Formed millions of years ago as volcanic eruptions that bubbled from the Earth’s core, the Canary Islands’ rich coastline and diverse natural environment make this cluster of islands a magnet for vacationers seeking the perfect beach hotel. Beach hotels in Tenerife overlook dramatic coastlines with golden sand and gently lapping waves. Beach hotels in Los Cristianos or in the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife place you in the heart of the action, so you can delve into the culture of these Spanish islands off the coast of North Africa.
Tenerife Beach Hotels: Your dream vacation in the Canary Islands
Tenerife: Majestic Coasts & Intriguing Towns
© Red Level at Gran Meliá Tenerife | Adults OnlyThere’s more to Tenerife’s coast than simply sun, sea, and sand. It’s a haven for sun seekers and culture vultures, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife should be your first stop. The main port city on the island, this city features stunning modern architecture, lush botanic gardens, and vast sandy stretches of beach. Book a beach hotel here to add a touch of cosmopolitan Spanish charm to your vacation. Visit the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombr to learn more about prehistoric Tenerife, or spend an afternoon strolling beneath the emerald palms at Parque de La Granja.
On the south coast of the island is the vibrant town of Los Cristianos, known for its bustling boardwalk which runs along the shore. Many visitors tend to book a beach hotel near this Tenerife hotspot, and venture in for its lively nightlife and social atmosphere. The area is also a hub for water sports, with venders offering pedalos, surf lessons, and glass-bottomed boats to explore the seafloor without strapping on a snorkel. Los Cristianos’ main beach is always a hive of activity but quieter beaches can be found by traveling north towards La Caleta. Many beach hotels in southern Tenerife offer huge pools and occasionally private beaches that are only accessible to guests.
Explore the Rich Topography of Tenerife
While it’s difficult to tear yourself away from your beach hotel along Tenerife’s glittering coast, the island’s incredible natural landscape is also begging to be explored. In the heart of the island is Teide, a looming volcano which offers hiking opportunities and exquisite views over Tenerife. It’s easily accessible from any beach hotel in Tenerife. The summit of this geological wonder can be reached by cable car, and from the top you can discover many walking trails to survey the landscape from every angle. Spain’s highest peak is also home to an observatory where you can survey the heavens from one of the world’s most important astrological sites.
If you’re seeking further opportunities to explore Tenerife’s beautiful landscape, look no further than Anaga Rural Park. Sharp peaks and deep ravines characterize this stunning park, leading all the way to the ocean and overflowing with forests and native flora and fauna. It’s here that you’ll find beaches made up of fine black sand – a relic of the island’s volcanic past. Lots of well-marked hiking routes lead to a handful of tiny hamlets and villages, and there are options to surf, kayak, or even try your hand and waterskiing on the Atlantic’s turbulent waves. While exploring this rural part of the island, keep an eye out for the many species of bird you will only find in this part of the world. In fact, the park is so full of birdlife that it’s been named a Special Bird Protection Area. If you’re staying in a beach hotel in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Anaga is only a short distance away.
The Best of the Canary Islands
© Bahia del DuqueWhile Tenerife is the largest and most populated of the Canary Islands, there are six others in the island chain that are equally beautiful and worth exploring. Gran Canaria lies off to the east of Tenerife and attracts travelers for its equally stunning and luxury beach hotels. The resort town of Maspalomas is a hotspot for families and beach seekers due to its shallow waters, golden stretches of sand, and excellent year-round climate. Furthermore, the town is home to 400 hectares of sand dunes which will make you feel as though you’re walking on Mars. For a truly unique experience, you can also cross these dunes by camel.
Another island in the Canaries ideal for beach vacations is Lanzarote. The ‘Island of Eternal Spring’ is less populated than Gran Canaria and Tenerife, but beach hotels are here are still hugely sought after. Lanzarote’s coast is packed with vibrant coves, crystal water, and sunbeds lining the sand – one of the most popular being Playa Blanca in the south, which features a water park and amusement center ideal for families. Furthermore, the island is home to rich geological structures, and guided tours of the mysterious and beautiful Cueva de los Verdes volcanic passageways should not be missed while staying with a beach hotel in Lanzarote.