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Destination guide

Tenerife apartments place you in a tropical paradise

Rather than stay on the mainland, you might choose a holiday letting on a Spanish island. Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands situated off the coast of northwestern Africa, appeals to travellers who want a tropical paradise. At Teide National Park, you can hike past Mount Teide, a dormant volcano with volcanic rocks and large craters. You can also spot rare insects and flora. You'll feel moved by the music from operas and concerts performed at the Auditorio de Tenerife. Most Tenerife apartments have a lounge/living room where you can relax on a cosy sofa and watch sports or movies on TV.

 
History

Discover history with Tenerife holiday homes

Tenerife may be famous for its ravishing beaches and raucous nightlife, but it doesn't scrimp on history. In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the magnificent Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion has been hosting Catholic congregations since 1498. From traditional townhouses to rustic villas, Tenerife holiday rentals offer a unique chance to stay in a living slice of Canary Islands history.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Tenerife

Are you looking for top things to see and do during your stay? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Tenerife a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Loro Park (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
  • Teide Cable Car (5.4 mi / 8.7 km)
  • Pueblo Chico Theme Park (6.6 mi / 10.7 km)
  • Chinyero Volcano (13.7 mi / 22 km)
  • Monje Winery (13.9 mi / 22.4 km)
  • Camello Center (14.7 mi / 23.6 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities near Tenerife holiday rentals

Dominating the heart of Tenerife, Teide National Park cradles some of the most spectacular scenery in the Canaries. Volcanic El Teide itself towers high over the island and is surrounded by rugged badlands, lava cones and unique rock formations, not to mention 100s of Guanche archaeological sites. Serious hikers summit the volcano, though most people choose to ride the cable car. Whether you're looking at budget apartments in Santa Cruz or luxury villas in Los Cristianos, Tenerife holiday rentals make it easy to explore Teide National Park.

Weather

Seasonal weather in Tenerife

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, August, July, September and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 28°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Tenerife

Travellers enjoy Tenerife for its mountain views and seaside. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, Tenerife is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are some of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Teide National Park (6.9 mi / 11.1 km)
  • Los Gigantes Beach (17.9 mi / 28.8 km)
  • Los Cristianos Beach (20 mi / 32.1 km)
  • La Fortaleza Lookout (2.6 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Chanajiga (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Orotava Valley (3.6 mi / 5.9 km)
Beaches

Beach-hopping with Tenerife holiday rentals

From golden arcs of sand to hidden rocky coves, Tenerife treats visitors to some of Spain's best beaches. Lively Playa de las Vistas is lined with colourful bars and restaurants, and fringed by velvety sand imported from the Sahara Desert. If you want to work on your tan lines, head to Playa La Tejita or Playa de las Gaviotas, where birthday suits are considered the norm. Want a break from salty skin and sandy hair? Enjoy a day of sunbathing by the sparkling pool of your Tenerife villa rental.

How to get there

Transport to and around Tenerife

Fly into Tenerife (TFS-Tenerife South), the closest airport, located 17.5 mi (28.2 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Santa Cruz de Tenerife (TFN-Tenerife North), which is 18 mi (29 km) away.

You might consider catching a ride on the metro at Chimisay to easily navigate the city.

Restaurants and bars

Top restaurants near your Tenerife villa rental

You won't go hungry in Tenerife – there are dining options to please every palate. Playa de las Americas is brimming with chef-owned restaurants and sleek cocktail bars, while Santa Cruz de Tenerife boasts the lion's share of Michelin stars. You'll find some of the island's best seafood restaurants at Playa Las Galletas, a laid-back fishing village on the island's southern tip. Alternatively, enjoy Spanish wine, tapas and sparkling sea views from the terrace of your Tenerife holiday rental.

Essential info

Essential info for your Tenerife holiday rentals stay

  • Withdraw euros at local ATMs across Tenerife
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  • Tipping isn't expected, though is always appreciated for stellar service
  • Keep change handy for sun lounge rentals, market finds and other small purchases
  • Venture beyond the resorts to discover hidden gems, like Teide National Park and the serene town of Garachico
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  • Enjoy an intimate stay, with Tenerife holiday rentals offering spacious living areas, well-equipped kitchens and plenty of space
Events

Attend unmissable events with Tenerife holiday lets

Tenerife locals know how to celebrate, with the island hosting a colourful calendar of events. Held in February, the Tenerife Carnival sees the island come alive with samba dancing, street parties and rainbow-coloured costumes. Easter Holy Week, also known as Semana Santa, is always busy, while May's Fiestas de la Cruz celebrations see the island light up with dazzling fireworks displays. Whether you're attending a big-ticket festival or an offbeat celebration, be sure to book your Tenerife holiday home well in advance as the island fills up fast.

Maximise your budget

Budget-friendly holidays with Tenerife rentals

The Canary Islands may harbour a reputation for luxury, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a budget getaway to Tenerife. If you're travelling as a group or family, private Tenerife villa rentals offer fantastic value for money. The island also offers plenty of free attractions and activities, from strolling around historic cities like San Cristóbal de la Laguna to hiking to scenic clifftop lookouts along Los Gigantes. You can also spend the day basking on some of Spain's most beautiful beaches without having to pay a penny.

How many holiday rentals are available around Tenerife?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 7,375 holiday lettings around Tenerife. From 676 villas to 4,629 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property near Tenerife?

Filling your lungs with crisp ocean air, basking in the abundant sunshine and decidedly losing all track of time. Now that's the kind of holiday you deserve. HomeAway has 2,588 holiday homes by the beach. Searching for a different holiday vibe? See if any of our other properties tickle your fancy. Our selection here includes:

  • 2,311 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 2,223 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 1,097 resort holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment near Tenerife?

Having space to yourself, home-cooked meals, sprawling views — if any of this appeals to you, an apartment could be an excellent choice. HomeAway has 4,626 for you to check out here. How does £17 per night sound? That's what you're looking at spending if you don't leave it too long! If that doesn't fit with your family's style, we've got a number of other self-catering accommodation options to select from, such as:

  • House: 1,299 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £17 per night.
  • Villa: 692 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £35 per night.
  • Cottage: 227 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £22 per night.

Can I stay near Tenerife in a large group?

The recipe for the perfect escape is chilling out with friends and family in a completely new place. If you're travelling with a big group, HomeAway has options for you. Why not take a look at the 522 apartment holiday rentals featured here? They're the most popular choice for big groups of guests. In the area, the holiday rentals that are suitable for large groups of guests include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we offer 1,142 holiday rentals appropriate for that size. Book a night from just £29.
  • If you've got 5 in your squad, you'll be delighted to learn that there are 741 rental accommodation suitable. Prices start at £22 per night.
  • Trying to find properties for rent to suit 8 guests? You'll be glad to learn we have 308 that'll be perfect. You can score one from just £39 a night.

So don't fret! When you book with us you can bring your uncle, your grandma and all your mates to Tenerife.

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