Tenerife leaves nothing to be desired — for any and all lovers of mountain bliss, island city-fun, and natural beauty. From volcano views to beachside cliffs to tropical hiking, the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife, is known worldwide for being home to the best beaches in Spain — some even fitted with black sand from the last volcanic eruption. At a cosy small hotel, equipped with everything you need for a stay in or away from the action, this is where your dream vacation begins.
Small Hotels in Tenerife: Volcanic landscapes & beach bliss
Southwestern Coast: Fun in Tenerife’s most popular beach towns
The western coast of Tenerife is island fun — brimming with perfect beaches, bars & restaurants on the water, and plenty of options for all kind of travelers. Whether a romantic getaway or fun with the whole family, chose a small hotel in Costa Adeje or Los Cristianos for plenty of options for shopping, eating, and drinking, as well as opportunities for more traditional and Canarian options. In Los Cristianos, an old fishing town and one of the most popular of the resort towns on Tenerife, spend a day meandering through the long promenades that surround the beach, or treating yourself to a boat tour on a glass bottom boat. Swim year round on pristine beaches between cups of Café con leche and amazing tapas, shared with friends with a view of Volcano Teide behind and the stunning open sea in front. A small hotel on Tenerife’s southwest coast promises magical sunrises over pristine water, unparalleled views of traditional Spanish architecture from your balcony, and always delicious authentic cuisine from the comfort of your room — what else can you ask for?
Santiago del Teide: Gorgeous cliffs of Los Gigantes & the breathtaking village of Masca:
The municipality of Santiago del Teide, situated in the northwest of the island, is home to jaw dropping Los Gigantes and the gateway to magical Masca. In this historic region of the island, the memory of the last eruption of Volcano Teide is still present in twisted terrain and narrow paths on steep hillsides. Santiago del Teide is the choice destination for lovers of mountainous views and long walks through the special Tenerife mountain-scape. Just down the coast, a small hotel in the perpetual sun of Los Gigantes will take your breath away — the Town of Giants flaunts rock cliffs that stretch up to 800 meters high and meet perfect blue seawater at their base. On beautiful beaches — fitted with that iconic Tenerife black sand — while a way a day taking in the natural beauty of this storied coast. Masca, near the northwesternmost point, is considered by some to be the most beautiful village on Tenerife & even in the Canary Islands — but you’ll just have to see for yourself. This oasis, folded into the ripples of the ancient Teno Massif Mountains, guarantees beauty unlike any you’ve seen — in winding walkways, cute cafes and restaurants tucked into the rugged landscape, and a myriad lookout spots between steep ravine walls. A small hotel in Santiago del Teide promises a quiet seaside or mountainside stay, in comfortable interiors with first-rate cuisine & amenities at your fingertips.
The Mountains: Secluded oases at the foot of the Volcano Teide
For an escape from all the bustle of everyday life, nestle up with your beloved in and around the tallest mountain in Spain: on your balcony or the hotel terrace, gaze over the volcanic landscape from the impressive heights on Mount Teide. If stunning views, undisturbed leisure time and amazing hiking excursions are what you’re after, look no further than a small hotel in an isolated village, like Vilaflor, or in an even more secluded location, like in the middle of the natural reserve La Canadas del Teide. With views of the Volcano Teide from your window, revel in the island bliss unique to Tenerife. Or, if you’re looking to go all the way, grab a ticket for the cable car that travels from different ports throughout the island to the top of the volcano — the panoramic views of the landscape molded by its last eruption in 1909 promise to dazzle.
North Coast: Tenerife’s cultural coast
The North Coast of Tenerife, although with slightly more unpredictable weather than the other coasts, is understood to be a more culturally diverse region, boasting a cool art scene and preserved Canarian architecture in towns & villages far from the mass of other Tenerife visitors. In baroque-style small hotels, gorgeous hotel pools, and modern facilities, get comfy with the one you love in the charming oasis that is Tenerife’s north coast. In Garachico, a picturesque coast town, revel in the beauty of a city that has survived everything and that now thrives as a striking oceanside plaza — a perfect day here is spent wandering around the unique rock pools, formed by lava from the Montaña Negra eruption in the 18th century, through the quiet streets, and lounging with a glass of Spanish wine & a view of the sea. Between the other magical port cities on Tenerife’s north coast, find untouched greenery, wonderful hiking, and quiet beaches.