still retains a hint of the original fishing village it used to be with its fresh fish stalls around the main harbour and it is the second largest holiday resort in the south of Tenerife, the largest being its next door neighbour Playa de Las Americas. The town centre is pedestrian-friendly, which is good news for tourists and a welcome change from the steady flow of traffic typical in areas such as Las Americas. The older area of the town is made up of apartment blocks in which most of the local Canarian population still live. There is a wide selection of property for sale and Long Term Rental in Los Cristianos.

Los Cristianos merges into Las Americas to the west, and can be reached by bus or on foot via the sea front walkway (or esplanade). The town has two main beaches, one either side of the large harbour, both of which are suitable for soaking up the sun and lazy swimming and there are numerous restaurants and bars including several discos.

People wishing to buy a property in Los Cristianos (or in the process of buying) might be interested in our Los Cristianos properties for sales section. If it is a business you are interested in buying, check out businesses for sale in Tenerife. Alternatively, if you are looking for a long term rental, you may find just what you are seeking in our Long Term Rentals in Tenerife section.

Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes and its sister resorts of Puerto de Santiago and Playa de la Arena lie on Tenerife's picturesque West Coast, about 30 kilometres from Las Americas and Los Cristianos and 50 kilometres from the main airport of Reina Sofia (Tenerife Sur).

Los Gigantes is a small, pleasant, peaceful seaside town that rises steeply from the pretty harbour and has an air of maturity and exclusivity about it. With a wide variety of bars, restaurants and shops it is a highly popular destination for people who come back year after year. The town is named after the spectacular cliffs (pictured) which rise to a staggering 800 metres above sea level (over 2,500 feet!) and are visible in all their majesty from a variety of lookout points - but perhaps best experienced close up from a boat where they tower over you and from where you can pick out all the different colours and textures of their volcanic strata.

Nestling at the foot of the cliffs is a small, clean, black sand beach that is rarely crowded, adjacent to which is the marina, where you can arrange a trip to see the dolphin and whale colonies that lie between the town and the neighbouring island of La Gomera.

Puerto Santiago (the 'de' is usually left out) is a small fishing port and lies between Playa de la Arena and Los Gigantes. Here too there is much to see and do and a wide variety of shops, bars, hotels, apartment complexes and restaurants offering a huge choice of cuisines.

When you approach Los Gigantes from the south, the first of the three resorts you will encounter is Playa de la Arena (or, in English ..Sandy Beach!), which has the finest beach in this region – composed of natural, black sand which is a constant reminder of the island's volcanic origins. The beach sits beside the main shopping avenue, convenient if you get hungry or develop a thirst, as, for a relatively small resort, Playa de la Arena offers a wide array of bars and restaurants of all shapes and sizes. Although 'nightlife' - in the sense of clubs and discos, undoubtedly exists, it is on a much smaller scale than the larger resorts further South.

The year-round climate in this, the island's most Westerly region, is among the best in the Canaries and is one of the reasons for the area being among the most popular holiday resorts in Tenerife.

To view properties for sale in the Los Gigantes area - which includes Acojeca, Alcala, El Varadero, Los Gigantes, Playa de La Arena, Puerto de Santiago, and Tamaimo

Palm Mar

Palm Mar – the new Marbella? Nestling by the sea shore at the at the mouth of the valley between Guaza Mountain and the nature reserve of Tasca, a developer's dream is gradually coming to fruition – the lovely residential community known as Palm Mar. A few years ago, Urbis, the Spanish Company which created Torviscas, took over the responsibility of turning an Afghan man's 25 year old vision into reality. For those people who have not visited Pal Mar for a while, spectacular steps forward have been made.

The town encompasses a wide range of property types, ranging from very nice one-bedroom apartments in complexes with swimming pools, to superb luxury detached villas. There are lots of shops, bars and restaurants and many other amenities, but the sea front is the area that most people will be absolutely enthralled by with its esplanade, beach and beach-side cafes.

Visit The TPG website to view properties and businesses for sale or rent, and land for sale in Palm Mar.

Tenerife South - Other Locations

The towns and villages incorporated in this grouping mainly lie to the North of the TF-1 motorway, and, in addition to being home for most Canarian-born people, now have many 'expats' as residents, favouring them because they are less busy, less expensive, and certainly less oppressively hot in the summer months!

There is, as you would expect, a huge variety of property types and land for sale and rent available, with prices generally being lower than the 'lower' lying, more coastal towns. As well as the normal apartment buildings and villas for sale and rent, there is a wide selection of 'rural' or 'traditional' Canarian dwellings and Fincas (farms). Of course, you will find many businesses for sale and rent too.

The Tenerife Property Guide area Tenerife South - Other Locations includes the following towns/villages/suburbs: Abades, Abona, Aguilas del Teide, Aldea Blanca, Arguayo, Arico, Arona, Atogo, Buzanada, Cabo Blanco, Charco del Valle, Charco del Pino, Chayofa , Chiguerge, Chimiche, Chio, Cruz de Tea, Cruz del Roque, El Desierto, El Escobonal, El Fronton, El Portillo, El Rio, El Roque, El Tanque, Granadilla , Guia de Isora, Ifonche, Jama Alta, Jaco San Jose de los Llanos, La Camella, La Escalona, La Florida, La Jaca, La Montaneta, La Sabinita, Las Ciguentas, Las Zocas, Los Blanquitos , Masca, Santiago d Teide, San Isidro, San Miguel, Tajao, Tamaide, Taucho, Tejina, Tijoco Alto, Tunez, Valle San Lorenzo, Vera de Erques.