Destination guide

Visit the Canary Islands with Tenerife holiday lets

Whether you're dreaming of sun-drenched beaches, luxe beach resorts or cinematic scenery, Tenerife delivers. It's the crown jewel in the Canary Islands archipelago and lures over 10 million holidaymakers a year. You can bask on golden sand, explore colonial towns and get lost in one of Spain's most dramatic national parks. Planning an escape to the Canary Islands? From studio apartments in the island's legendary southern resorts to luxury villas nestled in the hillsides, holiday rentals in Tenerife cater to every style.

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.

Where to stay around Tenerife?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 6,936 holiday lettings near Tenerife. From 619 Villas to 1,279 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Tenerife is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Tenerife?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Tenerife. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Costa Adeje: 3,888 holiday homes
  • Gran Canaria: 4,112 holiday homes
  • Tenerife South: 6,247 holiday homes
  • Los Cristianos: 3,653 holiday homes
  • Playa de la Américas: 3,668 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Tenerife! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Tenerife?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Tenerife with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Costa Adeje: 3,888 holiday lettings
  • Los Cristianos: 3,653 holiday lettings
  • Playa de la Américas: 3,668 holiday lettings
  • Adeje: 4,068 holiday lettings
  • Golf del Sur: 3,347 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Tenerife?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Tenerife are:

  • Tenerife South Airport (TFS): 4,367 self catering accommodations
  • La Gomera Airport (GMZ): 322 self catering accommodations
  • Tenerife Norte Airport (TFN): 1,804 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Tenerife?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Tenerife. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Puerto Colon Marina: 4,605 holiday rentals
  • Siam Park: 4,654 holiday rentals
  • Aqualand Costa Adeje: 4,705 holiday rentals
  • Golf Costa Adeje: 4,984 holiday rentals
  • Golf del Sur Course: 4,382 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Tenerife listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Tenerife

Costa Adeje
3,888 holiday rentals
Los Cristianos
3,653 holiday rentals
Playa de la Américas
3,668 holiday rentals
Adeje
4,068 holiday rentals
Golf del Sur
3,347 holiday rentals
Arona
4,039 holiday rentals
Acantilados de los Gigantes
1,263 holiday rentals
Puerto de la Cruz
1,173 holiday rentals
La Caleta
2,274 holiday rentals
Palm-Mar
3,770 holiday rentals
San Miguel de Abona
3,980 holiday rentals
Santiago del Teide
1,550 holiday rentals
El Médano
1,582 holiday rentals
Fañabé
3,484 holiday rentals
Costa del Silencio
3,520 holiday rentals
Playa San Juan
995 holiday rentals
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
1,107 holiday rentals
Puerto de Santiago
1,162 holiday rentals
Chayofa
2,886 holiday rentals
Guía de Isora
3,244 holiday rentals